This Position Is No Longer Available

Job Title:Entry Level Attorney

Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:Citizenship and Immigration Services

Job Announcement Number:CIS-826700-COU

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$50,287.00 to $78,355.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, January 17, 2013 to Sunday, February 17, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0905-11/12

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

15

DUTY LOCATIONS:

Many vacancies in the following location:
Location Negotiable After Selection, United States

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Do you desire to be a part of the vibrant United States immigrant admission process, to protect American interests, and to secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career? If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the U.S. Immigration and Citizenship Services (USCIS), and its Office of Chief Counsel (OCC) are calling.

As part of both USCIS and the DHS Office of General Counsel, you will work with other highly talented attorneys and colleagues on a rich array of intellectually challenging, critically important, cutting edge legal issues. DHS components work collectively, and USCIS strives, to enforce and administer immigration laws fairly, efficiently, and in keeping with the law, at the same time that we seek to prevent terrorism, secure borders, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join OCC, USCIS, and DHS.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Office of the Chief Counsel, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), is seeking recent and soon-to-be law school graduates who will have graduated on or after January 1, 2010 for multiple entry-level attorney positions. There are multiple locations available for these entry-level attorney positions with duty stations at USCIS facilities throughout the country.

Note:  The actual salary will be dependent upon location of the position.

This announcement has been amended to state the following:

Applicants must possess a J.D. degree obtained from an ABA-accredited law school on or after January 1, 2010, or be on track to obtain such a degree no later than July 1, 2013.

Applicants must have a strong academic law school record.

Job offers under this announcement are contingent upon the candidate obtaining a "Secret" security clearance, and continued employment is contingent on being able to maintain a "Secret" clearance.

Job offers under this announcement are also contingent upon the candidate obtaining a JD degree from an ABA-accredited law school before entry on duty. Continued employment for a candidate selected under this job announcement is contingent upon the applicant becoming a member of a Bar in good standing of a state or territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico within one year after entry on duty.

 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Background Security Investigation
  • Drug Screening

DUTIES:

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, providing legal advice to USCIS personnel on issues involving immigration related adjudications, inadmissibility and deportability grounds, family-based and employment-based issues, citizenship, refugee and asylum issues, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), and national security. USCIS Associate Counsel are also responsible for writing visa petition appellate briefs and providing litigation support to the U.S. Attorney's office on cases arising from USCIS adjudications.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

Applicants must possess a J.D. degree obtained from an ABA-accredited law school on or after January 1, 2010, or be on track to obtain such a degree no later than July 1, 2013.

Applicants must have a strong academic law school record.

All applicants will be rated against the following factors:

Ability to resolve questions and provide accurate legal advice to both attorneys and non-attorneys on complex legal matters.

Ability to handle a heavy workload and meet deadlines.

Legal aptitude as reflected in the official law school transcript provided.

Quality of writing sample not to exceed 10 pages.


Job offers under this announcement are contingent upon the candidate obtaining a "Secret" security clearance, and continued employment is contingent on being able to maintain a "Secret" clearance.

Job offers under this announcement are also contingent upon the candidate obtaining a JD degree from an ABA-accredited law school before entry on duty.

Continued employment for a candidate selected under this job announcement is contingent upon the applicant becoming a member of a Bar in good standing of a state or territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico within one year after entry on duty.

U.S. Citizenship: Candidate must be a United States Citizen and present proof of citizenship, if selected.

Qualifications by Closing Date: You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement. Please note that qualification claims will be subject to verification.

Background Security Investigation: A background security investigation will be required for all new hires. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.

A Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (SF-450) will be required for certain positions. You may be asked to complete the necessary Financial Disclosure Report to meet that requirement.

Drug Testing: If position has been identified as a Testing-Designated position under DHS's Drug-Free Workplace Plan, any individual tentatively selected will be required to submit to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment.

Selective Service Registration: Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, will be required to certify the they have registered with the Selective System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.

Residency Requirement: There is a residency requirement for all applicants not currently employed by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The residency requirement states that candidates must have, for three of the last five years immediately prior to applying for this position(s); (1) resided in the United States; or (2) worked for the United States Government as an employee overseas in a Federal or Military capacity; or (3) been dependent of a U.S. Federal or Military employee serving overseas.Exceptions may be granted to applicants if they can provide complete state-side coverage information required to make a suitability/security determination.

Examples of state-side coverage information include; the state-side address of the company headquarters where the applicant's personnel file is located, the state-side address of the Professor in charge of the applicant's "Study Abroad" program, the church records for the applicant's overseas church mission, and/or the state-side addresses of anyone who worked or studied with the applicant while overseas. Applicants must be able to provide information at a later date if deemed necessary.

Probationary Period: The candidate selected is required to serve a probationary trial period.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

You will be evaluated based upon the strength of your application, qualifications, and experience. If selected for an interview you will also be evaluated based upon responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.


BENEFITS:

Working with the Federal Government offers comprehensive packages that includes; annual and sick leave, paid holidays, life insurance, health benefits, flexible spending and dependant care accounts, long term care insurance, and participation in the Federal Employment Retirement System. In some localities, USCIS also offers benefits/flexibilities that may be attractive to a new professional, e.g. flexible work schedules, and transit subsidies. The following web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits to most federal employees. To find out more, click here: http://www.opm./insure/health.

 

 



OTHER INFORMATION:

Promotional Potential: This position starts at the GS-11 level (GS-12 if the person has passed the Bar exam and has at least one year of legal experience) and has promotion potential to the GS-15/10. When promotion potential is shown, the agency is not making a commitment and is not obligated to provide future promotions to you if you are selected. Future promotions will be dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and administrative approval.

This job is being filled by an alternative hiring process and is not in the competitive civil service.



HOW TO APPLY:

Your application must be received by 11:59PM EST on Sunday, February 17, 2013.

To begin, click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register or sign into USAJOBS, take the online questionnaire, and submit the required documents. See Required Documents section.

We strongly encourage you to apply online.

If you can not apply online, you must contact the office listed below at least one day prior to the closing date of the announcement.

Applications will not be accepted by mail, email, or fax.

Relocation expenses will NOT be reimbursed for this position.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

In addition to completing an online questionnaire and submitting a resume, the following supporting documents must be received by the closing date of this announcement.

(1)  An official law school transcript.

(2)  A writing sample not to exceed 10 pages.

(3)  Two letters of recommendation.

(4)  A cover letter indicating your interest in being an entry-level attorney with USCIS.  If there is a specific deadline by which you would need a decision, please indicate that in your cover letter.

Your application and all supporting documentation must be received by 11:59PM (Eastern Time) on the closing date.

Note that you will be allowed to apply more than once but the last application is the only one that will be used.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

OCC JOB LINE
Phone: (202)272-1420
Email: OCC-APPLICANT@USCIS.DHS.GOV
Agency Information:
US Citizenship and Immigration Services
20 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Suite 4210
Washington, DC
20529
USA

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once your complete application is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.


Control Number: 335874700
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