The President has challenged cabinet Secretaries and senior Federal agency heads to create a government that is more citizen centered, results oriented, and market based. To achieve this vision within The Department of Homeland Security, we are searching for high caliber leaders who possess high standards of excellence and enjoy challenges and opportunities.Learn more about this agency
Failure to follow explicit instructions provided will result in your loss of consideration for this position. Before applying for this position, please read the entire announcement and follow the instructions in the How to Apply section.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is a component within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security comprised of approximately 19,000 Federal employees and contractors working in approximately 250 Headquarters and field offices around the world. We are responsible for the administration of immigration and naturalization adjudication functions and establishing immigration services policies and priorities.
Our functions include:
- Adjudication of immigrant and nonimmigrant visa petitions
- Adjudication of naturalization applications
- Adjudication of asylum and refugee applications
- Adjudication of a variety of other immigration applications and petitions
Participates with the Director, in managing and leads a staff of administrative, technical, and professional employees. Develops and recommends to the Director for approval annual operating plans and budget submissions that are consistent with the Director's strategic guidance.
Occasionally acts on behalf of the Director and represents USCIS before domestic and international entities to facilitate appropriate exchange of information; work on special initiatives; and develop long- and short-range strategies to help the agency achieve its mission. Monitors daily short- and long-term progress on the implementation and execution of the Director's strategic priorities in the agency's operations, reporting regularly to the Director on a timely basis with candid feedback and counsel.
As a member of the agency's executive team, you will implement the President's Management Agenda within your specific area of responsibility. For an overview of the diverse responsibilities USCIS carries out within the Government, visit our website at http://www.uscis.gov/.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
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Conditions Of Employment
- You must be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. National to apply for this position.
- Obtain/Maintain a Security Clearance (i.e. Secret, Top Secret)
- First time Senior Executive Service (SES) appointees are subject to a one-year probationary period.
- Applications exceeding the page limits will be disqualified.
- Financial Disclosure Required.
- Drug Testing Required.
QualificationsAs a basic requirement for entry into the SES, applicants must provide evidence of progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior executive level managerial capability. This experience should be sufficiently broad in scope and at a major management level in a large or complex organization. The ideal candidate will have experience supervising a large number of employees through subordinate supervisors and have experience hiring, developing and evaluating employees.
As such, your application should demonstrate that you the knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully fulfill responsibilities inherent in SES positions such as:
- Leading the work of an organizational unit
- Ensuring the success of one or more specific major programs or projects
- Monitoring progress toward strategic organizational goals, evaluating organizational performance and taking action to improve performance
- Supervising the work of employees, developing policy and other executive functions
If your experience does not include these basic qualifications, you will not be determined qualified for this position. There is no substitution for education of experience for this position.
**Noncompetitive status- if you are a current or reinstatement eligible Career SES or a graduate of an Office of Personnel Management (OPM) approved SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) and your ECQs have been certified by OPM's Qualifications Review Board (QRB)-you are not required to address the ECQs. Current and reinstatement eligible SES must include with your application a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, documenting your SES Career Appointment. CDP graduates must include a copy of your OPM CDP graduation certificate or other proof that your ECQs have been QRB certified.**
The application process used to recruit for this position is the RESUME-BASED METHOD.
All applicants must submit a five (5) page resume. Your resume should clearly reflect evidence of the ECQs. Please do not submit separate narratives addressing the ECQs. Any information in excess of five (5) pages WILL NOT be considered. A sample five (5) page resume that incorporates ECQs can be viewed at this link http://www.opm.gov/ses/references/GuidetoSESQuals_2012.pdf
EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS
ECQ 1 -LEADING CHANGE: This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this Executive Core Qualification (ECQ) is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.
ECQ 2 -LEADING PEOPLE: This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.
ECQ 3 -RESULTS DRIVEN: This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.
ECQ 4 -BUSINESS ACUMEN: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.
ECQ 5 -BUILDING COALITIONS: This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, state and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments or international organizations to achieve common goals.
Additional information on the Executive Core Qualifications is available at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/senior-executive-service/executive-core-qualifications/
MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATION(S)
All applicants must submit a written narrative explaining how they meet the mandatory technical qualification(s) not to exceed one (1) page for each MTQ. Please give examples and explain the depth of the knowledge you possess and the sensitivity of the issues you handled, etc. Any information in excess of one (1) page per MTQ WILL NOT be considered.
MTQ 1. Demonstrated experience with executive-level leadership of staff, resources, and the delivery of a broad range of mission-enabling functions to a large, diverse, multi-functional organization including the ability to make difficult decisions in operational, management, and personnel matters in a timely manner and to promptly implement decisions.
MTQ 2. Demonstrated experience developing and implementing relevant strategies to influence outcomes, particularly regarding organizational change and transformation.
This job does not have an education qualification requirement.
Our Benefits Package: You will be eligible for performance bonuses of 5 to 20 percent of base pay for superior accomplishments. You will be covered by a defined benefit, contributory Federal retirement system. You may participate in a retirement savings investment plan that offers before-tax savings and tax-deferred investment earnings. You may select one of a variety of health plans and options under the Government's Federal Employees' Health Benefits program and you may participate in the Federal Employees' Group Life and Long Term Care Insurance Programs. You will earn 26 vacation days and 13 days of sick leave per year. In addition, the Government observes 10 regular paid holidays each year.
Veterans' preference does not apply to Senior Executive Service positions.
Financial Disclosure: If you are hired, you will have to complete a Public Financial Disclosure Report within 30 days after appointment.
Selective Service: If you are a male born after December 31, 1959 and selected for this position, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service law.
Immigration Reform and Control Act: The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 seeks to preserve jobs for those who are legally entitled to them: American citizens and aliens who are authorized to work in our country. This law requires employees to provide a document or documents that establish identity and employment eligibility.
The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability and genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.
USCIS provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us. Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
Background Investigation: This position is a sensitive position and the tentative selectee must undergo and successfully complete a background investigation as a condition of placement/retention in the position. A security clearance is required.
Drug Testing: This position has been identified as a Testing Designated Position under the USCIS Drug-Free Workplace Program. Satisfactory completion of a drug test is a condition of placement and/or employment in the position and the incumbent(s) of this position is thereafter subject to Random Drug Testing.
Probationary Period: You will serve a one-year probationary period unless you previously completed a probationary period in the SES.
How You Will Be Evaluated
Our evaluation will be based on the information you provide. Verification of performance, suitability and security information from reference checks will be taken into consideration when making offers of employment.
You will be evaluated on the quality and extent of your total accomplishments, experience and education. Your application will be evaluated by a rating and ranking panel, and highly qualified candidates may undergo an interview and a reference check. The USCIS Executive Resources Board (ERB) will review results and make recommendations on final selections to the appointing authority. Unless you have already been certified by a Qualifications Review Board (QRB) in the past, your ECQs must be certified by a QRB after selection and before appointment can occur.
Background checks and security clearance
Failure to submit the required documents will result in your application being disqualified.
1. Resume should not exceed five (5) pages. Exceeding the page limit will result in your application being disqualified. Please do not submit an application form (such as OF 612, Optional Application for Federal Employment) in lieu of a résumé. Applicants typically provide the following information:
- Vacancy announcement number -CIS-10147904-18-FO
- Full name, e-mail and mailing addresses, and day and evening telephone numbers
- Educational information, including the name, city and state of colleges or universities you attended, as well as the type and year of any degree received. Report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For more information, you may refer to the following
- U.S. Department of Education website:https://www2.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/accreditation_pg4.html#Diploma-Mills
- Information about your paid and non-paid work experience related to this position including:
- Job title (include series and grade if Federal job)
- Duties and accomplishments
- Employer's name and address
- Supervisor's name and phone number
- Starting and ending dates of employment (month and year)
- Honors, awards and special accomplishments
2. Mandatory Technical Qualifications - Written narratives addressing the Mandatory Technical Qualification(s) (MTQ) not to exceed one (1) page for each MTQ.
When uploading your Technical Qualification(s), it should be one document, label this Supporting Document as "Other)."
3. Non-competitive applicants: Current of former career SES members must provide a recent SF-50 showing their current status or reinstatement eligibility. Candidates who have successfully completed an Office of Personnel Management approved SES Candidate Development Program must submit a copy of their certification. Your status must be clearly stated in your resume.
When uploading your SF-50, label this Supporting Document as "SF-50."
When uploading your SES CDP Certification, label this Supporting Document as "Other."
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
How to Apply
To apply for this position, you must at a minimum provide a complete application package which includes:
1. Your 5-page (or shorter) resume (any excess pages will not be considered)
2. Mandatory Technical Qualifications narrative statement (1 page maximum for each MTQ, any excess pages will not be considered)
See Required Documents section for more detail.
To begin your online application, click here to create your account and follow the prompts to register or sign into USAJOBS. Once there, click the apply button, take the online questionnaire, and submit the required documents..
It is your responsibility to verify that information entered, uploaded, sent (i.e. resume, ECQ, SF-50s) is received and is accurate by 11:59PM EST on 03/23/2018. You may complete the assessment questionnaire more than once, but only your most recent submission will be used.
Agency contact information
Executive Resources and Services
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70 Kimball Avenue
South Burlington, VT 05403
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Once you submit your application, we will review your experience and qualifications to determine if you possess the required ECQs for the position based on the information submitted in your package. Those who meet the qualifications will be referred to a panel of SES members to determine the "best qualified" candidates who will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration.
Once a selection has been made, the selectee's application will be forwarded to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) for approval by the OPM Qualifications Review Board (QRB), unless the selectee is a noncompetitive candidate that has been successfully certified by the OPM QRB.
You may verify your documents have been processed by logging into https://applicationmanager.gov. Uploaded documents may take up to one hour to clear the virus scan. Faxed documents may take 2-3 business days to process.
We will notify you by email at various stages in the process. Your status will also be updated on USAJOBS throughout the process. To check your status, log on to your USAJOBS account, click on "Application Status," and then click "More Information." We expect to make a final job offer within 90 business days after the deadline for applications. If you are selected, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.
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The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.
Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy And gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
Reasonable Accommodation Policy
Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
A reasonable accommodation is any change in the workplace or the way things are customarily done that provides an equal employment opportunity to an individual with a disability. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) must provide reasonable accommodations:
- An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.
Legal and regulatory guidance
This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/492678900. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.