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  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Immigration Policy Analyst

Department:Department Of Labor

Agency:Employment and Training Administration

Job Announcement Number:DE-13-ETA-002

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$74,872.00 to $115,742.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 to Thursday, November 29, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0301-12/13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - This appointment is a 4-year TERM appointment.

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC Metro Area, DC, US

WHO MAY APPLY:

U.S. Citizens; ICTAP eligibles in the local commuting area; Non-Citizens as allowed by law. This position is also being advertised as job #MS-13-ETA-002 for status & VEOA eligible applicants and the following non-competitive authorities: VRA up to grade 11; Vets 30% or more compensable; persons w/disabilities; present/former Peace Corps personnel.  To be considered for each, apply to BOTH jobs.

JOB SUMMARY:

Opportunities are Open! Begin a challenging career with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), and you will help shape the workforce of tomorrow.  DOL offers rewarding opportunities to contribute to a noble mission; to serve and protect American workers, prepare them for new and better jobs, and to ensure the safety and fairness of American workplaces. The Department of Labor values its customers. Every DOL employee is responsible for delivering good customer service through accurate, courteous, efficient and effective transactions.

This position is located in the Department of Labor (DOL), Employment and Training Administration (ETA), Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC).  The OFLC provides national leadership and policy guidance to carry out the responsibilities of the Secretary of Labor under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), as amended, concerning foreign workers seeking admission to work either permanently or temporarily in the United States.  The OFLC processes employer-filed labor certification applications through two National Processing Centers and a National Prevailing Wage Center.  This position is in the Division of Policy.

 

This is a TERM position not to exceed 48 months.  Click Term employees for more information.  A term appointment does not confer eligibility for noncompetitive movement to other positions or for reappointment after separation from employment.

 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship.
  • Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.
  • Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.

DUTIES:

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Major duties include, but are not limited to:

- Interprets and applies the various provisions contained in the INA as they relate to employment-based immigration programs administered by the Office of Foreign Labor Certification and possess familiarity with the immigration functions of the Departments of Homeland Security and State.

- Assists in the planning and/or conducting special studies; assists in developing and/or evaluating policies in assigned areas of responsibility; assists in developing new and/or recommending changes to existing policies, procedures, and other directives; and assists in evaluating the applicability and effect of new or proposed legislation, executive orders, agency directives, and other agency decisions in the area of foreign labor certification.

- Develops proposed regulations, position papers, and policy guidance related to the Office's administration of immigrant and non-immigrant programs.

- Provides policy guidance and technical assistance to OFLC National office staff, OFLC administered National Processing Centers, senior Department officials, and interested stakeholders and customers of the Office.

- Tracks correspondence, legislation, and other items as needed.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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GS-12:  Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-11, in the Federal Service.

 

GS-13:  Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-12, in the Federal Service. 

 

Specialized experience includes: extensive experience applying immigration law, the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), and foreign labor certification-related knowledge; extensive experience writing, reviewing, and presenting complex immigration policy interpretations to internal and external customers, including senior officials; and extensive experience making recommendations for action on immigration-related matters to senior officials. 

 

Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review on OPM's website at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/Standards/group-stds/gs-admin.asp


There are no educational requirements.

Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements.  Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

If you meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you will be evaluated against the evaluation factors (competencies) noted below and will be placed into one of the following quality categories based on your responses to the vacancy questions.
Categories

Category A is Best Qualified-Meets the specialized experience outlined in the announcement and demonstrates extensive experience applying immigration law, the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), and foreign labor certification-related knowledge; extensive experience writing, reviewing, and presenting complex immigration policy interpretations to internal and external customers, including senior officials; and extensive experience making recommendations for action on immigration-related matters to senior officials.  

Category B is Well Qualified- Meets the specialized experience outlined in the announcement and demonstrates substantial experience applying immigration law, the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), and foreign labor certification-related knowledge; substantial experience writing, reviewing, and presenting complex immigration program policy interpretations to internal and external customers, including senior officials; and substantial experience making recommendations for action on immigration-related matters to senior officials.

Category C is Minimally Qualified-Meets the specialized experience outlined in the announcement and demonstrates basic experience applying immigration law, the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), and foreign labor certification-related knowledge; basic experience writing, reviewing, and presenting complex immigration policy interpretations to internal and external customers, including senior officials; and basic experience making recommendations for action on immigration-related matters to senior officials. 

 

Evaluation Factors (Competencies) - All qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following key competencies (click Evaluation Tools for information):

1.Immigration-Related Program Knowledge-Knowledge of immigration-related government programs, OFLC program policy, immigration law, the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), permanent and temporary non-immigrant employment based programs.  The knowledge must be at a level that can be applied quickly to providing consultation and technical assistance to OFLC policy and operations.

2. Law and Policy Interpretation-Ability to interpret program requirements, regulations, policy statements, and other similar guidelines and information material in order to determine the impact on operations; ability to describe and explain changes to non-legal audiences, and make recommendations to management on proposed changes

3.Research and Analysis Skills-Ability to research and draft Ability to independently research and draft, accurate and concise complex policy statements, regulations and frequently asked questions (FAQs), summaries of administrative judicial decisions,  and guidance based on statute and regulations.  Demonstrated ability to conduct independent research and draft guidance based on administrative judicial decisions.

4.Written and Oral Communication Skills- Ability to write consistent, accurate and clear policy documents (such as regulations, supplementary information, FAQs), complex correspondence, memoranda, research briefs, and policy analysis for senior management and external customers.  Ability to advise,  present and discuss with varying audiences of senior level officials and staff members in a clear, effective and persuasive manner.  Express information to individuals or groups effectively, makes clear and convincing oral presentations.

5.Planning and Organizing- Ability to plan multiple projects in a short time frame in a fast paced environment.

 

The information you provide may be verified by a review of your work experience and/or education, by checking references and through other means, such as the interview process.  The examining Human Resources Office (HRO) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings.  It is essential that your resume provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses in the self-assessment vacancy questions.  If your responses are not adequately substantiated by your resume, the HRO will amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency that is indicated by the content of your resume.  Your evaluation may also include a review by a Human Resources Specialist or panel and may include other assessments such as an interview, a panel review, written test, writing sample, etc.
INFORMATION FOR ICTAP/CTAP ELIGIBLES ONLY: If you meet the eligibility requirements for special priority selection under ICTAP/CTAP you must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. ICTAP/CTAP eligibles who are placed into Category B Well Qualified or higher will be considered "well-qualified" for priority selection purposes. Click Application of Veterans Preference for Category Rating Jobs for more information.


To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

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The Department of Labor (DOL) offers a great benefit package to eligible employees. The benefit package includes but is not limited to health benefits, supplemental dental and vision plans, flexible spending accounts, 13 days paid sick leave per year, vacation leave and 10 paid holidays per year.  We offer a variety of employee benefit options, a family-friendly work environment, a child care subsidy program, transit subsidy program, career assistance program, health services and fitness programs, access to LifeCare, a resource and referral service and more.  For a comprehensive site about all federal benefits, please refer to OPM.  For specific DOL benefits information, please refer to DOL BENEFITS.

OTHER INFORMATION:

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, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.  Refer to these links for more information: GENERAL INFORMATION, ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION, SELECTIVE SERVICE REGISTRATION, PROBATIONARY PERIOD, FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES

 

This positon is inside the bargaining unit.



HOW TO APPLY:

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Follow the 5 steps below to apply.  Your application and ALL required supplemental documents must be received by 11:59 pm Eastern Time (ET) on the vacancy closing date to be considered.  Paper applications and supplemental documents submitted in any other manner without prior approval from the vacancy contact will not be considered.
For more details, click How To Apply Detailed Instructions Document or How To Apply Video.  For help, refer to the Vacancy Contact in the "Questions about this job" section.  SAVE your information before the 60 MINUTE TIMEOUT!
STEP 1 - Create USAJOBS Account, including Resume and Saved Documents
Your resume must provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses in the self-assessment vacancy questions.  If not, the HRO may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the competency indicated by resume content.
STEP 2 - Answer Vacancy Questions (DOORS)
Click the Apply Online button, which is available when you search for a job on www.usajobs.gov, click on the title and proceed.

STEP 3 - Submit Supplemental Documents
Submit the required documents (only if applicable to you) specified in the "Required Documents" section of this vacancy by the close date.  For details: click How to Submit Supplemental Documentation Document or Submit Supplemental Documentation Video.  Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission.

STEP 4 - Review Application and click Finish  Click here to submit an updated resume after initial application.

STEP 5 - Edit Application as needed by 11:59 pm ET of Close Date

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

The following documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the vacancy closing date. Follow the instructions: click How To Submit Supplemental Documentation Document or Submit Supplemental Documentation Video.  You are not required to submit a document if it does not apply to you.Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission.
- Veterans Documents (if applicable): To be considered as a 5-point preference eligible, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD214. Your DD-214 must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty.  To claim 10-point preference, you must submit a copy of your DD214; an Application for 10-point Veteran's Preference, SF15; and the proof of entitlement of this preference which is normally an official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying to the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of your disability. (Note for Active duty service members expecting to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions within 120 days: you may be granted tentative preference by submitting a "certification" document in lieu of a Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD 214.  The "certification" is any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service under honorable conditions.  Veteran's preference must be verified prior to appointment.)  Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's preference.  For more information, go to: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/hire/hrp/vetguide/index.aspx
- Displaced Employee Placement Documents - Only required if requesting priority consideration under ICTAP Eligibility.
- Applicants with disabilities who wish to claim eligibility under SCHEDULE A)  of the excepted service (persons with severe disabilities) must submit the following documentation from a licensed medical professional or other authorized entity:
(1) proof of disability; and
(2) certification of job readiness.
For more details, please see http://www.usajobs.gov/IndividualsWithDisabilities.
- Cover Letters are not mandatory and will not be used to verify experience, but may be submitted
- Peace Corps Document (if applicable) - Certification of satisfactory service from the Director of Peace Corps to receive consideration.
Applicants selected for employment who are not current DOL employees will be required to provide proof of citizenship, and the E-Verify system will be used to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Linda Walker
Phone: 202-693-2646
Fax: 000-000-0000
Email: walker.lindag@dol.gov
Agency Information:
Labor, Employment and Training Administration
200 Constitution Ave., NW
Rm. N4656
Washington , DC
20210
US
Fax: 000-000-0000

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once your complete application is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and refer candidates for selection consideration.  Candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.  You will be notified of the outcome. A selection is expected to be made within 30 calendar days from the issuance date of the certificate. To check the status of your application: Click here.  To sign up for Application Status Updates via email: Click Here.

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Job Announcement Number:

DE-13-ETA-002

Control Number:

331278000