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Job Title:  Assistant Director, Enforcement and Removal Operations,Law Enforcement Systems and Analysis Division
Department:  Department Of Homeland Security
Agency:  Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Job Announcement Number:  ICESES/12-792862

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$119,554.00 to $179,700.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 to Monday, December 17, 2012
Full Time - Senior Executive Service (SES)
1 vacancy - Washington DC, DC United States  View Map
United States Citizens


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.

Duty Location: This vacancy announcement will be used to fill the position of Assistant Director, within the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Office of Enforcement and Removal Operations, Law Enforcement Systems and Analysis Division, in Washington, DC.  


  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Background Investigation


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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is the largest investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  ICE protects national security and upholds public safety by targeting criminal networks and terrorist organizations that seek to exploit vulnerabilities in the immigration system, in the financial networks, along the U.S. borders, and elsewhere.  The Office of Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) defends public safety and national security by seeking departure from the United States of removable aliens through the smart and tough enforcement of the nation's immigration laws.  ERO also performs custody management for detainees and other persons subject to removal proceedings, and enforces final orders of removal.


As the Assistant Director, you will plan, direct, manage, and coordinate programmatic and operational functions relating to the identification, apprehension, transportation, and detention of aliens ordered removed, with an emphasis on criminal aliens; execution of final orders of deportation; and liaison with Departmental, interagency, and community partners on ERO matters.


You will be responsible for identifying and exploiting intelligence information and processing criminal aliens who have no legal right to remain in the United States after completing their sentences.  You will coordinate with other law enforcement officials at the highest levels of federal, state, and local governments, as well as with intelligence organizations and international law enforcement entities.


As the Assistant Director for the Law Enforcement Systems & Analysis Division you will be responsible for managing complex statistical analyses for ERO programs, operations and systems.  You will be responsible for ERO specific statistical reporting, including the data accuracy, quality and integrity required in all government furnished reports.   You will also be responsible for managing modeling and analysis efforts to identify and promote process improvements, efficiencies and the overall effectiveness of ERO programs and operations.   Your duties will include performing micro and macro level strategic planning that identifies interdependencies and interrelations of ERO and ICE activities to ensure cohesive future year planning.   You will also serve as the business owner for the ERO information technology portfolio, managing and identifying new cutting edge systems/technologies that promote the efficiency and effectiveness of a high performing law enforcement agency.


You will direct a staff of law enforcement and support personnel; make decisions on work problems presented by subordinate supervisors; evaluate performance and review evaluations; interview and recommend candidates for vacancies; handle grievances and disciplinary actions; recommend promotions and special commendations; and implement or recommend training programs.


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 ICE carries out within the Government, visit our website at



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As a basic requirement for entry into the SES, you must have progressively responsible executive leadership and supervisory 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 large number of employees through subordinate supervisors and have experience hiring, developing, and, evaluating employees.  Typically, experience of this nature will have been gained at or above the GS-15 grade level in the Federal service, or its equivalent with state or local government, the private sector, or  non-governmental organization.  Your experience should demonstrate that you have the knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully fulfill responsibilities inherent in most SES positions such as:

·         Directing 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; and exercising important policy-making, policy-determining, or other executive functions.

If your experience does not include these basic qualifications you will not be determined qualified for this position.



The following five ECQs and the Fundamental Competencies are the primary selection criteria for SES positions.  The ECQs were developed to assess executive experience and potential - not to evaluate technical expertise.  ECQs measure whether an individual has the broad executive skills needed to succeed in a variety of SES positions.


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 .



Expert knowledge of and ability to manage a complex, large-scale criminal alien identification, detention and removal program and/or operation.


Other Requirements

Public Financial Disclosure.  The Ethics in Government Act, PL 95-521 requires the applicant selected for this position to submit a financial disclosure statement, SF-278, prior to assuming the SES position, annually, and upon termination of employment. 

Selective Service.  As a condition of employment, all male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must have registered for the selective service.  If selected for this position, the applicant must sign a statement certifying his registration, or the applicant must demonstrate exempt status under the Selective Service Law.

Mobility.  Organizational and geographical mobility is essential in developing and managing SES leaders and generally is a key to advancement. Therefore, applicants are expected to be mobile and once appointed SES members may be reassigned at the discretion of the appointing authority 

Declaration for Federal Employment, OF-306. Before you are hired, you will be required to sign and certify the accuracy of the information in your application.


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.


Law Enforcement Retirement: This position will carry secondary law enforcement coverage as provided in 5.U.S.C. § 8336(c), and 5 U.S.C. § 8412(d), for eligible law enforcement employees.   Employees who reach age 57 with at least 20 years of creditable service under law enforcement provisions are subject to mandatory separation from this position.   Federal employees who currently work in a primary/rigorous law enforcement position and do not have a break in service of more than three days are eligible to continue coverage in a secondary position.


Lautenberg Amendment:   This position authorizes the incumbent to carry a firearm.   Any person who has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence cannot lawfully possess a firearm or ammunition [TITLE 18, U.S.C., SECTION 922(G)(9)].   A "misdemeanor crime of domestic violence" is generally defined under the statute as any offense involving the use or attempted use of physical force, or the threatened uses of a deadly weapon, committed by the victim's current or former domestic partner, parent, or guardian.   The term "convicted", as defined in the statute, excludes any person whose conviction has been expunged, set-aside, or pardoned or any person whose civil rights have been restored unless the pardon, expungement, or restoration of civil rights expressly prohibits the possession of firearms or ammunition.   Candidates who have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of violence within the meaning of the referenced statute are not qualified for this position.   Candidates under consideration will be required to certify whether they have ever been convicted of such an offense.   False or fraudulent information provided by candidates is criminally punishable by fine or imprisonment (TITLE 18, U.S.C., SECTION 1001).


Drug Testing: This position has been identified as a Testing Designated Position under the ICE Applicant and Employee Drug Testing 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.  


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 ICE 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.


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Benefits and Other Information:


You will be eligible for performance bonuses of 5 to 20 percent of base pay for superior accomplishments. The total compensation package includes other benefits and options.  Total employer paid contributions are worth approximately $20,000-$27,000 excluding paid vacation and sick leave, paid holidays, and performance-based bonuses.


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.


In addition to the 10 regular paid holidays observed by the government, you will earn 26 vacation days and 13 days of sick leave per year.


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.


Relocation:  We may choose to pay your relocation expenses in accordance with Federal Travel Regulations.


Probationary Period:   You will serve a one-year probationary period unless you previously completed a probationary period in the SES.


ICE is an equal opportunity employment employer:   Selection for positions will be based solely on merit without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender, national origin, political affiliation, disability, sexual orientation, marital or family status, or other differences.


ICE provides reasonable accommodations to applications 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.


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Note:   Résumés must be submitted using the USA Jobs website application manager.   We are no longer accepting résumés via email or standard/express mail.  


You must submit a compete online application package (including resume, vacancy questions and supporting documents) no later than midnight Eastern Tome on the closing date of the announcement.

•To begin, click the Apply Online button on the job announcement posting to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.

•Follow the directions to register and submit all required documents.

•You may review your saved application(s) at

Visit this site to create your account and apply for this position –

Your application materials must be received by 11:59 p.m. EDT of the closing date of this announcement date.

It is your responsibility to verify that information entered, uploaded, and sent is received and is accurate.   You may complete the assessment questionnaire more than once, but only your most recent submission will be used.


Fax:   If you are unable to upload your documents using Application Manager, you may fax them to 1-478-757-3144.   DO NOT FAX the same documents that have been uploaded into Application Manager.   If you are unable to submit your application online, you may View Occupational Questionnaire, complete the questionnaire using form 1203-FX, and fax the form to 1-478-757-3144.   The required fax cover sheet must be included and should include the Vacancy Identification Number: ICESES/12-792862 

You may verify your documents have been processed by logging into   Uploaded documents may take up to one hour to clear virus scan.   Faxed documents may take 2-3 business days to process.




1.  Resume - Ensure that your resume contains your full name, address, phone number and email address.  Additionally, we recommend you include job titles, salaries, employers' names and addresses, supervisor's names and phone numbers (indicate if we may contact your current and former supervisors), starting and ending dates of employment. Your resume needs to emphasize your level or responsibilities, the scope and complexity of programs managed, and your program accomplishments, including the results of your actions. When uploading your resume, choose the Supporting Document Type called "Resume".


2.  Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) - Required for all applicants except noncompetitive applicants. This document carries the greatest weight in your selection and is the basis for your final consideration for certification in the Senior Executive Service.  As a competitive applicant, you must submit a narrative statement for each ECQ describing work experiences that reflect proven, demonstrated success in meeting these requirements.   You must address each ECQ separately. You are required to respond to all ECQs. If you fail to do so, you will be rated as 'ineligible.'  The narrative for your ECQs must not exceed 10 pages in total. It is recommended that each ECQ narrative be no more than two pages.  When uploading your ECQs, choose the Supporting Document Type called "ECQ."

The preferred format for your response is the CCAR Model (Challenge/Context/Action/Results). Simply, you should pick 1-2 work experiences per ECQ and write a story using this outline of the CCAR Model: 

a. Challenge: Describe a specific problem or goal that you faced in a job.

b. Context: Describe the individuals and groups you worked with, and/or the environment in which you worked to tackle a particular challenge (e.g., clients, co-workers, Members of Congress, shrinking budget, low morale.) Describe how that context influenced how the problem evolved; why it was important; and what complicated resolving it.

c. Action: Discuss the specific action you took to address the challenge.  Be specific about what you did so you can show the nexus between your action and the impact on the final solution.

d. Results: Give specific examples of the results of your actions (e.g. process improvements, money saved, increased efficiency, productivity or customer satisfaction).  These accomplishments demonstrate the quality and effectiveness of your leadership skills.

Your examples should emphasize your level of responsibilities, scope and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments with results of your actions, policy initiatives and level of contacts.  ECQs measure of demonstrated performance.  Education or training alone in a particular ECQ is not qualifying experience.  References to training and education should be limited to those that specifically supplement your executive work experience.

Applicants preparing ECQs for the first time should expect to spend approximately 40 hours writing and refining the narrative responses, so you should plan accordingly to meet the application deadline.

Tips on writing a good ECQ narrative, guidance on the CCAR model, and sample approved ECQs are available at

 NOTE:  ECQ Exemption for Non Competitive Applicants - If you are a career SES appointee, eligible for reinstatement into the SES or a graduate of an OPM-certified Candidate Development Program you do not have to submit ECQs, but you must submit MTQ(s), discussed below, and all other required documents.

 3.  Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs). Required for all applicants. Applicants must submit narrative responses to each of the qualifications listed in the Mandatory Technical Qualifications section of this vacancy announcement.  Narrative responses must not be longer than two pages per MTQ.  This is addition to the 10 page maximum for the ECQs.  You must address each MTQ separately.  You are required to respond to all MTQs. If you fail to do so, you will be rated as 'ineligible.' Select the supporting document "MTQs" to upload your responses.


4.  Proof of Federal Employment/Status.  For positions open to all Federal employees, you must provide a Standard Form-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which shows your current or former civil service status.  You can obtain this from your Official Personnel Folder maintained by your servicing personnel office, or in your Electronic Official Personnel Folder (EOPF).

5.  Proof of Non-Competitive Eligibility.  Current and former SES members and graduates of OPM-approved SES Candidate Development Programs, who wish to be considered as non-competitive eligible, must provide proof of eligibility.  Current and former SES should provide a copy of the Standard Form-50, Notification of Personnel Action, for the initial appointment to the SES.  This personnel action is the only action that reflects that you previously competed and were certified by an OPM Qualifications Review Board.  Individuals who were removed from the SES or did not complete the SES probationary period are not eligible for non-competitive appointment. CDP graduates should provide a copy of the OPM QRB Criterion B Certification.





Martesia S. Lavant
Phone: (202)732-7568
Agency Information:
Immigration and Customs Enforcement ICE
800 K Street NW
Suite 1000
Mailstop 5008
Washington, DC


Our evaluation will be based on the information you supply.  You should expect that we will verify performance, suitability, and security information from reference checks and take that information into account in making employment offers.

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