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Job Title:SUPERVISORY ECONOMIST (CHIEF)

Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:Citizenship and Immigration Services

Job Announcement Number:CIS-PJN-877475-IPO

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$123,758.00 to $155,500.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, April 29, 2013 to Friday, May 10, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0110-15

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

15

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career? If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling. DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, 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 DHS.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services secures America's promise as a nation of immigrants by providing accurate and useful information to our customers, granting immigration and citizenship benefits, promoting an awareness and understanding of citizenship, and ensuring the integrity of our immigration system. Visit us at http://www.uscis.gov/.

 

As a Supervisory Economist (Chief) in USCIS's newly created Immigrant Investor Program Office, you will have the opportunity to work on critical issues related to the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program. This program was established by Congress to promote the immigration of people who bring new investment capital into the country and create new jobs for U.S. workers.

 

This position of SUPERVISORY ECONOMIST (CHIEF) starts at a salary of $123,758.00(GS-15 step 1), to $155,500.00 (GS-15 step 10).  Apply for this exciting opportunity to become a member of the Immigrant Investor Program Office, Washington DC, within DHS US Citizenship and Immigration Services.

 

For definitions of terms found in this announcement, please click here

 

USCIS will not pay relocation expenses.
This position is not in the bargaining unit.
This position is considered "essential" for purposes of reporting to work when the facility might otherwise be closed.

Note: USCIS may fill one or more positions using this vacancy.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. National to apply for this position
  • Successfully pass a Background Investigation including financial disclosure
  • You must pass a drug screening
  • Meet relevant experience and/or education requirements
  • You must submit resume and supporting documentation
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered with the Selective Service

DUTIES:

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As a Supervisory Economist (Chief) in the Immigrant Investor Program Office, you will serve as an economic expert and advisor on economic analysis and the economic impact of diverse business investments pertaining to the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program, developing positions and initiatives related to agency-wide economic policy, and rendering decisions as to whether proposed capital projects and investment structures will create U.S. jobs and otherwise comply with EB-5 program requirements. Other major duties and responsibilities may include:

  • Providing technical leadership and supervision on all issues related to the economic analysis of Immigrant Investor Program petitions and applications.
  • Coordinating with the Chief, Immigration Investor Program Office, to assure consistency in approach and timeliness of review of complex economic models and job creation analysis.
  • Assessing economic methodologies and models to determine the feasibility of investments in new commercial enterprises and the creation, directly or indirectly, of jobs.
  • Evaluating data generated from highly complex econometric modeling and advising top-level USCIS officials concerning the adequacy, accuracy, and contribution to USCIS programs.
  • Overseeing and guiding the economic analysis of Immigrant Investor Program applications and petitions to ensure various eligibility requirements are met, ensuring writing of reasoned decisions regarding the facts presented by individual applications and petitions, and advising other economists on highly complex and unprecedented problems.
  • Serving as an advisor to senior management officials and making decisions and recommendations in the development of strategies, plans, and Immigrant Investor Program guidance.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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GS-15: You qualify at the GS-15 level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience, equivalent to at least the GS-14 level in the Federal government, which has equipped you with the skills needed to perform the duties of the position. You must also have experience performing the following duties:

  • Substantial experience in the private and/or public sector in a management role or providing consultative services to businesses;
  • Serving as an expert or consultant to senior management officials on the resolution of extremely sensitive and complicated economic issues
  • Applying economic techniques and methodologies to develop new economic guidelines and determine the impact of diverse business investments;
  • Evaluating proposed capital projects and investment structures that will create U.S. jobs; and
  • Convincingly present agency-wide policies and programs, and make recommendations to senior leadership and outside stakeholders.

 

Note: Prior experience with immigration law or the Immigrant Investor Programs is preferred, though not mandatory. Experience evaluating business plans for feasibility is also preferred, though not mandatory. Master's Degree in Economics is preferred, though not mandatory. Successful completion of post-graduate level courses in economics is preferred, though not mandatory.

 


EDUCATIONAL SUBSTITUTION: There is no educational substitution at this grade level.

Basic Requirements:

A. A bachelor's degree in economics that included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus; http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/Standards/IORs/GS0100/0110.htm

OR

B. A combination of education and experience - courses equivalent to a major in economics, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

 

Supervisory/Managerial Probationary Period: You may be required to serve a twelve-month probationary period upon appointment to this position. You may also be required to complete an appropriate supervisory training course within the one year of assignment to this position.

 

The qualifications for this position must be met by 11:59pm (Eastern Time) on the closing date of this announcement (Friday, May 10, 2013).

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

We will review your résumé and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the minimum qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, we will place you in one of three categories based on your responses to the on-line questionnaire regarding experience, education and training.

  • Best Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a superior level of all evaluation criteria.
  • Well-Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a satisfactory level of the evaluation criteria.
  • Qualified: Applicants possessing the basic qualifications, with general knowledge, skills, and abilities.

The competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this job are:

  • ECONOMIC ANALYSIS
  • PROGRAM EVALUATION
  • COMMUNICATION
  • SUPERVISORY SKILLS
  • ADMINISTRATIVE MANAGEMENT

NOTE: Your resume and supporting documentation will be verified. If you rated yourself higher than what is supported by your application material, you may be excluded from consideration for this job. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment

 

If you are best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview.  To preview the job questionnaire, click here View Assessment Questions

 

Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles:  If you have never worked for the Federal government, you are not CTAP/ICTAP eligible.  Information about ICTAP or CTAP eligibility can be found by clicking here to access OPM’s Career Transition Resources website.  To be considered well qualified under CTAP/ ICTAP, you must be placed in the Well-Qualified category for this position, as described above.  In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement.

 

 


BENEFITS:

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DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including:  health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays.  Other benefits may include:  flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers.  DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities.  For more information, go to www.dhs.gov/careers and select “benefits.”



OTHER INFORMATION:

Background Investigation: To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, DHS requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy.  To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully pass a background investigation as a condition of placement into this position.  This may include a review of financial issues such as delinquency in the payment of debts, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs.

 

USCIS uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees.  To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit www.dhs.gov/E-Verify.

 



HOW TO APPLY:

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Your application must be received by 11:59PM EST on Friday, May 10, 2013.  To begin your online application, 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 for more detail. 

We strongly encourage you to apply online.  If you cannot apply online, you may FAX your resume, assessment questionnaire, and supporting documents to (478)757-3144. You must print a copy of OPM Form 1203-FX, document your responses to the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, and use the official FAX cover sheet found here.

If you do not have access to a computer or fax, you must contact the Human Resource office listed below at least one day prior to the closing date for instructions.  Applications will not be accepted by mail.

To Fax a Resume or Supporting Documents:

If you previously uploaded documents to this vacancy, please do not FAX the same documents. If you need to fax a part of your documentation:

  • Use the official FAX coversheet found here.
  • Make sure that you include the 8-character vacancy identification number: "MB877475”
  • Provide your SSN, name, and address in the blocks provided or we will not be able to associate your document(s) with the rest of your application.
  • Print your SSN and Name neatly using the exact name as the one used when you filled out the assessment questionnaire.
  • The fax number is 1-478-757-3144.


REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

  • Your resumé

  • Transcripts-- You must submit a copy of your college transcript (unofficial is acceptable) or a list of coursework with hours completed. Those with foreign education, click this link. **If you do not submit your transcript/list of coursework proving you meet the basic education requirement you will be found ineligible for this position**

  • Are you a veteran?  Submit Member Copy 4 of your DD 214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty).  Those applying for 10-point preference must fill out the SF-15 (click here for the form) and provide the required documentation listed on the back of the form.  If applying as a disabled veteran, submit a copy of the letter from the Veterans Administration, or other formal documentation, that clearly identifies overall rating of disability.  If applying based on eligibility under the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act, you must submit certification from the armed forces that you will be discharged or released from active duty within 120 days from the date on the certification.  This must indicate your dates of service, your rank, and confirm that you will be separated under honorable conditions.  Click here for more veterans’ information.
  • Are you claiming special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP)?  Submit:

    ·         a copy of your agency notice,

    ·         a copy of your most recent performance rating, and

    ·         a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, noting your current position, grade level, and duty location.

 

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

HR OPERATIONS CENTER-TEAM ONE
Phone: (802)660-1145
Email: HROCTEAM1@DHS.GOV
Agency Information:
US Citizenship and Immigration Services
70 Kimball Avenue
South Burlington, VT
05403
USA

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once you submit your application, we will assess your experience and training, identify the best qualified applicants, and refer those applications to the selecting official for further consideration and a possible interview. We will notify you by email at various stages in the process (learn more). 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 days after the deadline for applications. If you are selected, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.


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Job Announcement Number:

CIS-PJN-877475-IPO

Control Number:

341972500