Job Overview


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.

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) enforces the nation's immigration laws by identifying, arresting, and removing aliens from the United States who present a danger to national security or are a risk to public safety, as well as those who enter the United States illegally or otherwise undermine the integrity of our immigration laws and our border control efforts.

The working title of this position is Field Office Director (FOD) and the position is organizationally aligned within the Office of Enforcement and Removal Operations.  The incumbent of this position plans, directs, manages, and coordinates operational functions relating to the apprehension, transportation, and detention of aliens ordered removed; is responsible for the execution of final orders of deportation; and acts as a liaison between Departmental, interagency, and community partners on ERO matters.

The Field Office Director has overall responsibility, as well as delegated authority, for the oversight and administration of ERO program operations throughout the Field Office area of responsibility (AOR).   The FOD Ensures that Field Office resources and expertise are being effectively deployed to locate and arrest fugitive aliens, detain certain aliens while their cases are being processed, and remove aliens from the United States when so ordered.

Duty Location:  Los Angeles, CA

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.


As the Field Office Director you will:  

  • Establish and implement specific action plans for accomplishing ICE and DHS detention and removal goals and objectives throughout the Field Office AOR.  
  • Manage the Criminal Alien Program, which identifies criminal aliens who are incarcerated within Federal, state, and local facilities.
  • Manage the Fugitive Operations Program, identifying, locating, apprehending, and removing fugitive aliens from the United States.
  • Provide alternatives to detention, work with foreign governments to obtain travel documents, operate and inspect detention facilities, and provide executive leadership to managers and supervisors in all aspects of ERO.
  • Coordinate all law enforcement activities within the AOR with the highest level of Federal, state, and local governments, as well as with intelligence organizations and international law enforcement entities.
  • Exercise final authority in the grant or denial of formal petition related to deportation or removal.
  • Adjudicate applications for Stays of Deportation, oversee and manage the determination of bond amounts, issue Notices to Appear, subpoenas for immigration violations, surety bonds, Warrants of Removal, Administrative Stays of Removal and Voluntary Departure Orders.
  • Manage the Field Office budget to maximize ERO operations and ensure effective ERO support to U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement and U.S. Customs and Border Protection detention needs within ERO budget limitations.
  • Direct and manage large-scale operations to efficiently achieve specified goals and objectives and ensure that ICE and ORO policy is consistently applied throughout program operations.
  • Direct a staff of law enforcement and support personnel and have involvement in managerial decisions such as grievances and disciplinary actions, evaluation of supervisor's performance, and implementation of training programs.
  • Comply with and insure the alignment of subordinates with all applicable laws, regulations, and instructions governing employee standards of conduct.
  • Serve under the broad administrative supervision of the Assistant Director, Field Operations, who assigns work in terms of broad ERO, ICE and DHS policy.  The position functions with extremely wide latitude and exercises independent judgment in deciding courses of action.

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