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Job Title:  Supervisory Detention & Deportation Officer (Field Office Director)
Department:  Department Of Homeland Security
Agency:  Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Job Announcement Number:  ICESES/13-902832

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
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 to Tuesday, July 02, 2013
Full Time - Senior Executive Service (SES)
1 vacancy in the following location:
Los Angeles, CA United StatesView Map
Qualified Current Civil Service Employees


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.


  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Background Investigation


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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


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To meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must show in your resume that you possess the Basic Qualifications, the five Executive Core Qualifications, and the Technical Qualifications as listed below.


It is recommended that your resume emphasize your level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity of programs managed, and your program accomplishments, including the results of your actions.



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 a large number of employees through subordinate supervisors and have experience hiring, developing, and evaluating employees.

As such, your resume 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, policy­determining,or other executive functions.

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


Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs):The Fundamental Competencies within the following five ECQs are also a part of the selection criteria for SES positions.  The ECQs were developed to assess executive experience and potential and do not evaluate technical expertise. ECQs measure whether an individual has the broad executive skills needed to succeed in a variety of SES positions.  For this vacancy announcement, no separate supplemental ECQ documentation is required.  Your resume must incorporate each of the following ECQs.  If not properly included, no consideration will be given.


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


TECHNICAL QUALIFICATION - Mandatory for all applicants to incorporate in resume.

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



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 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.  


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.


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 and may be required to sign a mobility agreement.


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.


Reference Check: Verification of performance, suitability, and security information from reference checks will be taken into consideration when making offers of employment.


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


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.  



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 reference checks.  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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You may 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.  


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.


Relocation:  Relocation expenses may be paid in accordance with Federal Travel Regulations.   


SES positions are NOT subject to Veterans preference.  Do NOT submit your DD214.


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Your application package must be submitted by using the USA Jobs website application manager.  We are no longer accepting resumes via email or standard/express mail.


  • 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.


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/13-902832.


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.


You must submit a resume, not exceeding five pages.  As mentioned in the "Qualifications Required" section of this announcement, your resume must address the specified Basic Qualifications, Executive Core Qualifications, and Technical Qualifications  and should include the following specific information:  


  • Vacancy announcement number ICE-SES-902832
  • Full name, mailing address, 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. Only education obtained from accredited schools/universities will be considered. For more information, you may refer to the following U.S. Department of Education website:
  • 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)
  • Salary
  • Information about honors, awards, and special accomplishments


For reference check purposes, you must submit the names, current addresses, and telephone numbers of three professional references, including a current or recent supervisor (or someone in your current chain of command), who have knowledge of your past performance.



DO NOT SUBMIT ANY ADDITIONAL INFORMATION. Extraneous materials, such as supplemental narratives addressing the ECQs and award certificates, will not be considered.




Martesia S. Lavant
Phone: (202)732-7568
Agency Information:
ICE Dallas Service Center
800 K Street NW
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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