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Job Title:  Special Agent in Charge
Department:  Department Of Homeland Security
Agency:  Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Job Announcement Number:  ICE-SES-908894

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

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$119,554.00 to $179,700.00 / Per Year
Friday, June 14, 2013 to Monday, July 15, 2013
Full Time - Senior Executive Service (SES)
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This vacancy announcement may be used to fill Senior Executive Service (SES) Special Agent in Charge positions at any location in the field, for a period of 12 months, based on the needs of the agency, the existence of vacant or new executive positions, and the availability of SES slots.  Qualified applicants who would like to be considered for current or future Special Agent in Charge positions in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement must apply by the closing date of this annoucement.   


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.


The ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate is a critical asset in the ICE mission, responsible for investigating a wide range of domestic and international activities arising from the illegal movement of people and goods into, within and out of the United States.


  • HSI investigates immigration crime, human rights violations and human smuggling, smuggling of narcotics, weapons and other types of contraband, financial crimes, cybercrime and export enforcement issues. HSI special agents conduct investigations aimed at protecting critical infrastructure industries that are vulnerable to sabotage, attack or exploitation.
  • In addition to criminal investigations, HSI oversees the agency's international affairs operations and intelligence functions. HSI consists of more than 10,000 employees, consisting of 6,700 special agents, who are assigned to more than 200 cities throughout the U.S. and 47 countries around the world.
  • HSI conducts criminal investigations against terrorist and other criminal organizations who threaten national security. HSI combats worldwide criminal enterprises who seek to exploit America's legitimate trade, travel and financial systems and enforces America's customs and immigration laws at and beyond our nation's borders.


Duty Location: This vacancy announcement will be used to fill Special Agent in Charge, ES-1811 positions within the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations.  You will be given the opportunity to indicate offices of preference.   


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 applicants 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 Special Agent in Charge  you will:


  • Serve as a key member of ICE's senior management, reporting to the Assistant Director for Operations, HSI.  You will manage all investigative activities throughout an area or responsibility that focuses on the enforcement of HSI's broad array of investigative authority.   Your primary jurisdiction includes the protection of the United States and its citizens by deterring, interdicting, and investigating threats arising from the movement of people and goods into and out of the United States.  This includes oversight of investigations related to national security, financial, and smuggling violations, including illegal arms exports, commercial fraud, alien/human trafficking, narcotics smuggling, cyber crimes, child pornography/exploitation, and immigration fraud.   
  • Establish and implement specific action plans to accomplish investigative goals and objectives. 
  • Develop investigative procedures and techniques and provide policy guidance to subordinate supervisors.  You will be primarily responsible for the direction and management of large-scale operations to efficiently achieve specified goals and objectives.
  • Coordinate law enforcement activities with the highest levels of Federal, state, and local government and with international law enforcement organizations.  This coordination includes integrating ICE functions with other elements of law enforcement, intelligence collection and dissemination, and field operations.  
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with various high-level individuals, including Members of Congress and their staffs, other legislative and executive agencies, executives of major corporations, and distinguished members of the public. 
  • Establish and maintain close and cooperative working relationships with agency or department management officials, government agencies, and other institutions with related interests, in order to advance the programs and objectives of the agency.


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 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 (1) Basic Qualifications, (2) five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs), and (3) the Technical Qualification(s) 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. 


(1) Basic Qualifications

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;
  • Exercising important policy-making, policy determining, or other executive functions.


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


(2) 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 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:


(3)Technical Qualifications 


Expert knowledge of and ability to manage a variety of complex Federal law enforcement investigative programs related to national security, financial, and smuggling violations (e.g., illegal arms exports, financial crimes, commercial fraud, alien/human trafficking, narcotics smuggling, cyber crimes, child pornography/exploitation, and immigration fraud).



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 (18 U.S.C. 6 922(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 (18 U.S.C. 6 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.  


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.  




Prior experience in a primary law enforcement position or equivalent experience outside the Federal Government is a prerequisite (5 CFR 83 I .902).


Duties of the position require access to sensitive national security information, and a Top Secret clearance is required.



How You Will Be Evaluated:

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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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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Where Do I Send My Application:

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


  • To begin, click the "Apply Online" button on the job annoucement posting to create an account or log into your exisiting 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-908894.


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 annoucement, your resume must address the specified Basic Qualifications, Executive Core Qualifications, and Technical Qualifications and should include the following specific information :  


  • Vacancy announcement number ICESES-908894
  • 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 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.

Additional Duty Location Info

Many vacancies in the following locations:
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Houston, TX United StatesView Map
San Francisco, CA United StatesView Map
Dallas, TX United StatesView Map
Saint Paul, MN United StatesView Map
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