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) 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. 

The ERO Deputy Assistant Director (DAD), Field Operations reports to and works closely with the Assistant Director (AD) of the Field Operations Division.  The DAD possesses delegated authority as well as overall responsibility for supervising field operations by planning, directing, managing, and coordinating strategic, domestic, and/or international operational functions relating to the arrest, prosecution, transportation, detention, and/or removal of aliens.

Duty Location:  Washington, D.C.  

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.


The Deputy Assistant Director, Field Operations:

  • Serves as an expert on ERO enforcement, detention, and removal operations, including governing laws, regulations, policies, and procedures.  Advises the AD and represents the AD as an advisor to the ERO Executive Associate Director, Associate Director, and Deputy Associate Director on all aspects of assigned executive responsibilities, including overseeing, advocating, and implementing ERO law enforcement operations in accordance with applicable laws, regulations, and policies.

  • Assists in the development of, as well as oversees and coordinates implementation of, policies and procedures and ensures that ERO staff is kept informed of changes in laws, regulations, policies and procedures, and provides timely advice on conditions or situations which would have a bearing on operations and administration in jurisdictional areas.

  • Recommends significant internal and external program and policy issues affecting the overall organization, such as those involving political, social, technological, and economic conditions; restructuring, reorienting, recasting immediate and long-range goals, objectives, plans, and schedules to meet substantial changes in legislation, program authority, and/or funding.

  • Serves as liaison with Departmental, interagency, and community partners on ERO matters, including those of significant importance or sensitivity, as well as establishes and maintains effective working relationships with various high-level individuals, including members of Congress and their staff, other legislative and executive agencies, executives of major corporations, and distinguished members of the public.

  • Ensures mission effectiveness through the strategic and effective management of a supporting budget in excess of $2.8 billion annually and is primarly responsible for the direction and management of a large-scale law enforcement operation.

  • Exercises full range of managerial and supervisory authorities available for the effective management of the human resources element of the ERO program. The incumbent provides technical and administrative supervision to a staff of subordinate managers, some at the Senior Executive Service level.

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