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Job Title:LAW ENFORCEMENT SPECIALIST

Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Job Announcement Number:LAG-ERO-963655-LKS-092

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$31,315.00 to $74,628.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, September 30, 2013 to Tuesday, October 15, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1801-05/11

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

11

DUTY LOCATIONS:

Many vacancies in the following location:
Williston, VT United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Status candidates in the local commuting area and VEOA eligibles.

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.

This is a key position within the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). ICE utilizes the government's second largest cadre of law enforcement officers to ensure our nation's economic, transportation and infrastructure security. ICE enforces immigration and customs laws. Our talented and courageous workforce identifies criminal activities and eliminates vulnerabilities that pose a threat to our nation's borders.

ICE is the primary investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). With more than 19,000 employees in 400 offices around the world, ICE is a key component of the DHS layered defense approach to protecting our nation. For additional information about ICE and career opportunities go to http://www.ice.gov/

Who May Apply:

  • Current Federal employees serving on a career or career-conditional appointment in the competitive service working within the local commuting area of the announced duty location on a permanent basis.
  • Former Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility who work within the local commuting area. (Note: unemployed reinstatement eligibles must reside in the local commuting area.)
  • Current and former Federal employees who meet the established criteria in an Office of Personnel Management Interchange Agreement and work within the local commuting area. (Note: unemployed Interchange Agreement eligibles must reside in the local commuting area.)
  • Veterans who are preference eligibles or who have been separated under honorable conditions after 3 years or more of continuous service will receive consideration under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA).
  • For definitions of terms found in this announcement, please click here

    Organizational Location: This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), Law Enforcement Support Center (LESC), Duty Location: Williston, VT.

    Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses will not be paid.

    THIS IS A NON-BARGAINING UNIT POSITION. 

    Note: One or more positions may be filled using this vacancy announcement.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Ability to pass background investigation and drug screen for fed employment
  • Relevant Experience (see Qualifications and Evaluations Tab)
  • Complete Application Package (see How to Apply Tab)

DUTIES:

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As a Law Enforcement Specialist at the Law Enforcement Support Center you will:

  • Collect and analyze precise, accurate information pertaining to alien status and develop reports for dissemination;
  • Conduct and coordinate analytical assignments and/or research projects in support of investigations;
  • Evaluate and interpret findings for submission to engage in data analysis;
  • Analyze the impact of new regulations and directives on local operations and prepare complete and comprehensive written reports; and
  • Represent the agency in outreach programs with various local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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GS-5: You qualify at the GS-5 level if you meet at one of the following:

A – Experience: Three (3) years of progressively responsible experience, one year of which was equivalent to GS-4 level or above. The experience must demonstrate that you have: the ability to analyze problems to identify significant factors, gather pertinent data, and recognize solutions; plan and organize work; and communicate effectively orally and in writing. Examples include experience in administrative, professional, technical, investigative or other responsible work.

B – Substitution of Education for Experience: You may substitute successful completion of a Bachelor's degree or a full 4-year course of study in any field leading to a Bachelor's degree for the experience required at the GS-5 grade level. This education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university. One year of full-time undergraduate study is defined as 30 semester or 45 quarter hours.

C – Combining Education and Experience: Appropriate combinations of successfully completed post-graduate education and experience also may be used to meet the total qualification requirements for the GS-5 grade level.

GS-7: You must meet one of the following to qualify at the GS-7 level:

A – Experience: One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 level selecting, abstracting, and excerpting data from specific sources; sort and relay information from files, records or databases; and compiling information for the use of higher graded personnel.

B – Superior Academic Achievement: You may substitute superior academic achievement for the experience required at the GS-7 level. You must have completed the requirements for a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale, class standing in the upper third of a graduating class or major subdivision, or membership in a national scholastic honor society.

C – Substitution of Education for Experience: You may also substitute successful completion of one year of full-time graduate education for the experience required at the GS-7 level. This education must have been obtained from an accredited college or university and demonstrate the skills necessary to do the work of the position. Check with your school to determine how many credit hours comprise a year of graduate education. If the information is not available, use 18 semester or 27 quarter hours.

D – Combining Education and Experience: Appropriate combinations of successfully completed post-graduate education and experience also may be used to meet the total qualification requirements for the GS-7 grade level.

GS-9: You must meet one of the following to qualify at the GS-9 level:

A – Experience: One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 level coordinating extensive data using a variety of sources by retrieving, analyzing and interpreting (for applicability) sensitive material from a variety of sources in response to requests for information and making critical decisions in conjunction with searches of automated databases.

B – Substitution of Education for Experience: You may substitute successful completion of a master's or equivalent graduate degree, 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree, such as a L.L.B./J.D. degree for the experience required at the GS-9 level. This education must have been obtained from an accredited college or university and demonstrate the skills necessary to do the work of the position. (A course of study in business administration, public administration, or related fields is qualifying.) Check with your school to determine how many credit hours comprise two years of graduate education. If that information is not available, use 36 semester hours or 54 quarter hours.

C – Combining Education and Experience: Appropriate combinations of successfully completed post-graduate education and experience also may be used to meet the total qualification requirements for the GS-9 grade level.

GS-11: You must meet one of the following to qualify at the GS-11 level:

A – Experience: One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 level providing highly technical counsel to the public and/or lower level staff on policies, regulations, and law enforcement issues coordinating extensive law enforcement activities using a variety of communications equipment; retrieving, analyzing, and interpreting sensitive law enforcement data from a variety of sources in response to requests for information; performing critical decisions in conjunction with searches of automated databases in stressful and emergency situations to assist and protect law enforcement officials and explain complex status categories to law enforcement agencies and field personnel.

B – Substitution of Education for Experience: You may substitute a doctoral degree (PhD or equivalent degree) or three full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree in a qualifying field for experience at the GS-11 grade level. This education must have been obtained from an accredited college or university and demonstrate the skills necessary to do the work of the position. (A course of study in business administration, public administration, and related fields is qualifying.) Check with your school to determine how many credit hours comprise three years of graduate study. If that information is not available, use 54 semester or 81 quarters hours

C – Combining Education and Experience: Appropriate combinations of successfully completed post-graduate education and experience also may be used to meet the total qualification requirements for the GS-11 grade level.

Qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. Qualification claims will be subject to verification.


Requirements:

Requirements by Closing Date: Unless otherwise noted, you must meet all requirements by the closing date of the announcement. 

Time in Grade:  Current Federal employees must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade in the Federal service.  Time-in-grade requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

Proof of Education: If basing your qualifications on education, you must submit transcripts or list of college courses, with credit hours, major(s) and grade point average or class ranking. (Prior to appointment, an official college transcript will be required.) This education must be from an institution accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Probationary Period: If appointed to this position, you may be required to serve a one-year probationary period.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements.  If you meet the minimum qualifications, your experience, education and training will be rated using an Assessment Questionnaire.  The questions are related to the following fundamental competencies (or Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities) needed to perform the duties of this job:Conscientiousness, Customer Service, Decision Making, Listening, Manages and Organizes Information, Speaking, Writing, Problem Solving, and Technical Competence.

Based on your responses, you will receive a score from the Assessment Questionnaire between 70 and 100.  Applicants will be referred for selection in accordance with the terms of the agency merit promotion plan. 

ICTAP/CTAP Eligibles:  If you have never worked for the federal government, you are not ICTAP/CTAP eligible.  Information about ICTAP or CTAP eligibility is on the OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp.  To be considered well qualified under ICTAP/CTAP you must earn a score of 85 or above on the rating criteria developed for this position. 

Veterans:  Certain veterans are eligible to apply as status candidates. For more information, please see:  http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.

 


BENEFITS:

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DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package:  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:

Promotion Potential: When promotion potential is shown, the agency is not making a commitment and is not obligated to provide future promotions to you if you are selected. Future promotions will be dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and administrative approval.



HOW TO APPLY:

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To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

Your complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 to receive consideration.

  • To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
  • Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
  • To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
  • To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.


REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

  • Resume which shows relevant experience, education, and training. Work experience should include job title, duties, employer's name, daytime telephone number and address, starting and ending dates, hours worked per week, and indicate if we may contact your current supervisor.
  • If you are a current or former Federal employee, SF-50 or equivalent documenting competitive status. (Current ICE employees are not required to provide SF-50).
  • Veterans Documentation (DD-214 or equivalent, SF-15 and VA Letter, as appropriate).
  • Proof of eligibility if applying for consideration under a priority selection program (e.g. ICTAP) or a special appointing authority.
  • List of college courses, with credit hours, major(s), and grade point average or class ranking, name and address of institution. Prior to appointment, an official college transcript will be required.
  • Any other documentation required for qualifications/eligibility (Interchange Agreement eligibility docs, etc.)

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):

  1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 963655.
  2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot complete your Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. Your complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire
  2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf
  3. Fax all six pages of the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

Applications and supporting documentation will not be accepted by mail or email. If you need further assistance, contact the Human Resources Office representative listed on this announcement at least one day prior to Tuesday, October 15, 2013 for further instructions.

You must submit all required information by Tuesday, October 15, 2013. If materials are not received, your application will be evaluated solely on the information available and you may not receive full consideration or may not be considered eligible. A valid email address is required in order to notify you of the outcome of your application.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

HR Assistant
Phone: (949)360-3058
Email: HRASSTDRO@DHS.GOV
Agency Information:
ICE Laguna Service Center
24000 Avila Road 5th Floor
Laguna Niguel, CA
92677
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 hiring manager for further consideration and interviews.  We will notify you by email the outcome after each of these steps has been completed.  Your status will also be updated on your USAJobs account throughout the process. 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:

LAG-ERO-963655-LKS-092

Control Number:

352122900