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Job Title:  Board Member
Department:  Department Of Justice
Agency:  Executive Office for Immigration Review
Job Announcement Number:  EOIR-14-0014

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$120,749.00 to $181,500.00 / Per Year
Monday, April 21, 2014 to Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Falls Church, VA View Map
United States Citizens
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Applicants who previously applied to job announcement EOIR-13-0028, must reapply in order to receive consideration for this announcement.

Applications will be accepted from all sources (Federal and Non-Federal). Only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review. Dual citizens of the U.S. and another country will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  

If you are interested in a rewarding and challenging career, this is the position for you! 

The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) seeks highly-qualified individuals to join our team of expert professionals in becoming a part of our challenging and rewarding Agency.  The primary mission of the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) is to adjudicate immigration cases by fairly, expeditiously, and uniformly interpreting and administering the Nation's immigration laws. Under delegated authority from the Attorney General, EOIR conducts immigration court proceedings, appellate review, and administrative hearings.  EOIR consist of three components:  The Office of the Chief Immigration Judge, which is responsible for managing the Immigration Courts where Immigration Judges adjudicate individual cases; the Board of Immigration Appeals, which primarily conducts appellate review of these Immigration Judge decisions; and the Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer, which adjudicates immigration related cases.  EOIR's Headquarters is located in Falls Church, Virginia, about 10 miles from downtown Washington, DC. 

This position is located at the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) , Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), Department of Justice. The BIA has nationwide jurisdiction to hear appeals of decisions made by immigration judges or certain officers of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Decisions are binding, unless modified or overruled by the Attorney General or a federal court.


  • Not Required


  • No


  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • You must complete a background investigation, credit check, and drug test.
  • Selective Service Registration is required, as applicable.
  • Moving and Relocation Expenses are not authorized.
  • Resume and supporting documents are required. (See How to Apply Section)


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Board Members hear appeals of decisions made by immigration judges or certain officers of the DHS. Central to the Board’s role is the issuance of precedent decisions interpreting complex immigration laws and providing nationwide guidance to the immigration courts, DHS, and the private bar.


The majority of appeals reaching the Board involve orders of removal and applications for relief from removal. Other matters before the Board include petitions to classify the status of alien relatives for the issuance of preference immigrant visas, fines imposed upon carriers for the violation of immigration laws, and motions for reopening and reconsideration of decisions previously rendered. Generally, the Board does not conduct courtroom proceedings – it decides appeals by conducting a “paper review” of cases. In addition, the Board is responsible for the recognition of organizations and accreditation of representatives requesting permission to practice before DHS, the immigration courts, and the Board.



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You must possess an LL.B or a J.D. degree and be duly licensed and authorized to practice
Law as an attorney under the laws of a state, a territory or the District of Columbia (include date of admission to bar); and have a minimum of seven (7) years of relevant, post-bar admission legal experience at the time you submit your application, with at least one year of experience at a level equivalent to the GS-15 level in Federal service.






You must be a U.S. citizen to qualify for this position.


Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement.  If you are basically qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the online assessment questionnaire, if applicable. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job.  If you are found to be among the top candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration.


All applicants' qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):

• Comprehensive knowledge of the field of immigration law, including the Immigration and Nationality Act, regulations, and administrative and judicial case law, or the proven ability to become fully knowledgeable about a complex field of the law and to apply that knowledge to specific cases;
• Excellent analytical, decision-making, and writing abilities;
• Proven ability to manage cases; and
• Proven ability or potential to serve as an effective and collegial decision-maker while dealing with a large caseload. 


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The Department of Justice offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation; sick leave; holidays; telework; life insurance; health benefits; and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees:


Direct Deposit:

All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.



Other Information:


Conditions of Employment:  Only U.S. Citizens or Nationals are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review.  Dual citizens of the U.S. and another country will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  All DOJ applicants, both U.S. citizens and non-citizens, whose job location is with the U.S., must meet the residency requirement.  For a total of three (not necessarily consecutive years) of the five years immediately prior to applying for a position, the applicant must have:  1) resided in the U.S., 2) worked for the U.S. overseas in a Federal or military capacity; or 3) been a dependent of a Federal or military employee serving oversees.


The Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provides eligible surplus and displaced  competitive service employees in the Department of Justice with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies.  If your Department of Justice component has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your CTAP eligibility, 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy.  To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and 

(for scored examining) score 85 or better on established ranking criteria OR (for category rating criteria) rate equivalent to the Highly Qualified or better category using established category rating criteria.

You must provide a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility with your application.  Additional information about CTAP eligibility is at: 


Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See


EEO Statement:

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.


Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.




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If you are submitting a resume, it must include the announcement number, title and grades(s) of the job for which you are applying; your full name, mailing address (with ZIP Code), day and evening phone numbers (with area code), email address, social security number, country of citizenship, veterans' preference, highest Federal civilian grade held including job series and dates held.


Applications may be hand delivered, mailed or emailed.  To avoid delays, we highly recommend hand carrying or emailing your application package.  The email address is:  Applications must be received by email on the closing date of this announcement in the Human Resources Office no later than 05:00 pm (EST) on Wednesday, May 21, 2014


Applications can be mailed to: U.S. Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review, Administration Division, Office of Human Resources, 5107 Leesburg Pike, Suite 2300, Washington, DC  20530.  Attn: Candace Samuels








A complete application will include the following:


A. Your resume, this must include the following information full name, mailing address (with ZIP Code), day and evening phone numbers (with area code), email address, social security number, country of citizenship, veterans' preference, highest Federal civilian grade held including job series and dates held. You must clearly indicate possession of a Law Degree and any bar membership(s) and date of bar admission on your application. Applications must contain the announcement number, title, and grade of the job for which you are applying. Do not send position descriptions, manuscripts, or other unsolicited material. Applicants eligible for veteran’s preference are encouraged to include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., the DD-214 or other substantiating documents) to their submissions.
B. A supplemental applicant statement which addresses EACH preferred qualification factor individually. This statement must provide examples of your experience, training, and accomplishments which are relevant to the qualifications.
C. A recent supervisory appraisal of performance, or if none exists, a statement to that effect.

D. A writing sample
E. Letters of recommendation, and additional references from individuals who can speak to your overall qualifications based upon personal knowledge
F.  A copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action.




Candace Samuels
Phone: (703)305-1171
Agency Information:
US Dept of Justice Exec Ofc for Immig Review
Office of Human Resources
5107 Leesburg Pike
Suite 2300
Washington, DC


We will evaluate the qualifications and eligibility of all applicants, then assess those who meet the minimum qualifications.  The highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring official for further consideration and may be interviewed.  We will notify you of the outcome after all of these steps have been completed.  After making a tentative offer(s) to potential selectee(s), we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation(s). 



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