Job Overview


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 U.S. 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

Organizational Location: This attorney position is located in the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Office of the Principal Legal Advisor (OPLA), Office of the Chief Counsel located in El Paso, Texas and Houston, Texas.

The salary range listed is the base salary rate, locality pay is not included in this figure.

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses will not be paid.

Note: One position may be filled using this vacancy announcement.

This is a non-bargaining unit position.

Please note that due to the high volume of inquiries and requests, we will return your voice message(s) as time permits.

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The ICE Office of the Principal Legal Advisor (OPLA) is seeking an attorney for a position within the Office of Chief Counsel. As an attorney, you will provide assistance and support to ICE activities and programs on Federal employment personnel practices. Your responsibilities in the position will consist primarily of:

  • providing legal advice, training, and support to ICE activities and programs on federal employment law practice, including adverse actions, disciplinary matters, prohibited personnel practices, EEO and issues related to federal administrative law practice that affect the management and operation of the agency;
  • serving as agency counsel in proceedings before administrative and judicial forums, including arbitration, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board, the Office of Special Counsel, and the U.S. Federal Courts; and
  • providing legal advice to top-ranking officials.

This individual most possess significant experience in employment law, the ability to represent ICE in high-level meetings and, the ability to provide legal advice to top-ranking officials. Any expenses incurred in relocation for this position will not be reimbursed.

Applicants must possess the following characteristics and competencies: integrity, judgment, organizational skills, communication skills, reliability, perseverance, decisiveness, initiative, professionalism, the ability to function independently and as part of a team, interpersonal relationship skills, outstanding written and oral advocacy skills. The selectee will be required to have or be able to obtain a security clearance at the Top Secret level.

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No