Job Overview


U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is the principal 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 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. 

o      HSI investigates immigration crime; human rights violations; human smuggling and human trafficking; smuggling of narcotics, weapons and other types of contraband; financial crimes; cybercrime and child exploitation; export enforcement issues; and other investigative areas within its jurisdiction.  HSI special agents conduct investigations aimed at protecting critical infrastructure industries that are vulnerable to sabotage, attack or exploitation.

o      In addition to criminal investigations, HSI oversees the agency's international operations and intelligence functions. HSI is comprised of more than 9,000 employees, including more than 6,000 special agents, who are assigned to more than 200 cities throughout the United States and 47 countries around the world.

o      HSI conducts criminal investigations against terrorist and other criminal organizations that threaten national security.  HSI combats worldwide criminal enterprises that 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 border.

Duty Location:  Washington, D.C.

ICE is an equal opportunity employment employer.  Selection for position 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 application 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 Assistant Director, Domestic Operations:

  • Monitors the personnel, budgetary, and logistical needs of HSI Domestic Operations. Reviews organizational structure and function responsibility of the office and determines whether adjustments are needed and implements changes accordingly. Assures effective expenditure of appropriated funds and authorizes cost-savings initiatives to increase efficiency while reducing operating costs.
  • Assists the HSI Executive Associate Director in the formulation and administration of policies affecting the mission of HSI, ICE, and DHS.
  • Develops, implements, and administers national and international investigative programs relevant to the investigative activities within HSI's jurisdiction. Establishes working relationships with other Federal, state, local and international law enforcement partners, and with law enforcement-related intelligence agencies relevant to HSI's responsibilities.
  • Integrates ICE functions within other elements of law enforcement, intelligence collection and dissemination, and field operations.
  • Develops investigative procedures and techniques, and provides policy guidance to subordinate Special Agents in Charge. Directs and manages large-scale operations and the implementation of specific action plans for subordinates to efficiently accomplish investigative goals and objectives.
  • Ensures mission effectiveness through the strategic and effective management of a supporting budget. Monitors the personnel, budgetary and logistical needs of HSI field assets. Exercises full range of managerial and supervisory authorities available for the effective management of HSI's human resources.
  • Provides technical and administrative supervision to a staff of subordinate managers.
  • 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.
  • Establishes and maintains close and cooperative working relationships with ICE and DHS officials, government agencies, and other institutions with related interests in order to advance the programs and objectives of the agency.

For an overview of the diverse responsibilities ICE carries out within the Government, visit our website at

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel within and outside of the United States may be required

Relocation Authorized

  • Yes
  • Relocation expenses may be paid in accordance with Federal Travel Regulations