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Job Title:Assistant Director, Office of Investigations (Domestic Operations)

Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Job Announcement Number:ICESES/14-1087744

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


Thursday, April 17, 2014 to Thursday, May 08, 2014




Full Time - Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map


United States Citizens


Top Secret





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.


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


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


  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this position.
  • This is a resume based hiring method. Resumes must not exceed eight pages.
  • You must be able to obtain/maintain a Top Secret/SCI security clearance.
  • You must have completed a federal criminal investigator training program.
  • Requires proficiency in the use of firearms in accordance with ICE policy.


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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


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To meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must show within your, NOT TO EXCEED, eight page resume that you possess the (1) Basic Qualifications, (2) five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs), and (3) the Technical Qualification(s) as listed below.

It is recommended that your resume emphasize your level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity of programs managed, and your program accomplishments, including the results of your actions.


As a basic requirement for entry into the SES, you must have progressively responsible executive leadership and supervisory experience that is indicative of senior executive level managerial capability. This experience should be sufficiently broad in scope and at a major management level in a large or complex organization. The ideal candidate will have experience supervising a large number of employees through subordinate supervisors and have experience hiring, developing, and evaluating employees.

As such, your resume should demonstrate that you have the knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully fulfill responsibilities inherent in most SES positions such as:

·       Directing the work of an organizational unit;

·       Ensuring the success of one or more specific major programs or projects;

·       Monitoring progress toward strategic organizational goals, evaluating organizational performance and taking action to improve performance; and

·       Supervising the work of employees, and exercising important policy-making, policy determining, or other executive functions.

If your resume does not include these basic qualifications, you will not be determined qualified for this position.

(2)  EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS: The Fundamental Competencies within the following five ECQs are also a part of the selection criteria for SES positions. The ECQs were developed to assess executive experience and potential and do not evaluate technical expertise. ECQs measure whether an individual has the broad executive skills needed to succeed in a variety of SES positions. For this vacancy announcement, no separate supplemental ECQ documentation is required. Your resume must incorporate each of the following ECQs. If not properly included, no consideration will be given.

ECQ 1 -LEADING CHANGE: This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this Executive Core Qualification (ECQ) is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.

ECQ 2 -LEADING PEOPLE: This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.

ECQ 3 -RESULTS DRIVEN: This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.

ECQ 4 -BUSINESS ACUMEN: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

ECQ 5 -BUILDING COALITIONS: This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, state and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.

Additional information on the Executive Core Qualifications is available at:


Expert knowledge of and ability to manage a variety of complex federal law enforcement investigative programs.

Experience in coordinating investigative activities and operational plans in areas of investigations related to national security, financial, and smuggling violations (e.g., illegal arms exports, financial crimes, commercial fraud, human trafficking, narcotics smuggling, cybercrimes, child pornography/exploitation, and immigration fraud, among others).


Prior Experience: Prior experience in a primary law enforcement position or equivalent experience outside the Federal Government is a prerequisite.

Training: Applicants to this position must have successfully completed a U.S. government administered criminal investigator (1811) training program.

Drug Testing: This position has been identified as a Testing Designated Position under the ICE Applicant and Employee Drug Testing Program. Satisfactory completion of a drug test is a condition of placement and/or employment in the position and the incumbent(s) of this position is thereafter subject to Random Drug Testing.

Financial Disclosure: If you are hired, you will have to complete a Public Financial Disclosure Report within 30 days after appointment.

Selective Service: If you are a male born after December 31, 1959 and selected for this position, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service law.

Mobility: Organizational and geographical mobility is essential in developing and managing SES leaders and generally is a key to advancement.  Therefore applicants are expected to be mobile and once appointed SES members may be reassigned at the discretion of the appointing authority and may be required to sign a mobility agreement.

Immigration Reform and Control Act: The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 seeks to preserve jobs for those who are legally entitled to them: American citizens and aliens who are authorized to work in our country. This law requires employees to provide a document or documents that establish identity and employment eligibility.

Probationary Period: You will serve a one-year probationary period unless you previously completed the probationary period in the SES.

Law Enforcement Retirement: This position will carry secondary law enforcement coverage as provided in 5.U.S.C., §8336(c), and 5 U.S.C., § 8412(d), for eligible law enforcement employees.  Employees who reach age 57 with at least 20 years of creditable service under law enforcement provisions are subject to mandatory separation from this position, with some exceptions.

Lautenberg Amendment: This position authorizes the incumbent to carry a firearm.  Any person who has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence cannot lawfully possess a firearm or ammunition [TITLE 18, U.S.C., § 922(G)(9)].


Our evaluation will be based on the information you provide in your eight page resume.  Verification of performance, suitability, and security information from reference checks will be taken into consideration when making offers of employment.

You will be evaluated on the quality and extent of your total accomplishments, experience, and education. Your application will be evaluated by a rating and ranking panel, and highly qualified candidates may undergo an interview and reference checks. The ICE Executive Resources Board (ERB) will review results and make recommendations on final selections to the appointing authority. Unless you have already been certified by a Qualifications Review Board (QRB) in the past, your ECQs must be certified by a QRB after selection and before appointment can occur.


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You may be eligible for performance bonuses of 5 to 20 percent of base pay for superior accomplishments. The total compensation package includes other benefits and options.

You will be covered by a defined benefit, contributory Federal Retirement System.

You may participate in a retirement savings investment plan that offers before-tax savings and tax-deferred investment earnings.

You may select one of a variety of health plans and options under the government's Federal Employees' Health Benefits program and you may participate in the Federal Employees' Group Life and Long Term Care Insurance Programs.

In addition to the 10 regular paid holidays observed by the government, you will earn 26 vacation days and 13 days of sick leave per year.




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Your application package must be submitted by using the USA Jobs website application manager.  We are no longer accepting resumes via email or standard/express mail.

·         To begin, click the Apply Online button on the job announcement posting or visit this link to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.

·         Follow the directions to register and submit all required documents.

·         You may review your saved application(s) at


Your application materials must be received by 11:59 p.m. EDT of the closing date of this announcement date.

It is your responsibility to verify that information entered, uploaded, and sent is received and is accurate. You may complete the assessment questionnaire more than once, but only your most recent submission will be used.

Fax:  If you are unable to upload your documents using Application Manager, you may fax them to 1-478-757-3144.  DO NOT FAX the same documents that have been uploaded into Application Manager.  If you are unable to submit your application online, you may View Occupational Questionnaire, complete the questionnaire using form 1203-FX, and fax the form to 1-478-757-3144.  The required fax cover sheet must be included and should include the Vacancy Identification Number: ICESES/14-1087744.

You may verify your documents have been processed by logging into  Uploaded documents may take up to one hour to clear virus scan.  Faxed documents may take 2-3 business days to process.



You must submit a resume, not exceeding eight pages, with a font no smaller than 10 points, and your most recent SF50, if you are currently a civil servant or have reinstatement eligibility.  As mentioned in the "Qualifications Required" section of this announcement, your resume must address the specified Basic Qualifications, Executive Core Qualifications, and Technical Qualifications and should include the following specific information:

·         Vacancy announcement number ICESES/14-1087744

·         Full name, mailing address, and day and evening telephone numbers

·         Social Security Number

·         Educational information, including the name, city and state of colleges or universities you attended, as well as the type and year of any degree received. Only education obtained from accredited schools/universities will be considered. For more information, you may refer to the wing U.S. Department of Education website:

·         Information about your paid and non-paid work experience related to this position including:

       o  Job title (include series and grade if Federal job)

       o  Duties and accomplishments

       o  Employer's name and address

       o  Supervisor's name and phone number

       o  Starting and ending dates of employment (month and year)

       o  Salary

       o  Information about honors, awards, and special accomplishments

For reference check purposes, you must submit the names, current addresses, and telephone numbers of three professional references, including a current or recent supervisor (or someone in your current chain of command) who has knowledge of your past performance.


DO NOT SUBMIT ANY ADDITIONAL INFORMATION. Extraneous materials, such as narratives addressing the ECQs and award certificates, will not be considered.

SES positions are NOT subject to Veterans preference.  Do NOT submit your DD214.


Martesia S. Lavant
Phone: (202)732-7568
Agency Information:
ICE Executive Resources
800 K Street NW
Room 1000
Washington, DC


Our evaluation will be based on the information you supply.  You should expect that we will verify performance, suitability, and security information from reference checks and take that information into account in making employment offers.

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