NSEPnet News


EXCLUSIVE JOB: Immigration Services Officer (Level Two) at USCIS Hartford, CT

Job Title: Immigration Services Officer, Level Two
Department: Department of Homeland Security
Agency: US Citizenship and Immigration Services
Salary Range: $56,229.00 to $106,004.00 (GS-09 to GS-12 )
Series & Grade: GS 09/12
Promotion Potential: GS-12
Application Close Date: Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at 11:59 PM ET
Duty Locations: Hartford, CT
Who May Be Considered: NSEP award recipients who have not completed the service requirement in full.

POSITION SUMMARY/OFFICE DESCRIPTION

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling on those who want to help protect American interests and secure our Nation. DHS Components work collectively to prevent terrorism; secure borders and our transportation systems; protect the President and other dignitaries; enforce and administer immigration laws; safeguard cyberspace; and ensure resilience to disasters. We achieve these vital missions through a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations.

POSITION DUTIES

As an Immigration Services Officer, you will:

  • Grant or deny complex and highly sensitive applications and petitions for immigration benefits based on electronic or paper applications/petitions.
  • Research, interpret and apply appropriate statutes, regulations, and precedent decisions to make adjudicative decisions.
  • Interview applicants and petitioners to elicit statements, assess credibility, and analyze information to identify facts that form the basis for a decision concerning eligibility for immigration benefits.
  • Conduct security checks and provide assistance to Federal law enforcement agencies to identify individuals who are ineligible for immigration benefits due to national security, public safety, or other legal grounds.
  • Use electronic systems to provide verification of any number of established data points to make adjudicative decisions, determine appropriate level of adjudicative review, and update databases with appropriate information and decisions.

REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. National to apply for this position.
  • Successfully pass a background investigation including financial disclosure
  • You must pass drug screening.
  • Meet relevant experience and/or education requirements.
  • Current Federal employees must meet Time-in-Grade requirements.
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered with the Selective Service.
  • Political appointees may require OPM approval before on-boarding.

RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT

There is a residency requirement for all applicants not currently employed by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. This residency requirement states that candidates must have, for three of the last five years immediately prior to applying for this position; (1) resided in the United States; OR (2) worked for the United States Government as an employee overseas in a Federal or Military capacity, OR (3) been a dependent of a U.S. Federal or Military employee serving overseas.

QUALIFICATIONS

GS-9: You qualify at the GS-09 level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience, equivalent to at least the GS-07 level in the federal government, which has equipped you with the skills needed to successfully perform the duties of the position. You must have experience performing the following duties:

  • Assisting individuals applying for immigration benefits that included analyzing documents for authenticity; researching and analyzing appropriate information; and interpreting and applying immigration laws, policies and procedures. OR
  • You may substitute a Master’s degree or 2 full years of graduate education leading to such a degree in any field or a J.D. or L.L.B. degree for experience required at the GS-09 grade level. Such education must have been obtained from an accredited college or university and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of this position. 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 or 54 quarter hours.

GS-11: You qualify at the GS-11 level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience, equivalent to at least the GS-09 level in the federal government, which has equipped you with the skills needed to successfully perform the duties of the position. You must have experience performing the following duties:

  • Making final determinations on non-sensitive, routine immigration matters related to the Immigration and Nationality Act, or representing applicants on non-sensitive, routine hearing or appeal requests involving immigration matters, that included determining applicant credibility, analyzing evidence, and applying statutory requirements, regulations, judicial and administrative precedents. OR
  • 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 any field, or L.L.M. if related for experience at the GS-11 grade level or such education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of this position. 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 quarter hours.

GS-12: In addition to the requirements at the lower grade level(s), you qualify at the GS-12 level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience, equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in the federal government, which has equipped you with the skills needed to successfully perform the duties of the position. You must have experience performing the following duties:

  • Making final determinations on sensitive, complex immigration cases involving eligibility for citizenship and immigration benefits, or preparing legal briefs or other written memoranda that advocate for a determination in complex hearing or appeal cases.
  • Writing final determinations with legal analysis to support decisions.
  • Independently analyzing immigration laws, policies, and precedent decisions.
  • Analyzing information and documents to determine credibility and eligibility.

SECURITY CLEARANCE

Following a Conditional Offer of Employment (COE), selectee must undergo a SECRET background investigation.

REQUIRED APPLICATION MATERIALS

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Academic transcripts
  4. SF-50 or similar document (only required for current or former federal employees)
  5. DD-214 (only required for veterans or active duty military)

HOW TO APPLY

Your application is due by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on the application close date indicated above.

You will need to email your application by using the mail tool in NSEPnet. Your application materials must be combined into one PDF file. The order of your documents within the PDF must mirror the order listed in the Required Materials section (i.e. resume first, cover letter second, transcript third, etc.) Please name the file:

LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME_ISO2

Like always, LASTNAME is your last name and FIRSTNAME is your first name. For example, the applicant John Smith would submit an application named SMITH_JOHN_ISO1. If you are unable to save Microsoft Word documents in PDF format, or are unable to combine your documents into a single PDF document, several third-party PDF conversion and combination tools exist online. Perform an internet search for "converting Word documents to PDF" or "merging PDF files" to find these tools.

To use NSEPnet Mail you will need to login to https://www.nsepnet.org. The link to NSEPnet Mail is in the top right corner of the homepage. If you cannot login or do not remember your login credentials, please use the Forgot Username tool at https://nsepnet.org/ForgotUsername.aspx or the Forgot Password tool at https://nsepnet.org/ForgotPassword.aspx.

From the NSEPnet mail tool, enter [AleiaMaculam] (brackets included) in the To: field. The subject line for this email must be as follows:

DHS-CIS-012019-320

If you cannot attach a PDF document, please first try using Microsoft Internet Explorer. If attaching your documents fails in Internet Explorer, download the latest version of your internet browser and retry the attachment process.

SF-50 and DD-214

If you are a current or former federal employee, you will need to include your SF-50 (or similar document proving federal employment) in your application. If you are a veteran or active duty member of the U.S. military, you will need to include a DD-214 in your application.

HIRING AUTHORITY

The Department of Homeland Security will utilize special hiring authorities (located at Schedule A and 50 U.S. Code §1902) afforded to all NSEP award recipients with active service requirements to make appointments to this position in the excepted service.

EXCLUSIVE JOB: Immigration Services Officer (Level One) at USCIS San Francisco, CA

Job Title: Immigration Services Officer, Level One
Department: Department of Homeland Security
Agency: US Citizenship and Immigration Services
Salary Range: $40,315 to $79,410 per year
Series & Grade: GS 05/07
Promotion Potential: GS-09
Application Close Date: January 22, 2019 at 11:59 PM ET
Duty Locations: San Francisco, CA
Who May Be Considered: NSEP award recipients who have not completed the service requirement in full.

POSITION SUMMARY/OFFICE DESCRIPTION

USCIS is charged with processing immigrant visa petitions, naturalization petitions, and asylum and refugee applications, as well as making adjudicative decisions performed at the service centers, and managing all other immigration benefits functions (i.e., not immigration enforcement) performed by the former INS. Other responsibilities include:

  • Administration of immigration services and benefits
  • Issuing employment authorization documents (EAD)
  • Adjudicating petitions for non-immigrant temporary workers
  • Granting lawful permanent resident status
  • Granting United States citizenship

POSITION DUTIES

As an Immigration Services Officer, you will:

  • Research and interpret an extensive spectrum of sources including: immigration laws and regulations, operating instructions, legislative history, precedent decisions, state and local laws, international treaties and other legal references in order to follow the correct course of action.
  • Process immigration applications and petitions using available electronic systems to verify numerous established data points.
  • Provide direct and continuing assistance to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) personnel, and officials of other Federal agencies, in identifying individuals who pose a threat to national security and public safety.
  • Interview applicants and petitioners to elicit statements in order to assess credibility to determine the applicant’s eligibility for specific benefits sought.
  • Answer general and case-specific immigration questions at USCIS information rooms—which are open to the public.

REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. National to apply for this position.
  • Successfully pass a background investigation including financial disclosure
  • You must pass drug screening.
  • Meet relevant experience and/or education requirements.
  • Current Federal employees must meet Time-in-Grade requirements.
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered with the Selective Service.
  • Political appointees may require OPM approval before on-boarding.

RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT

There is a residency requirement for all applicants not currently employed by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. This residency requirement states that candidates must have, for three of the last five years immediately prior to applying for this position; (1) resided in the United States; OR (2) worked for the United States Government as an employee overseas in a Federal or Military capacity, OR (3) been a dependent of a U.S. Federal or Military employee serving overseas.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s Degree required.

SECURITY CLEARANCE

Following a Conditional Offer of Employment (COE), selectee must undergo a PUBLIC TRUST background investigation.

REQUIRED APPLICATION MATERIALS

  1. Resume
  2. Academic transcripts
  3. NSEP Letter of Certification - see below for additional instructions
  4. SF-50 or similar document (only required for current or former federal employees)
  5. DD-214 (only required for veterans or active duty military)

LETTER OF CERTIFICATION

You MUST submit an NSEP Letter of Certification for this exclusive position. You can request an NSEP Letter of Certification by completing the letter request form on NSEPnet.org. You can access this form by clicking on the associated link on the NSEPnet.org homepage. The letter will be emailed to you so that you can include it in your application.

HOW TO APPLY

Please submit your complete application package to the following: D21-Recruitment@uscis.dhs.gov

EXCLUSIVE JOB: Join the NSEP Service Team!

Dear NSEP Awardees,

Are you interested in working in a collaborative and team-based environment? Would you like to help other NSEP award recipients fulfill their service requirement? If so, apply to join our team!

Alutiiq, a federal contractor, is seeking to hire a General Clerk to work in close coordination with the Boren Service Team at the NSEP office. This is a flexible, challenging position for an entry-level professional looking to fulfill his/her NSEP service requirement and gain work experience in the federal government.

As a General Clerk on the Boren team, you'll have a diverse portfolio of responsibilities. In addition to administrative tasks, your duties may include counseling NSEP award recipients on their service requirement, assisting with the planning and execution of Boren events and career fairs, and independently managing new service projects and initiatives. We're especially seeking innovative and enthusiastic individuals with fresh ideas about how to better serve our awardee population. If you have suggestions for new service initiatives, consider applying to work with us!

Alutiiq is looking to fill this position immediately, and applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until filled. However, candidates are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

As always, feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns. Good luck!

Best,
Aleia Maculam
NSEP Service and Outreach
nsep@nsep.gov


Job Title: General Clerk
Salary Range: Competitive
Duty Locations: Alexandria, VA
Who May Be Considered: NSEP award recipients who have not completed the service requirement in full

POSITION SUMMARY

The General Clerk will be involved in making contact with individuals who are recipients of National Security Education Program (NSEP) funding to study critical foreign languages/cultures.

Currently, there is a backlog of award recipients who have not yet reported progress in completing their service obligation.

The General Clerk shall identify award recipients who have not begun fulfilling their Congressionally-mandated Service Requirement; track correspondence; contact award recipients via multiple venues, including in-person, over the phone, through mail, email, and other publicly-available methods, as necessary; and prepare and send hard-copy Service Requirement notification letters to backlogged awardees.

REQUIRED SKILLS

  • Bachelor's Degree, preferably in Area/Language Studies, Business, International Affairs,
  • Social Sciences and Graphic Design
  • Critical thinking/analytical skills
  • Experience or familiarity with international education, regional or cultural studies, and foreign language education
  • Excellent written, listening and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated experience in the Microsoft suite of applications
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Desire to work in a team-oriented environment
  • Ability to set own priorities and work independently without immediate supervision
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative, problem-solve, and adapt to changing situations

Application Instructions

To apply for this position, please see the following link:

https://alutiiq-openhire.silkroad.com/epostings/index.cfm?fuseaction=app.jobInfo&version=1&jobid=3601

FEATURED JOB: Moldovan Media Analyst at SOSi (federal contractor)

Job Title: Moldovan Media Analyst
Organization: SOS International LLC
Salary Range: Competitive
Application Close Date: Until Filled
Duty Locations: Reston, VA

POSITION SUMMARY

Exovera LLC (www.exovera.com) a wholly-owned subsidiary of SOSi, is seeking a Moldova Media Analyst to join our team. The winning candidate will be fluent in Moldovan (both verbal and written) and will be an outstanding writer in English. Additional fluency in Russian would also be an asset. The analyst must have an analytic mind and a sophisticated understanding of local and regional current events. We are looking for proven experience in high-pace fields such as journalism, strategic communications, public relations, intelligence, political consulting, and the like. Familiarity with Moldova and the surrounding region is strongly preferred. Experience with social media, information technology, and analytics are also advantages.

The Moldova Analyst is part of a team and may be required to work on a variable shift schedule, which may include evening and weekend shifts. Work will include monitoring and analyzing local and regional, print, broadcast, and social media sources.

POSITION DUTIES

  • Monitors Moldovan-language print, broadcast, and social news media sources and selects content according to variable customer requirements
  • Writes succinct synopses and analytic overviews in professional English highlighting and assessing key information
  • Contributes to a team of media analysts and provides original analysis pieces related to Moldovan (and possibly Russian) media content and coverage
  • Interacts with a range of online tools, including media aggregators, basic analysis systems and databases (training is provided)
  • May respond to customer inquiries and correspondence

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Post-graduate degree in a relevant discipline such as International Relations, Political Science, History, Sociology, or related field
  • Strong interest and knowledge of regional and global current events
  • Native fluency or near native fluency in Moldovan is required
  • Additional fluency in Russian would be an asset
  • Proven skill and experience (at least 2 years) in a position involving writing in professional English
  • Ability to quickly process and organize large amounts of information and identify and assess items of greatest importance
  • Experience related to monitoring and sophisticated analysis, including an ability to identify biases and remain objective
  • Comfort and experience managing information in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Demonstrated comfort with information technology and multimedia software, including publishing and analytics tools
  • Maturity, honesty, and integrity
  • Ability/flexibility and temperament to work on a shift schedule, occasionally on short notice

SECURITY CLEARANCE

N/A

REQUIRED MATERIALS

  1. Resume
  2. Cover letter

HOW TO APPLY

As these applications will be passed on to a number of individuals throughout the hiring agency, cover letters should be tailored to the position and generically addressed to the division mentioned above.

Resume and Supporting Materials

You will need to email your application by using the mail tool in NSEPnet. Your application materials must be combined into one PDF file. The order of your documents within the PDF must mirror the order listed in the Required Materials section. Please name the file:

LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME_SOSi

As always, LASTNAME is your last name and FIRSTNAME is your first name. For example, the applicant John Smith would submit an application named SMITH_JOHN_SOSi. If you are unable to save Microsoft Word documents in PDF format, or are unable to combine your documents into a single PDF document, several third-party PDF conversion and combination tools exist online. Perform an internet search for "converting Word documents to PDF" or "merging PDF files" to find these tools.

To use NSEPnet Mail you will need to login to https://www.nsepnet.org. The link to NSEPnet Mail is in the top right corner of the homepage. If you cannot login or do not remember your login credentials, please use the Forgot Username tool at https://nsepnet.org/ForgotUsername.aspx or the Forgot Password tool at https://nsepnet.org/ForgotPassword.aspx.

From the NSEPnet mail tool, enter [AleiaMaculam] (brackets included) in the To: field. The subject line for this email must be as follows:

SOSi Moldovan Media Analyst

If you cannot attach a PDF document, please first try using Microsoft Internet Explorer. If attaching your documents fails in Internet Explorer, download the latest version of your internet browser and retry the attachment process.

FEATURED JOB: Estonian Media Analyst at SOSi (federal contract)

Job Title: Estonian Media Analyst
Organization: SOS International LLC
Salary Range: Competitive
Application Close Date: Until Filled
Duty Locations: Reston, VA

POSITION SUMMARY

Exovera LLC (www.exovera.com) a wholly-owned subsidiary of SOSi, is seeking a Estonian Media Analyst to join our team. The winning candidate will be fluent in Estonian (both verbal and written) and will be an outstanding writer in English. Additional fluency in Russian would also be an asset. The analyst must have an analytic mind and a sophisticated understanding of local and regional current events. We are looking for proven experience in high-pace fields such as journalism, strategic communications, public relations, intelligence, political consulting, and the like. Familiarity with Estonia and the surrounding region is strongly preferred. Experience with social media, information technology, and analytics are also advantages.

The Estonian Analyst is part of a team and may be required to work on a variable shift schedule, which may include evening and weekend shifts. Work will include monitoring and analyzing local and regional, print, broadcast, and social media sources.

POSITION DUTIES

  • Writes succinct synopses and analytic overviews in professional English highlighting and assessing key information
  • Contributes to a team of media analysts and provides original analysis pieces related to Estonian (and possibly Russian) media content and coverage
  • Interacts with a range of online tools, including media aggregators, basic analysis systems and databases (training is provided)
  • May respond to customer inquiries and correspondence

  • QUALIFICATIONS

    • Post-graduate degree in a relevant discipline such as International Relations, Political Science, History, Sociology, or related field
    • Strong interest and knowledge of regional and global current events
    • Native fluency or near native fluency in Estonian is required
    • Additional fluency in Russian would be an asset
    • Proven skill and experience (at least 2 years) in a position involving writing in professional English
    • Ability to quickly process and organize large amounts of information and identify and assess items of greatest importance
    • Experience related to monitoring and sophisticated analysis, including an ability to identify biases and remain objective
    • Comfort and experience managing information in a fast-paced environment
    • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
    • Demonstrated comfort with information technology and multimedia software, including publishing and analytics tools
    • Maturity, honesty, and integrity
    • Ability/flexibility and temperament to work on a shift schedule, occasionally on short notice

    SECURITY CLEARANCE

    N/A

    REQUIRED MATERIALS

    1. Resume
    2. Cover letter

    HOW TO APPLY

    As these applications will be passed on to a number of individuals throughout the hiring agency, cover letters should be tailored to the position and generically addressed to the division mentioned above.

    Resume and Supporting Materials

    You will need to email your application by using the mail tool in NSEPnet. Your application materials must be combined into one PDF file. The order of your documents within the PDF must mirror the order listed in the Required Materials section. Please name the file:

    LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME_SOSi

    As always, LASTNAME is your last name and FIRSTNAME is your first name. For example, the applicant John Smith would submit an application named SMITH_JOHN_SOSi. If you are unable to save Microsoft Word documents in PDF format, or are unable to combine your documents into a single PDF document, several third-party PDF conversion and combination tools exist online. Perform an internet search for "converting Word documents to PDF" or "merging PDF files" to find these tools.

    To use NSEPnet Mail you will need to login to https://www.nsepnet.org. The link to NSEPnet Mail is in the top right corner of the homepage. If you cannot login or do not remember your login credentials, please use the Forgot Username tool at https://nsepnet.org/ForgotUsername.aspx or the Forgot Password tool at https://nsepnet.org/ForgotPassword.aspx.

    From the NSEPnet mail tool, enter [AleiaMaculam] (brackets included) in the To: field. The subject line for this email must be as follows:

    SOSi Estonian Media Analyst

    If you cannot attach a PDF document, please first try using Microsoft Internet Explorer. If attaching your documents fails in Internet Explorer, download the latest version of your internet browser and retry the attachment process.

    Member Login

    Privacy Notice

    You are accessing a U.S Government(USG) Information System(IS) that is provided for USG-authorized use only. By using this IS (which includes any device attached to this IS), you consent to the following conditions:

    The USG routinely intercepts and monitors communications on this IS for purposes including, but not limited to, penetration testing, COMSEC monitoring, network operations and defense, personnel misconduct(PM), law enforcement(LE), and counterintelligence(CI) investigations.

    At any time, the USG may inspect and seize data stored on this IS.

    Communications using, or data stored on, this IS are not private, are subject to routine monitoring, interception, and search, and may be disclosed or used for any USG-authorized purpose.

    This IS includes security measures(e.g., authorization and access controls) to protect USG interests--not for your personal benefit or privacy.

    Notwithstanding the above, using this IS does not constitute consent to PM, LE or CI investigative searching or monitoring of the content of privileged communications, or work product, related to personal representation or services by attorneys, psychotherapists, or clergy, and their assistants. Such communications and work product are private and confidential. See User Agreement for details.

    Common Questions

    What is the General Schedule (GS) pay scale?

    Placement Highlight

    Not Available

    VIEW CAREER RESOURCES

    NSEPnet News