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EXCLUSIVE JOB: Immigration Service Officer (Level One) at USCIS (Minneapolis)

Job Title: Immigration Services Officer (Level One)
Department: Department of Homeland Security
Agency: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Salary Range: $35,709.00 to $70,339.00 / Per Year
Series & Grade:GS-1801-05/07
Promotion Potential: 09
Application Close Date: April 02, 2019 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time
Duty Locations: Minneapolis, MN
Who May Be Considered: NSEP award recipients who have not completed the service requirement in full.

JOB SUMMARY

Every day, our Immigration Services Officers grant or deny complex and highly sensitive applications and petitions for immigration benefits and provide assistance to other federal agencies in identifying individuals who pose a threat to national security and public safety.

This position of Immigration Services Officer starts at a salary of $35,709.00, GS-05, Step 1 grade level, to $57,502.00, GS-07, Step 10 grade level, with promotion potential to GS-09 grade level. Apply for this exciting opportunity to become a member of the Office of Field Operations, District 15 Minneapolis/St. Paul Field Office in Minneapolis, MN within U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

This position is in the bargaining unit.
This position is not considered "essential" for purposes of reporting to work when the facility might otherwise be closed.

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.

As an Immigration Services Officer, you may also serve as the Congressional Liaison Officer. You will:

  • Draft, review, revise and issue written and oral responses to congressional inquiries within prescribed time frames.
  • Develop and maintain liaison with Congressional staff on a variety of immigration-related issues.
  • Interpret and apply technical guidelines and provide advisory services to Congressional staff on specific cases or policy matters.

Travel Required
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

KEY 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
  • 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.

Probationary Period

You may be required to serve a probationary period of one (1) year.

Training

If you have not already done so, you will be required to attend a residential USCIS Officer training course. This technical training must be successfully completed according to the standards of the agency. Failure to do so will be grounds for mandatory removal from the position. Such failure will result in either reassignment to a different position, demotion, or separation by appropriate procedures.

Current Federal employees must have served 52 weeks at the lower grade or equivalent grade band in the Federal service. The Time-in-Grade requirement must be met by 11:59pm (Eastern Time) on the closing date of this announcement.

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-05: You qualify at the GS-05 level if you possess three (3) years of progressively responsible experience, one year of which was experience equivalent to the GS-04 grade level, which has equipped you with the skills needed to successfully perform the duties of the position. You must have experience performing the following duties:

  • Analyzing problems, gathering pertinent data and recognizing solutions; methodically planning and organizing work to ensure timely completion; communicating clearly, both orally and in writing and providing excellent customer service in person-to-person situations.
  • Such experience may have been gained in administrative, professional, technical, investigative, or other responsible work.
  • Experience in substantive and relevant secretarial, clerical or other responsible work is qualifying if it provided evidence of the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform the duties of this position.
  • Experience of a general clerical nature (typing, filing, routine procedural processing, maintaining records or other non-specialized tasks) is not creditable. OR
  • You may substitute successful completion of a Bachelor's degree or a full 4-year course of study in any field leading to a Bachelor's degree for the experience required at the GS-05 grade level. This education must have been obtained from an accredited college or university. One year of full-time undergraduate study is defined as 30 semester or 45 quarter hours.

GS-07: In addition to the requirements at the lower grade level, you qualify at the GS-07 level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience, equivalent to at least the GS-05 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:

  • Performing preliminary examinations of applications and petitions for immigration benefits
  • Ensuring required supporting documentation is included in application package(s) and applying necessary immigration laws, policies and procedures. OR
  • You may substitute successful completion of one year of full-time graduate education for the experience required at the GS-07 level. This education must have been obtained from an accredited college or university and demonstrate the skills necessary to do the work of the position. Check with your school to determine how many credit hours comprise a year of graduate education. If that information is not available, use 18 semester or 27 quarter hours. OR
  • You may also substitute superior academic achievement for the experience required at the GS-07 level. You must have completed the requirements for a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale, class standing in the upper third of a graduating class or major subdivision or membership in a national scholastic honor society.

Please read the following IMPORTANT information to ensure we have everything we need to consider your application.

It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date. Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and must highlight your most relevant and significant work experience and education (if applicable), as it relates to this job opportunity. Please be clear and specific when describing your work history as we cannot make assumptions regarding your experience.

Please ensure EACH work history includes ALL of the following information:

  • Job Title (include series and grade if Federal Job)
  • Duties (be specific in describing your duties)
  • Employer's name and address
  • Supervisor name and phone number
  • Start and end dates including month, day and year (e.g. June 18 2007 to April 05 2008)
  • Full-time or part-time status (include hours worked per week)
  • Salary

Determining length of General or Specialized Experience is dependent on the above information and failure to provide ALL of this information may result in a finding of ineligible.

Federal Experience: If you are using current or prior federal experience as a basis for qualifying for this position, the grade levels and length of employment (mm/dd/year) at each grade level must be listed in your work history. This information will be further validated if selected for this position.

National Service Experience (i.e., volunteer experience): Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build criteria competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer service. Please provide the dates and amount of time/hours worked earning this experience.

COMBINING QUALIFYING EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION: If you do not qualify based on experience or education alone, you may be able to qualify based on a combination of your experience and education. For more information on combining education and experience, visit the following website: General Schedule Qualification Standards

SECURITY CLEARANCE

This position requires a Public Trust - Background Investigation.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED

We will review your résumé and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the minimum qualification requirements.

The competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this job are:

  • Customer Service
  • Decision Making
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Oral Communication
  • Reasoning
  • Technical Competence
  • Writing

REQUIRED MATERIALS

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Unofficial academic transcripts. For verification purposes, the transcript submitted must include your name. Please visit http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html for more information about foreign education.
  4. SF-50 or similar document (only required for current or former federal employees)
  5. DD-214/SF-15 (See Veterans section above for more information)

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

These applications are due by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on the application close date indicated above. Failure to follow the application instructions may result in rejection of your application.

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 named:

LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME_ISO

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_ISO. 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-032019-348

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.

Letter of Certification
You DO NOT need to request a Letter of Certification for this exclusive position at the time of application.

HIRING AUTHORITY

The Department of Homeland Security will utilize either Schedule A, NDAA13, or your own special hiring authorities afforded to all NSEP award recipients with active service requirements to make appointments to this position in the excepted service.
EXCLUSIVE JOB: Immigration Service Officer (Level Two) at USCIS (Minneapolis)

Job Title: Immigration Services Officer (Level Two)
Department: Department of Homeland Security
Agency: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Salary Range: $54,106.00 to $102,002.00 / Per Year
Series & Grade: GS-1801-09/11/12
Promotion Potential: 12
Application Close Date: April 02, 2019 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time
Duty Locations: Minneapolis, MN
Who May Be Considered: NSEP award recipients who have not completed the service requirement in full.

JOB SUMMARY

Every day, our Immigration Services Officers grant or deny complex and highly sensitive applications and petitions for immigration benefits and provide assistance to other federal agencies in identifying individuals who pose a threat to national security and public safety.

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.

Travel Required
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

KEY 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
  • 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.

Probationary Period

You may be required to serve a probationary period of one (1) year.

Training

If you have not already done so, you will be required to attend a residential USCIS Officer training course. This technical training must be successfully completed according to the standards of the agency. Failure to do so will be grounds for mandatory removal from the position. Such failure will result in either reassignment to a different position, demotion, or separation by appropriate procedures.

Current Federal employees must have served 52 weeks at the lower grade or equivalent grade band in the Federal service. The Time-in-Grade requirement must be met by 11:59pm (Eastern Time) on the closing date of this announcement.

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-09: You qualify at the GS-09 level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience, which is equivalent to the GS-07 level in the federal government, that 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 information related to immigration benefits;
  • Interpreting and applying immigration laws, policies and procedures. OR
  • You may substitute a Master's degree or two 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 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 two years of graduate education. If that information is not available, use 36 semester or 54 quarter hours.

GS-11: In addition to the requirements at the lower grade level(s), to qualify at the GS-11 level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience, which is equivalent to the GS-09 level in the federal government, that 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), to qualify at the GS-12 level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience, which is equivalent to the GS-11 level in the federal government, that 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 for immigration benefits.
  • There is no Educational Substitution at this grade level.

Please read the following IMPORTANT information to ensure we have everything we need to consider your application.

It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date. Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and must highlight your most relevant and significant work experience and education (if applicable), as it relates to this job opportunity. Please be clear and specific when describing your work history as we cannot make assumptions regarding your experience.

Please ensure EACH work history includes ALL of the following information:

  • Job Title (include series and grade if Federal Job)
  • Duties (be specific in describing your duties)
  • Employer's name and address
  • Supervisor name and phone number
  • Start and end dates including month, day and year (e.g. June 18 2007 to April 05 2008)
  • Full-time or part-time status (include hours worked per week)
  • Salary

Determining length of General or Specialized Experience is dependent on the above information and failure to provide ALL of this information may result in a finding of ineligible.

Federal Experience: If you are using current or prior federal experience as a basis for qualifying for this position, the grade levels and length of employment (mm/dd/year) at each grade level must be listed in your work history. This information will be further validated if selected for this position.

National Service Experience (i.e., volunteer experience): Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build criteria competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer service. Please provide the dates and amount of time/hours worked earning this experience.

COMBINING QUALIFYING EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION: If you do not qualify based on experience or education alone, you may be able to qualify based on a combination of your experience and education. For more information on combining education and experience, visit the following website: General Schedule Qualification Standards

SECURITY CLEARANCE

This position requires a Public Trust - Background Investigation.

REQUIRED MATERIALS

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Unofficial academic transcripts. For verification purposes, the transcript submitted must include your name. Please visit http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html for more information about foreign education.
  4. SF-50 or similar document (only required for current or former federal employees)
  5. DD-214/SF-15 (See Veterans section above for more information)

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

These applications are due by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on the application close date indicated above. Failure to follow the application instructions may result in rejection of your application.

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 named:

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_ISO2. 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-032019-350

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.

Letter of Certification
You DO NOT need to request a Letter of Certification for this exclusive position at the time of application.

HIRING AUTHORITY

The Department of Homeland Security will utilize either Schedule A, NDAA13, or your own special hiring authorities afforded to all NSEP award recipients with active service requirements to make appointments to this position in the excepted service.
EXCLUSIVE JOB: Program Manager at the Federal Voting Assistance Program

Job Title: Program Manager
Department: Department of Defense
Agency: Federal Voting Assistance Program/Defense Human Resources Activity
Salary Range: 43,857.00 to $98,317.00 / Per Year
Series & Grade: GS-343, GS-09
Promotion Potential: 13
Application Close Date: April 02, 2019 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time
Duty Locations: Alexandria, VA
Who May Be Considered: NSEP award recipients who have not completed the service requirement in full.

JOB SUMMARY

The Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) works to ensure Service members, their eligible family members and overseas citizens are aware of their right to vote and have the tools and resources to successfully do so - from anywhere in the world. Serves as a Program Manager in the FVAP. The incumbent reports to the Director of the Voting Assistance Team in the Federal Voting Assistance Program. As a Program Manager, the incumbent is responsible for establishing policies and procedures, adapting best practices and guidelines for the operations of the organizational programs.

STATEMENT OF DIFFERENCE: The incumbent serves in a developmental capacity GS-9. The position has noncompetitive growth potential to Program Manager, GS-0340-13, JX06103. Incumbent participates in formal and on-the-job training designed to prepare for advancement to the target level based on completion of training, supervisor’s recommendation, and availability of work at the time of promotion.

The duties and responsibilities of this position are essentially the same as those identified above, except the incumbent is under closer supervision and receives more detailed instructions. As the incumbent progresses, the amount of supervision is gradually reduced.

DUTIES

The Program Manager is responsible for managing and participating in numerous processes and studies and for ensuring the successful design, development, and implementation of assigned voting assistance programs for overseas civilians and active duty military as well as their spouses and dependents. Establishing policies and procedures and adapts best practices and guidelines for the operations of the FVAP. Performs a wide variety of management, administrative, program planning/analysis, and support activities across the FVAP. Responsible for implementing effective program management strategies, resource allocation, records management guidelines, planning, establishment of milestones, deliverable, process improvement, and program tracking. Perform assessments of program performance and provide recommendations for improvement in effectiveness and efficiency of operations to senior management. Coordinate meetings with senior agency officials, other component leaders and FVAP stakeholders for review and approval of organizational documents. Draft and/or revise organizational documents such as disposition schedules, training materials and other standard operating procedures for agency-wide implementation. Works to ensure that programs are, and remain, responsive to DoD directives and guidance. Evaluates plans and policies and develops recommendations for the Director on major program changes which impact the activities of the program. Applies experimental theories and new techniques to issues not susceptible to treatment by accepted methods and to make decisions, recommendations significantly changing or developing related important programs. The incumbent plans and executes projects dealing with program achievement. Within assigned areas, incumbent personally conducts, directs, or coordinates research, development, evaluation, and management studies, analyses, or projects required to provide new or improved institutional research and evaluation concepts, methodologies, models, tools, systems, program, plans, or policies. Performs other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Master’s degree preferred, but not required
  • Spanish language fluency preferred, but not required.

SECURITY CLEARANCE

Following a Conditional Offer of Employment (COE), selectee must undergo a background investigation for a [Non-Sensitive] security clearance.

REQUIRED MATERIALS

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. SF-50 or similar document (only required for current or former federal employees)
  4. DD-214/SF-15 (See Veterans section above for more information)

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

These applications are due by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on the application close date indicated above. Failure to follow the application instructions may result in rejection of your application.

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 named:

LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME_FVAP

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_FVAP. 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:

DoD-FVAP-032019-342

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.

Letter of Certification
You DO NOT need to request a Letter of Certification for this exclusive position at the time of application.

HIRING AUTHORITY

The Department of Defense will utilize either Schedule A, NDAA13, or your own special hiring authorities afforded to all NSEP award recipients with active service requirements to make appointments to this position in the excepted service.
FEATURED JOB: Immigration Services Officer at USCIS (San Antonio, TX)

Job Title: Immigration Services Officer
Department: Department of Homeland Security
Agency: U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Service
Salary Range: $50,598 to $65,778 per year
Series & Grade: GS-9
Promotion Potential: GS-9
Application Close Date: After 150 applications have been received, but NLT Friday, March 22, 2019
Duty Location: San Antonio, TX

POSITION SUMMARY

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services secures America's promise as a nation of immigrants by providing accurate and useful information to our customers, granting immigration and citizenship benefits, promoting an awareness and understanding of citizenship, and ensuring the integrity of our immigration system. Visit us at www.uscis.gov.

POSITION DUTIES

  • The responsibilities described are for the full-performance level. At developmental grade levels, assignments will be of more limited scope, performed with less independence, and limited complexity.
  • 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 a drug screening.
  • You must submit resume and supporting documentation.
  • 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-09: You qualify at the GS-9 level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience, which is equivalent to the GS-7 level in the federal government, that 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 information related to immigration benefits;
  • Interpreting and applying immigration laws, policies and procedures. OR
  • You may substitute a Master's degree or two 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 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 two years of graduate education. If that information is not available, use 36 semester or 54 quarter hours.

SECURITY CLEARANCE

Following a Conditional Offer of Employment (COE), selectee must undergo a background investigation. Additional security clearance will be determined once entered on duty in this position.

REQUIRED MATERIALS

  1. Resume (No longer than 5 pages in length)
  2. Transcripts (If qualifying based on education)
  3. NSEP Letter of Certification (requested through the homepage of your NSEPnet account)
  4. DD-214 (only required for veterans or active duty military)
  5. SF-50 (only required for current or former federal employees)

HOW TO APPLY

Please see the following link to apply: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/526146400

EXCLUSIVE JOB: Immigration Analyst at USCIS (Multiple duty locations)

Job Title: Immigration Analyst (Asylum)
Department: Department of Homeland Security
Agency: U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services/Asylum Division
Salary Range: 28,945- 57,015 (Actual salary may be higher due to an adjustment for locality pay)
Series & Grade:GS-0901- 05/07/09
Promotion Potential: GS-09
Who May Be Considered: NSEP award recipients who have not completed the service requirement in full.
Application Close Date: Monday, April 08, 2019 at 11:59 PM ET
Duty Location: Multiple Locations - Please specify all locations of interest in your application submission.

  • Arlington, VA
  • Bethpage, NY
  • Chicago, IL
  • Houston, TX
  • Miami, FL
  • New Orleans, LA
  • San Francisco, CA

POSITION SUMMARY

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services secures America's promise as a nation of immigrants by providing accurate and useful information to our customers, granting immigration and citizenship benefits, promoting an awareness and understanding of citizenship, and ensuring the integrity of our immigration system. Visit us at www.uscis.gov.

POSITION DUTIES

  • The responsibilities described are for the full performance level. At developmental grade levels, assignments will be of more limited scope, performed with less independence, and limited complexity.
  • Perform preliminary review of immigration applications and databases, identifying information relevant to the performance of background and security checks.
  • Determining whether the Asylum Division has jurisdiction by reviewing electronic and paper records, researching rules and procedures and analyzing appropriate information.
  • Analyze and conduct research in USCIS paper and electronic records as well as law enforcement and commercial databases according to USCIS background check policy and procedures, to ascertain immigration history and case status.
  • Ensuring that applicants have complied with all required background and biometric check procedures and providing information to appropriate Asylum Officer staff for consideration in the adjudication of asylum cases.
  • Review case decision documentation against applicant file to ensure completeness, and accuracy of required documents. and preparing documentation, creating reports and assembling databases.
  • Interacts with applicant, attorney or representative of record to deliver case decision, ensuring understanding of decision or next steps.
  • Texas Family Residential Center Requirements: The State of Texas requires individuals working in Family Residential Centers (FRCs) to obtain a state background clearance and medical clearance prior to beginning work. Failure to meet these requirements may result in withdrawal of the job offer.
  • Travel may be required.

QUALIFICATIONS

GS-05: You qualify at the GS-05 level if you possess three (3) years of progressively responsible experience, one (1) year of which was equivalent to at least the GS-04 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:

  • Analyzing problems to identify significant factors, gather pertinent data, and recognize solutions;
  • Planning and organizing work; and
  • Communicating effectively orally and in writing. OR
  • Y• You may substitute successful completion of a Bachelor's degree or a full 4-year course of study in any field leading to a Bachelor's degree for the experience required at the GS-5 grade level. This education must have been obtained from an accredited college or university. One year of full-time undergraduate study is defined as 30 semester or 45 quarter hours .

GS-07: In addition to the requirements at the lower grade level(s), you qualify at the GS-07 level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience, equivalent to at least the GS-05 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:

  • Performing developmental assignments under the close guidance of higher-graded officers that included selecting, abstracting, and excerpting data from specific sources and compiling them for the use of higher-graded officers
  • Evaluating and making preliminary analyses of background check data pertaining to individuals
  • Interacting with the public to gather or explain information in compliance with detailed policies and procedures OR
  • You may substitute successful completion of one year of full-time graduate education for the experience required at the GS-7 level. This education must have been obtained from an accredited college or university and demonstrate the skills needed to successfully perform the duties of the position. Check with your school to determine how many credit hours comprise a year of graduate education. If that information is not available, use 18 semester or 27 quarter hours.OR
  • You may also substitute superior academic achievement for the experience required at the GS-07 level. You must have completed the requirements for a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a grade point average or 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale, or a class standing in the upper third of a graduating class or major subdivision, or membership in a national scholastic honor society.

GS-09: In addition to the requirements at the lower grade level(s), 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:

  • Searching and independently analyzing information from records/databases; providing assistance to officers in gathering data
  • Preparing documentation, and creating reports related to background checks; researching and collecting information from databases to determine if information relates to a subject and recognizing the nature and significance of derogatory information;
  • Interacting with the public to gather or explain complex information in compliance with detailed policies and procedures and using independent research and analysis to answer complex questions and conducting liaison with database record holders and law enforcement officers to verify facts and obtain specific information. OR
  • You may substitute successful completion of a Master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in an accredited college or university, or a J.D. or L.L.B. degree may be substituted for experience at the GS-09 grade level. Such education must demonstrate the skills needed to do the work. A course of study in business administration, public administration, or related fields is qualifying. One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 year of full-time study. If that information cannot be obtained from the school, 36 semester hours should be considered as satisfying the 2 years of full-time study requirement.

SECURITY CLEARANCE

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

REQUIRED MATERIALS

  1. Resume
  2. List of preferred duty locations
  3. Transcripts (If qualifying based on education)
  4. DD-214 (only required for veterans or active duty military)
  5. SF-50 (only required for current or former federal employees)

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

These applications are due by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on the application close date indicated above. Failure to follow the application instructions may result in rejection of your application.

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 named:

LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME_IA

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_IA. 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-032019-340

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.

Letter of Certification
You DO NOT need to request a Letter of Certification for this exclusive position at the time of application.

HIRING AUTHORITY

The Department of Homeland Security will utilize either Schedule A, NDAA13, or your own special hiring authorities afforded to all NSEP award recipients with active service requirements to make appointments to this position in the excepted service.
EXCLUSIVE JOB: CIS Assistant at USCIS (Multiple duty locations)

Job Title: CIS Assistant
Department: Department of Homeland Security
Agency: U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services/Asylum Division
Salary Range: $28,945-$46,609 (Actual salary may be higher due to an adjustment for locality pay)
Series & Grade:GS-1802-05/06/07
Promotion Potential: GS-07
Application Close Date: Monday, April 08, 2019 at 11:59 PM ET
Who May Be Considered: NSEP award recipients who have not completed the service requirement in full.
Duty Locations: Multiple Locations - Please specify all locations of interest in your application submission.

  • Anaheim, CA
  • Arlington, VA
  • Bethpage, NY
  • Chicago, IL
  • Houston, TX
  • Miami, FL

POSITION SUMMARY

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services secures America's promise as a nation of immigrants by providing accurate and useful information to our customers, granting immigration and citizenship benefits, promoting an awareness and understanding of citizenship, and ensuring the integrity of our immigration system. Visit us at www.uscis.gov.

POSITION DUTIES

  • Respond to written and oral inquiries from the public, other organizations, governmental agencies.
  • Provide non-routine information and assistance on complex applications to applicants/petitioners and/or their legal representatives in response inquiries on all aspects of immigration and nationality law.
  • Determine basic eligibility for benefits and privileges under the final approval of a senior employee or supervisor.
  • Perform appropriate record keeping and reporting tasks and capturing essential statistical data for monthly reports and assists in the preparation of those reports.
  • Provide office automation advice, guidance, and assistance to staff.
  • Performing case file analysis and evaluation of cases where adjudication or resolution has been delayed and/or problems encountered.
  • Texas Family Residential Center Requirements: The State of Texas requires individuals working in Family Residential Centers (FRCs) to obtain a state background clearance and medical clearance prior to beginning work. Failure to meet these requirements may result in withdrawal of the job offer.
  • Travel may be required.

QUALIFICATIONS

GS-05: You qualify at the GS-05 level if you possess three (3) years of progressively responsible experience, one (1) year of which was equivalent to at least the GS-04 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:

  • Reviewing applications for benefits for accuracy, validity, and proper form and format; and,
  • Using various computer software programs to produce office support materials on benefits. OR
  • You may substitute successful completion of a Bachelor's degree or a full 4-year course of study in any field leading to a Bachelor's degree for the experience required at the GS-5 grade level. This education must have been obtained from an accredited college or university. One year of full-time undergraduate study is defined as 30 semester or 45 quarter hours.

GS-06: In addition to the qualifications at the lower grade level(s), you qualify at the GS-6 level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience, equivalent to at least the GS-5 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:

  • Reviewing and screening routine applications and petitions for immigration benefits;
  • Using computer indices to determine a subject’s current immigration status; and,
  • Providing routine information and assistance on applications for immigration benefits.

GS-07: In addition to the qualifications at the lower grade level(s), you qualify at the GS-7 level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience, equivalent to at least the GS-6 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:

  • Providing assistance on complex applications and petitions for immigration benefits to applicants and/or their legal representatives;
  • Analyzing and evaluating cases where screening or resolution of requests for immigration benefits have been delayed; and,
  • Informing inquirers verbally or in writing of problems encountered and action required.

SECURITY CLEARANCE

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

REQUIRED MATERIALS

  1. Resume
  2. List of preferred duty locations
  3. Transcripts (If qualifying based on education)
  4. DD-214 (only required for veterans or active duty military)
  5. SF-50 (only required for current or former federal employees)

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

These applications are due by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on the application close date indicated above. Failure to follow the application instructions may result in rejection of your application.

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 named:

LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME_CIS

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_CIS. 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-032019-342

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.

Letter of Certification
You DO NOT need to request a Letter of Certification for this exclusive position at the time of application.

HIRING AUTHORITY

The Department of Homeland Security will utilize either Schedule A, NDAA13, or your own special hiring authorities afforded to all NSEP award recipients with active service requirements to make appointments to this position in the excepted service.
EXCLUSIVE JOB: Asylum Officer at USCIS (Multiple duty locations)

Job Title: Asylum Officer
Department: Department of Homeland Security
Agency: U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services
Salary Range: $43,857 - $82,680 (Actual salary may be higher due to an adjustment for locality pay)
Series & Grade: GS-0930-09/11/12
Promotion Potential: GS-12
Application Close Date: Wednesday, May 01, 2019 at 11:59 PM ET
Who May Be Considered: NSEP award recipients who have not completed the service requirement in full.
Duty Locations: Multiple Locations - Please specify all locations of interest in your application submission.

  • Anaheim, CA
  • Arlington, VA
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Bethpage, NY
  • Boston, MA
  • Chicago, IL
  • Houston, TX
  • Lyndhurst, NJ
  • Miami, FL
  • New Orleans, LA
  • San Francisco, CA

POSITION SUMMARY

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services secures America's promise as a nation of immigrants by providing accurate and useful information to our customers, granting immigration and citizenship benefits, promoting an awareness and understanding of citizenship, and ensuring the integrity of our immigration system. Visit us at www.uscis.gov.

POSITION DUTIES

  • Adjudicate complex and highly sensitive immigration benefits, asylum applications, other benefit applications managed by the asylum program, including motions to reopen and reconsider, and conduct credible/reasonable fear screenings.
  • Review applications and supporting evidence, conduct interviews, and research appropriate information provided by the Refugee, Asylum and International Operations Directorate, the Department of State, and other sources.
  • Interpret and apply appropriate policy, regulations, statutes, and precedent decisions to make eligibility determinations.
  • Produce written assessments supporting asylum, NACARA, credible fear and reasonable fear decisions.
  • Establish and maintain liaison with external federal agencies and non-governmental organizations, and/or private sector stakeholders involved in asylum benefits.
  • Texas Family Residential Center Requirements: The State of Texas requires individuals working in Family Residential Centers (FRCs) to obtain a state background clearance and medical clearance prior to beginning work. Failure to meet these requirements may result in withdrawal of the job offer.
  • Travel may be required.

QUALIFICATIONS

GS-09: You qualify at the GS-9 level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience, equivalent to at least the GS-7 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 by examining supporting documentation for authenticity and relevance, as well as researching and analyzing appropriate information for eligibility; and,
  • Interpreting and applying immigration laws, policies and procedures as they relate to an individual's eligibility for immigration benefits. OR
  • You may substitute a Master's or equivalent degree, or two full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree, or a J.D. or L.L.B degree for experience required at the GS-9 grade level. 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 two years of graduate education. If that information is not available, use 36 semester or 54 quarter hours. This education must be in one of the following areas: public policy, political science, public administration, diplomacy, international relations or studies, philosophy, clinical psychology, law, social work, anthropology, mass communication, journalism, history, economics, or a related degree field.

GS-11: You qualify at the GS-11 if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience, equivalent to at least the GS-9 level in the Federal government, which has equipped you with the skills needed to successfully perform the duties of the position. In addition to the requirements for the lower grade level, you must have experience performing the following duties:

  • Recommending final determinations on or representing applicants in non-sensitive, routine hearing or appeal requests involving immigration matters that includes determining applicant credibility, analyzing evidence, and applying statutory requirements, regulations and 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, or L.L.M. for experience at the GS-11 grade level. 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. This education must be in one of the following areas: public policy, political science, public administration, diplomacy, international relations or studies, philosophy, clinical psychology, law, social work, anthropology, mass communication, journalism, history, economics, or a related degree field.

GS-12: You qualify at the GS-12 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. In addition to the requirements for the lower grade levels, you must have experience performing the following duties:

  • Preparing legal briefs or other written memoranda that advocate for sensitive and complex hearing or appeal cases involving eligibility for asylum, suspension of deportation, or other immigration benefits; or,
  • Making final determinations on complex asylum, refugee, or other immigration cases involving eligibility for protection and resettlement and writing final determinations with legal analysis to support decisions.

SECURITY CLEARANCE

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

REQUIRED MATERIALS

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of preferred duty locations
  4. Transcripts (If qualifying based on education)
  5. DD-214 (only required for veterans or active duty military)
  6. SF-50 (only required for current or former federal employees)

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

These applications are due by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on the application close date indicated above. Failure to follow the application instructions may result in rejection of your application.

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 named:

LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME_ASY

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_ASY. 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-032019-344

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.

Letter of Certification
You DO NOT need to request a Letter of Certification for this exclusive position at the time of application.

HIRING AUTHORITY

The Department of Homeland Security will utilize either Schedule A, NDAA13, or your own special hiring authorities afforded to all NSEP award recipients with active service requirements to make appointments to this position in the excepted service.
EXCLUSIVE JOB: Correspondence Analyst at the Office of Policy/DHS

Job Title: Correspondence Analyst
Department: Department of Homeland Security
Agency: Office of Policy/ Executive Secretariat
Salary Range: $53,435.00 to $84,044.00/ Per Year
Series & Grade: (0301) GS 9/11
Promotion Potential: GS-13
Application Close Date: Wednesday, April 03, 2019 at 11:59 PM ET
Who May Be Considered: NSEP award recipients who have not completed the service requirement in full.
Duty Locations: Washington, DC

POSITION SUMMARY

This position is located in the DHS Office of Policy (PLCY). PLCY provides policy development, coordination, strategy, planning, and analysis to the DHS Secretary and other Departmental leaders to facilitate decision-making and other critical matters that may arise in a dynamic homeland security threat environment. PLCY is responsible for strengthening our Nation’s homeland security by developing DHS-wide policies, programs, and planning to promote and ensure quality, consistency, and integration across all homeland security missions.

Within DHS, PLCY serves as a required coordinator for all materials prepared for the Secretary, Deputy Secretary, Under Secretary for Policy, and other Senior Leadership of Homeland Security. As such, the incumbent has the critical responsibility for ensuring the quality and accuracy of materials and the appropriate flow and control of priority correspondence received from and transmitted to the White House, Congress, other Federal agencies, the private sector, and the general public. The incumbent maintains an awareness and understanding of all policy formulation and development within PLCY to facilitate and proactively manage all incoming/outgoing correspondence, congressional reports and testimony, and briefing materials.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Background in international studies, public policy, social science or related field.
  • Experience with articulating complex problems and developing creative solutions
  • Familiarity with DHS’s missions
  • Excellent writing, editing, and research skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively with staff including the Under Secretary’s immediate staff, Senior departmental managers, and other high-level officials with the Office and from other Components of the Department.

SECURITY CLEARANCE

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

REQUIRED MATERIALS

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

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

These applications are due by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on the application close date indicated above. Failure to follow the application instructions may result in rejection of your application.

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 named:

LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME_PLCY

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_PLCY. 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-OP-032019-346

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.

Letter of Certification
You DO NOT need to request a Letter of Certification for this exclusive position at the time of application.

HIRING AUTHORITY

The Department of Homeland Security will utilize either Schedule A, NDAA13, or your own special hiring authorities afforded to all NSEP award recipients with active service requirements to make appointments to this position in the excepted service.
EXCLUSIVE JOB: Academic Specialist at the Africa Center for Strategic Studies

Job Title: Academic Specialist (Administrative)
Department: Department of Defense
Agency: Defense Security Cooperation Agency
Office: Africa Center for Strategic Studies
Salary Range: $68,036.00 to $88,450.00 / Per Year
Series & Grade: AD-0101-2
Promotion Potential: 2
Application Close Date: April 05, 2019 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time
Duty Locations: Fort McNair, District of Columbia
Who May Be Considered: NSEP award recipients who have not completed the service requirement in full.

POSITION SUMMARY/OFFICE DESCRIPTION

The Africa Center for Strategic Studies is an academic institution within the U.S. Department of Defense established in 1999, and funded by Congress for the study of security issues relating to Africa. The Africa Center serves as a forum for bilateral and multilateral research, communication, and exchange of ideas involving military and civilian participants. The Africa Center does this by expanding understanding of African security issues, providing a trusted platform for dialogue, building enduring partnerships, and catalyzing strategic solutions. The overarching goal is to support processes that foster security for all Africans championed by effective institutions accountable to their citizens. Africa Center programs revolve around the generation and dissemination of knowledge through its research, academic programs, and community engagement.

POSITION DUTIES

Under the direction of the Director of Research and Director of Engagement, the Academic Specialist supports the Africa Center by assisting with the planning, development and execution of research and outreach and engagement activities to facilitate the Center's education, policy support, research, and outreach missions.

Specific duties include:

  • Supports the development, planning and execution of administrative, research, and event planning initiatives for the Africa Center’s Research and Community and Alumni Affairs (CAA) sections.
  • Supports staff with administrative responsibilities relating to the following: travel, procurement, training, event management and reporting, publications shipment, data entry, recordkeeping, tracking budgets, and managing related automated software programs.
  • Provides graphic support to print and digital products, assists with archiving and organizing the Center’s print and video content, coordinates administrative requirements among interns, and manages the shared Africa Center Events Calendar.
  • Procures or otherwise acquires instructional and other educational materials for the conduct of the Africa Center’s research products and education programs. Prepares and disseminates materials for Center events and assists with planning and conducting related outreach activities.
  • Assists with planning and coordinating meetings, visits, and administrative arrangements for classes, events, and other activities, including developing itineraries, organizing and executing programs and public roundtable events.
  • Establishes and maintains information resources for students and faculty interested or participating in Africa Center education programs and courses, including program and course catalogues, access to online instructional materials, etc.
  • Assists with updating and managing the databases, electronic and paper files for student administration and staff support, including applications, admissions, course registration, evaluation records, and alumni records.
  • Oversees translation and printing of the Center’s research publications in collaboration with the Government Printing Office (GPO) and private printers.
  • Maintains distribution list for various Center audiences and assists with the distribution of the Center’s Daily Media Review.
  • Performs other relevant research and administrative tasks required to accomplish the Research and Community and Alumni Affairs sections’ research and outreach and engagement missions.

QUALIFICATIONS AND PREFERRED EXPERIENCE

  • Per NDU Instruction 1461.01; non-supervisory Academic Specialist must possess a bachelor’s degree or master’s degree and relevant professional expertise or experience and documented evidence of relevant knowledge and aptitude in a relevant field of academic program management.
  • Experience in planning, coordination, and execution of complex and multifaceted programs.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with an ability to work with diverse cultures and in a team-based work environment.
  • Well-organized, detail oriented and demonstrated ability to multi-task.
  • Available to travel in support of the Africa Center mission.
  • Strong working knowledge of various Microsoft computer application programs.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.

Desired Qualifications

  • African Studies or Africa-related experience desirable.
  • Ability to effectively converse professionally in French, Arabic and/or Portuguese.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

  • This is a Title 10 Excepted Service Appointment.
  • Appointment is not to exceed 3 years with the possibility for extension. Must be available for occasional travel (25%) to African countries in support of Africa Center programs and institutional research.
  • This position is Non-Sensitive position, which requires a background investigation. The individual selected for this position is required to complete a background investigation to occupy a Non-Sensitive position within the agency as a condition of employment.
  • Position is governed under 10USC 342 and NDU Instruction 1416.01.

Initial Probationary Period: You will be required to serve an initial probationary period of 18 months.

SECURITY CLEARANCE

Background or Security Investigation: This is a Non-Sensitive position which requires a background investigation. The individual selected for this position is required to complete a background investigation to occupy a Non-Sensitive position within the agency as a condition of employment.

Benefits Link

http://www.usa.gov/Federal-Employees/Benefits.shtml

ACSS has a comprehensive benefits package that includes retirement, social security, and thrift savings; health, life, and long term care insurance; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays. ACSS employees enjoy flexible work schedules, transit subsidy, and the opportunity to telecommute.

REQUIRED MATERIALS

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Unofficial or official 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)
  6. Service Agreement Report submitted via NSEPnet (required for all applicants who have not submitted a SAR within the past 90 days)

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

These applications are due by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on the application close date indicated above. Failure to follow the application instructions may result in rejection of your application.

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 named:

LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME_ACSS

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_ACSS. 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:

DoD-ACSS-032019-04

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.

Letter of Certification
You DO NOT need to request a Letter of Certification for this exclusive position at the time of application.

HIRING AUTHORITY

The Department of Defense will utilize either Schedule A, NDAA13, or your own special hiring authorities afforded to all NSEP award recipients with active service requirements to make appointments to this position in the excepted service.
FEATURED JOB: Pashto/Dari Linguist at Catalyst Operations & Analytics (federal contractor)

Job Title: Pashto-Dari Linguist
Organization: Catalyst Operations & Analytics (federal contractor)
Salary Range: Competitive
Location: Afghanistan
Application Close Date: As Soon as Possible

POSITION SUMMARY/OFFICE DESCRIPTION

Catalyst Operations & Analytics is currently seeking individuals to serve as linguists/simultaneous translators in Pashto, Dari, and English. Applicants are required to speak, read, and write fluently in all three languages. These linguist positions provide direct support to US operations and military personnel in and around Afghanistan. Linguists support the military unit to which they are assigned seven (7) days a week, with a minimum work day of eight (8) hours. Each work day may be extended to 12 hours or longer depending on mission requirements. Linguists must be willing and able to work and live in harsh, austere, and stressful conditions as the mission requires.

REQUIRED SKILLS

Qualified candidates must be able to speak, read, and write in the Pashto, Dari, and English languages to support simultaneous translation activities. The following are required responsibilities of all linguists on this program:

  • Provide general linguistic support for military operations; provide interpretation during interviews, meetings, and conferences
  • Conduct consecutive, accurate translation and interpretation of on-going conversations and/or events
  • Ability to conduct oneself in accordance with local Afghanistan culture and customs
  • Deal inconspicuously with local populace
  • Ability to serve in a combat zone, if necessary
  • Interpret and translate written and spoken communications
  • Transcribe and analyze communications and documents
  • Provide input to military reports

POSITION CATEGORIES & Language Proficiency Requirements

  • Category I – US Citizens that are eligible for US security clearance
  • Category II – US Citizens that hold a current SECRET security clearance
  • Category III – US Citizens that hold a current TOP SECRET/SCI security clearance

All candidates are subject to language testing to determine proficiency (ILR Level 3 proficiency required in all languages and modalities) at time of application. All hires are subject to annual retesting.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

  • Successfully pass Department of Defense medical screening requirements
  • Valid US passport (must have at least 15 months of validity left)
  • Accept assignments in any location within Afghanistan

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COMPENSATION

Salary is based on position category determinations and the candidate establishing and maintaining language proficiency through initial testing and annual recertification. Under this program, housing and meals are provided at no cost. Individuals hired on as employees are eligible for Catalyst’s suite of benefits, including health, retirement, and travel accident insurance plans, as well as paid leave.

REQUIRED MATERIALS

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

Applicants who meet the qualifications for this position should their resume and cover to letter to work@catalystops.com.

FEATURED JOB: Software Development Vacancies at Kessel Run (U.S. Air Force)

Dear NSEP Awardees,

Please be aware Project Kessel Run in the U.S. Air Force is recruiting for a number of positions in Boston, MA. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Kessel Run is an Air Force software development organization that continuously delivers war-winning software that our Airmen love. We are striving to be a “software company” within the Air Force that can sense and respond to conflict in any domain, anytime, anywhere. For more information and to apply, please see the links below:

  • Software Engineer:
    Software Engineers implement user stories from the backlog. They practice Test Driven Development (TDD) and Pair Programming. Software Engineers always pair with another engineer when implementing a story from the backlog. This spreads context and eliminates knowledge silos. Engineers write tests before they write production code. Testing first gives engineers confidence and keeps them focused. Since engineers work with a balanced-team approach, they provide inputs on complexity and architecture decisions to the product team members.
    Link: https://kesselrun.af.mil/careers/software-engineer/

  • Platform Engineer:
    On a mission to bring modern cloud best practices to the Air Force, we are looking for multiple experienced Platform Engineers to lead Kessel Run's Platform team. You'll join a group of diverse, passionate engineers from all manner of backgrounds, responsible for the development, security, and operations of Kessel Run's global runtime platform. Together, we'll revolutionize the way software is developed in the government sector, and tackle critical problems that impact everyone.
    Link: https://kesselrun.af.mil/careers/platform-engineer/

  • Data Scientist:
    Data scientists combine knowledge of statistical and machine learning practices with practical programming skills to provide data-driven solutions to real world problems. We are looking for data scientists who will be able to work in a team composed of data scientists and data engineers to support a variety of software development teams who are building applications for the modern warfighter. The ideal candidate will be able to work with product teams to identify rich data science opportunities, develop data-centric solutions, and deploy those solutions to a secure production environment.
    Link: https://kesselrun.af.mil/careers/data-scientist/

  • Data Engineer:
    Data engineers develop, maintain, test, and evaluate data solutions in support of business goals. We are looking for data engineers who will be able to work with software development teams and data scientists to develop data pipeline architectures capable of handling complex data sets quickly and securely as well as to productionalize data science solutions. The ideal candidate will be able to advise product teams as the best practices in handling large and complex data sets and help data scientists convert proof of concept solutions into fast and efficient production-ready systems.
    Link: https://kesselrun.af.mil/careers/data-engineer/

  • Product Manager:
    Product Managers ensure we build the right product that balances users needs, measurable business outcomes, and technical feasibility. Product Managers work iteratively and incrementally – from delivering value early and often to de-risking product direction by identifying assumptions and devising lean experiments – while keeping “big picture” in mind. As part of a Balanced Team with Product Designers and Engineers, Product Managers own a product team’s backlog. While not solely responsible for all decision making, Product Managers provide the context the product team needs to make good decisions.
    Link: https://kesselrun.af.mil/careers/product-manager/

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


EXCLUSIVE JOB: Immigration Services Officer at USCIS (Baltimore, MD)

Job Title: Immigration Services Officer (Level One)
Department: Department of Homeland Security
Agency: U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Service
Salary Range: $37,113 - $56,233
Series & Grade: GS-5/7
Promotion Potential: GS-9
Application Close Date: Friday, March 22, 2019 at 11:59 PM ET
Duty Location: Baltimore, MD
Who May Be Considered: NSEP award recipients who have not completed the service requirement in full

POSITION SUMMARY

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services secures America's promise as a nation of immigrants by providing accurate and useful information to our customers, granting immigration and citizenship benefits, promoting an awareness and understanding of citizenship, and ensuring the integrity of our immigration system. Visit us at www.uscis.gov.

POSITION DUTIES

  • 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

Be able to type at least 40 words per minute; be able to provide excellent customer service; possess excellent oral and written communication, analytical skills, technical proficiency and decision-making.

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-05: You qualify at the GS-05 level if you possess three (3) years of progressively responsible experience, one year of which was experience equivalent to the GS-04 grade level, which has equipped you with the skills needed to successfully perform the duties of the position. You must have experience performing the following duties:

  • Analyzing problems, gathering pertinent data and recognizing solutions; methodically planning and organizing work to ensure timely completion; communicating clearly, both orally and in writing and providing excellent customer service in person-to-person situations. Such experience may have been gained in administrative, professional, technical, investigative, or other responsible work. Experience in substantive and relevant secretarial, clerical or other responsible work is qualifying if it provided evidence of the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform the duties of this position. Experience of a general clerical nature (typing, filing, routine procedural processing, maintaining records or other non-specialized tasks) is not creditable. OR
  • You may substitute successful completion of a Bachelor's degree or a full 4-year course of study in any field leading to a Bachelor's degree for the experience required at the GS-05 grade level. This education must have been obtained from an accredited college or university. One year of full-time undergraduate study is defined as 30 semester or 45 quarter hours.

GS-07: In addition to the requirements at the lower grade level, you qualify at the GS-07 level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience, equivalent to at least the GS-05 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:

  • Performing preliminary examinations of applications and petitions for immigration benefits; ensuring required supporting documentation is included in application package(s) and applying necessary immigration laws, policies and procedures. OR
  • You may substitute successful completion of one year of fulltime graduate education for the experience required at the GS-07 level. This education must have been obtained from an accredited college or university and demonstrate the skills necessary to do the work of the position. Check with your school to determine how many credit hours comprise a year of graduate education. If that information is not available, use 18 semester or 27 quarter hours. OR
  • You may also substitute superior academic achievement for the experience required at the GS-07 level. You must have completed the requirements for a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale, class standing in the upper third of a graduating class or major subdivision or membership in a national scholastic honor society.

GS-09: In addition to the requirements at the lower grade levels, 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:

  • Examining and analyzing immigration benefits documents received for authenticity; researching, analyzing and applying appropriate 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.

SECURITY CLEARANCE

Following a Conditional Offer of Employment (COE), selectee must undergo a background investigation. Additional security clearance will be determined once entered on duty in this position.

REQUIRED MATERIALS

  1. Resume
  2. Transcripts
  3. NSEP Letter of Certification (requested through the homepage of your NSEPnet account)
  4. DD-214 (only required for veterans or active duty military)
  5. SF-50 (only required for current or former federal employees)
  6. Service Agreement Report submitted via NSEPnet, not attached in your application (this is a requirement for all applicants who have not submitted a SAR within the past 90 days)

HOW TO APPLY

Your application is due by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on the application close date indicated above. Failure to follow the application instructions may result in rejection of your application.

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_ISO

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_ISO. 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-032019-338

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SF-50 and DD-213

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.

Letter of Certification


Letters of certification can be requested through the homepage of your NSEPnet account. Please allow 3-5 business days for processing.

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.

FEATURED JOB: Uzbek Linguist at AECOM (federal contractor)

Job Title: Uzbek Linguist
Company: AECOM
Salary Range: Competitive
Application Close Date: As soon as possible
Duty Locations: Chantilly, VA

Position Summary/Duties

AECOM is seeking to immediately interview and to hire un-cleared Uzbek Linguists to be part of a 12 month project. Each qualifying candidate chosen will become a direct hire with AECOM and will be provided full benefits and opportunity for advancement, after applicable time. The specific language positions available will be located in the Northern Virginia area but with the possibility of working remotely and will require near-native to native level Uzbek; passing on the ILR scale between 3 and 5. Each linguist will be required to conduct research on mainstream open source media in the vernacular and provide summarized information in a report written in English. The primary duties will include internet research in English / source languages and translation of articles, summarization of key points, report creation and assisting with updates to our database. Training will be provided. No deployment required. No clearance required.

Minimum Requirements

  • Must be of US Citizenship.
  • Must be fluent in near - Native or Native Uzbek.
  • Must be fluent in near - Native or Native English and have strong ability in written English composition.
  • Must possess strong cultural knowledge and very capable and knowledgeable in Microsoft Applications and Internet research.
  • Must possess good writing and summarizing skills.
  • Must have demonstrated experience in conducting research on Uzbek related topics.
  • Must have the ability to review audio/video material and write/transcribe information into English Language with a high-degree of accuracy and expression AND have an excellent understanding of one or more regional dialects.
  • Linguists shall be able to accurately capture cultural subtleties, nuance, and emphasis. A level of cultural mastery is required for the translator to capture socio-cultural essentials embedded in text to include political, religious, historic, and ethnic elements.

Preferred Qualifications

  • The ability to accurately translate a wide variety of complex texts from the source language into English. These texts may contain difficult, idiomatic, scientific, and colloquial writing.
  • Experience with the Russian open source environment
  • In terms of gisting/summarizing: Each Linguist Should Be able to identify and flawlessly summarize all pertinent factual information and abstract concepts, recognizing the significance of complex expressions, such as colloquial text or technical terminologies.
  • The ability to triage documentation to isolate full-range of information that is of importance to the task.

Application Instructions

Candidates must apply online by visiting: https://aecom.jobs/chantilly-va/uzbek-linguist/D8DE3F2E11724613AA329308D069D9E6/job/

FEATURED JOB: CIS Assistant at USCIS in New Orleans, LA
Job Title: CIS Assistant (OA)
Department: Department of Homeland Security
Agency: US Citizenship and Immigration Services
Salary Range: $33,394 to $53,773
Application Close Date: February 28, 2019 at 11:59 PM ET
Duty Locations: New Orleans, LA
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. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services secures America's promise as a nation of immigrants by providing accurate and useful information to our customers, granting immigration and citizenship benefits, promoting an awareness and understanding of citizenship, and ensuring the integrity of our immigration system.

Every day, our CIS Assistants (OA) respond to written and oral inquiries from the public, other organizations, governmental agencies, Congressional offices and provide information and assistance on applications to applicants/petitioners and/or their legal representatives.

This position starts at a salary of $$33,394.00 GS-05 step 1, with promotion potential to $53,773.00 GS-07 step 10.

Apply for this exciting opportunity to become a member of the Refugee, Asylum, & International Operations, Asylum Division, New Orleans Sub-Office within U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Occassional travel may be required.

POSITION DUTIES

As a CIS Assistant, you will:

  • Respond to written and oral inquiries from the public, other organizations, governmental agencies.
  • Provide non-routine information and assistance on complex applications to applicants/petitioners and/or their legal representatives in response inquiries on all aspects of immigration and nationality law.
  • Determine basic eligibility for benefits and privileges under the final approval of a senior employee or supervisor.
  • Perform appropriate record keeping and reporting tasks and capturing essential statistical data for monthly reports and assists in the preparation of those reports.
  • Provide office automation advice, guidance, and assistance to staff.
  • Performing case file analysis and evaluation of cases where adjudication or resolution has been delayed and/or problems encountered

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
  • Pass a drug screening.
  • Submit resume and supporting documentation.
  • 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-5: You qualify at the GS-05 level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience, which is equivalent to the GS-04 level in the federal government that equipped you with the skills needed to successfully perform the duties of the position. You must have experience performing the following duties:

  • Reviewing applications for benefits for accuracy, validity, and proper form and format; and,
  • Using various computer software programs to produce office support materials on benefits. OR
  • You may substitute successful completion of 4 years of education above high school for the experience required at the GS-5 level. This education must have been obtained from an accredited college or university. One year of full-time undergraduate study is defined as 30 semester or 45 quarter hours.

GS-6: In addition to the qualifications at the lower grade level(s), you qualify at the GS-6 level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience, equivalent to at least the GS-5 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:

  • Reviewing and screening routine applications and petitions for immigration benefits;
  • Using computer indices to determine a subject’s current immigration status; and,
  • Providing routine information and assistance on applications for immigration benefits.

GS-7: In addition to the qualifications at the lower grade level(s), you qualify at the GS-7 level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience, equivalent to at least the GS-6 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:

  • Providing assistance on complex applications and petitions for immigration benefits to applicants and/or their legal representatives;
  • Analyzing and evaluating cases where screening or resolution of requests for immigration benefits have been delayed; and,
  • Informing inquirers verbally or in writing of problems encountered and action required. .

SECURITY CLEARANCE

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

REQUIRED APPLICATION MATERIALS

  1. Resume (No longer than 5 pages in length) that clearly demonstrates experience that meets the requirements of this position as outlined in the "Qualifications" section
  2. Academic transcripts
  3. NSEP Letter of Certification
  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)

NSEP Letter of Certification
You can request an NSEP Letter of Certification verifying your special hiring authorities from the homepage of your NSEPnet account. You will receive an email containing a PDF copy of the letter to be included in your application package. Please allow 3-5 business days for processing after submitting your request.

HOW TO APPLY

To apply please reach out to the following individuals: Yolanda Jackson and Andree Navarro at ZOL-HumanResources@uscis.dhs.gov

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