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Supervisory Asylum Officer

Full-time
Remote
$99,908 – $129,878 Per Year
Closing on Aug 16, 2023

About Citizenship and Immigration Services

Any offers of employment made pursuant to this announcement will be consistent with all applicable authorities, including Presidential Memoranda, Executive Orders, interpretive U.S. Office of Personnel Management guidance and U.S. Office of Management and Budget plans and policies concerning hiring. These authorities are subject to change. 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. Make an impact; Join DHS. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is the government agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States. We uphold America’s promise as a nation of welcome and possibility with fairness, integrity, and respect for all we serve. Visit uscis.gov/careers for more information. Applying to this announcement certifies that you give permission for DHS to share your application with others in DHS for similar positions. Common definitions for hiring terms found in this announcement.

Location:
Anywhere in the U.S. (remote job)
Requires Relocation:
No
Start Date:
07/08/2023
End Date:
16/08/2023
Offering Type:
Permanent
Hiring Paths:
Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL) Internal to an agency - appears on USAJOBS
Service Type:
Competitive
Travel Percentage:
Occasional travel

Job summary

This position is located within Refugee, Asylum and International Operations, Asylum Headquarters, Training Branch. As a Supervisory Asylum Officer, you will provide direction to staff engaged in the administration of Immigration and Nationality laws pertinent to the Asylum Program, serve as a USCIS representative on asylum matters, and lead in the strategic mission and resource management of the Asylum Division.

Major duties

As a Supervisory Asylum Officer you are a crucial member of the Department of Homeland Security team tasked with defending our nation's citizenship and immigration system. Provide technical and administrative direction to Asylum Division staff whose work involves the adjudication of asylum applications and other humanitarian protection related immigration benefits and screenings. Conduct reviews aimed at ensuring that applications for asylum benefits and other asylum workloads are adjudicated appropriately and that an appropriate level of quality in interviewing, case write-ups, and out-processing is achieved and maintained. Collaborate with Division Branch Chiefs to optimize work efficiency and effectiveness, which includes sharing resources, forming work groups and project teams to meet Divisional goals while eliminating barriers. Conduct studies and detailed analysis, present findings, and make recommendations on program operations of complex functions and work processes relevant to laws, precedents, and policies as it relates to Asylum applications and other Asylum workloads Provide advice, counsel and/or instruction to staff members on both work and administrative matters, hearing and resolving complaints from employees; effecting minor disciplinary measures.

Requirements

Conditions of Employment: 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 This position IS NOT in the bargaining unit. This position IS NOT considered "essential" for purposes of reporting to work when the facility might otherwise be closed. 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. Supervisory/Managerial Probationary Period: You may be required to serve a twelve-month probationary period upon appointment to this position. You may also be required to complete an appropriate supervisory training course within one year of assignment to this position. Training: If you have not already done so, you will be required to attend the residential, paid RAIO Combined Training course and the Division-specific course(s), that relate to this position, at a USCIS training facility. Depending on the position, the courses may last up to nine weeks, including six weeks of residential training and three weeks of online training. The trainings must be completed successfully 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.

Qualification

The qualifications for this position must be met by 11:59 PM (Eastern Time) on 08/16/2023. 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 11:59 PM (Eastern Time) on 08/16/2023. Selective Placement Factor: You must have developed and implemented national level training programs on asylum law in order to meet strategic objectives. This experience must be documented in your resume. Failure to do so may result in an ineligible rating. The Asylum Division within USCIS is responsible for making determinations that impact the lives of those seeking asylum in the United States to escape persecution due to race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion. These determinations are made while protecting national security, combating fraud, and protecting the legal immigration system through careful screening, vigilant interviews, and sound adjudications. Every day, Supervisory Asylum Officers change lives while ensuring the integrity of our country's immigration system. Ideal Supervisory Asylum Officer candidates have strong verbal, written, interpersonal, and critical thinking and analytical skills, as well as a steadfast commitment to administer and uphold laws and regulations. GS-14: You qualify at the GS-14 level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience, which is equivalent to at least the GS-13 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: Analyzing the impact of existing or proposed legislation on Asylum Division programs and providing guidance on how they impact training; Assessing the productivity, effectiveness and efficiency of asylum training programs; Managing and providing training for field staff who review and process asylum-related applications or other Asylum Division workloads. Please read the following important information to ensure you submit everything we need to consider your application: It is your responsibility to ensure that you submit your responses and appropriate documentation prior to 08/16/2023. Your resume will be used to determine your qualifications for the position advertised in this announcement. Therefore, your resume must highlight your most relevant, significant experience related to the requirements found in the qualification section of this announcement, as well as any applicable education. USCIS will only review the first 5 pages of your resume to determine your initial eligibility/qualifications for a position. As such, please be sure to include content to support your eligibility/qualifications for this position within the first 5 pages. Please note that your full resume will be made available to the hiring manager if you are referred. Be clear and specific when describing your work history since Human Resources cannot make assumptions regarding your experience. Your application will be rated and ranked based on your responses to the online questions. 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) Start and end dates for each grade/pay level if you've held a federal position. 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 the above information may result in a finding of ineligible. Note: Overstating your qualifications and/or experience in your application materials or application questionnaire may result in your removal from consideration. 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.

Education

EDUCATIONAL SUBSTITUTION: There is no educational substitution at this grade level.

Evaluations

You will be evaluated for this position based upon information reflected in your resume. Your resume must support your responses to the job specific assessment questionnaire, level of education claimed, experience, and/or training. To remain in consideration for this position, please ensure your resume covers this requirement and that your resume has been successfully submitted as part of your on-line application package. Creation of this package includes completing the on-line assessment(s), uploading your resume, and uploading any required supporting documents. (See the "How To Apply" section of this announcement.) NOTE: Your resume and supporting documentation will be verified. If you rated yourself higher than what is supported by your application material, you may be excluded from consideration for this job. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment. If you are found best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview. The assessment for this job will measure the following competencies: Interpersonal Skills Leadership Planning and Evaluating Policy and Program Review Technical Competence Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) Eligible: If you have never worked for the federal government, you are not CTAP eligible. View information about CTAP eligibility on OPM's Career Transition Resources website. To be considered well qualified under CTAP, you must be placed in the Well-Qualified category for this position, as described above. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this job announcement. Note: Applicants who are referred to the hiring office for selection consideration may be required to complete a writing sample and/or other writing exercise as part of the interview/selection process. If the hiring office decides to request a writing sample and/or other writing exercise as part of its selection process, a designated contractor or Agency representative will contact you to: (1) inform you of this requirement; and (2) provide further instructions.