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Special Assistant

Washington, D.C
Closing date
Sep 30, 2023

The detailee will join the new Office of Citizenship, Partnership, and Engagement ("OCPE") within the External Affairs Directorate at USCIS. The office is leading several priorities for the agency related to immigrant integration as well as promoting the naturalization process and engaging with stakeholders. This is an exciting opportunity to support OCPE leadership by providing logistical and organizational assistance.
The Special Assistant is responsible for assisting OCPE's Deputy Chief with the following duties:
· Drafting and clearing agendas, PowerPoint presentations, briefing materials, talking points, and executive summaries in preparation for meetings and speaking opportunities.
· Serving as a Point of Contact for engagements and managing a busy engagement calendar.
· Planning, evaluating, and implementing initiatives related to USCIS' delivery of immigration benefits, services, and associated policies.
· Establishing and maintaining partnerships with external stakeholders, as well as federal, state, and local agencies to understand concerns and gather information for drafting recommendations to improve the delivery of immigration services.
· Promoting dialogue about USCIS policies and programs by supporting the coordination of webinars, conferences, community meetings and special engagements.
· Developing policy and program activities related to stakeholder engagement, interpreting stakeholder feedback, and analyzing challenges faced by the public related to immigration matters.
· Managing and optimizing OCPE's clearance process to ensure materials are reviewed and cleared in a timely fashion.


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a current permanent Federal employee
  • Must have supervisory approval to apply to the Joint Duty Assignment. DHS 250-2 Application Form under "required documents" section.
  • Must NOT have any pending/outstanding disciplinary actions
  • Must have achieved a minimum of "meet expectations/proficiency" on latest performance appraisal/evaluation
  • Must be currently at the grade level of the detail. *No Temporary Promotion Opportunity*
  • The program does not apply to members of the Military service or contractors.


Qualifications required:
  • Demonstrated flexibility in presenting, selecting, and managing competing demands and uncertainties within compressed time frames.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills (including the ability to edit documents for clarity and succinctness as well as the ability to speak in public in various settings).
  • Public affairs experience.
  • Analytical skills to gather and analyze stakeholder feedback and to identify strategic engagement opportunities.
  • Ability to track data and metrics to monitor outreach efforts.
  • Ability to take initiative and work remotely during the joint duty assignment with minimal supervision.
  • Please read the following important information to ensure we have everything we need to consider your application:
    It is your responsibility to ensure that you submit appropriate documentation prior to the closing date. Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and must highlight your most relevant and significant experience as it relates to this Joint Duty assignment opportunity announcement.

    Be clear and specific when describing your work history since human resources cannot make assumptions regarding your experience. Your application will be rated based on your resume.

    Please ensure EACH work history includes ALL of the following information:
  • Job Title (Include series and grade of Federal Job)
  • Duties (Be specific in describing your duties)
  • Name of Federal agency
  • Supervisor name, email, and phone number
  • Start and end dates including month and year (e.g. June 2007 to April 2008)

  • Education

    EDUCATIONAL SUBSTITUTION: There is no educational substitution for this position.

    Additional information

    **DHS does not offer any additional benefits beyond that which the Federal employee is already receiving.

    If the position requires a security clearance, employees must have a SECRET or TOP SECRET clearance to placement AND must maintain that level of clearance while performing in the position.

    Selected applicants for a JDA are requested to fulfill the items below during the JDA:
  • Complete the DHS Training Course 15 days prior to the arrival to the JDA.
  • Complete the DHS Joint Duty Assignment Progress Plan to include:
    • Phase 1: Establish assignment objectives within the first 30 days of the JDA.
    • Phase 2: Complete a self-assessment of the duties performed at the mid-point of the JDA.
    • Phase 3: Complete a final review within the last 30 days of the JDA.

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