Deputy Assistant Director, Investigations (Working Title: Dep. Assist. Dir., Domestic Operations)

Department Of Homeland Securi...
Washington D.C.
Mar 10, 2017
Mar 27, 2017
Executive, Director
Full Time

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is the principal investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). 

  • ICE protects national security and upholds public safety by targeting criminal networks and terrorist organizations that seek to exploit vulnerabilities in the immigration system, in the financial networks, along the U.S. borders, and elsewhere. 
  • ICE investigates immigration crime; human rights violations; human smuggling and human trafficking; smuggling of narcotics, weapons and other types of contraband; financial crimes; cybercrime and child exploitation; export enforcement issues; and other investigative areas within its jurisdiction.
  • ICE conducts criminal investigations against terrorist and other criminal organizations that threaten national security. ICE combats worldwide criminal enterprises that seek to exploit America's legitimate trade, travel, and financial systems and enforces America's customs and immigration laws at and beyond our nation's border.

The Deputy Assistant Director, Domestic Operations is located within ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).  HSI is a critical asset in the ICE mission and is responsible for investigating a wide range of domestic and international activities arising from the illegal movement of people and goods into, within and out of the United States.

Duty Location: Washington, D.C.

ICE is an equal opportunity employment employer: Selection for positions will be based solely on merit without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender, national origin, political affiliation, disability, sexual orientation, marital or family status, or other differences.

ICE provides reasonable accommodations to applications with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us. Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel may be required

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

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this position.
  • You must be able to obtain/maintain a Top Secret/SCI security clearance.
  • This is a traditional based hiring application.
  • Applications exceeding the page limits will be disqualified.
  • You must have completed a federal criminal investigator training program.
  • Proficiency in the use of firearms in accordance with ICE policy.


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

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

   o   Directing the work of an organizational unit;

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

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

   o   Supervising the work of employees, developing policy and other executive functions.

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


The Fundamental Competencies within the following five ECQs are also a part of the selection criteria for SES positions.  The ECQs were developed to assess executive experience and potential and do not evaluate technical expertise.  ECQs measure whether an individual has the broad executive skills needed to succeed in a variety of SES positions.

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

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

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

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

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

Additional information on the Executive Core Qualifications is available at:

Current and former SES members and graduates of approved Candidate Development Programs do not need to submit ECQ narratives but you must clearly state your status in your resume.  However, ALL CANDIDATES must submit narrative responses for the Technical Qualifications listed below.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Top Secret/SCI

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