Deputy Chief Office of Policy and Strategy

Washington D.C.
Jun 26, 2017
Jul 18, 2017
Full Time

About the Agency

The President has challenged cabinet Secretaries and senior Federal agency heads to create a government that is more citizen centered, results oriented, and market based. To achieve this vision within The Department of Homeland Security, we are searching for high caliber leaders who possess high standards of excellence and enjoy challenges and opportunities.

Failure to follow explicit instructions provided will result in your loss of consideration for this position. Before applying for this position, please read the entire announcement and follow the instructions in the How to Apply section.

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

  • Yes
  • You may qualify for reimbursement of relocation expenses in accordance with agency policy.

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. National to apply for this position.
  • Obtain/Maintain a Security Clearance (i.e. Secret, Top Secret)
  • First time SES appointees are subject to a one-year probationary period.
  • Excess pages will not be considered for applications over the page limits.
  • Financial Disclosure Required.
  • Drug Testing Required.
  • As a basic requirement for entry into the SES, applicants must provide evidence of progressively responsible leadership 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 application should demonstrate that you the knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully fulfill responsibilities inherent in SES positions such as:

    • Directing the work of an organizational unit
    • Ensuring the success of one or more specific major programs or projects
    • Monitoring progress toward strategic organizational goals, evaluating organizational performance and taking action to improve performance
    • Supervising the work of employees, developing policy and other executive functions
    To meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you application must show evidence that you possess the five (5) Executive Core Qualifications listed below. Typically experience of this nature is gained at the GS-15 or equivalent level in the federal service or its equivalent in the private sector.

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

    **Noncompetitive status- if you are a current or reinstatement eligible Career SES or a graduate of an Office of Personnel Management (OPM) approved SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) and your ECQs have been certified by OPM's Qualifications Review Board (QRB)-you are not required to address the ECQs. Current and reinstatement eligible SES must include with your application a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, documenting your SES Career Appointment. CDP graduates must include a copy of your OPM CDP graduation certificate or other proof that your ECQs have been QRB certified.**

    The application process used to recruit for this position is the RESUME-BASED METHOD.

    All applicants must submit a five (5) page resume. Your resume should clearly reflect evidence of the ECQs. Please do not submit separate narratives addressing the ECQs. Any information in excess of five (5) pages WILL NOT be considered. A sample five (5) page resume that incorporates ECQs can be viewed at this link


    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 Executive Core Qualification (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


    All applicants must submit a written narrative explaining how they meet the mandatory technical qualification(s) not to exceed one (1) page for each MTQ. Please give examples and explain the depth of the knowledge you possess and the sensitivity of the issues you handled, etc. Any information in excess of one (1) page per MTQ WILL NOT be considered.

    MTQ 1. Extensive experience with immigration law or policy, including but not limited to the ability to analyze legislative, Administration and stakeholder suggested policy proposals and communicate the results of that analysis to a wide range of recipients both inside and outside the federal government.

    There is no substitution for education of experience for this position.

    see "Qualifications Required"



    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is a component within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security comprised of approximately 19,000 Federal employees and contractors working in approximately 250 Headquarters and field offices around the world. We are responsible for the administration of immigration and naturalization adjudication functions and establishing immigration services policies and priorities.

    Our functions include:

    • Adjudication of immigrant and nonimmigrant visa petitions
    • Adjudication of citizenship applications and naturalization petitions
    • Adjudication of asylum and refugee applications
    • Adjudication of a variety of other immigration applications and petitions
    The Office of Policy and Strategy (OP&S) is the USCIS lead for policy development and regulations coordination. OP&S develops national immigration policy recommendations, coordinates regulations development, performs research, evaluation and analysis on immigration issues and is a principal liaison on immigration policy and strategic planning issues with DHS headquarters and sister agencies. OP&S maintains effective relationships with Congress, stakeholders, and other government entities. OP&S analysts regularly educate the public on new areas of policy or adjudicative practice and maintain awareness on research and policy issues of interest. As the Deputy Chief of OP&S, you will report to the Chief of OP&S. You will play a vital role in the USCIS policy development and strategic planning process.

    As Deputy Chief, Office of Policy and Strategy, you will provide important input into national policy and operational decisions; represent USCIS at senior level meetings with interagency counterparts, brief Congressional Members and committees as requested, and coordinate the agency's Senior Policy Council to discuss and decide on high-impact and high-profile policies and positions of USCIS. You will develop and maintain an effective working relationship with top USCIS officials to remain thoroughly conversant with the policy and operational needs of the agency and brief officials.

    You will ensure that DHS and other government agency officials are aware of USCIS interests, and that conflicts are minimized or fully understood before proposing policy reforms or changes. On behalf of USCIS and DHS, you will prepare agency and DHS executives for congressional hearings. You will also establish and maintain strong working relationships with the DHS Office of Policy to ensure clear and effective communication of USCIS priorities and equities. The Deputy Chief will directly supervise the chiefs of eight (8) OP&S Divisions with substantive immigration portfolios covering immigration policy development; research and evaluation; regulatory coordination for USCIS; the publishing of immigration policy; and the development of responses to external time-sensitive, high-profile inquiries.

    Further, the Deputy Chief:
    • Ensures effective coordination of all proposed regulations, policy and guidance. Provides leadership and support for the Senior Policy Council (the USCIS forum for deciding high-profile and high-impact policy issues). Integrates the results of research activities into policy discussions at the senior leadership level.
    • Plans, communicates, and oversees long-term relationships with key stakeholders, deepens relationships with operational units, and increases consistency in the application of agency policy through cross-portfolio coordination of efforts, effective communications, and partnerships with colleagues.
    • Reviews and approves strategic and operating plans of Divisions and monitors OPS programmatic activities and budgets- Maintains contact with OMB officials, auditors, and legislative and appropriation committees whose actions have a direct bearing on USCIS programs and policies. Represents the Chief on matters involving policy before GAO, OMB, and congressional committees. Participates as required in the development of proposed immigration legislation and assesses their impact on USCIS programs.
    • Provides leadership, mentoring, and supervision to subordinate Division Chiefs, and fosters the development of a world-class workforce.
    You will participate with higher level USCIS officials in providing administrative and logistical support for enforcement activities related to: (1) the prevention of illegal entry of aliens into the United States; and (2) the investigation of criminal smuggling activities. Actual enforcement operations are the responsibility of other organizations and Federal agencies.

    As a member of the agency's executive team; you will implement the President's Management Agenda within your specific area of responsibility. For an overview of the diverse responsibilities USCIS carries out within the Government, visit our website at

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