Chief Clerk

Falls Church, Virginia
Jun 18, 2019
Jun 25, 2019
Full Time


This position is located in the The Office of the Chief Immigration Judge, Executive Office for Immigration Review, U. S. Department of Justice. Incumbent serves as the Chief Clerk and manages and supervises activities related to the administrative and operational functions of the Immigration Courts nationwide.

This is a Competitive Service position; additional positions maybe filled from this announcement within 90 days of certificate issuance.
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Duties include but are not limited to the following:
  • Directs the overall planning, development, implementation and execution of all Immigration Court operations.
  • Develops and recommends policies, procedures, systems, and practices to improve the operation of the Immigration Courts administrative program.
  • Recommends and initiates adoption of new and alternative policy and changes in legislation designed to establish more effective court administrative operations throughout the nation.
  • Applies knowledge of data analytics to ensure the integrity and quality of all data pertaining to Immigration Court functions.
  • Identifies and monitors the standardization of the education program and training needs of Courts, including the design and implementation of employee orientation.
  • Coordinates activities as an advisor to officials of the United States Courts, Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, and the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys, on Immigration Court operational developments and improvements.
  • Directs the work of a staff consisting of para-professional, administrative, technical and/or support personnel.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • You must complete a background investigation, credit check, and drug test.
  • Selective Service Registration is required, as applicable.
  • Probationary period will apply.
  • May be required to file a Financial Disclosure.
  • Salary payments must be by direct deposit to a financial institution.


In order to qualify for the Chief Clerk position, you must meet the following minimum qualifications:

Have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 level in the Federal Government that equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of this position that included: 1) Developing policy or procedures to improve the operation of a court's administrative program; 2) Advising court officials on court operation development or improvement activities; 3) Reviewing and interpreting management or statistical reports regarding hearing process; AND 4) Supervising the work of a staff consisting of para-professional, administrative, technical and/or support personnel to administer court operations. (Note: This experience must be demonstrated in your resume.)

Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

For more information on the qualifications for this position, click here .


There is no education that is qualifying at this grade level

Additional information

Conditions of Employment: Only U.S. Citizens or Nationals are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review. Dual citizens of the U.S. and another country will be considered on a case-by-case basis. All DOJ applicants, both U.S. citizens and non-citizens, whose job location is with the U.S., must meet the residency requirement. For a total of three (not necessarily consecutive years) of the five years immediately prior to applying for a position, the applicant must have: 1) resided in the U.S., 2) worked for the U.S. overseas in a Federal or military capacity; or 3) been a dependent of a Federal or military employee serving oversees.

Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and (for scored examining) score 85 or better on established ranking criteria OR (for category rating criteria) rate equivalent to the Highly Qualified or better category using established category rating criteria and must submit proof of eligibility for the special selection priority. Additional information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility can be found by clicking here .

EEO Statement
Reasonable Accommodation Statement

Veteran's Preference: If you are entitled to veterans preference, you should indicate the type of veteran preference you are claiming on your resume. In order to verify your veteran preference entitlement, please submit a copy of the Member Copy 4 of your DD-214; official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty. If you are a disabled veteran, a Purple Heart recipient or claiming military spouse preference, you must submit a Standard Form 15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans Preference.

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Once the application process is complete, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job.

Applicants applying under Delegated Examining (all U.S. citizens) procedures will be rated under DOJ's Category Rating and Selection Procedures. Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed in this announcement. If you meet the minimum qualifications, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the Occupational Questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your score may be lowered and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. If it is determined you meet minimum qualification requirements, your application will then be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for Veterans' Preference will receive selection priority over non-veteran preference eligibles. Candidates placed in the "Best Qualified" category will be identified for referral to the hiring manager for further review and consideration.

You will be rated based on the following knowledge, skills, abilities (KSAs) or competencies:
  • Influencing/Negotiating
  • Manages Human Resources
  • Organizational Development
  • Technical Competence

In order to be rated as meeting the minimum qualifications, we must be able to determine from your application package that you have the specialized experience that is required. Applicants who have qualifying experience performed on less than a full-time basis must specify the percentage and length of time spent in performance of such duties.

In order to be rated as meeting the minimum qualifications, we must be able to determine from your application package that you have the specialized experience that is required. Your resume MUST contain your full name, address, phone number, and employment information such as:
  • Employer name and location for each position held.
  • From and to dates (or from date to present for current position), which include the month and year for each position held.
  • Grade level(s) held for each federal position.
  • Detailed descriptions of experience under each position held. (Applicants must provide specific supporting examples to show that they meet the qualifications of the position shown in the announcement).
  • Any submitted documents not required or requested for this vacancy will not be considered (i.e. training certificates, case filings, letter of recommendations, etc.).

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Noncritical-Sensitive (NCS)/Moderate Risk

Trust determination process
Credentialing , National security

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package by the closing date of this announcement, which includes:
1. Your Resume showing relevant experience; cover letter optional (Please see the How You Will Be Evaluated section)
2. A complete Assessment Questionnaire
3. Other supporting documents (submit if applicable to you):
  • CTAP/ICTAP documents
  • Veterans' documentation (DD-214 (Member 4 copy), dated VA Letter, SF-15)

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