Deputy Chief, Office of Policy and Strategy
DutiesHelpDutiesSummaryThe 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.Learn more about this agencyResponsibilitiesBefore applying for this position, please read the entire announcement and follow the instructions in the How to Apply section.U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is an agency within the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) comprised of approximately 19,000 Federal. We lawfully administer immigration and naturalization adjudication functions and establish immigration services policies and priorities.Functions include adjudication of: Immigrant and nonimmigrant visa petitions Citizenship applications and naturalization petitions Asylum and refugee applications A variety of other immigration applications and petitionsThe 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.Under the direction of the Chief of OP&S, the Deputy Chief, OP&S provides advice and counsel to the Director and Deputy Director on major policies and programs. He/she utilizes in-depth knowledge and awareness of the USCIS vision, strategy, mission and policy and program objectives in order to review and interpret policy and program issues. The Deputy Chief advises the Director in the formulation and development of new USCIS policies and programs that reflect the emphasis desired by the Administration and the Department. Serves as an agent of the Director's office in ensuring that policy implementation problems are resolved or raised to the appropriate level of authority.The Deputy Chief shares overall responsibility for continuous analysis and review of USCIS programs and activities through review of correspondence and reports initiated by subordinates. He/she obtains information and data from program managers as needed and evaluates program recommendations submitted by other offices in terms of their impact on broad program goals and direction, ensuring that they align with other USCIS policies.The Deputy Chief drafts, develops, and prepares policies as necessary to ensure implementation by relevant offices and program managers of new or revised USCIS policies or policies that directly impact USCIS. He/she consults with the Director and Deputy Director of USCIS and other high-level officials on a wide range of policy issues. He/she initiates and maintains contact with other Federal agencies and public officials to foster cordial and mutually advantageous relationships in matters of interest to benefit to USCIS and the Director's office. Additionally, he/she actively participates in the budget formulation and execution process for furtherance of USCIS program goals and objectives.As a member of the agency's executive team, he/she will implement the President's Management Agenda within his/her specific area of responsibility. For an overview of the diverse responsibilities USCIS carries out within the Government, visit our website at Required25% or less - He/she may be required to travel 5 nights per month.Supervisory statusYesPromotion Potential00 Job family (Series)0340 Program Management RequirementsHelpRequirementsConditions of Employment He/she must be a US Citizen or US National to apply for this position He/she must be able to obtain/maintain a TOP SECRET/SCI Security Clearance First time Senior Executive Service (SES) appointees are subject to a one-year probationary period If documents exceed page limits, excess pages will not be considered Financial Disclosure Required Drug Testing Required Political appointees may require OPM approval prior to on-boardingQualificationsThe Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.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.Your application should demonstrate that you possess the knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully fulfill responsibilities inherent in SES positions such as: Leading 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 functionsTo meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, your 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 TRADITIONAL METHOD.MANDATORY EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONSAll applicants must submit a written narrative addressing each ECQ generally not to exceed two (2) pages per ECQ for a total of no more than 10 pages. Any information in excess of ten (10) pages WILL NOT be considered.A sample 5-page executive level resume and ECQ narratives can be viewed at this link are encouraged to follow the Challenge, Context, Action and Results (C-C-A-R) model when preparing written ECQs narratives.Challenge: Describe a specific problem or goal.Context: Describe the individuals and groups you worked with, and/or environment in which you worked to address a particular challenge (eg, clients, co-workers, members of Congress, shrinking budget, low morale).Action: Discuss the specific actions you took to address a challenge.Result: Give specific examples of measures/outcomes that had some impact on the organization. These accomplishments demonstrate the quality and effectiveness of your leadership skills.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 TECHNICAL QUALIFICATION(S)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. Demonstrates executive level experience in citizenship and 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, ensuring management goals are met.MTQ2. Demonstrate executive level knowledge in the adjudication of citizenship and adjustment of status applications and petitions.EducationThere is no substitution for education of experience for this position.