Deputy Associate Director, Fraud Detection and National Security
Citizenship and Immigration Services

Washington DC, District of Columbia
No longer open

Permanent - Full Time

  • Posting Dates
    Open: April 15, 2016 ()
    Close: May 6, 2016 ()
  • Position Properties
    General Inspection, Investigation, Enforcement, And Compliance Series
    Internal Job Number: CIS-SES-2016-1680466
  • Organization Details
    Citizenship and Immigration Services
    Department Of Homeland Security
  • Salary Information
    $121,956.00 - $185,100.00 Per Year
    74% above average

    Pay Band: ES-1801-00/00
  • Who Can Apply?
    All groups of qualified individuals
Position Summary

Who May Apply: Applications will be accepted from all groups of qualified individuals (All Sources). Organizational Location: This position is located within the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Fraud Detection and National Security Directorate in Washington, DC.


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 and Mandatory Technical Qualification (s) 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. However, you MUST submit supplemental statements addressing all mandatory TQs. Current and reinstatement eligible SES, you must include with your application a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, documenting your SES Career Appointment. CDP graduates, you 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.


All 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. A sample 5-page executive level resume and ECQ narratives can be viewed at this link

Applicants 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 (e.g., 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


All applicants must submit a written narrative addressing the mandatory technical qualification(s) not to exceed one (1) page, for each MTQ. Please give examples and explain how often you used your skills, the complexity of the knowledge possessed and the sensitivity of the issues you handled, etc.


MTQ 1.Knowledge of the Defense and National Intelligence community to include intelligence missions, systems and programs and their relationship to each other and other federal agency information systems.



MTQ 2. Experience in developing and managing immigration-based programs related to anti-fraud, intelligence and/or national security programs.



Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • To other USCIS locations
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • USCIS may authorize relocation expenses

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is an agency within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security comprised of approximately 18,000 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 Fraud Detection and National Security (FDNS) strives to maintain an informed workforce and provide the public with consistent, reliable, clear and timely information about the nation's immigration system. The office oversees and coordinates official USCIS communications with both internal and external stakeholders as well as; manages communications and messaging with USCIS's external stakeholders, empowers employees with the tools needed to perform their jobs, facilitates consistent messaging and imaging for USCIS, and informs the public regarding USCIS benefits and services.

As the Deputy Associate Director, Fraud Detection and National Security, you will work with the Associate Director, FDNS in leading a Directorate for the development of policies, procedures, programs, projects, studies, assessments and other activities governing USCIS anti-fraud, national security, public safety, intelligence and information sharing programs and operations. These programs are critical to the agency's success in providing immigration benefits to eligible persons in an efficient and responsive manner while preventing ineligible applicants, especially those who pose a risk to national security and public safety from receiving immigration benefits.

You will share responsibility with the Associate Director, FDNS and perform as the USCIS primary conduit to and from the law enforcement and intelligence communities. As such, you will also be responsible for supporting DHS' National Intelligence Strategy and Plan which includes oversight of USCIS' intelligence component, the processing of Requests for Assistance and requests for Information from the law enforcement and intelligence communities and providing the appropriate support to State and Local Fusions Centers.

You will represent USCIS as a member of the DHS Information Sharing and Governance Board (ISGB), the Homeland Security Intelligence Council (HSIC) and Information Sharing and Coordinating Council (ISCC). You will represent USCIS on numerous other Departmental and Inter-Departmental Boards and communities in support of the National Information Sharing Environment. You will report to the Associate Director, FDNS and 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 within DHS and external to DHS. 

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




Our Benefits Package: You will be eligible for performance bonuses of 5 to 20 percent of base pay for superior accomplishments. You will be covered by a defined benefit, contributory Federal retirement system. You may participate in a retirement savings investment plan that offers before-tax savings and tax-deferred investment earnings. You may select one of a variety of health plans and options under the Government's Federal Employees' Health Benefits program and you may participate in the Federal Employees' Group Life and Long Term Care Insurance Programs. You will earn 26 vacation days and 13 days of sick leave per year. In addition, the Government observes 10 regular paid holidays each year.

Veterans' preference does not apply to Senior Executive Service positions.


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


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.


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 our country. This law requires employees to provide a document or documents that establish identity and employment eligibility.


The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability and genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.


USCIS provides reasonable accommodations to applicants 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.


Background Investigation: This position is a sensitive position and the tentative selectee must undergo and successfully complete a background investigation as a condition of placement/retention in the position. A security clearance is required.


Drug Testing: This position has been identified as a Testing Designated Position under the USCIS Drug-Free Workplace 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.


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

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