Supervisory Detention and Deportation Officer (Field Office Director) 2016
Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Phoenix, Arizona; Los Angeles, California; San Diego, California; Miami, Florida; Atlanta, Georgia; Chicago, Illinois; New Orleans, Louisiana; New York, New York; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; El Paso, Texas; Houston, Texas; San Antonio, Texas; Seattle, Washington
No longer open

Permanent - Full Time

  • Posting Dates
    Open: April 14, 2016 ()
    Close: May 5, 2016 ()
  • Position Properties
    General Inspection, Investigation, Enforcement, And Compliance Series
    Internal Job Number: ICESES/16-1666115
  • Organization Details
    Immigration and Customs Enforcement
    Department Of Homeland Security
  • Salary Information
    $123,175.00 - $185,100.00 Per Year
    74% above average

    Pay Band: ES-1801-00/00
  • Who Can Apply?
    United States Citizens
Position Summary

JOB SUMMARY: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is the principal investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). With more than 19,000 employees in 400 offices around the world, ICE is a key component of the DHS layered defense approach to protecting our nation. The Office of Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) enforces the nation's immigration laws by identifying, arresting, and removing aliens from the United States who present a danger to national security or are a risk to public safety, as well as those who enter the United States illegally or otherwise undermine the integrity of our immigration laws and our border control efforts. The Field Office Director (FOD) has overall responsibility, as well as a delegated authority for the oversight and administration of ERO program operations within the Field Office area of responsibility (AOR). The FOD ensures that field office resources and expertise are being effectively deployed to locate and arrest fugitive aliens, detain certain aliens while their cases are being processed, and remove aliens from the United States when so ordered. Duty Location: This vacancy announcement will be used to fill Field Office Director, ES-1801 positions within the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Enforcement and Removal Operations. 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.



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:

  • 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; and

  • 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 and submit an SF-50 or QRB certification showing your status.  You still must submit narrative responses for the Technical Qualifications listed below.


  • You must demonstrate expert knowledge of and ability to manage a complex large-scale criminal alien identification, detention and removal program and/or operation.


Mobility: ICE's primary mission is to promote national security and public safety through the criminal and civil enforcement of federal laws governing border control, customs, trade and immigration.  A worldwide organization of nearly 19,000 employees, ICE protects and serves the American people through the enforcement of more than 400 statutory authorities against those that seek to engage in illicit trade, travel or finance and threaten homeland security.

Organizational and geographical mobility is essential in developing and managing SES leaders and generally is a key to advancement.  Mobility is a condition of employment, so you must be prepared to accept, without objection, reassignment based on the needs of the service, including for operational and/or career development purposes.  Therefore, SES members, may be reassigned at the discretion of the appointing authority and may be required to sign a mobility agreement.

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

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. 

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 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, which does not carry mandatory retirement.  However, some employees may be subject to mandatory separation depending on their individual status.

Lautenberg Amendment: This position authorizes the incumbent to carry 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)].

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional Travel within and outside of the United States may be required.
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • Relocation expenses may be paid in accordance with Federal Travel Regulations

As the Field Office Director, you will: 

  1. Establish and implement specific action plans for accomplishing ICE and DHS detention and removal goals and objectives throughout the Field Office AOR.

  2. Manage the Criminal Alien Program, which identifies criminal aliens who are incarcerated with Federal, state and local facilities.

  3. Manage the Fugitive Operation Program, identifying, locating, apprehending, and removing fugitive aliens from the United States.

  4. Provide alternatives to detention, work with foreign governments to provide executive leadership to managers and supervisors in all aspects of ERO.

  5. Coordinate all law enforcement activities within the AOR with the highest level of Federal, state, and local governments, as well as with intelligence organizations and international law enforcement entities.

  6. Exercise final authority in the grant or denial of formal petitions related to deportation or removal.

  7. Manage the Field Office budget to maximize ERO operations and ensure effective ERO support to ICE and U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) detention needs within budget limitations.

  8. Direct and manage large-scale operations to efficiently achieve specific goals and objectives and ensure that ICE and ERO policy are consistently applied throughout program operations.

  9. Direct a staff of law enforcement and support personnel and have involvement in managerial decisions such as grievances and disciplinary actions, evaluation of supervisors' performance, and implementation of training programs.


You may be eligible for performance bonuses of 5 to 20 percent of base pay for superior accomplishments.  The total compensation package includes other benefits and options.

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. 

In addition to the 10 regular holidays observed by the government, you will earn 8 hours of annual leave per pay period and 4 hours of sick leave per pay period regardless of years of service.

SES positions are NOT subject to Veterans preference.  DO NOT submit your DD214.

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