Organizational Location: This announcement will be used to fill multiple vacancies at Office of the Principal Legal Advisor (OPLA) field locations. Although this announcement is advertised for multiple locations, it is not intended to convey that vacancies will be filled at all locations. The salary range listed is the base salary rate only. General Schedule locality pay tables may be found under Salaries & Wages.
As a General Attorney, you will perform the following duties at the full performance level:
To qualify for the GS-11: You must be a graduate from an accredited law school, be an active member in good standing and have one year of specialized experience;
- Represent the United States Government in removal proceedings before Immigration Judges, frequently involving applicants for asylum or for other forms of relief under immigration laws;
- Provide expert legal counsel in the interpretation of highly complex immigration and customs laws including comprehensive and in-depth knowledge of statutory, regulatory and case authorities;
- Prepare cases for trial by conducting legal research; preparing pleadings, motions, briefs, stipulations, affidavits, and other legal documents;
- Prepare witnesses for trial; conducting direct examination and cross examination; presenting oral arguments advancing ICE's legal position; negotiating the disposition of cases with opposing counsel; and advising the Chief Counsel and/or Deputy Chief Counsel on cases potentially warranting deferred action or other exercise of prosecutorial discretion;
- Construct litigation reports for U.S. Attorneys' Offices on civil matters pending in the federal courts involving ICE, and serves as liaison between DOJ's Office of lmmigration Litigation and the local ERO office on immigration matters pending in the Circuit Courts of Appeals;
- Provide legal advice and support to the other ICE components and litigation support to United States Attorney's Offices in immigration and/or customs matters. The position also involves appellate advocacy before the Board of Immigration Appeals, including the preparation of briefs and other pleadings.
To qualify for the GS-12: You must be a graduate from an accredited law school, be an active member in good standing and have two years of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level.
To qualify for the GS-13: You must be a graduate from an accredited law school, be an active member in good standing and have three years of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level.
To qualify for the GS-14: You must be a graduate from an accredited law school, be an active member in good standing and have four years of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 grade level.
Examples of specialized experience include:
Bar Membership: You must be an active member in good standing of the bar of a state, territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
- Skills in litigating cases before courts and must demonstrate proficiency in objecting to the admission of excludable evidence during trial;
- Trial advocacy skills, including proficiency in the development of case strategies, direct examination and cross-examination of witnesses, and oral argument;
- Experience involving contact with government witnesses, immigration judges, and opposing counsel in trying cases before an immigration court;
- Reviewing memoranda of understanding, applications for search and/or arrest warrants, personal assistance agreements, requests for certification and re certification of undercover operations, affidavits in support of wire-taps, and related matters of investigatory concern to ICE officers and agents;
- Outstanding written, oral advocacy and judgment skills; proficient organizational, communication and interpersonal relationship skills and the ability to function independently and as part of a team.
Qualifications by Closing Date: Unless otherwise noted, you must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements by 11:59 P.M. Eastern Standard Time on the closing date of the announcement. Please note that qualification claims will be subject to verification.
Current or Former Political Appointees: The 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.
Vaccination: As required by Executive Order 14043, federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination by November 22, 2021. If your appointment or onboarding with the agency is after November 22, proof of vaccination must be provided prior to onboarding. Individuals who wish to request a legally required disability or religious exemption from this vaccination requirement should direct questions or requests to e-mail ICEReasonableAccommodation@ice.dhs.gov. Due to COVID-19, the component is currently in an expanded telework posture. Therefore, if selected, you may be expected to temporarily telework, even if your home is located outside the local commuting area.