Experienced Attorney (International Refugee and Asylum Law)
New York, NY
United States Citizens Excepted Service Permanent Full-timeDo you desire to be a part of the vibrant United States immigrant admission process, to protect American interests, and to secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career? If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and its Office of the Chief Counsel (OCC) are calling.As part of both USCIS and the DHS Office of the General Counsel, you will work with other highly talented attorneys and colleagues on a rich array of intellectually challenging, critically important, cutting edge legal issues. DHS components work collectively, and USCIS strives, to enforce and administer immigration laws fairly, efficiently, and in keeping with the law, at the same time that we seek to prevent terrorism, secure borders, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission are achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join OCC, USCIS, and DHS!USCIS Office of the Chief Counsel is seeking an experienced attorney for it''s Refugee and Asylum Law Division (RALD). The position is located at the USCIS New York Asylum Office in Rosedale, NY. The attorney selected will serve as an advisor to the RALD Division Chief, the Chief Counsel, and to USCIS and other Departmental components on issues relating to U.S. immigration laws and international treaty obligations.U.S. Citizenship Experience Security Investigation Drug ScreeningThe attorney selected will serve as an advisor to the RALD Division Chief, the Chief Counsel, and to USCIS and other Departmental components on issues relating to U.S. immigration laws and international treaty obligations. This attorney would be responsible for providing legal advice on a number of protection issues, including but not limited to asylum, overseas refugee resettlement programs, temporary protected status, parole, VAWA, T and U visas, adoptions, special immigrant juveniles, the Convention Against Torture and immigration implications of criminal issues.Candidates must possess a J.D. degree from an ABA-accredited law school, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), and have at least 1yr of post-J.D. experience.A experience in public international refugee and asylum law, and an understanding of U.S. immigration law and practice, are helpful. Strong legal research and written correspondence expertise, and the expertise to complete assignments with short deadlines, are essential.All candidates will be rated against the following factors:1. A experience in public international refugee and asylum law, and an understanding of U.S. immigration law and practice.2. Strong legal research and written correspondence skills, and the expertise to resolve questions and provide accurate legal advice to both attorneys and non-attorneys on complex legal matters.3. Expertise to handle a heavy workload and complete assignments with short deadlines.4. Quality of writing sample not to exceed ten pages.U.S. Citizenship: Candidate must be a United States Citizen and present proof of citizenship, if selected.Requirements by Closing date: You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement. Please note that qualification claims will be subject to verification.Experience Security Investigation: A experience security investigation will be required for all new hires. Appointment will be subject to the candidate''s successful completion of a experience security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.A Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (SF-450) will be required for certain positions. You may be asked to complete the necessary Financial Disclosure Report to meet that requirement.Drug Testing: If position has been identified as a Testing-Designated position under DHS''s Drug-Free Workplace Plan, any individual tentatively selected will be required to submit to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment.Selective Service Registration: Male candidates born after December 31, 1959, will be required to certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.Residency Requirement: There is a residency requirement for all candidates not currently employed by U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services. The residency requirement states that candidates must have, for 3 of the last 5 years immediately prior to applying for this position(s); (1) resided in the United States; or (2) work for the United States Government as an employee overseas in a Federal or Military capacity; or (3) been depended of a U.S. Federal or Military employee serving overseas. Exceptions may be granted to candidates if they can provide complete state-side coverage info required to make a suitability/security determination. Examples of state-side coverage details include: the state-side address of the company headquarter where the candidate''s personnel file is located, the state-side address of the Professor in charge of the candidate''s "Study Abroad" program, the church records for the candidate''s overseas church mission, and/or the state-side address of anyone who worked or studied with the candidate while overseas. Candidates must be able to provide details at a later date if deemed necessary.You will be evaluated based upon your resume, citing requirements and track record, your writing sample, and, if selected for interview, your responses provided during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.All info you provide may be verified by review of the track record and/or education as shown on your application forms, by checking references and through means, such as the interview process. The verification could occur at any stage of the application process. Candidates should be prepared to provide at least 3 (3) references upon request. An exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempts to conceal info may be grounds for rating you ineligible, not hiring you, or firing you after you begin work.Your application must be received by 11:59PM EST Friday, July 18, 2014. To begin, click the Apply On-line button and follow the prompts to register or sign into USAJOBS, take the on-line questionnaire, and submit the required documents. See **Required Documents** section.We strongly encourage you to apply on-line. If you cannot apply on-line, you must contact the office listed below at least 1 day prior to the closing date for instructions.**Applications will NOT be accepted by mail, email or fax.****Relocation expenses will NOT be reimbursed for this position.**In addition to completing an on-line questionnaire and submitting a resume, the following supporting documents must be received by the closing date of this announcement.Candidates must submit:Examples of written correspondence expertise as demonstrated by legal briefs, etc. of no more than ten pages. If your resume does not contain specific info showing how you meet the 4 qualification factors listed below, you are encouraged to include this info in a introductory letter.1. A experience in public international refugee and asylum law, and an understanding of U.S. immigration law and practice.2. Strong legal research and written correspondence skills, and the expertise to resolve questions and provide accurate legal advice to both attorneys and non-attorneys on complex legal matters.3. Expertise to handle a heavy workload and complete assignments with short deadlines.4. A declaration under penalty of perjury that the candidate is a member in good standing with the bar of a state, territory of the U.S., the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and that his or her fitness to practice law or conduct as an attorney have never been challenged in any jurisdiction, OR if either has been challenged, a sworn declaration concerning the facts and circumstances together with any explanation the candidate may deem appropriate. This notarized sworn statement must be dated within 3 mnths of the date the application is submitted, and must be submitted by all candidates.If you are or have been a FEDERAL EMPLOYEE, please submit a copy of your last Notification of Personnel Actions, Form SF-50, which show tenure group, promotion potential and salary, and your most recent or last performance appraisal.Your application and all supporting documentation must be received by 11:59PM (Eastern Time) on the closing date. Note that you will be allowed to apply more than once but the last application is the only 1 that will be used.Once your complete application is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your requirements. The most highly candidates who are qualified will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified of the outcome.Working with the Federal Government offers comprehensive packages that include; annual and sick leave, paid holidays, life insurance, health benefits, flexible spending and dependent care accounts, long-term care insurance, and participation in the Federal Employment Retirement System. In some localities, USCIS also offers benefits/flexibilities that may be attractive to a new professional, e.g. flexible work schedules, and transit subsidies. The following web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits to most federal employees. To find out more, click here: http://www.opm./insure/health.You will need to successfully complete a experience security investigation before you can be appointed into this position.The candidate selected will be required to obtain a "Secret" security clearance and continued employment is contingent on being able to maintain a "Secret" clearance.Probationary Period: The candidate selected is required to serve a probationary trial period.Promotion Potential: This position starts at the GS-13, GS-14, or GS-15 level, depending on such factors as the selectee''s experience and current salary, and has promotion potential to the GS-15/10. When promotion potential is shown, the agency is not making a commitment and is not obligated to provide future promotions to you if you are selected. Future promotions will be dependent on your expertise to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and administrative approval.This job is being filled by an alternative hiring process and is not in the competitive civil service.
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