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Deputy Chief Immigration Judge

Company name
USDOJ Executive Office for Immigration Review

Falls Church, VA, United States

Employment Type

Legal, Government

Posted on
Jul 20, 2020

Valid Through
Nov 02, 2020

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The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) seeks highly-qualified individuals to join our team of expert professionals in becoming a part of our challenging and rewarding Agency. The primary mission of the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) is to adjudicate immigration cases by fairly, expeditiously, and uniformly interpreting and administering the Nation's immigration laws. Under delegated authority from the Attorney General, EOIR conducts immigration court proceedings, appellate reviews, and administrative hearings. EOIR consists of three adjudicatory components: The Office of the Chief Immigration Judge, which is responsible for managing the Immigration Courts where Immigration Judges adjudicate individual cases; the Board of Immigration Appeals, which primarily conducts appellate reviews of these Immigration Judge decisions; and the Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer, which adjudicates immigration-related employment cases.

Our office places a high value on diversity of experiences and perspectives and encourages applications from all qualified individuals from all ethnic and racial backgrounds, veterans, LGBT individuals, and persons with disabilities.

Job Description:

This position is located in the Office of the Chief Immigration Judge, Executive Office for Immigration Review, U.S. Department of Justice. The incumbent serves as a full Deputy to the Chief Immigration Judge in the development, execution, and evaluation of all professional and administrative functions of the Office.

Typical work assignments will include:

Manages and coordinates programmatic activities of the immigration courts and provides technical and managerial direction to Immigration Judges and court personnel.

Evaluates and develops policies and procedures, allocates resources, and establishes goals and objectives for the operation of immigration courts and the immediate office of the OCIJ.

Provides legal guidance and technical assistance to Assistant Chief Immigration Judges and Immigration Judges on matters pertaining to the Immigration and Nationality Act and all others laws and regulation affecting the immigration courts.

Analyzes and evaluates judicial decisions to determine impact on Immigration Judges, court policies and procedures and/or the immigration court program.

Supervises directly, or through subordinate managers, all Immigration Judges, court administrators, court staff, and all OCIJ staff.

Monitors performance of Immigration Judges to ensure appropriate judicial behavior and temperament, and staff compliance with ethics and integrity standards.


In order to qualify for the Deputy Chief Immigration Judge position, you must meet the following minimum qualifications:


Applicants must possess an LL.B. or a J.D. degree. (Provide the month and year in which you obtained your degree and the name of the College or University from which it was conferred/awarded.)



Applicants must be an active member of the bar, duly licensed and authorized to practice law as an attorney under the laws of a U.S. state, territory, Puerto Rico, or the District of Columbia. (Provide the month and year in which you obtained your first license and the State from which it was issued.)



Applicants must have a minimum of seven (7) years of post-bar admission legal experience including a minimum of one (1) year of experience at or equivalent to the GS-15 grade level in the Federal service.


If your resume does not support your assessment questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s). Ensure your resume contains your full name, address, phone number, email address, and employment information. Each position listed on your resume must include: From/To dates of employment (MM/YYYY-MMYYY or MM/YYYY to Present); agency/employer name, position title, grade level held, if applicable; hours, if less than full time; and duties performed. In addition, any experience on less than a full time basis must specify the percentage and length of time spent in performance of such duties.

In addition to the minimum qualifications listed above, you must possess the following Executive Core Qualifications and Mandatory Technical Qualifications:

Executive Core Qualifications:

Applicants seeking initial career appointment to the Senior Executive Service (SES) must

submit narrative responses addressing each of the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ). Current or former SES members must

submit an SF-50 and/or QRB Certification of ECQs to show current or former service in the SES. OPM's Guide to the Senior Executive Services Qualifications

provides detailed information on the ECQs.

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. Leadership Competencies:

Creativity & Innovation, External Awareness, Flexibility, Resilience, Strategic Thinking, Vision.

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. Leadership Competencies:

Conflict Management, Leveraging Diversity, Developing Others, Team Building.

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. Leadership Competencies:

Accountability, Customer Service, Decisiveness, Entrepreneurship, Problem Solving, Technical Credibility.

ECQ 4: Business Acumen

This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. Leadership Competencies:

Financial Management, Human Capital Management, Technology Management.

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. Leadership Competencies:

Partnering, Political Savvy, Influencing/Negotiating.


Mandatory Technical Qualifications:

All applicants must

submit narrative responses addressing each of the Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQ).

MTQ 1:

Comprehensive, professional knowledge of immigration law, including regulatory, administrative and judicial case law and substantial experience as a presiding judge adjudication cases in an immigration court or similar setting.

MTQ 2:

Executive management and legal experience in court system management involving allocation, planning and directing of human and fiscal resources, supervisions of staff, evaluation of program effectiveness and compliance with Departmental and agency fair employment initiatives. Provides leadership to motivate and retain a productive highly trained and specialized corps of immigration judges, court staff, and national management staff.

MTQ 3:

Leadership and judicial temperament to serve as an immigration judge and to manage legal staff in varied immigration courts throughout the country under challenging and sensitive conditions, which may involve precedent, novel and complex foreign and domestic laws covering a vast subject range that may substantially impact individuals and foreign governments.

MTQ 4:

Skill in verbal and written communication to direct staff, provide legal advice and guidance to develop program and policy guidance.


$131,239 to $197,300 per year


Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Application Process:

To apply for this position, please click the below link to access and apply to the vacancy announcement via

USA job:

Please read announcement thoroughly. You must submit a complete application package by 11:59PM (EST) on 8/18/2020, the closing date of the announcement.


1. Your Resume

showing relevant legal experience; cover letter optional.

2. A complete Assessment Questionnaire

3. Applicants seeking initial career appointment to the Senior Executive Service (SES) must

submit narrative responses addressing each of the Executive Core Qualifications


4. Current or former SES members must

submit an SF-50 and/or QRB Certification of ECQs

to show current or former service in the SES.

5. All applicants must

submit narrative responses addressing each of the Mandatory Technical Qualifications


Applicants should familiarize themselves and comply with the relevant rules of professional conduct regarding any possible conflicts of interest in connection with their applications. In particular, please notify this Office if you currently represent clients or adjudicate matters in which this Office is involved and/or you have a family member who is representing clients or adjudicating matters in which this Office is involved so that we can evaluate any potential conflict of interest or disqualification issue that may need to be addressed under those circumstances.

Application Deadline:

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Relocation Expenses:

Not authorized

Number of Positions:


Updated July 20, 2020

Department Policies

Equal Employment Opportunity

:  The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer.  Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability (physical or mental), age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected genetic information, pregnancy, status as a parent, or any other nonmerit-based factor.  The Department of Justice welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities. The Department is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Department of Justice. For more information, please review our full  EEO Statement

Reasonable Accommodations

:  This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency.  Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Outreach and Recruitment for Qualified Applicants with Disabilities

:  The Department encourages qualified applicants with disabilities, including individuals with targeted/severe disabilities to apply in response to posted vacancy announcements.  Qualified applicants with targeted/severe disabilities may be eligible for direct hire, non-competitive appointment under Schedule A (5 C.F.R. § 213.3102(u)) hiring authority.  Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to contact one of the Department’s Disability Points of Contact (DPOC) to express an interest in being considered for a position. See list of DPOCs

Suitability and Citizenship

:  It is the policy of the Department to achieve a drug-free workplace and persons selected for employment will be required to pass a drug test which screens for illegal drug use prior to final appointment.  Employment is also contingent upon the completion and satisfactory adjudication of a background investigation. Congress generally prohibits agencies from employing non-citizens within the United States, except for a few narrow exceptions as set forth in the annual Appropriations Act (see,

). Pursuant to DOJ component policies, only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review, U.S. Trustee’s Offices, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, qualifying non-U.S. citizens meeting immigration and appropriations law criteria may apply for employment with other DOJ organizations. However, please be advised that the appointment of non-U.S. citizens is extremely rare; such appointments would be possible only if necessary to accomplish the Department's mission and would be subject to strict security requirements. Applicants who hold dual citizenship in the U.S. and another country will be considered on a case-by-case basis. All DOJ employees are subject to a residency requirement. Candidates must have lived in the United States for at least three of the past five years. The three-year period is cumulative, not necessarily consecutive. Federal or military employees, or dependents of federal or military employees serving overseas, are excepted from this requirement. This is a Department security requirement which is waived only for extreme circumstances and handled on a case-by-case basis.


:  There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Justice considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., the DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty and other supporting documentation) to their submissions. Although the point system is not used, per se, applicants eligible to claim 10-point preference must submit Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and submit the supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed (visit the OPM website,

for a copy of SF 15, which lists the types of 10-point preferences and the required supporting document(s). Applicants should note that SF 15 requires supporting documentation associated with service- connected disabilities or receipt of nonservice-connected disability pensions to be dated 1991 or later except in the case of service members submitting official statements or retirement orders from a branch of the Armed Forces showing that his  or her retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that he/she was transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).

This and other vacancy announcements can be found under Attorney Vacancies

and Volunteer Legal Internships

. The Department of Justice cannot control further dissemination and/or posting of information contained in this vacancy announcement. Such posting and/or dissemination is not an endorsement by the Department of the organization or group disseminating and/or posting the information.

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