This position is located in ETA's Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) in Washington DC. OFLC provides national leadership and guidance concerning foreigners seeking admission to the U.S. in order to work.

This position is outside the bargaining unit.

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GS-15: The incumbent for this position will serve as the principal Deputy Administrator overseeing the development and implementation of legislation, regulations, and policies for employment-based immigration programs, and the formulation of strategic plans, budgets, and human resource investments for the organization.

Responsible for providing leadership and management guidance in developing and implementing regulations, policies, and standard operating procedures related to the administration of foreign labor certification programs. Providing leadership and management guidance in developing and implementing strategic programmatic plans, human resources, and budgets, including contracts, grants, and other organizational resource investments.

Responsible for the oversight and fostering the building coalitions, strategic partnerships with internal and external stakeholders on substantive issues of mutual concern regarding the effective administration of foreign labor certification programs. Responsible for providing leadership and management guidance over OFLC stakeholder engagements, conducting senior-level briefings with a wide variety of external stakeholders, and preparing and delivering briefings to Agency and Departmental senior executives.

Provides internal leadership and management guidance related to administrative, policy, and programmatic operations of OFLC programs.

Oversees the preparation of senior level recommendations and reports, that includes researching, drafting, and/or reviewing Congressional and internal government audit responses.

Oversees the responses to complex requests for technical assistance and information management in the assigned area of administrative and program responsibility. Reviews and edits of formal correspondence to the appropriate community and other interested stakeholders.

Travel Required

Occasional travel – Frequency of travel is less than 5%

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential
15 – Position is at the full performance level.


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship.
  • Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.
  • Requires a probationary and supervisory probationary period, if not met.
  • Subject to financial disclosure requirements.

Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements. Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.

You may not be aware, but in the regulations for agency ethics programs, there are requirements for supervisors. Section 2638.103 of Title 5 of the CFR states:

Every supervisor in the executive branch has a heightened personal responsibility for advancing government ethics. It is imperative that supervisors serve as models of ethical behavior for subordinates. Supervisors have a responsibility to help ensure that subordinates are aware of their ethical obligations under the Standards of Conduct and that subordinates know how to contact agency ethics officials. Supervisors are also responsible for working with agency ethics officials to help resolve conflicts of interests and enforce government ethics laws and regulations, including those requiring certain employees to file financial disclosure reports. In addition, supervisors are responsible, when requested, for assisting agency ethics officials in evaluating potential conflicts of interest and identifying positions subject to financial disclosure requirements.


GS-15: Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-14, in the Federal Service. Specialized Experience is experience in or directly related to the line of work of the position to be filled, and which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.
Applicant must meet all examples of the specialized experience as described below.

 Experience planning, analyzing, and formulating legislative, regulatory, and policy initiatives with national impact on the administration of employment-based immigration programs authorized under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA);
 Experience managing and conducting engagements with external stakeholders, including Members of Congress, trade union and business organizations, worker advocacy organizations, or other governmental and non-governmental organizations; and
 Experience managing or overseeing the strategic planning and formulation of budget, human resource, or technology investments at an organizational level.

*Note: In describing your experience, please be clear and specific. We will not make assumptions regarding your experience. Also applicants may be asked to submit examples of such during the interview process.


There is no educational requirement for this position.

Additional information

DOL seeks to attract and retain a high performing and diverse workforce in which employees' differences are respected and valued to better meet the varying needs of the diverse customers we serve. DOL fosters a diverse and inclusive work environment that promotes collaboration, flexibility and fairness so that all individuals are able to participate and contribute to their full potential.


How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be evaluated against the evaluation factors below and will be placed into a category based on your vacancy question responses.


Category A – Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy and has successful experience in the same or similar job that has demonstrated superior proficiency in applying critical competencies required by this position to work of increased levels of difficulty and complexity.

Category B – Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy and demonstrates satisfactory proficiency in the critical competencies required by this position.

Category C – Meets the specialized experience described in the minimum qualifications requirements section of this announcement and demonstrates proficiency in the basic competencies.

Evaluation Factors (Competencies) – All qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following key competencies:

Technical Competence: Uses knowledge that is acquired through formal training or extensive on-the-job experience to perform one's job; works with, understands, and evaluates technical information related to the job; advises others on technical issues.

Leadership: Influences, motivates, and challenges others; adapts leadership styles to a variety of situations.

Political Savvy: Identifies the internal and external politics that impact the work of the organization. Perceives organizational and political reality and acts accordingly.

Oral Communication: Makes clear and convincing oral presentations. Listens effectively; clarifies information as needed.

Written Communication: Writes in a clear, concise, organized, and convincing manner for the intended audience.

The information you provide on your resume may be verified by a review of your work experience, employment start/end dates/hours worked and/or education, by checking references and through other means (ex. interview). The examining Office of Human Resources (OHR) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings. Your resume MUST provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses to the vacancy questions. If not, the OHR may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency indicated by the content of your resume. Your evaluation may also include a review by a Human Resources Specialist or panel and may include other assessments (ex. interview, panel review, written test, writing sample, etc.)

INFORMATION FOR ICTAP/CTAP ELIGIBLES ONLY: If you are eligible for special priority selection under ICTAP/CTAP, you must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration. ICTAP/CTAP eligibles who are placed into Category B or higher will be considered "well-qualified".

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
NCS/High Risk

Trust determination process

Required Documents

The following documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the vacancy closing date. You are not required to submit a document if it does not apply to you. Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission. Also, do not upload password protected documents. –

Veterans Documents (if applicable): To be considered as a 5-point preference eligible, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD214. Your DD-214 must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty. To claim 10-point preference, you must submit a copy of your DD214; an Application for 10-point Veteran's Preference, SF15; and the proof of entitlement of this preference which is normally an official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying to the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of your disability. (For active duty service members expecting honorable or general discharge or release within 120 days, click Active Duty ). Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's preference. For more information, go to: http: www.fedshirevets.gov/hire/hrp/vetguide/index.aspx

Displaced Employee Placement Documents – Only required if requesting priority consideration under CTAP or ICTAP eligibility.

Cover Letters are not mandatory and will not be used to verify experience, but may be submitted Applicants selected for employment who are not current DOL employees will be required to provide proof of citizenship , and the E-Verify system will be used to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires.

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