<b>Duties</b><br /><br /><b>Summary</b><br /><br />View Common Definitions of terms found in this announcement.<br /><br /><strong>Organizational Location:</strong> This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Office of Professional Responsibility, Washington, DC.<br /><br />This is a non-bargaining unit position.<br /> Learn more about this agency <br /><br /><b>Responsibilities</b><br /><br /><ul> <li>As an Inspections and Compliance Specialist, at the full performance level, you will perform the following duties:</li> <li>Evaluate ICE detention facilities' compliance with ICE policies and national detention standards</li> <li>Conduct on-site inspections of domestic and international ICE field offices to ensure compliance with established ICE and DHS policies and procedures</li> <li>Provide technical expert advice in the planning, organizing, conducting and reporting of assigned on-site inspections, audits or reviews</li> <li>Independently develop new methodologies and approaches that will be used to complete inspections, audits and reviews</li> <li>Coordinate the inspection team's collective discussion of lessons learned from the inspection, notable areas of concern, deficiencies, and recommendations</li> </ul> <br /><br /><b>Travel Required</b><br /><br />50% or less – You may be expected to travel for this position.<br /><br />Supervisory status <br /> No <br /><br />Promotion Potential <br /> 13 <br /><br /></li> <b>Requirements</b><br /><br /><b>Conditions of Employment</b><br /><br /><ul> <li>You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.</li> <li>You must successfully pass a background investigation.</li> <li>You must successfully pass a drug screen.</li> <li>Males born after 12/31/59 must certify registration with Selective Service.</li> <li>Requirements by Closing Date: Unless otherwise noted, you must meet all requirements by the closing date of the announcement.</li> <li>Probationary Period: This is a full-time permanent position (Career/Career-Conditional appointment). Upon appointment to this position, you may be required to serve a one-year probationary period.</li> </ul> <br /><br /><b>Qualifications</b><br /><br /><strong>You qualify for the GS-09 grade level if you possess one of the following:</strong><br /><br />Experience: One (1) year of specialized experience at the GS-07 grade level or equivalent performing duties such as: <ul> <li>Applying inspection and compliance principles, concepts, methodologies, laws, regulations, guidelines and/or practices in daily activities</li> <li>Documenting investigation findings and witness statements</li> <li>Researching data using prescribed methods</li> </ul> <br />OR<br /> Education: A master's (or equivalent graduate degree such as a L.L.B/J.D.) or 2 academic years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree.<br /><br />OR<br /><br />Combination of Education and Experience: A combination of successfully completed post-high school education and experience. This will be calculated using your resume and unofficial transcripts or a list of courses/course hours submitted with your application.<br /><br /><strong>You qualify for the GS-11 grade level if you possess one of the following:</strong><br /><br />Experience: One (1) year of specialized experience at the GS-09 grade level or equivalent performing duties such as: <ul> <li>Assisting the team leader or supervisor in planning inspections and participating in briefings with team leaders at inspection sites</li> <li>Ensuring inspection findings provide complete identification of deficiencies and areas of concern</li> <li>Developing sound recommendations which identify the appropriate level of the problem, and the type of corrective action necessary to fix the problem</li> <li>Preparing written inspection findings to team leaders or supervisors</li> </ul> <br />OR<br /> Education: A Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL. M., if related.<br /><br />OR<br /><br />Combination of Education and Experience: A combination of successfully completed post-high school education and experience. This will be calculated using your resume and unofficial transcripts or a list of courses/course hours submitted with your application.<br /><br /><strong>You qualify for the GS-12 grade level if you possess one of the following:</strong><br /><br />Experience: One (1) year of specialized experience at the GS-11 grade level or equivalent performing duties such as: <ul> <li>Assisting the team lead or supervisor with conducting on-site inspections</li> <li>Scheduling and conducting interviews at inspection sites</li> <li>Providing input to develop the scope and inspection site rationale</li> <li>Assisting the team leader or supervisor in developing the unique methodology and approach for the inspection site</li> <li>Preparing documentation of the inspection process and findings</li> </ul> <br /><strong>You qualify for the GS-13 grade level if you possess one of the following:</strong><br /><br />Experience: One (1) year of specialized experience at the GS-12 grade level or equivalent performing duties such as: <ul> <li>Serving as a team lead during on-site inspections</li> <li>Providing technical expert advice in the planning, organizing, conducting and reporting of assigned on-site inspections, audits or reviews</li> <li>Developing sound recommendations when issuing corrective actions</li> <li>Briefing Senior level officials of findings and deficiencies in the final, comprehensive inspection report</li> <li>Researching complex laws, regulations, management directives, instructions, other authorities, and prior evaluation, inspection and audit reports</li> </ul> <br /> <strong>Qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. Qualification claims will be subject to verification.<br /><br />National Service Experience (i.e., volunteer experience): </strong>Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.<br /><br /><strong>Current or Former Political Appointees:</strong> 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.<br /><br /><strong>NOTE:</strong> The incumbent may be assigned to one of the following inspection areas:<br /><br /><strong>Office of Detention Oversight (ODO) </strong>- Employees assigned to ODO be responsible for evaluating programs' and detention facilities' compliance with policies and detention standards for facilities that house ICE detainees.<br /><br /><strong>Management Inspections Unit (MIU) </strong>- Employees assigned to MIU are responsible for conducting on-site inspections of domestic and international ICE field offices and HQ programs to ensure operational and administrative compliance with established policies and procedures.<br /><br /><strong>287(g) Inspections Unit</strong> – Employees assigned to the 287(g) Inspections Unit review ICE's partnerships with state and local law enforcement agencies (LEAs) throughout the U.S. whose officers are granted immigration enforcement authorities of ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers.<br /><br /><strong>External Reviews and Analysis Unit (ERAU)</strong> – Employees assigned to ERAU are responsible for conducting administrative reviews of the facts and circumstances surrounding all aspects of an individual's passing while in ICE custody as well as conducting audits to ensure compliance with the DHS Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Standards.<br /><br /><strong>Note:</strong> One or more positions may be filled using this vacancy announcement. Applying to this announcement certifies that you give permission for DHS to share your application with others in DHS for similar positions.<br /><br />Additionally, we will be submitting the first certificates of referred applicants to the hiring manager one week from the opening day of the announcement. We will then submit certificates monthly.<br /><br /><b>Education</b><br /><br />See the Qualifications Section for information about the acceptance of education in lieu of experience. <br /><br /><b>Additional information</b><br /><br /><strong>Promotion Potential:</strong> 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 ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and administrative approval.<br /><br /><strong>E-Verify:</strong> DHS uses E-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify , including your rights and responsibilities.<br /><br /><strong>Suitability:</strong> If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete an Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment , and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application, prior to entry on duty. False statements on any part of the application may result in withdrawal of offer of employment, dismissal after beginning work, fine, or imprisonment.<br /><br /><strong>Background Investigation: </strong>To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, DHS requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet these standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully obtain and maintain a background investigation for Secret as a condition of placement into this position. This may include a credit check, a review of financial issues such as delinquency in the payment of debts, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs.<br /><br />The Department of Homeland Security encourages persons with disabilities to apply, to include persons with intellectual, severe physical or psychiatric disabilities, as defined by 5 CFR § 213.3102(u), and/or Disabled Veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30 percent or more as defined by 5 CFR § 315.707. Veterans , Peace Corps / VISTA volunteers , and persons with disabilities possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. If you are a member of one of these groups, you may not have to compete with the public for federal jobs. To determine your eligibility for non-competitive appointment and to understand the required documentation, click on the links above or contact the Servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement.<br /><br />Pursuant to Executive Order 12564, and the DHS Drug-Free Workplace Plan, ICE is committed to maintaining a drug-free workplace and, therefore, personnel in safety- or security-sensitive positions (testing designated positions) are subject to random drug testing. Moreover, other drug testing of employees (e.g., reasonable suspicion drug test) may be conducted in order to ensure a safe and healthy work environment. All applicants tentatively selected for employment at ICE are subject to pre-employment drug testing and a final offer of employment is contingent upon a negative drug test result.<br /><br /><strong>Length of Eligibility:</strong> Eligible applicants will remain on the inventory until the closing date of the announcement. <br /><br /><strong>Note:</strong> This announcement is posted on a quarterly cycle. The announcement will EXPIRE on the listed closing date at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. In order to receive consideration for the next cycle, applicants MUST reapply to the new vacancy announcement. <br /><br /><b>How You Will Be Evaluated</b><br /><br />You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.<br /><br />We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the minimum qualification requirements. The competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this job are: <ul> <li>Attention to Detail</li> <li>Technical Competence</li> <li>Teamwork</li> <li>Writing</li> <li>Compliance Inspection</li> <li>Decision Making</li> <li>Planning and Evaluating</li> </ul> <strong>Direct Hire Authority:</strong> These positions will be filled through the Office of Personnel Management's Direct Hire Authority. The "Rule of Three", Category Rating and Veterans Preference will not apply to this vacancy. For more information on Direct Hire Authority, please see: OPM Direct Hire Fact Sheet .<br /><br /><strong>Veterans:</strong> Although the Direct Hire Authority permits hiring without regard to Veterans Preference, applicants who are eligible for Veterans Preference are still encouraged to include that information in their application and submit supporting documentation (i.e. DD-214, or other substantiating documents). This position is not considered scientific/professional. View information on veterans' preference .<br /><br /><strong>Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles:</strong> If you have never worked for the federal government, you are not ICTAP eligible. View information about ICTAP eligibility on OPM's Career Transition Resources website. You must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement. <br /><br /><b>Background checks and security clearance</b><br /><br />Security clearance <br /> Secret <br /><br />Drug test required <br /> Yes <br /><br />Position sensitivity and risk <br /> Critical-Sensitive (CS)/High Risk <br /><br />Trust determination process <br /> Suitability/Fitness <br /><br /></li> <b>Required Documents</b><br /><br /><li><strong>Resume</strong> showing relevant experience, education and training. Work experience should include: job title, duties, employer's name, employer's telephone number, employer's address, starting and ending dates (MM/YY), hours worked per week, and indicate whether or not we may contact your current supervisor.</li> <li><strong>Are you qualifying based on education?</strong> Submit a copy of your college transcript (unofficial is acceptable) or a list of coursework with hours completed. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet Federal qualification requirements if you can show that your foreign education is comparable to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States. For example, specific courses accepted for college-level credit by an accredited U.S. college or university, or foreign education evaluated by an organization recognized for accreditation by the Department of Education as education equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. college or university. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence with your application. See Recognition of Foreign Qualifications for more information.</li> <li><strong>Are you a veteran?</strong> Submit Member Copy 4 of your DD-214 or other (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) or notice form. Those applying for 10-Point preference must fill out the SF-15 and provide documentation that demonstrates preference eligibility. If applying based on eligibility under the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act, you must submit certification from the Armed Forces that you will be discharged or released from active duty within 120 days from the date on the certification. This must indicate your dates of service, your rank, and confirm that you will be separated under honorable conditions. View more veterans' information .</li> <li><strong>Are you claiming special priority selection rights under the Interagency Career Transition Plan (ICTAP)?</strong> If so, submit a copy of your agency notice, a copy of your most recent performance rating, and a copy of your most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) noting your current position, grade level, and duty location.</li> <li><strong>Are you a current or former federal employee?</strong> Submit a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action.</li> <li><strong>Are you a current or former political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee?</strong> Submit a copy of your applicable SF-50, along with a statement that provides the following information regarding your most recent political appointment: Position title, type of appointment (Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES, or Presidential Appointee), agency and beginning and ending dates of appointment.</li> <br /><br /><b>If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:</b><br /><br />Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education . <br /><br />Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.