More than one position may be filled from this vacancy announcement. Interested individuals may apply to more than one location.
This is an Excepted Service position. Additional positions may be filled from this announcement within 90 days of certificate issuance.
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The ALJ acts as presiding officer with respect to proceedings, presiding over the hearings and writing opinions and making decisions, and performing ancillary duties. As presiding officer, the ALJ determines who is entitled to participate and to what extent; admits evidence into the record, or rejects proffered documents and oral testimony; and considers proposed findings and conclusions and briefs submitted by the parties. The ALJ issues initial decisions and orders in adjudicatory proceedings, which become final decisions of the Department of Justice unless appealed. Final consent orders are issued by the ALJ following settlement by the parties and after a hearing or upon waiver of a hearing. Specific proceedings assigned to the incumbent include both rulemaking and adjudicatory matters.
The ALJ position functions, and is classified, as a judge under the Administrative Procedure Act. When hearings are conducted, a complete formal record of the hearing is regularly prepared, and formal written opinions are issued. In addition, with the approval of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and with the consent of the supervisor, the ALJ may be called to another agency for the purpose of conducting formal administrative hearings before such other agency.
In addition to performing the duties described above, the ALJ is also qualified to conduct, and may be assigned to conduct the following proceedings as an immigration judge: removal, discretionary relief, rescission of adjustment status, claims of persecution, stays of removal, and bond and detention. In accordance with section 101(b)(4) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (Act), the incumbent is an attorney appointed by the Attorney General as an administrative judge who is qualified to conduct specified classes of proceedings, including removal proceedings under section 240 of the Act, and to preside at formal, quasi-judicial hearings to determine the issues arising in exclusion, deportation, and related proceedings. As such, the ALJ must have expert knowledge in immigration and employment law, including the relevant statutes and regulations, precedential decisions of the Board of Immigration Appeals, and decisions of Circuit Courts.
50% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.
Administrative Law Hearing Officers
Administrative Law Judges
Hearing Officers, Administrative Law
Judges, Administrative Law
HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
You must undergo a pre-employment security investigation.
Selective Service Registration is required, as applicable.
Moving and Relocation Expense are not authorized.
Relevant experience (see qualifications below.)
In order to qualify for the OCAHO ALJ position, applicants must meet all of the minimum qualifications listed below.
Education: Applicants must possess a LL.B., LL.M., or a J.D. degree.
Licensure: 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 (include the date of your admission to the bar).
Experience: Applicants must have a full seven (7) years of post-bar experience as a licensed attorney preparing for, participating in, and/or appealing formal hearings or trials involving litigation and/or administrative law at the Federal, State or local level. Qualifying litigation experience involves cases in which a complaint was filed with a court, or a charging document (e.g., indictment or information) was issued by a court, a grand jury, or appropriate military authority. Qualifying administrative law experience involves cases in which a formal procedure was initiated by a governmental administrative body.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
Qualifications must be met by the closing date of the announcement.
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