Organizational Location: These Pathways Recent Graduate positions are located in the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Office of Policy and Planning, in Washington, District of Columbia.
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As a Policy Analyst, at the full performance level, you will perform the following duties:
Coordinates and implements a variety of policy initiatives.
Participates in Policy Unit's planning activities and recommends future policy objectives and improvements in collaboration with the agency's subject matter experts.
Drafts and edits directives, delegations of authority, memoranda of agreement, official guidance documents, and other applicable policy documents and assists the Regulations Unit as needed with federal register notices, proposed rules, and final rules.
Works closely with other subject matter experts, both internal and external to office, makes recommendations to managers, and prepares strategies to address and resolve issues that may have little or no precedent.
Works with Program representatives and external stakeholders to resolve complex and conflicting ideas and elevates controversial issues to the supervisor, as appropriate.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
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Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
You must successfully pass a background investigation.
You must successfully pass a drug screen.
Males born after 12/31/59 must certify registration with Selective Service.
Complete the initial online assessment and USAHire Assessment, if required
Requirements by Closing Date: Unless otherwise noted, you must meet all requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
If selected, you will be required to sign and comply with a Pathways Program Participant Agreement.
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.
In order to be eligible as a Pathways-Recent Graduate, you must have already obtained a qualifying associate degree, a bachelor's degree, master's degree, a professional degree, a doctorate, a vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution, within the previous two years; or a preference eligible veteran, who, due to a military service obligation, was not able to apply to the Recent Graduates Program during any portion of the two-year eligibility period (eligibility period cannot extend beyond six years of completion of an academic course of study). All eligible institutions must be accredited by the U.S. Department of Education.
Candidates must also:
Meet the ICE developed qualifications standards prior to appointment and any physical, suitability, security requirements and if applicable medical clearance.
If selected, you will be required to sign a Pathways Program Participant Agreement.
You qualify for the GS-09 grade level if you possess one of the following:
Experience: One (1) year of specialized experience at the GS-07 grade level or equivalent performing duties such as:
Assist Senior Analyst/team leader in providing guidance to management on the procedural processes involved with the policy development process of the office.
Assist Senior Analyst/team leader with coordinating review of policy documents to identify areas that require revision or referral to senior agency program officials.
Participate in internal, intradepartmental, and interagency working groups consisting of senior-level officials.
Assist in the preparation of materials for meetings with stakeholders interested in policy initiatives and decisions.
Support a wide range of strategic policy initiatives and studies that may be extremely broad in terms of the boundaries and impact to Program. Experience and development of regulations.
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.
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.
Qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. Qualification claims will be subject to verification.
National Service Experience (i.e., volunteer experience): 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.
Current or Former Political Appointees: 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.
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.
PROGRAM COMPLETION AND CONVERSION: Recent Graduates may be converted to a permanent position (or, in some limited circumstances, to a term position lasting 1-4 years) within 120 days of successful completion of the Pathways Recent Graduate program. Recent Graduates who successfully complete the program may be eligible for conversion to a permanent appointment or a term (1 to 4 years in duration) appointment without further competition.
To be eligible for conversion, Recent Graduates must:
Be a U.S. citizen.
Successfully complete at least 1 year of continuous service under the Recent Graduates Program.
Complete all requirements as specified in the Recent Graduates Participant Agreement.
Receive a rating of at least "Achieved Expectations" during the one year developmental period.
Receive supervisor approval through written recommendation.
Meet the OPM Qualification Standard requirements for the target position.
Pathways Program Coordinator must receive a completed conversion package 30 calendar days in advance of the conversion eligibility date.
This is a one-year developmental program which may lead to a term or permanent appointment. A Recent Graduate's appointment expires at the end of the 1 year developmental period (including any approved ICE extensions), unless the participant is selected for non-competitive conversion to a term appointment or permanent career-conditional appointment in the competitive service.
This position requires a degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution to meet the basic education requirement. You must submit an official transcript, unofficial transcript, or a list including courses, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned. Your transcript(s) must clearly demonstrate the course(s) listed in the qualification requirement section. If the transcript(s) does not clearly demonstrate this you must submit a copy of the course description and/or other documentation demonstrating that the courses are equivalent.
When using education as any part of your qualifications for this position, you must submit an official transcript, unofficial transcript, or a list including courses, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned.
Special Instructions for Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. Failure to provide such documentation with your application will result in lost consideration. For further information, visit: https://sites.ed.gov/international/recognition-of-foreign-qualifications/.
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.
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