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EXCLUSIVE JOB: Emergency Management Specialist at FEMA

Job Title: Emergency Management Specialist (Mitigation)
Department: Department of Homeland Security
Agency: Federal Emergency Management Agency
Office: Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) Division, Mitigation Directorate, Federal Insurance & Mitigation Administration (FIMA), Resilience
Salary Range: $56,233 to $106,012 per year
Series & Grade: IC 09-12
Promotion Potential: IC-12
Application Close Date: August 27, 2018 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time
Duty Locations: Washington, DC
Who May Be Considered: NSEP award recipients who have not completed the service requirement in full

POSITION SUMMARY/OFFICE DESCRIPTION

In this position, you will be applying knowledge of emergency management and related directives, policies, regulations, procedures, and methods; and the collaboration and fostering of relationships between Federal, State, local, tribal, territorial, nongovernmental organizations, and private sector and their response mechanisms and authorities. Typical assignments include:

  • Supporting FEMA Regional HMA Program offices and other internal and external partners with excellent customer service as a programmatic liaison.
  • Researching and reviewing mitigation regulations and guidance documents and interpreting the laws, regulations and policies applicable to FEMA HMA programs (e.g. Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, Pre-Disaster Mitigation, and Flood Mitigation Assistance).
  • Developing and implementing mitigation regulations, procedures, data analytics, and training to identify, minimize or eliminate hazards and reduce loss of life and property.
  • Preparing recommendations to modify policy or guidance to address program areas where there are gaps or additional guidance is needed for effective and efficient program execution.
  • Suggesting courses of action, options, and solutions to senior staff, program leads, and leadership.
  • Developing multi-hazard mitigation job aids, guidance, or tools that focus on creating disaster-resilient communities that reduce the loss of life and property.
  • Providing technical writing support for documents such as: meeting notes, executive summary briefings, and complex/controversial Congressional inquiries or second level appeals.
  • Serving as a spokesperson at regional conferences, meetings, and working groups that propose, defend and/or criticize mitigation, floodplain management, preparedness, recovery and other related functions, in order to promote and maintain a proactive and innovative risk reduction posture.

Occasional domestic and international travel may be required.

Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.

POSITION DUTIES

As a Emergency management Specialist (Mitigation) you will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Independently work across a range of programs, exercising general management skills.
  • Prepare project papers and staff reports that include evaluations of high visibility programs and recommendations about how to improve operations of those programs.
  • Develop analyses describing FEMA’s interpretation of new departmental,
  • Research and respond to official requests for information from other federal agencies, Congress, private industry, non-profit organizations, or the public.
  • Act as a liaison with other federal agencies and external organizations.
  • Perform a wide variety of management, administrative, program analysis and support activities across the FEMA.

REQUIREMENTS

  • NSEP service requirement outstanding, either in full or partial.
  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Master’s or other graduate degree preferred, but not required
  • Experience with program evaluation
  • Ability to design, develop and implement program improvements
  • Ability to identify and recommend program options to leadership
  • Ability to multi-task and work independently
  • Strong writing skills
  • Strong interpersonal and communication abilities
  • Outstanding academic performance
  • Public speaking experience
  • Experience with common software applications, such as Microsoft Office products (e.g. Excel, PowerPoint, Word) and internet browsers

REQUIRED MATERIALS

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Those selected for 2nd interview will be requested to submit a short writing sample
  4. SF-50 or similar document (only required for current or former federal employees)
  5. DD-214 (only required for veterans or active duty military)

SECURITY CLEARANCE

Following a Conditional Offer of Employment (COE), selectee must undergo a background investigation for Secret security clearance.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

Please send your application package to HMAProgram@fema.dhs.gov by August 27, 2018 at 11:59 PM EST

EXCLUSIVE JOB: Immigration Analyst with the Department of Homeland Security

Job Title: Immigration Analyst
Department: Department of Homeland Security
Agency: Citizenship and Immigration Services
Salary Range: $47,374.00 to $75,334.00 / Per Year
Series & Grade: GS-0901-5/7/9
Promotion Potential: 09
Application Close Date: Thursday, August 23 at 5:00 PM Eastern Time
Duty Locations: Lyndhurst, NJ
Security Clearance: Secret
Supervisory Status: No
Who May Be Considered: NSEP award recipients who have not completed the service requirement in full.

JOB SUMMARY

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling on those who want to help protect American interests and secure our Nation. DHS Components work collectively to prevent terrorism; secure borders and our transportation systems; protect the President and other dignitaries; enforce and administer immigration laws; safeguard cyberspace; and ensure resilience to disasters. We achieve these vital missions through a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services administers the nation’s lawful immigration system, safeguarding its integrity and promise by efficiently and fairly adjudicating requests for immigration benefits while protecting Americans, securing the homeland, and honoring our values. Visit us at http://www.uscis.gov/.

Every day, our Immigration Analysts (Asylum) interact with asylum applicants face-to-face to elicit and provide valuable information, ensure compliance with background checks, and provide information to appropriate Asylum Officer staff for consideration in adjudication of asylum cases.

This position of IMMIGRATION ANALYST (ASYLUM) starts at a salary of $38,245 GS-07 step 1 grade level, with promotion potential to $75,334 GS-09 step 10 grade level. Note: USCIS may fill one or more positions using this vacancy. Apply for this exciting opportunity to become a member of the Refugee, Asylum and International Operations Directorate, Asylum Division, Houston Asylum Office, within U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Relocation expenses are authorized if you are a USCIS employee assigned to the Refugee, Asylum and International Operations program and have been approved for rotation from an overseas assignment. Relocation expenses for USCIS employees assigned to an OCONUS location will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

This position is in the bargaining unit.

This position is not considered "essential" for purposes of reporting to work when the facility might otherwise be closed.

USCIS may fill one or more positions using this vacancy.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • The responsibilities described are for the full-performance level. At developmental grade levels, assignments will be of more limited scope, performed with less independence, and limited complexity.
  • Perform preliminary review of immigration applications and databases, identifying information relevant to the performance of background and security checks.
  • Assist Asylum Officers in the adjudication of benefit applications, petitions, and removal actions by compiling and evaluating data and preparing case decisions.
  • Conduct face to face interviews with applicants and elicits sufficient information to determine eligibility for immigration benefits and prepare reports on suspected fraudulent intent by applicants.
  • Review case decision documentation against applicant file to ensure completeness, accuracy, and compliance with all applicable laws, regulations, and procedures.
  • Interacts with applicant, attorney or representative of record to deliver case decision, ensuring understanding of decision or next steps.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

Summary

The requirements of this position dictate that you must:

  • Be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. National
  • Meet relevant experience and/or education requirements
  • Submit a resume and supporting documents
  • Pass a Background Investigation including financial disclosure
  • Pass a drug screening
  • Meet the residency requirement
  • Be registered with the Selective Service (for males born after 12/31/1959)
  • Be an NSEP award recipient who has not completed the service requirement in full
  • Political appointees may require OPM approval before on-boarding

U.S. Citizenship/U.S. National

Candidates must be United States citizens or United States nationals and present proof if selected.

Qualifications by Closing Date

You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement. Please note that qualification claims will be subject to verification.

Trial Period

You may be required to serve a trial period of 2 years.

Background Security Investigation

You will need to successfully complete a background investigation for a SECRET clearance, which is required before you can be appointed into this position.

To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, DHS requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, this position requires completion and adjudication of a background investigation. This may include 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. The background investigation process is initiated after a selection is made.

All selected candidates must meet the requirements for the required security clearance prior to placement AND maintain that level of clearance while encumbering the position.

USCIS uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit www.dhs.gov/E-Verify.

Residency

There is a residency requirement for all applicants not currently employed by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. This residency requirement states that candidates must have, for three of the last five years immediately prior to applying for this position; (1) resided in the United States; OR (2) worked for the United States Government as an employee overseas in a Federal or Military capacity, OR (3) been a dependent of a U.S. Federal or Military employee serving overseas.

Selective Service Registration

If you are a male born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. To find out more click here http://www.sss.gov/.

QUALIFICATIONS

The qualifications for this position must be met by 5:00 PM Eastern Time on the closing date of this announcement.

If you do not qualify based on experience or education alone, you may be able to qualify based on a combination of your experience and education. See below for more information on combining education and experience for this position. Additionally, for more information on combining education and experience, please visit the following website: http://beta.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/#url=List-by-Occupational-Series

Education and Experience

GS-07: In addition to the requirements at the lower grade level(s), you qualify at the GS-07 level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience, equivalent to at least the GS-05 level in the federal government, which has equipped you with the skills needed to successfully perform the duties of the position. You must have experience performing the following duties:

  • Performing developmental assignments under the close guidance of higher-graded officers that included selecting, abstracting, and excerpting data from specific sources and compiling them for the use of higher-graded officers
  • Evaluating and making preliminary analyses of background check data pertaining to individuals
  • Interacting with the public to gather or explain information in compliance with detailed policies and procedures.

OR

  • You may substitute successful completion of one year of full-time graduate education for the experience required at the GS-7 level. This education must have been obtained from an accredited college or university and demonstrate the skills needed to successfully perform the duties of the position. Check with your school to determine how many credit hours comprise a year of graduate education. If that information is not available, use 18 semester or 27 quarter hours.

OR

  • You may also substitute superior academic achievement for the experience required at the GS-07 level.

OR

  • You must have completed the requirements for a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a grade point average or 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale, or a class standing in the upper third of a graduating class or major subdivision, or membership in a national scholastic honor society.

GS-09: In addition to the requirements at the lower grade level(s), you qualify at the GS-09 level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience, equivalent to at least the GS-07 level in the federal government, which has equipped you with the skills needed to successfully perform the duties of the position. You must have experience performing the following duties:

  • Searching and independently analyzing information from records/databases; providing assistance to officers in gathering data;
  • Preparing documentation, and creating reports related to background checks; researching and collecting information from databases to determine if information relates to a subject and recognizing the nature and significance of derogatory information;
  • Interacting with the public to gather or explain complex information in compliance with detailed policies and procedures and using independent research and analysis to answer complex questions and conducting liaison with database record holders and law enforcement officers to verify facts and obtain specific information.

OR

  • You may substitute successful completion of a Master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in an accredited college or university, or a J.D. or L.L.B. degree may be substituted for experience at the GS-09 grade level. Such education must demonstrate the skills needed to do the work. A course of study in business administration, public administration, or related fields is qualifying. One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 year of full-time study. If that information cannot be obtained from the school, 36 semester hours should be considered as satisfying the 2 years of full-time study requirement.

Please read the following IMPORTANT information to ensure we have everything we need to consider your application.

It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date. Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and must highlight your most relevant and significant work experience and education (if applicable), as it relates to this job opportunity. Please be clear and specific when describing your work history as we cannot make assumptions regarding your experience. Your application will also be rated and ranked among others, based on your responses to the online questions.

Please ensure EACH work history includes ALL of the following information:

  • Job Title (include series and grade if Federal Job)
  • Duties (be specific in describing your duties)
  • Employer's name and address
  • Supervisor name and phone number
  • Start and end dates including month, day and year (e.g. June 18 2007 to April 05 2008)
  • Full-time or part-time status (include hours worked per week)
  • Salary

Determining length of General or Specialized Experience is dependent on the above information and failure to provide ALL of this information may result in a finding of ineligible.

Federal Experience: If you are using current or prior federal experience as a basis for qualifying for this position, the grade levels and length of employment (mm/dd/year) at each grade level must be listed in your work history. This information will be further validated if selected for this position.

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 criteria 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 service. Please provide the dates and amount of time/hours worked earning this experience.

Paid Internship Experience: Applicant's work as part of a paid internship, for which course credit is not received, may be evaluated as work experience. It is the applicant's responsibility to clearly identify in their resume any paid internship that would qualify for consideration. The applicant must provide their transcript for verification purposes.

COMBINING QUALIFYING EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION: If you do not qualify based on experience or education alone, you may be able to qualify based on a combination of your experience and education. For more information on combining education and experience, visit the following website: General Schedule Qualification Standards

The qualifications for this position must be met by 5:00pm (Eastern Time) on the closing date of this announcement.

Current Federal employees must have served 52 weeks at the lower grade or equivalent grade band in the Federal service. The Time-in-Grade requirement must be met by 5:00pm (Eastern Time) on the closing date of this announcement.

Federal Experience

If you are using current or prior federal experience as a basis for qualifying for this position, the grade levels and length of employment at each grade level must be listed in your work history. This information will be further validated if selected for this position.

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 criteria 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 service.

Paid Internship Experience

Applicant’s work as part of a paid internship, for which course credit is not received, may be evaluated as work experience. It is the applicant’s responsibility to clearly identify in their resume any paid internship that would qualify for consideration. Applicant must provide their transcript for verification purposes.

Applying to this announcement certifies that you give permission for DHS to share your application with others in DHS for similar positions. Any offers of employment made pursuant to this announcement will be consistent with all applicable authorities, including Presidential Memoranda, Executive Orders, interpretive U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) guidance, and Office of Management and Budget plans and policies concerning hiring. These authorities are subject to change. 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.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED

We will review your résumé and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the minimum qualification requirements.

Your resume and supporting documentation will be verified. If you rated yourself higher than what is supported by your application material, you may be excluded from consideration for this job. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment

If found minimally qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview.

BENEFITS

DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include: flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers. DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities. For more information, go to www.dhs.gov/careers and select “benefits.”

REQUIRED MATERIALS

  1. Resume
  2. Unofficial or official academic transcripts. For verification purposes, the transcript submitted must include your name. Please visit http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html for more information about foreign education.
  3. NSEP Letter of Certification
  4. SF-50 or similar document (only required for current or former federal employees)
  5. DD-214/SF-15 (See Veterans section above for more information)
  6. Service Agreement Report submitted via NSEPnet (this requirement is optional if you have submitted a SAR within the past 30 days)

NSEP Letter of Certification

An NSEP Letter of Certification must be included in your application package. You can request a letter of certification through the homepage of your NSEPnet account.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

These applications are due by 5:00 PM Eastern Time on the application close date indicated above. Failure to follow the application instructions may result in rejection of your application.

As these applications will be passed on to a number of individuals throughout the hiring agency, cover letters should be tailored to the position and generically addressed to the division mentioned above.

Resume and Supporting Materials

You will need to email your application by using the mail tool in NSEPnet. Your application materials must be combined into one PDF file. The order of your documents within the PDF must mirror the order listed in the Required Materials section. Please name the file:

LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME_IA

For example, the applicant John Smith would submit an application titled Smith_John_IA.If you are unable to save Microsoft Word documents in PDF format, or are unable to combine your documents into a single PDF document, several third-party PDF conversion and combination tools exist online. Perform an internet search for "converting Word documents to PDF" or "merging PDF files" to find these tools.

To use NSEPnet Mail you will need to login to https://www.nsepnet.org. The link to NSEPnet Mail is in the top right corner of the homepage. If you cannot login or do not remember your login credentials, please use the Forgot Username tool at https://nsepnet.org/ForgotUsername.aspx or the Forgot Password tool at https://nsepnet.org/ForgotPassword.aspx.

From the NSEPnet mail tool, enter [AleiaMaculam] (brackets included) in the To: field. The subject line for this email must be as follows:

DHS-CIS-082018-268

If you cannot attach a PDF document, please first try using Microsoft Internet Explorer. If attaching your documents fails in Internet Explorer, download the latest version of your internet browser and retry the attachment process.

HIRING AUTHORITY

USCIS will utilize 50 U.S.C. ¤ 1902(k) to make appointment to this position in the excepted service. If your performance is satisfactory, you may be converted to a permanent position with the agency.

FEATURED JOB: Persian Farsi Social Media Analyst at COLSA (federal contractor)

Job Title: Persian Farsi Social Media Analyst (Heritage Speaker)
Company: COLSA
Salary Range: Competitive
Application Close Date: :10/01/2018
Duty Locations: Tampa, FL

Position Summary/Duties

COLSA Corporation is currently seeking experienced candidates for a Persian Farsi Social Media Analyst position. This position requires Persian Farsi written communication skills, as well as strong English communication and writing skills, and the ability to write and edit reports.

**This position will require participation in 24/7 on-call work schedules as per customer direction and the candidate selected must be willing and able to work those hours as needed. Participation in both normal business hours and on-call schedules will rotate based on client-driven requirements. **

The selected applicant will read, analyze, and draft communications regarding regional and ideological discussions in specified foreign language media environments. The analyst will develop and maintain close familiarity with designated regional issues and be able to draw upon publicly available online information resources. The analyst will analyze current media statements or postings to predict trends and identify key communicators. The analyst will demonstrate high-level reading and writing capability in the assigned language, incorporate custom social media solutions to understand online environments and communicate trends effectively. The analyst may assist in operations planning. Working knowledge of online social media and different technologies is required. The analyst will keep documentation such as notes, informative papers, and/or white papers written in English. Some travel may be required.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree or higher, preferably in related field or equivalent experience
  • Minimum of 0-5 years of related experience.
  • Prior experience performing media analysis, open source research, etc.
  • Persian Farsi communication and writing skills
  • Knowledge of regional politics, militant/extremists groups, current affairs, etc
  • Strong English communication and writing skills.
  • Demonstrated experience (personal or professional) using social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter
  • Aptitude to learn and utilize new software capabilities.
  • US Citizenship required. Candidate must be able to obtain and maintain a DoD clearance
  • Preferred Qualifications

    • DoD clearance
    • Native English speaker

  • Security Clearance

    • Applicant selected will be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. Following a Conditional Offer of Employment (COE), selectee must undergo a background investigation for a SECRET security clearance.

    Required Materials

    1. Resume
    2. Cover letter

    Application Instructions

    Candidates must apply online by visiting: https://colsa-openhire.silkroad.com/epostings/index.cfm?fuseaction=app.jobinfo&jobid=3019&source=NSEPProgram

    FEATURED JOB: Arabic Social Media Analyst at COLSA (federal contractor)

    Job Title: Arabic Social Media Analyst(Heritage Speaker)
    Company: COLSA
    Salary Range: Competitive
    Application Close Date: :10/01/2018
    Duty Locations: Tampa, FL

    Position Summary/Duties

    COLSA Corporation is currently seeking candidates for an Arabic Social Media Analyst position. This position requires Arabic reading and writing communication skills, as well as strong English communication and writing skills, and the ability to write and edit reports.

    **This position will require participation in 24/7 on-call work schedules as per customer direction and the candidate selected must be willing and able to work those hours as needed. Participation in both normal business hours and on-call schedules will rotate based on client-driven requirements. **

    The selected applicant will read, analyze, and draft communications regarding regional and ideological discussions in specified foreign language media environments. The analyst will develop and maintain close familiarity with designated regional issues and be able to draw upon publicly available online information resources. The analyst will analyze current media statements or postings to predict trends and identify key communicators. The analyst will demonstrate high-level reading and writing capability in the assigned language, incorporate custom social media solutions to understand online environments and communicate trends effectively. The analyst may assist in operations planning. Working knowledge of online social media and different technologies is required. The analyst will keep documentation such as notes, informative papers, and/or white papers written in English. Some travel may be required.

    Qualifications

    • Bachelor's degree or higher, preferably in related field or equivalent experience
    • Minimum of 0-5 years of related experience.
    • Prior experience performing media analysis, open source research, etc.
    • Arabic reading and writing skills
    • Knowledge of regional politics, militant/extremists groups, current affairs, etc
    • Strong English communication and writing skills.
    • Demonstrated experience (personal or professional) using social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter
    • Aptitude to learn and utilize new software capabilities.
    • US Citizenship required. Candidate must be able to obtain and maintain a DoD clearance
  • Preferred Qualifications

    • DoD clearance

  • Security Clearance

    • Applicant selected will be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. Following a Conditional Offer of Employment (COE), selectee must undergo a background investigation for a SECRET security clearance.

    Required Materials

    1. Resume
    2. Cover letter

    Application Instructions

    Candidates must apply online by visiting: https://colsa-openhire.silkroad.com/epostings/index.cfm?fuseaction=app.jobinfo&jobid=3020&source=NSEPProgram

    EXCLUSIVE JOB: Immigration Services Officer at the Department of Homeland Security

    Job Title: Immigration Services Officer, Level Two
    Department: Department of Homeland Security
    Agency: US Citizenship and Immigration Services
    Salary Range: $51,944.00 to $97,927.00 / Per Year
    Series & Grade: GS-1801-09/11/12
    Promotion Potential: GS-12
    Application Close Date: Wednesday, August 22, 2018 (5:00 PM Eastern Time)
    Duty Locations: Harlingen, TX; San Antonio, TX; El Paso, TX (list duty location preference in cover letter)
    Who May Be Considered: NSEP award recipients who have not completed the service requirement in full.

    POSITION SUMMARY/OFFICE DESCRIPTION

    Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career? If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling. DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services secures America's promise as a nation of immigrants by providing accurate and useful information to our customers, granting immigration and citizenship benefits, promoting an awareness and understanding of citizenship, and ensuring the integrity of our immigration system. Visit us at www.uscis.gov.

    Every day, our Immigration Services Officers independently research, interpret and analyze an extensive spectrum of sources in order to accurately adjudicate immigration benefits and petitions.

    POSITION DUTIES

    As an Immigration Services Officer, you will:

    • Grant or deny complex and highly sensitive applications and petitions for immigration benefits based on electronic or paper applications/petitions.
    • Research, interpret and apply appropriate statutes, regulations, and precedent decisions to make adjudicative decisions.
    • Interview applicants and petitioners to elicit statements, assess credibility, and analyze information to identify facts that form the basis for a decision concerning eligibility for immigration benefits.
    • Conduct security checks and provide assistance to Federal law enforcement agencies to identify individuals who are ineligible for immigration benefits due to national security, public safety, or other legal grounds.
    • Use electronic systems to provide verification of any number of established data points to make adjudicative decisions, determine appropriate level of adjudicative review, and update databases with appropriate information and decisions.

    The duties described are for the full-performance level. At developmental grade levels, assignments will be of more limited scope, performed with less independence, and limited complexity.

    Travel Required

    • Not Required.

    Relocation Authorized

    • No.

    REQUIREMENTS

    • You must be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. National to apply for this position
    • Successfully pass a Background Investigation including financial disclosure
    • You must pass a drug screening
    • Meet relevant experience and/or education requirements
    • You must submit resume and supporting documentation
    • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered with the Selective Service

    RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT

    There is a residency requirement for all applicants not currently employed by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. This residency requirement states that candidates must have, for three of the last five years immediately prior to applying for this position; (1) resided in the United States; OR (2) worked for the United States Government as an employee overseas in a Federal or Military capacity, OR (3) been a dependent of a U.S. Federal or Military employee serving overseas.

    QUALIFICATIONS

    GS-09 You qualify at the GS-09 level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience, equivalent to at least the GS-07 level in the federal government, which has equipped you with the skills needed to successfully perform the duties of the position. You must have experience performing the following duties:

    • Assisting individuals applying for immigration benefits that included analyzing documents for authenticity; Researching and analyzing appropriate information; Interpreting and applying immigration laws, policies and procedures. OR
    • You may substitute a Master's degree or two full years of graduate education leading to such a degree in any field, or a J.D. or L.L.B. degree for experience required at the GS-09 grade level. Such education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of this position. Check with your school to determine how many credit hours comprise two years of graduate education. If that information is not available, use 36 semester or 54 quarter hours.

    GS-11: You qualify at the GS-11 level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience, equivalent to at least the GS-09 level in the federal government, which has equipped you with the skills needed to successfully perform the duties of the position. You must have experience performing the following duties:

    • Making final determinations on non-sensitive, routine immigration matters related to the Immigration and Nationality Act, or representing applicants on non-sensitive, routine hearing or appeal requests involving immigration matters, that included determining applicant credibility, analyzing evidence, and applying statutory requirements, regulations, judicial and administrative precedents. OR
    • You may substitute a doctoral degree (PhD or equivalent degree) or three full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree in any field, or L.L.M. if related for experience at the GS-11 grade level or such education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of this position. Check with your school to determine how many credit hours comprise three years of graduate study. If that information is not available, use 54 semester or 81 quarter hours.

    GS-12: In addition to the requirements at the lower grade level(s), you qualify at the GS-12 level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience, equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in the federal government, which has equipped you with the skills needed to successfully perform the duties of the position. You must have experience performing the following duties:

    • Making final determinations on sensitive, complex immigration cases involving eligibility for citizenship and immigration benefits, or preparing legal briefs or other written memoranda that advocate for a determination in complex hearing or appeal cases.
    • Writing final determinations with legal analysis to support decisions.
    • Independently analyzing immigration laws, policies, and precedent decisions.
    • Analyzing information and documents to determine credibility and eligibility.

    Federal Experience

    If you are using current or prior federal experience as a basis for qualifying for this position, the grade levels and length of employment (mm/dd/year) at each grade level must be listed in your work history. This information will be further validated if selected for this position.

    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 criteria 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 service.

    COMBINING QUALIFYING EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION:

    If you do not qualify based on experience or education alone, you may be able to qualify based on a combination of your experience and education. For more information on combining education and experience, visit the following website: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/IORs/gs1800/1801a.htm

    Probationary Period:

    You may be required to serve a probationary period of 1 year.The qualifications for this position must be met by 11:59pm (Eastern Time) on the closing date of this announcement.

    Training:

    If you have not already done so, you will be required to attend a residential USCIS Officer training course. This technical training must be successfully completed according to the standards of the agency. Failure to do so will be grounds for mandatory removal from the position. Such failure will result in either reassignment to a different position, demotion or separation by appropriate procedures.

    SECURITY CLEARANCE

    Following a Conditional Offer of Employment (COE), selectee must undergo a background investigation for a Public Trust - Background Investigation security clearance.

    REQUIRED APPLICATION MATERIALS

    1. Resume
    2. Cover letter (Please state duty location preference)
    3. Official or official academic transcripts
    4. NSEP Letter of Certification (this letter can be requested through your NSEPnet account)
    5. SF-50 or similar document (only required for current or former federal employees)
    6. DD-214 (only required for veterans or active duty military)

    HOW TO APPLY

    Your application is due by 5:00 PM Eastern Time on the application close date indicated above. Failure to follow the application instructions may result in rejection of your application. As these applications will be passed on to a number of individuals throughout the hiring agency, cover letters should be tailored to the position and generically addressed to the division mentioned above.

    You will need to email your application by using the mail tool in NSEPnet. Your application materials must be combined into one PDF file. The order of your documents within the PDF must mirror the order listed in the Required Materials section (i.e. resume first, cover letter second, transcript third, etc.) Please name the file:

    LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME_ISO2

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    From the NSEPnet mail tool, enter [AleiaMaculam] (brackets included) in the To: field. The subject line for this email must be as follows:

    DHS-CIS-042018-242

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    SF-50 and DD-214

    If you are a current or former federal employee, you will need to include your SF-50 (or similar document proving federal employment) in your application. If you are a veteran or active duty member of the U.S. military, you will need to include a DD-214 in your application.

    Letter of Certification

    You can request an NSEP Letter of Certification by completing the letter request form on NSEPnet.org. You can access this form by clicking on the associated link on the NSEPnet.org homepage. The letter will be emailed to you so that you can include it in your application.

    HIRING AUTHORITY

    The Department of Homeland Security will utilize special hiring authorities (located at Schedule A and 50 U.S. Code §1902) afforded to all NSEP award recipients with active service requirements to make appointments to this position in the excepted service.

    FEATURED JOB: French Social Media Analyst at COLSA (federal contractor)

    Job Title: French Social Media Analyst
    Company: COLSA
    Salary Range: Competitive
    Application Close Date: :10/01/2018
    Duty Locations: Tampa, FL

    Position Summary/Duties

    COLSA Corporation is currently seeking candidates for French Social Media Analyst positions in Tampa, FL to support AFRICOM.

    **This position will require participation in 24/7 on-call work schedules as per customer direction and the candidate selected must be willing and able to work those hours as needed. Participation in both normal business hours and on-call schedules will rotate based on client-driven requirements. **

    The selected applicant will read, analyze, and draft communications regarding regional and ideological discussions in specified foreign language media environments. The analyst will develop and maintain close familiarity with designated regional issues and be able to draw upon publicly available online information resources. The analyst will analyze current media statements or postings to predict trends and identify key communicators. The analyst will demonstrate high-level reading and writing capability in the assigned language, incorporate custom social media solutions to understand online environments and communicate trends effectively. The analyst may assist in operations planning. Working knowledge of online social media and different technologies is required. The analyst will keep documentation such as notes, informative papers, and/or white papers written in English. Some travel may be required.

    Qualifications

    • Bachelor's degree or higher, preferably in related field, military intelligence training or equivalent experience
    • Minimum of 0-5 years of related experience
    • Native-level proficiency in French
    • Immersion in French culture
    • Outstanding English communication and writing skills.
    • Working knowledge of desktop applications, world-wide-web, etc.
    • Demonstrated use (professionally or personally) of social media platforms
    • Aptitude to learn and utilize new software capabilities
    • Proficiency in foreign language(s) and/or intercultural communications
    • US Citizenship required. Must be able to obtain and maintain a DoD clearance.

    Preferred Qualifications

    • • Experience in or directly applicable to MISO and/or open source/social media analysis and reporting.

    Security Clearance

    • Applicant selected will be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. Following a Conditional Offer of Employment (COE), selectee must undergo a background investigation for a SECRET security clearance.

    Required Materials

    1. Resume
    2. Cover letter

    Application Instructions

    Candidates must apply online by visiting: https://colsa-openhire.silkroad.com/epostings/index.cfm?fuseaction=app.jobinfo&jobid=3012&source=NSEPProgram

    FEATURED JOB: IT Specialist at the U.S. International Trade Commission

    Job Title: IT Specialist (APPSW) - SharePoint Administrator/Web Developer
    Agency: U.S. International Trade Commission
    Salary Range: $96,970 to $148,967 per year
    Series & Grade: GS-13-14
    Application Close Date: August 14, 2018 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time
    Duty Locations: Washington, DC

    POSITION SUMMARY

    This position is located in the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO)/Systems Engineering Division. As a SharePoint Administrator, the incumbent supports the implementation, maintenance and administration of the agency's SharePoint content management platform and supports the maintenance and administration of other content management systems (e.g., Drupal) used by the agency, as needed.

    POSITION DUTIES

    Ensures the optimal implementation, maintenance and administration of the agency's SharePoint content management platform and supports the maintenance and administration of other content management systems (e.g., Drupal).

    Designs, develops and maintains web-based applications using higher level computer languages, frameworks and software packages.

    Leads software projects, being responsible for all aspects of a project's end-to-end technical implementation, and provides software engineering guidance, support and coordination to customers and IT project teams. ,p>Researches and evaluates new technologies, as needed, to determine their feasibility and value for use within the portfolio.

    HOW TO APPLY

    For more information and to apply, please see the following: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/506560800
    FEATURED JOB: Intelligence Collection Analyst (Arabic, French, Urdu, Malay) at COLSA Global

    Job Title: Intelligence Collection Analyst (Arabic, French, Urdu, or Malay)
    Company: COLSA Global
    Government Contract Funder: DoD
    Application Close Date: :10/01/2018
    Duty Locations: Huntsville, AL or Remote

    Position Summary/Duties

    COLSA Global Corp, a subsidiary of COLSA Corporation, is seeking an Intelligence Collection Analyst for the Open Source Monitoring and Analysis Managed Service Contract located in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). This is a proposal effort with anticipated award in August/September.

    Principal Duties and Responsibilities of this position include:

    • Serve as an analyst or team leader supporting or managing the collection of information enabling research, analysis (in a foreign language), and assessment of information from a variety of open sources of information
    • Coordinating and collaborating with other analysts

    Required Experience

    • Experience discovering and conducting research of journals, papers, and other material available on the Internet or other sources (strong academic experience is acceptable)
    • Native-speaker or equivalent language skills in Arabic, French, Urdu, Malay (other languages may be acceptable)
    • Skills in Microsoft Office and other basic computer tools
    • Experience with database search techniques

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Experience working with teams of researchers or analysts in an intelligence or academic organization
    • Familiarity with the Intelligence Cycle and intelligence analysis standards and tradecraft

    Security Clearance

    Following a Conditional Offer of Employment (COE), selectee must undergo a background investigation for a SECRET security clearance.

    Position Type

    Full-Time, some second and third shift and weekend work

    Required Materials

    1. Resume
    2. Cover letter

    Application Instructions

    To apply for this job, please send an email with your resume and cover letter to jobs@colsa-global.com. Please include the position you wish to apply for in the subject line.

    FEATURED JOB: Intelligence Analyst (Arabic, French, Urdu, Malay) at COLSA Global

    Job Title: Intelligence Analyst (Arabic, French, Urdu, or Malay)
    Company: COLSA Global
    Government Contract Funder: DoD
    Application Close Date: :10/01/2018
    Duty Locations: Huntsville, AL or Remote

    Position Summary/Duties

    COLSA Global Corp, a subsidiary of COLSA Corporation, is seeking an Intelligence Analyst for the Open Source Monitoring and Analysis Managed Service Contract located in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). This is a proposal effort with anticipated award in August/September.

    Principal Duties and Responsibilities of this position include:

    • Performing research, analysis (in a foreign language), and assessment of information from a variety of open sources of information
    • Writing a variety of reports describing assessments
    • Coordinating and collaborating with other analysts

    Required Experience

    • Experience discovering and conducting research of journals, papers, and other material available on the Internet or other sources (strong academic experience is acceptable)
    • Native-speaker or equivalent language skills in Arabic, French, Urdu, Malay (other languages may be acceptable)
    • Skills in Microsoft Office and other basic computer tools

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Familiarity with the Intelligence Cycle and intelligence analysis standards and tradecraft
    • Experience leading teams of researchers or analysts in an intelligence or academic organization

    Security Clearance

    Following a Conditional Offer of Employment (COE), selectee must undergo a background investigation for a SECRET security clearance.

    Position Type

    Full-Time, some second and third shift and weekend work

    Required Materials

    1. Resume
    2. Cover letter

    Application Instructions

    To apply for this job, please send an email with your resume and cover letter to jobs@colsa-global.com. Please include the position you wish to apply for in the subject line.

    FEATURED JOB: Senior Intelligence Analyst (Arabic, French, Urdu, Malay) at COLSA Global

    Job Title: Senior Intelligence Analyst (Arabic, French, Urdu, or Malay)
    Company: COLSA Global
    Government Contract Funder: DoD
    Application Close Date: :10/01/2018
    Duty Locations: Huntsville, AL or Remote

    Position Summary/Duties

    COLSA Global Corp, a subsidiary of COLSA Corporation, is seeking a Senior Intelligence Analyst for the Open Source Monitoring and Analysis Managed Service Contract located in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). This is a proposal effort with anticipated award in August/September.

    Principal Duties and Responsibilities of this position include:

    • Leading and performing research, analysis (in a foreign language), and assessment of information from a variety of open sources of information
    • Writing, reviewing, and editing a variety of reports describing assessments
    • Coordinating and collaborating with other analysts

    Required Experience

    • Experience discovering and conducting research of journals, papers, and other material available on the Internet or other sources (strong academic experience is acceptable)
    • Native-speaker or equivalent language skills in Arabic, French, Urdu, Malay (other languages may be acceptable)
    • Skills in Microsoft Office and other basic computer tools

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Familiarity with the Intelligence Cycle and intelligence analysis standards and tradecraft
    • Experience leading teams of researchers or analysts in an intelligence or academic organization

    Security Clearance

    Following a Conditional Offer of Employment (COE), selectee must undergo a background investigation for a SECRET security clearance.

    Position Type

    Full-Time, some second and third shift and weekend work

    Required Materials

    1. Resume
    2. Cover letter

    Application Instructions

    To apply for this job, please send an email with your resume and cover letter to jobs@colsa-global.com. Please include the position you wish to apply for in the subject line.

    FEATURED: Internship (Chinese Language Skills) at the Long Term Strategy Group

    Job Title: Intern (Chinese language skills)
    Company: Long Term Strategy Group
    Office: Washington, DC Office
    Application Close Date: August 10, 2018 (5:00 PM Eastern Time); applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the close date, but candidates should apply as soon as possible.
    Salary Range: Stipend, commensurate with experience

    POSITION SUMMARY AND DUTIES

    LTSG, a Washington, DC-based defense research firm, is seeking candidates with Chinese (Mandarin) language skills for its term-time internship program. Requirements for the position include previous research experience, interest in military affairs and international relations, and the ability to work well on teams, as well as a desire to provide input to analysis that will reach decision-makers across a range of US defense and intelligence agencies.

    Term-time interns have the opportunity to work closely with LTSG’s senior staff – including intelligence community associates and faculty members from the world’s leading research institutions – to carry out studies analyzing socio-cultural, political, military, and economic issues of interest to government clients. Typical tasks include data collection and content review and analysis of foreign media, professional journals and books, and literary sources.

    Successful candidates will be dedicated to national service, comfortable in an intellectually challenging environment, able to manage multiple deadlines at once, and at ease applying a detail-oriented approach to the collation of data and information and the production of deliverables. Former LTSG interns have gone on to full time roles at LTSG as well as research positions at prominent think tanks, top-tier graduate programs, and posts within the US government.

    QUALIFICATIONS

    • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program with a record of academic achievement – all fields considered
    • Fluency in Mandarin
    • Research experience
    • Interest in military affairs and international relations

    SECURITY CLEARANCE

    Selectee will not need to obtain a security clearance.

    REQUIRED MATERIALS

    1. Resume/CV
    2. Cover Letter
    3. Writing sample (5 to 20 pages)

    APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

    These applications are due by 5:00 PM Eastern Time on the application close date indicated above. Failure to follow the application instructions may result in rejection of your application.

    Resume and Supporting Materials

    You will need to email your application by using the mail tool in NSEPnet. Your application materials must be combined into one PDF file. The order of your documents within the PDF must mirror the order listed in the Required Materials section. Please name the file:

    LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME_LTSG

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    From the NSEPnet mail tool, enter [AleiaMaculam] (brackets included) in the To: field. The subject line for this email must be as follows:

    LTSG Internship 2018

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