s and Border Protection Supervisory Border Patrol Agent (Associate Chief) in Washington, District Of Columbia20044

Job Overview

Job Overview

About the Agency

Customs & Border Protection (CBP): Securing America's Borders

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.

Discover a challenging and rewarding career with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the sole organization responsible for securing the nation's borders. At CBP, we:

  • Secure and facilitate trade and travel while enforcing hundreds of U.S. regulations, including immigration and drug laws
  • Screen passengers, vehicles, and shipments entering our country
  • Seize illegal narcotics, vehicles, and agricultural products
  • Prevent unauthorized entry into the country
  • Rescue individuals who fall into dangerous conditions traversing our border For more information about CBP's mission, activities, and careers see www.cbp.gov.

Who May Apply:

  • Current U.S. Customs & Border Protection employees with competitive status.
  • View common definitions of terms in this announcement. Organizational Location: This position is with the Department of Homeland Security, within U.S. Customs and Border Protection, United States Border Patrol Headquarters, Strategic Planning and Analysis Directorate, Policy, Washington, D.C.

This position will allow you to use your expertise to prevent the illegal entry of aliens into the United States by land, water, or air; enforce criminal provisions of the Immigration and Nationality laws; and seek out and apprehend smugglers or aliens who are in the United States illegally. The salary for this position starts at $131,767 (GS-15, Step 1). Apply for this exciting opportunity to strengthen the Department's ability to protect the homeland.

You will serve as a secondary law enforcement officer (under 5 U.S.C. 8331 (6C) and 8412 (d)). Your duties will include:

  • Planning and directing sector-wide programs that enforce immigration and nationality laws
  • Being accountable for the management, administration, and broad technical direction of Sector-wide operations
  • Directing and implementing all facets of the U.S. Border Patrol program related to the prevention of the illegal entry of aliens into the United States
  • Determining trends through studies of operations and developing information of a strategic nature to assist in future planning
  • Assisting and collaborating with other federal agencies and foreign governments in order to develop and implement sector operations consistent with Customs and Border Protection (CBP) policy
Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Overnight travel may be required on a regular and recurring basis
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • A PCS relocation benefit has been authorized

Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this position
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered with Selective Service
  • You may be required to pass a background investigation
  • You may be required to pass initial and random drug testing
  • You must be able to meet job-related medical and/or fitness standards
  • You may be required to pass a polygraph

Basic Qualification Requirements: The basic qualification requirements include experience in law enforcement or other responsible work that demonstrates the ability to make arrests and exercise sound judgment in the use of firearms; to deal effectively with individuals or persons in a courteous, tactful manner; and to analyze information rapidly and make prompt decisions.


GS-15:You qualify at the GS-15 level if you meet the basic qualification requirements and possess one year of specialized experience that includes providing managerial, technical and administrative direction and oversight for all Border Patrol related functions within an assigned area. This includes managing major components of operational programs and their appropriate support functions and directing the development of nationwide policy and program initiatives. This experience may also have been gained by developing, managing or directing operational policy or programs related to Border Patrol operations.

Language Requirement: Must be proficient in the Spanish language (i.e., able to speak and read in Spanish).

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.

You must:

  • Meet all qualification requirements, subject to verification at any stage of the application process; and
  • Meet all applicable Time in Grade requirements (current federal employees must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade or equivalent grade band in the federal service) by 06/30/2017. 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.

Background Investigation: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is a federal law enforcement agency that requires all applicants to undergo a thorough background investigation prior to employment in order to promote the agency's core values of vigilance, service to country, and integrity. During the screening and/or background investigation process, you will be asked questions regarding any felony criminal convictions or current felony charges, the use of illegal drugs (e.g., marijuana, cocaine, heroin, LSD, methamphetamines, ecstasy), and the use of non-prescribed controlled substances including any experimentation, possession, sale, receipt, manufacture, cultivation, production, transfer, shipping, trafficking, or distribution of controlled substances. For more information visit this link.

Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) Eligibles: If you have never worked for the Federal Government, you are not CTAP eligible. Information about CTAP eligibility can be found here. To be considered well qualified under CTAP, you must possess the knowledge, skills and abilities and/or competencies clearly exceeding the minimum requirements of the position. This will be measured by a score of 85 or higher. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed in the "Required Documents" section of this announcement.

This is a Non-Bargaining Unit Status Position.

Mobility Agreement: If selected for this position, you will be required to sign a mobility agreement.

Promotion Eligibility Rules as of October 1, 2013 (Directive No. 51332-022B):

  • Candidates for this GS-15 supervisory/managerial position must have held a GS-14 supervisory or manager position other than the GS-14 Watch Commander or Training Operation Supervisor position.
  • The above requirement does not apply if you currently hold or previously held a permanent supervisory or managerial GS-15 position. Law Enforcement Retirement: This position qualifies for law enforcement retirement. For more information on required years of service and retirement age, refer to the following link: http://cbpnet/xp/cbpnet/hrm/hrprof/staffing/maximumage.xml

For additional information on when an employee continues or discontinues coverage under the special retirement system for law enforcement officers, please see the CSRS and FERS handbook, Chapter 46, pages 12-13. https://www.opm.gov/asd/hod/pdf/C046.pdf.

Motor Vehicle Operation: You must have a valid automobile driver's license at the time of appointment.

Firearms Requirement: You will be required to carry a firearm while on duty. Anyone who has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence cannot lawfully possess a firearm or ammunition (Title 18, U.S.C. Section 922 (g) (9)). Candidates will be required to certify whether they have ever been convicted of such an offense.

Physical and Medical Requirements: Because the duties of the position are of a strenuous nature and require a high degree of interaction and responsibility to the public, you must undergo and successfully pass our medical screening process. We will schedule, provide and pay for the required basic medical examination. For more information, go to https://www.cbp.gov/careers/frontline-careers/cbpo/app-proc.

Shift Work/Overtime:This position requires regular and recurring shift work. You must be willing and available to work rotating shifts. You may also be rotated between assignments and duty locations. You could be required to work overtime on a daily basis and will be compensated up to an additional 25% of your base pay in accordance with the Border Patrol Agent Pay Reform Act of 2014.

Uniforms:This position requires you to wear an officially-approved uniform while in duty status.

Security Clearance: You may be required to obtain a Secret or higher level clearance for this position.

Supervisory Training: All newly appointed, permanent GS-15s are required to complete mandatory training. The training will be scheduled by the Office of Training and Development within the first 90 days of appointment. The duration of the training will include CBPLI 5 weeks of in residence training in Harpers Ferry, WV. Note: This training may be waived if previously completed.

You will be asked to identify the sections of your resume that correspond to experiences you report in the assessment questionnaire for the following questions:

  • Do you have experience providing management and direction over organizational components engaged in enforcement and/or compliance activities as they relate to the Border Patrol mission?
  • Indicate the extent of your experience in improving the efficiency and quality of the work performed.
  • Select the choice which best describes your ability to establish and maintain effective working relations outside of the organization, monitor public relations, and build support for ideas and initiatives with the public.
  • Indicate the extent to which you have identified the impact and implications of alternative decisions on the program or organization.
  • Indicate the extent of your experience in building support for ideas and initiatives with key stakeholders inside and outside the organization.
Security Clearance


Additional Information

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

The open period for this job opportunity announcement may be extended to allow for a sufficient applicant pool.

Once the job opportunity announcement has closed, we will assess your experience and training, identify the best qualified applicants, and refer those applications to the hiring manager for further consideration and interviews. You will be notified by email after each of these steps has been completed. Stay informed of changes to your application status by signing up for automatic email alerts with your USAJOBS account. If you are referred, you will receive a final notification of the disposition of the announcement. We expect to make a tentative job offer within 60 days after the close of the announcement. If you are selected, we may conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

One or more selections may be made using this job opportunity announcement. Further selections may also be made for additional organizational divisions and/or units within the duty location(s) listed above.

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.

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.


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Other Information

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 visit this link. Disabled veteran leave will be available to any Federal employee hired on or after November 5, 2016, who is a veteran with a service-connected disability rating of 30 percent or more.

Polygraph Examination: The Supervisory Border Patrol Agent (Associate Chief) position is a polygraph-required position. If you are not a current CBP employee in a law enforcement position, you may be required to take a polygraph exam and have favorable results in order to continue in the pre-employment process. Please see Polygraph Examination.

Polygraph Reciprocity:CBP may accept the results of a prior federal polygraph exam in lieu of a CBP polygraph exam. You will receive information to request reciprocity in your Background Investigation Package.

Polygraph Waiver:Certain veterans may be eligible to obtain a polygraph waiver. You will receive information to request a waiver in your Background Investigation Package.

CBP 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.

Every individual receives a fair opportunity throughout the federal recruitment and hiring process. Learn more here.

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/472210900. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Salary Range: $131,767.00 to $161,900.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-1896-15/15

Promotion Potential: 15

Supervisory Status: Yes

Who May Apply: Current U.S. Customs and Border Protection employees with competitive status

Control Number: 472210900

Job Announcement Number: USBP-IMP-10017660-SMS