This position is located in the Office of the Chief Immigration Judge. Executive Office for Immigration Review, U. S. Department of Justice. Incumbent serves as a Supervisory Interpreter in an Immigration Court. Immigration proceedings involve the admissibility and deportability of aliens. The incumbent functions as an interpreter and as a supervisor, and possibly as a supervisor of other Immigration Court interpreters.


    Duties include but are not limited to the following:

    • Supervises the Immigration Court interpreter staff within the designated Immigration Court.
    • Organizes and coordinates the staff's duties to promote efficient operation and orderly delivery of services.
    • Modifies assignments to meet changing needs within the organization.
    • Explains work requirements, methods, and procedures to interpreters, giving special instructions on difficult assignments and answering technical questions about work.
    • Coordinates the schedules of contract interpreters.
    • Performs the full range of court interpretation duties consisting in large part of consecutive and simultaneous interpretation.
    • Translates a wide variety of general, technical and legal material received by the Immigration Court and performs interpretation duties with a high degree of authority and independence.
    • Assists in developing and implementing a training program to maintain and enhance the skill of Immigration Court interpreters.
    • Assists OCIJ in processing the paperwork necessary to evaluate the performance of contract interpreters.
    • Reviews court calendars and determines the need to schedule contract and staff interpreters for hearings.
    • Requests additional interpreter services as required.
    • Interviews interpreter candidates and makes appointment recommendations.
    • Hears and resolves complaints from employees, referring group grievances and serious unresolved complaints to a higher-level supervisor.
    • Effects minor disciplinary measures, such as warnings and reprimands, and, in more serious cases, recommends disciplinary action to a higher-level supervisor.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

    1040 Language Specialist

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  • Requirements


    Conditions of Employment

    • You must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
    • You must complete a background investigation, credit check, and drug test.
    • Selective Service Registration is required, as applicable.
    • May be required to file a Financial Disclosure.
    • Salary payments must be by direct deposit to a financial institution.
    • One (1) year supervisory Probationary period will be required.
    • Moving and Relocation expenses are not authorized.
    • You must successfully pass a proficiency/interpreting examination (see Proficiency/Interpreting Examination below).


    In order to qualify for the Supervisory Interpreter (Spanish) position, you must meet the following minimum qualifications:

    GS-13: Must have at least one (1) year specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service performing duties related to: 1) Interpreting and translating a variety of topics in a court; 2) Overseeing the language services program of a court; 3) Supervising, directing, and/or leading the work of others. (Must be reflected in resume.)

    Selective Placement Factor : Must have one (1) year of experience performing the full range of consecutive and simultaneous interpretation from and into Spanish and English in a courtroom before a judge.

    Proficiency/Interpreting Examination: All applicants who meet the minimum qualifications and the selective placement factor will be tested for language proficiency in English and Spanish, their ability to interpret in the consecutive and simultaneous modes, and in sight translation, and, must obtain a minimum passing score of 70 on the test. The proficiency/interpreting test will be administered virtually or in-person by ICA Language Services. ICA will contact the applicants and will provide written test instructions and computer hardware/software requirements at the time of test scheduling.

    Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

    IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

    For more information on the qualifications for this position, click here .


    There is no education that is qualifying at this grade level.

    Additional information

    Conditions of Employment: Only U.S. Citizens or Nationals are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review. Dual citizens of the U.S. and another country will be considered on a case-by-case basis. All DOJ applicants, both U.S. citizens and non-citizens, whose job location is with the U.S., must meet the residency requirement. For a total of three (not necessarily consecutive years) of the five years immediately prior to applying for a position, the applicant must have: 1) resided in the U.S., 2) worked for the U.S. overseas in a Federal or military capacity; or 3) been a dependent of a Federal or military employee serving oversees.

    Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and (for scored examining) score 80 or better on established ranking criteria OR (for category rating criteria) rate equivalent to the Highly Qualified or better category using established category rating criteria and must submit proof of eligibility for the special selection priority. Additional information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility can be found by clicking here .

    EEO Statement
    Reasonable Accommodation Statement

    Veteran's Preference: If you are entitled to veterans preference, you should indicate the type of veteran preference you are claiming on your resume. In order to verify your veteran preference entitlement, please submit a copy of the Member Copy 4 of your DD-214; official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty. If you are a disabled veteran, a Purple Heart recipient or claiming military spouse preference, you must submit a Standard Form 15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans Preference.

    If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    Once the application process is complete, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job.

    Applicants applying under Delegated Examining (all U.S. citizens) procedures will be rated under DOJ's Category Rating and Selection Procedures. Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed in this announcement. If you meet the minimum qualifications, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the Occupational Questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your score may be lowered and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. If it is determined you meet minimum qualification requirements, your application will then be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for Veterans' Preference will receive selection priority over non-veteran preference eligibles. Candidates placed in the "Best Qualified" category will be identified for referral to the hiring manager for further review and consideration. Of the applicants who are referred, those who are determined to be the most qualified will be invited to participate in a language proficiency/interpreting examination.

    You will be rated based on the following knowledge, skills, abilities (KSAs) or competencies:

    • Leadership
    • Oral Communication
    • Problem Solving
    • Technical Competence
    • Writing

    In order to be rated as meeting the minimum qualifications, we must be able to determine from your application package that you have the education and/or specialized experience that is required. Applicants who have qualifying experience performed on less than a full-time basis must specify the percentage and length of time spent in performance of such duties.

    Your resume MUST contain your full name, address, phone number, and employment information such as:
    • Employer name and location for each position held.
    • From and to dates (or from date to present for current position), which include the month and year for each position held.
    • Grade level(s) held for each federal position.
    • Detailed descriptions of experience under each position held. (Applicants must provide specific supporting examples to show that they meet the qualifications of the position shown in the announcement).
    • Any submitted documents not required or requested for this vacancy will not be considered (i.e. training certificates, case filings, letter of recommendations, etc.).

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance


    Drug test required


    Position sensitivity and risk

    NCS/High Risk

    Trust determination process


  • Required Documents

    Required Documents

    To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package by the closing date of this announcement, which includes:
    1. Your Resume showing relevant experience; cover letter optional (Please see the How You Will Be Evaluated section)
    2. A complete Assessment Questionnaire
    3. Other supporting documents (submit if applicable to you):

    • CTAP/ICTAP documents
    • Veterans' documentation (DD-214 (Member 4 copy), dated VA Letter, SF-15)

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    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 .

    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.

  • Benefits


    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits .

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