CBP Attache

U.S. Customs and Border Protection
  • Location
    Rome, Italy
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Jun 12

Position description

This position will allow you to use your expertise to prevent 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. Apply for this exciting opportunity to strengthen the Department's ability to protect the homeland.

This position starts at a salary of $105,123 (GS-15, Step 1) to 136,659 (GS-15, Step 10).

  • Ensuring that mission personnel are kept abreast of all new and potentially adverse situations pertaining to CBP operations and operations enforced by the Department of Homeland Security and other Federal law enforcement agencies;
  • Serving as the senior CBP official and Commissioner's representative on all CBP engagements with host country;
  • Coordinating and integrating programs that screen cargo, conveyances and people who seek entry;
  • Serving as liaison with host country officials by coordinating technical assistance, fostering secure trade and travel facilitation, and strengthening border authority principles; and
  • Serving as advisor to the Chief of Mission on CBP engagement with host country officials.

Travel Required

50% or less - You may be required to travel up to 25% of the time.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential



Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this position
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered with Selective Service
  • Primary U.S. residency for the last three years (additional details below)
  • You may be required to pass a background investigation and/or polygraph
  • You may be required to pass initial and random drug testing


You qualify for the GS-15 level if you possess one year of specialized experience at the GS-14 level or equivalent performing duties such as:

  • Providing technical assistance and training to host country in border security operations;
  • Planning, organizing, and administering CBP activities throughout the foreign Area of Responsibility (AOR);
  • Developing cooperative agreements and participating in international organizations; and
  • Conducting and directing collateral operations for components of CBP.

Applicants will only be considered for the Eligibilities for which they claim (and provide supporting documentation) based on the responses provided in the job questionnaire: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10197327 

Competencies: The following required competencies must be addressed in your resume:

  • Leading Others: Inspires, motivates, and guides others toward goal accomplishment; ensures that staff members are appropriately selected, utilized, and appraised; develops others through coaching and mentoring; identifies and takes steps to prevent situations that could result in unpleasant confrontations; manages and resolves conflicts and disagreements in a positive and constructive manner; identifies training needs; provides constructive reinforcement; coaches others on how to perform tasks; acts as a source of information.
  • Team Building: Consistently develops and sustains cooperative working relationships in all aspects of the job; encourages and facilitates cooperation within the agency and between the agency and other organizations; fosters commitment, pride, trust, and group identity.
  • Performance and Results Management: Takes steps to achieve quality end products; is committed to continuous improvement; ensures that effective controls are in place; holds self and others accountable for meeting expectations; coordinates with other parts of the organization to accomplish goals; develops short and long-range plans that are realistic and appropriately comprehensive; includes contingency plans, as appropriate; monitors and evaluates plans; determines material and human resource requirements and ensures that needed resources are available; focuses on results and on measuring attainment of outcomes.
  • Decision Making and Problem Solving: Identifies and analyzes problems; distinguishes between relevant and irrelevant information to make logical judgments; provides solutions to individual and organizational problems; draws correct inferences from available information to make sound and well-informed decisions.
  • Creativity and Innovation: Develops insights into situations and applies innovative solutions to make organizational improvements; creates a synthesis of information from many sources; designs and implements new or cutting-edge programs and processes.
  • Technical Credibility: Has mastery of the technical knowledge required to perform the job and the jobs of those supervised; knows where to find key information that does not need to be memorized; understands near-term and long-range plans and determines how best to run the program to achieve organizational goals.

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, including education if applicable to this position, 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 06/25/2018.

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.

Secondary CBPO Coverage: This position may be filled as a secondary position as provided under the special retirement provision of Public Law 110-161 for Customs and Border Protection Officers (CBPO). In order to be eligible for coverage under this special provision, the employee must meet the definition of a 'secondary' covered CBPO. A 'secondary' covered CBPO is defined as an employee who is directly transferred from a primary position to a supervisory, managerial or administrative position in DHS after performing work for at least 3 years in a CBP Officer, GS-1895; Customs Inspector, GS-1890; Immigration Inspector, GS-1816; and/or Canine Enforcement Officer, GS-1801 position whose duties included activities related to the arrival and departure of persons, conveyance and merchandise at a port of entry, and do not have a break in service of more than 3 days. An employee who has been continuously employed in a secondary position since moving directly from a primary position without a break in service exceeding 3 days is covered under the special provision. More information is available at http://cbpnet.cbp.dhs.gov/xp/cbpnet/hrm/retirement/new_cbpo_retirement_coverage/cbp_faqs.xml , by contacting the CBPO Retirement Coverage toll-free hotline at , or sending an email with questions to [email protected]

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 announcement may be used to fill a GS-15 position opening for one of two series (GS-1801 or GS-1896). This position will be filled on a time-limited basis for an initial period not-to-exceed two (2) years. At discretion of management, that assignment may be extended for an additional period up to a maximum of five (5) years. The incumbent may be returned at any time to his/her position, or to a position of equivalent grade and pay as the one from which previously assigned. This is an accompanied tour.

Return Rights: No later than 9 months prior to the completion of your tour of duty at a foreign duty station, you will submit a prioritized list of up to five (5) duty locations to which you prefer to be reassigned within the United States. This list may contain Ports/Areas, Field Operations Offices or a combination of both.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

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