Mission Support Specialist Adedapo
Job Title: Mission Support Specialist
Location: Enterprise Services Directorate, Washington, D.C.
Mission Support Specialists in the Enterprise Services Directorate front office are responsible for coordinating and performing a variety of administrative and management services. These include human resources management, facilities, training, continuity of operations and property inventory.
Tell us about yourself
I enjoy spending time with my wife, son, family and friends. I have a passion for sports, helping people and traveling. I have traveled extensively in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Europe.
What brought you to USCIS?
I became a United States citizen in 2006. After attending my swearing in ceremony at the Atlanta Field Office, I developed a passion for the USCIS mission.
Upon completing my second degree, I worked as a psychometrist conducting psychological evaluations at the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice as a contractor. In 2007, I moved to Maryland with my wife and began working as a residential adviser for the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services.
In 2008, a position for Mission Support Specialist was posted in USAJOBS; I applied and got an interview. There were several candidates for the position, but I was hired to join the Records Division, Mission Support Branch, in July 2008. As a Mission Support Specialist, I serve as the emergency preparedness coordinator, workers compensation coordinator, property custodian and local security officer, among other collateral duties.
Being an immigrant myself, I have had the opportunity to meet and work with a variety of co-workers who have passed through the immigration process in the United States. It makes me feel at home knowing that we have such a diverse workforce.
Can you describe an experience that really brought your career with USCIS to life?
A month after I was hired, I applied for a refugee processing detail to Accra, Ghana. Although my country of birth is a one-hour flight to the capital of Ghana, I have never traveled to that country. I also had the opportunity to support the Mae Sot, Thailand, refugee processing team.
USCIS takes pride in its employees’ development. I have also had the opportunity to complete different mission-critical and professional development training. This training has assisted me with developing skills and knowledge for my present position and future career goals.