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Treasury, Financial Crimes Enforcement Network Associate Director, Enforcement Division in Washington, District Of Columbia


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The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) is recruiting for the position of the Associate Director,Enforcement Division. FinCEN is a bureau of the Department of Treasury whose mission is to safeguard the financial system from illicit use and combat money laundering and promote national security through the collection, analysis, and dissemination of financial intelligence and strategic use of financial authorities.

The Associate Director conceptualizes and oversees implementation of enforcement strategies that have industry-wide, national, and/or international impact, including those related to national security.

The Associate Director develops and manages a sizeable staff of managers, investigators, and industry specialists, identifying objectives and setting division-wide practices for effectively evaluating and advancing a large caseload of diverse matters. Provides overall direction and strategic guidance on all enforcement cases.

The Associate Director directs the managers and staff in developing and implementing intelligence-driven targeting, developing and implementing investigative plans, applying facts to law, assessing the strength of investigation findings, and determining appropriate use of FinCEN authorities.

The Associate Director directs the staff in conceptualizing, planning, drafting, and editing FinCEN enforcement actions and supporting memoranda. Ensure that FinCEN enforcement actions and supporting memoranda are clear, consistent, concise, and accurate.

The Associate Director mentors subordinate managers in developing clear and consistent case review styles and techniques, ensuring that FinCEN enforcement actions and supporting memoranda are improved at each step of the process.

The Associate Director leads and oversees negotiations and other communication with targets of FinCEN enforcement actions and/or their legal counsel, including matters involving individuals, financial institutions, corporations, and foreign governments.

The Associate Director represents the U.S. Department of the Treasury and FinCEN in senior-level internal and interagency meetings developing strategies and operations related to the specific areas of responsibility of the division, including the coordination of examinations, investigations, and enforcement actions.

The Associate Director is responsible for effectively handling all personnel matters relating to the Division. These matters include, but are not limited to, annual evaluation, training and mentoring, developing performance standards and metrics, and evaluating employees.

The Associate Director provides input on technology and budget matters and make business case for resources.


Conditions of Employment

You must apply on-line through Hiring Mgmt. See the How to Apply section.

You must be a U.S. Citizen.

Drug testing is a condition of employment

subject to random drug screening

You must complete a 1-year SES probationary period.

You are required to participate in Direct Deposit for salary payment.

Each applicant is required to submit a separate narrative statement addressing all of the ECQ's. We recommend no more than two pages per ECQ. ECQ's should be uploaded along with your on-line application (see below under "How to Apply Info"). However, current members of the career SES, former career SES members with reinstatement eligibility, and OPM certified graduates of the SES candidate development program only need to address the PTQ's. PTQ's should be addressed through the on-line application process (see below under "How You Will Be Evaluated").


As a basic requirement for entry into the SES, you must provide evidence of progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior executive level management capability; and that is directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ's) and the Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQ's) listed under "How You Will Be Evaluated." Typically, experience of this nature will have been gained at or above the GS-15 grade level in the Federal service or its equivalent with state or local government, the private sector, or non-governmental organizations.

A. MANDATORY EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQ's): OPM has identified five ECQ's that are designed to assess executive experience and potential. The ECQ's measure whether an individual has the broad executive skills needed to succeed in the SES. The following elements will be used to evaluate each individual applicant's record of knowledge, skills, abilities, and potential to ensure that the applicant possesses sufficient breadth and depth of executive qualifications for entry into the career Senior Executive Service. The ECQ's emphasize such qualities as customer service, creativity, team building, partnership, and describe the leadership skills needed to succeed in the SES as well as reinforce the concept of an "SES corporate culture." ECQ 1 - LEADING CHANGE: This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment. ECQ 2 - LEADING PEOPLE: This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts. ECQ 3 - RESULTS DRIVEN: This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks. ECQ 4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. ECQ 5 - BUILDING COALITIONS: This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, and possibly foreign governments or international organizations to achieve common goals. FUNDAMENTAL COMPETENCIES: The following competencies are the foundation for success in each of the ECQ's: Interpersonal Skills, Oral Communication, Written Communication, Integrity/honesty, Continual Learning, and Public Service Motivation. PLEASE NOTE: Because the fundamental competencies are cross-cutting, they should be addressed over the complete ECQ narrative. It is not necessary to address them directly as long as the ECQ narrative, in its totality, shows mastery of these fundamental competencies overall. WRITING EFFECTIVE ECQ STATEMENTS: In writing your responses to the five ECQ's, please describe your achievements in lay terminology, free of jargon and excessive reliance on acronyms. Your narrative statements should illustrate your overall record (professional and volunteer experience, education and training, accomplishments, awards and potential). Be sure to furnish examples and describe the context in which you applied your knowledge, discuss how you used skills relevant to the position, indicate the complexity and scope of your work, discuss the impact of your work, note the level of people with whom you interacted, and explain the sensitivity and criticality of the issues you addressed. Structure your statements in terms of the challenges you faced, the context or environment in which the actions were taken, the actions taken, and the outcome or results from each action (i.e., Challenge-Context-Action-Result (C-C-A-R) Model). You are strongly encouraged to review OPMs Guide to SES Qualifications ( for specific examples of the CCAR model and guidance on writing effective narrative statements.B. MANDATORY Professional/TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (PTQ'S): FinCEN has identified these PTQ's to assess the experience and potential for this specific position. Please describe fully, but concisely, how your experience supports each of the following PTQ's. All applicants must provide a response to the PTQ's. The PTQs are found and completed in the online questionnaire.


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Additional Information

The selectee for this SES position must be able to satisfy the following requirements: 1. This position is a special sensitive position and the selectee must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI) clearance; 2. Satisfactorily complete a drug test and, thereafter, be subject to random drug testing; 3. File a statement of employment and financial interests upon entry, and annually thereafter; 4. OPM approval and a one-year probationary period will be required for any applicant who does not have SES Career status; and 5. Personal Identity Verification Credential: In accordance with Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12), the selectee(s) must be eligible to receive a Personal Identity certification (PIV) credential. If selected, you must: 1. Present two forms of identification, of which at least one must be a valid Federal or State government issued picture ID. 2. Receive a favorable background check which includes a successfully adjudicated FBI criminal history record check (fingerprint check) and a National Agency Check with Inquiries (NACI) or equivalent background investigation; and 3. Maintain eligibility for a PIV credential during your employment with the Department of the Treasury, Financial Crimes Enforcement Network as described above. Failure to comply with the PIV credential process and/or if unable to verify the applicant's identity, may result in the loss of consideration for employment. If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so. Domestic travel is required as well as some limited international travel. FinCEN is an Equal Employment Employer: selection for this position will be based solely on merit with no discrimination for non-merit reasons such as race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, protected genetic information, status as a parent, lawful political affiliation, marital status, physical/mental disability (if not a job factor), membership or non-membership in an employee organization or any other non-merit factor. FinCEN provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. Applicants should notify the point of contact on this vacancy announcement if a reasonable accommodation is needed for any part of the application and hiring process.

All candidates will be considered regardless of their race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, protected genetic information, status of a parent, lawful political affiliation, marital status, physical/mental disability (if not a job factor), membership, non-membership in an employee organization, or any other non-merit factor.