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Director Crimes of Exploitation

Washington, D.C
Closing date
Oct 7, 2023

This position is located in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Headquarters, Office of Strategy, Policy, and Plans (PLCY), Counter Terrorism, Threat Prevention, and Law Enforcement Policy (CTTPLE), Counter Transnational Organized Crime (CTOC) team. DHS PLCY provides policy development and coordination, strategy, planning, and analysis to the DHS Secretary and other Departmental leaders to facilitate decision-making and other critical matters that may arise in a dynamic homeland security environment. PLCY is responsible for strengthening our Nation's homeland security by developing DHS-wide policies, programs, and plans to promote and ensure quality, consistency, and integration across all homeland security missions. Within PLCY, the CTTPLE/CTOC section is responsible for developing, coordinating and prioritizing DHS policies, programs, and resources to address illicit activities of transnational criminal organizations, including the illegal movement of weapons and drugs, human smuggling, human trafficking, wildlife trafficking, and child sexual exploitation and abuse, while aligning these efforts with DHS and broader federal government strategies.

The Director, Crimes of Exploitation (DCoE) will report directly to the CTOC Principal Director (PD). The DCoE will be responsible for assisting with the development, coordination, and integration of DHS strategies, programs, and policies in all CTOC mission areas assigned to DHS by law or executive order. This may include efforts to combat the illegal movement of weapons, drugs, and contraband, and human smuggling and trafficking and supporting efforts to align these activities within DHS and broader federal government strategies.

The DCoE will primarily be responsible for strategies, programs, and policies related to combating human trafficking, human smuggling, and child sexual exploitation and abuse, but may support or assist other lines of effort within the CTOC mission areas. The DCoE will be responsible for assisting in coordination with interagency stakeholders, State, Local, Territorial, Tribal, and foreign partners to resolve exploitative crime program issues concerning policy, operational, legal, legislative, budgetary, privacy, public and international affairs.

The DCoE will evaluate existing policies and assess new recommendations while taking into account the nationwide impact of the policies and all related and resulting programs. The DCoE will support the PD and Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) in developing proposals on matters within the scope of CTOC responsibilities and may represent the DAS at high-level meetings, conferences, and symposia, ascertaining issues and concerns of stakeholders and building support for policy proposals on transnational organized crime issues, with an emphasis on those involving crimes of exploitation.

The DCoE will be responsible for planning and defining duties and responsibilities of subordinate work groups. Working with the PD and DAS to set priorities, prepare work schedules, make assignments and review work completed. The DCoE may be asked to perform other duties as assigned.


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a current permanent Federal employee
  • Must have supervisory approval to apply to the Joint Duty Assignment. DHS 250-2 Application Form under "required documents" section.
  • Must NOT have any pending/outstanding disciplinary actions
  • Must have achieved a minimum of "meet expectations/proficiency" on latest performance appraisal/evaluation
  • Must be currently at the grade level of the detail. *No Temporary Promotion Opportunity*
  • The program does not apply to members of the Military service or contractors.


Qualifications required:
  • Experience in developing and coordinating US Government policies and programs, preferably related to addressing transnational organized crime and/or homeland security.
  • Experience providing leadership in developing, articulating, and advocating policies and strategies related to human trafficking, human smuggling, and/or child sexual exploitation and abuse.
  • Demonstrated leadership managing homeland security strategy, policy, or planning across the Federal government, the White House, international partners, and Congress and other oversight organizations.
  • Supervisory experience is preferred.
  • Please read the following important information to ensure we have everything we need to consider your application:
    It is your responsibility to ensure that you submit appropriate documentation prior to the closing date. Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and must highlight your most relevant and significant experience as it relates to this Joint Duty assignment opportunity announcement.

    Be clear and specific when describing your work history since human resources cannot make assumptions regarding your experience. Your application will be rated based on your resume.

    Please ensure EACH work history includes ALL of the following information:
  • Job Title (Include series and grade of Federal Job)
  • Duties (Be specific in describing your duties)
  • Name of Federal agency
  • Supervisor name, email, and phone number
  • Start and end dates including month and year (e.g. June 2007 to April 2008)

  • Education

    EDUCATIONAL SUBSTITUTION: There is no educational substitution for this position.

    Additional information

    **DHS does not offer any additional benefits beyond that which the Federal employee is already receiving.

    If the position requires a security clearance, employees must have a SECRET or TOP SECRET clearance to placement AND must maintain that level of clearance while performing in the position.

    Selected applicants for a JDA are requested to fulfill the items below during the JDA:
  • Complete the DHS Training Course 15 days prior to the arrival to the JDA.
  • Complete the DHS Joint Duty Assignment Progress Plan to include:
    • Phase 1: Establish assignment objectives within the first 30 days of the JDA.
    • Phase 2: Complete a self-assessment of the duties performed at the mid-point of the JDA.
    • Phase 3: Complete a final review within the last 30 days of the JDA.

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