Associate Director, Intelligence Division

Vienna, Virginia
Sep 09, 2019
Sep 17, 2019
Executive, Director
Full Time


The incumbent serves as the Associate Director of the Intelligence Division in the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network of the Department of the Treasury. FinCEN's 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.

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As the Associate Director, Intelligence Division, you utilize expertise to:
  • Develop and manage a sizeable staff of analytic managers, senior and junior analysts, identifies objectives, and sets division-wide strategy for conducting research and analysis on highly complex illicit finance targets.
  • Lead and oversee development and deployment of a variety of data analysis techniques using cutting-edge software and tools to position FinCEN to target complex illicit finance threats, including on a predictive basis.
  • Direct staff in conceptualizing and implementing a standardized FinCEN analytic product line, including: tactical, strategic, reactive, and proactive analytic products for a broad customer base, including: law enforcement, regulators, intelligence community, foreign partners, and industry.
  • Direct staff in conceptualizing, planning, drafting, editing, and presenting of individual FinCEN analytic products. The incumbent serves as the principal guardian of FinCEN's analytic line, ensuring that FinCEN analytic products and presentations are clear, consistent, concise, timely, relevant and accurate.
  • Mentor subordinate managers in developing clear and consistent editing styles and techniques, ensuring that FinCEN analytic products and presentations are improved at each step of the process.
  • Ensure coordination of FinCEN analytical products with other stakeholders and analytic partners, and encourage analytic exchanges and joint products and briefings to the extent possible.
  • Ensure that the division provides analytic support and feedback to industry to help industry maximize the effectiveness of its BSA reporting.
  • Represent the Department of the Treasury and FinCEN in senior-level internal and interagency working groups developing strategies and operations related to the specific areas of responsibility of the division.
  • Effectively handle 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.
  • Provide input on technology and budget matters and make business case for resources.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Work related travel may be required.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

To meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must show that you possess all of the Executive Core Qualifications and Professional Technical Qualifications listed. These qualifications would typically be acquired through education, senior level experience, and training which reflect progressive development and achievement in leading and managing a comprehensive program in a complex organization. An individual's total experience must demonstrate the ability to perform the duties of the position. Applicants must meet all of the qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


To be considered for this position, you must submit a written statement addressing each of the four (4) Mandatory Professional Technical Qualifications (PTQs) and five (5) Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ). Failure to address both the ECQs and PTQs as set forth below will adversely affect your chances for selection. Current career SES, former Career SES members with reinstatement eligibility, and Office of Personnel Management (OPM)/ Qualifications Review Board (QRB) Candidate Development Program (CDP) certified candidates need not address the ECQs.

Mandatory Professional Technical Qualifications:

1. Experience working with and implementing analytic technological solutions, coordinating and unifying disparate workflow processes, defining and prioritizing business requirements, and working with technology teams to leverage emerging technological solutions to address large structured and unstructured data sets.

2. Experience serving as an analyst or overseeing development of analytic work products, conducting research and analysis and employing a variety of data analysis techniques to support both tactical and strategic analysis, and communicating findings in both written products and oral briefings to a variety of audiences.

3. Experience managing an analytic program, including identifying objectives and setting strategy for conducting research and analysis in response to a variety of demands; conceptualizing and implementing a standardized analytical product line; ensuring the program's analytic presentations are clear, consistent, concise, timely, relevant, and accurate.

4. Experience representing an organization externally at a senior or executive level, with a wide range of counterparts, briefing analytics findings, and coordinating analytical products and product lines.

Executive Core Qualifications:
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. (Leadership Competencies: creativity and innovation, external awareness, flexibility, strategic thinking and vision).

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. (Leadership Competencies: conflict management, leveraging diversity, developing others and team building).

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. (Leadership Competencies: accountability, customer service, decisiveness, entrepreneurship, problem solving and technical credibility).

ECQ 4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. (Leadership Competencies: financial management, human capital management and technology management).

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. (Leadership Competencies: partnering, political savvy and influencing/negotiating).

The ECQs were designed to assess executive experience and potential - not technical expertise. They measure whether an individual has the broad executive skills needed to succeed in a variety of SES positions - not whether they are the most superior candidate for a particular position. Examples of good qualifications statements and the use of the C-C-A-R model (Challenge/Context/Action/Results), the preferred method of writing your ECQs is provided in OPM's Guide to SES Qualifications: .

Format: For each of the five ECQs, provide at least one, preferably two, example(s), of your qualifications using the four C-C-A-R elements to describe your experience and accomplishments/results.

1. Challenge - Describe a specific problem or goal.

2. Context - Talk about the individuals and groups you worked with, and/or the environment in which you worked to tackle a particular challenge (e.g., clients, co-workers, members of Congress, shrinking budget, low morale)

3. Action - Discuss the specific actions you took to address a challenge.

4. Results - Give specific examples of the results of your actions. These accomplishments demonstrate the quality and effectiveness of your leadership skills.

NOTE: The narrative should be clear, concise, and emphasize your level of responsibility, scope and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments, policy initiatives undertaken and the results of your actions. Applicants should not enter "Refer to Resume" to describe your experiences. Applications directing the reviewer to search within the application or to see the resume are considered incomplete and may not receive further consideration. The narrative must not exceed 10 pages.

VETERAN'S PREFERENCE: Veteran's Preference does not apply to the SES.


There is no education requirement for this position.

Additional information

Become part of the team that safeguards the financial system from the abuses of financial crime. At the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), we are at the forefront in preventing and detecting terrorist financing, money laundering, and other financial crime. Serve at the nation's financial intelligence unit and protect the United States financial system from criminals and terrorist financiers.

- Relocation expenses will not be paid.
- This is a non-bargaining unit position.
- We offer opportunities for telework.
- We offer opportunities for flexible work schedules.


- OPM approval
- A one year probationary period will be required for any applicant who does not have SES Career status.
- Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment, when requested by the agency
- 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.
- Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.
- Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9 . Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.
- Submit to a drug test prior to your appointment and random drug testing while you occupy the position.
- File a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report within 30 days of appointment and annually from then on..
- Successfully complete a background investigation.

Security Clearance: This position has been designated National Security Level IV, Special Sensitive and requires the incumbent to obtain and maintain eligibility for a Top Secret (TS) clearance with Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) access. Applicant must meet and continue to adhere to the requirements of a Tier 5 level background investigation. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination. Continued employment with FinCEN is contingent upon satisfactory completion of the Tier 5 level background investigation, the results of which fully meet the FinCEN's special employment criteria. All employees are subject to satisfactory completion of periodic reinvestigation and a continuing life style in conformity with applicable national and FinCEN directives. Any unfavorable information developed during an investigation or other official inquiry may result in termination of employment in accordance with established security policies and procedures.

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. To file a complaint of discrimination, contact FinCEN, Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity on (703) 905-5052 or TDD (703) 905-3838.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

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

Your resume and responses to the PTQs and ECQs are an integral part of the process for determining your basic and specialized qualifications for the position. Responses to the qualification statements that are not supported by your resume and/or supporting documentation may eliminate you from highly or well-qualified status and/or result in nonreferral. Initial review of your application will be conducted by a Human Resources Specialist and/or Subject Matter Expert to determine if you meet the professional/technical qualifications of this position and the ECQs. If you meet the qualifications, you will be referred to a panel of SES members for rating and ranking to determine the "best qualified" candidates. A panel will conduct interviews with the top candidates and then make a recommendation to the selecting official about the top candidates that he/she should interview. Once a selection is made, the selectee's application will be forwarded to the OPM for approval by an OPM independent Qualifications Review Board (QRB), unless the selectee is a former or current career SES executive or has successfully participated in an OPM approved SES Candidate Development Program.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Sensitive Compartmented Information

Drug test required

Required Documents

If you are a current or former federal employee with reinstatement eligibility, you must submit a copy of your last Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) that indicates Federal status, grade, tenure and type of service.

Submit a copy of your most recent complete annual Performance Appraisal, dated within the last year; which includes the final rating. If you have not received a performance appraisal, please explain why in your application.

Submit a narrative statement addressing each of the ECQs and the PTQs. Please limit your responses to two pages for each ECQ. Current or former career SES members with reinstatement eligibility, and OPM certified graduates of the SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) do not need to submit the ECQs.

If you have successfully completed an OPM approved CDP, submit a copy of your OPM Certification.

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.

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