Chief Counsel (Financial Crimes Enforcement Network)

District of Columbia, D.C
Sep 19, 2020
Sep 27, 2020
Executive, Chief
Full Time


The Department of the Treasury is the steward of U.S. economic and financial systems. The Chief Counsel for the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) is part of the Treasury's Legal Division, and directly reports to the Assistant General Counsel for Enforcement and Intelligence (AGC). The General Counsel is responsible to the Secretary of the Treasury for all legal activities in the Department and supervision of the Legal Division.

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The FinCEN Chief Counsel serves as the primary legal advisor to the FinCEN Director, Deputy Director and staff; and head of the FinCEN Office of the Chief Counsel. The FinCEN Chief Counsel works together with the AGC and the highest levels of senior leadership of the Legal Division to provide the legal advice necessary to implement, regulate, and enforce all aspects of FinCEN's mission, including the administration of the Bank Secrecy Act, providing support to law enforcement and regulatory and supervisory authorities, ensuring cooperation with counterpart financial intelligence units, and supporting all other facets of FinCEN's operations. The FinCEN Office of the Chief Counsel represents FinCEN in administrative proceedings and assists in representing FinCEN's interests in matters before the Federal courts. The Chief Counsel also coordinates on legal issues, including those related to the Bank Secrecy Act, with counsel within the Legal Division and the broader U.S. Government.

The Chief Counsel must rely upon his or her judgment, initiative, and experience. Original thinking is required, not only in matters of law, but also in those fields where recommendations are made in connection with formulation of policy.

The Chief Counsel must possess outstanding legal analysis and writing skills. The Chief Counsel must also possess strong critical thinking skills and the ability to formulate effective, original, and practical solutions to complex legal problems.

Successful candidates will have extensive relevant experience demonstrating exceptional leadership and excellence in professional practice and activities.

The major duties performed by the FinCEN Chief Counsel include the following:

Plan, execute, and oversee the provision of outstanding legal support to FinCEN's mission to safeguard the financial system from illicit use, combat money laundering and its related crimes including terrorism, and promote national security through the strategic use of financial authorities and financial intelligence information. Direct legal work of exceptional difficulty, sensitivity, and national significance, frequently on a time-sensitive basis. Work effectively with and at the direction of the AGC on a wide variety of sensitive and highly complex matters, for which there are few guides. The Chief Counsel must also be able to work effectively with the highest levels of the Legal Division to provide high-quality, effective legal analysis and recommendations directly to senior policymakers, to include the FinCEN Director;

Directly supervise subordinate management, and oversee an office of professional attorney and administrative staff responsible for providing operational support to FinCEN, conducting legal research, producing high-quality written product, and developing legal and practical conclusions in the form of oral advice, briefings, presentations, and legal decision memoranda on extremely complex and difficult factual, legal, and policy issues. Exercise excellent judgment and discretion in the execution of his or her duties, including the direction, planning and management of the professional legal work of the office;

With the AGC and senior Legal Division leadership, supervise the analysis, interpretation, and application of laws, regulations, Executive orders, proposed legislation, court decisions, Departmental precedents, policies, and technical publications involving relevant legal authorities. Examples of relevant legal authorities and subject matter areas include the Bank Secrecy Act, including its civil and criminal enforcement; the detection and prevention of money laundering; countering the financing of terrorism; information sharing; the use of financial intelligence; financial criminal activity; national security law; the Administrative Procedure Act; the Freedom of Information Act; the Trade Secrets Act; the Privacy Act; conflicts of laws; constitutional law; employment law; personnel security law; and other legal authorities. The FinCEN Chief Counsel ensures the accuracy of such advice, as applied to FinCEN's operations;

Effectively represent the Legal Division in relevant discussions, conferences and meetings with financial industry representatives or their legal counsel, U.S. regulatory and supervisory organizations, U.S. law enforcement, representatives of other agencies or State and local or law enforcement authorities, foreign governments and financial intelligence units, professional associations and other groups, as well as before administrative, judicial, or Congressional proceedings. Such meetings require flexibility of approach and skill in negotiating; and

Other duties as assigned.

Travel Required

25% or less - Occasional travel is required.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • All groups of qualified individuals.
  • Initial appointments are required to serve a probationary period of 1 year.
  • Financial disclosure is required.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret/SCI clearance.
  • Must be an active member in good standing of a state or D.C. Bar



To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, candidates must possess specialized experience at a senior level which demonstrates ability to perform the duties described above; including progressively responsible supervisory or managerial experience demonstrating ability to manage people and resources. Candidates are strongly encouraged to address each Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ's) and Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQ's) separately. Candidates who choose not to address both the ECQ's and MTQ's separately will not be disqualified; but must ensure their resume addresses each sufficient for evaluation. Your responses and/or resume must demonstrate possession of these qualifications; typically acquired through education, experience or training, and reflect progressive development and achievement in managing the business operations of a large organization. Please provide examples that are clear, concise, and emphasize your level of responsibility, the scope and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments, policy initiatives undertaken, and level of contacts. All qualified candidates will be evaluated on the relevance of their experience, education, training, self-development, honors, awards, and outside activities.

EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs): The ECQs describe the leadership skills needed to succeed in the Senior Executive Service (SES) and are in addition to the specific mandatory technical qualifications listed below. Additional information on the Executive Core Qualifications is available at ECQs . Your response must be limited to two pages for each ECQ.

ECQ 1 - Leading Change - 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. Competencies: creativity and innovation, external awareness, flexibility, resilience, strategic thinking, vision.

ECQ 2 - Leading People - 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. Competencies: conflict management, leveraging diversity, developing others, team building.

ECQ 3 - Results Driven - 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. Competencies: accountability, customer service, decisiveness, entrepreneurship, problem solving, technical credibility.

ECQ 4 - Business Acumen - The ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. Competencies: financial management, human capital management, technology management.

ECQ 5 - Building Coalitions - The ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals. Competencies: Partnering, political savvy, influencing/negotiating.

MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (MTQs): The MTQs describe the necessary technical knowledge, skills, and competencies needed to successfully perform the duties of this position. Experience must have been at a sufficiently high level of difficulty to show clearly that the candidate possesses the required professional and technical qualifications and core qualification set forth below. Your response must be limited to two pages for each MTQ.

MTQ 1- Ability to supervise a professional staff engaged in providing legal advice to senior officials.

MTQ 2-Diversified legal experience dealing with highly complex issues, including experience with some of the relevant subject matter knowledge areas. Relevant legal authorities and subject matter areas include the Bank Secrecy Act, including its civil and criminal enforcement; the detection and prevention of money laundering; countering the financing of terrorism; information sharing; the use of financial intelligence; financial criminal activity; national security law; the Administrative Procedure Act; the Freedom of Information Act; the Trade Secrets Act; the Privacy Act; conflicts of laws; constitutional law; employment law; personnel security law; and other legal authorities.

MTQ 3 - Working knowledge of government or international organizations and their processes, and/or relationships with government or international entities. Examples include the National Security Council, the Department of Justice, federal financial regulators, the State Department, the Commerce Department, U.S. intelligence community, the Department of Homeland Security, other Federal agencies, and the European Union.

Please upload your responses to the ECQs and MTQs in the document section.


Additional information

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Financial Disclosure: All employees of the Federal Government are subject to the conflict of interest statutes and regulations, including the Standards of Ethical Conduct. Upon hire, and on an annual basis thereafter, the incumbent of this position will be required to file a public financial disclosure report. The incumbent may be prohibited from holding certain financial interests.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Your application will be evaluated on the basis of your resume and narrative statements reflecting the quality and extent of your total accomplishments, experience and education as they relate to the technical and executive qualifications described above. While you are NOT required to provide a narrative statement addressing the Technical Qualifications, candidates are strongly encouraged to address each Technical Qualification in separate statements. Candidates who choose not to address the technical qualifications separately will not be automatically disqualified. Candidates are NOT required to provide narrative response statements to address the Executive Core Qualifications when applying for this vacancy. However, the selectee will be required to address the ECQs before being appointed. Additional information on the Executive Core Qualifications is available.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Sensitive Compartmented Information

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Special-Sensitive (SS)/High Risk

Trust determination process

Required Documents

If you are a current, retired or former Federal employee, please provide a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, to verify your status. If you have successfully completed the SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) please provide a copy of your certificate. These documents may be required during the recruitment process.

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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