Supervisory Criminal Investigator (Deputy Chief, Special Operations Division)

Washington, D.C
May 01, 2021
May 05, 2021
Executive, Chief
Full Time


This position is located under the Office of Field Operations-Special Operations Division, located in Washington, D.C.

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Through several subordinate Branch Chiefs GS-1811-14, manages and directs subordinate branches which are responsible for a number of criminal investigators and clerical support, overseeing their work for effectiveness. Advises and consults with the Division Chief, the Deputy Assistant Directors (FO), the Assistant Director (FO), and other management officials both at the Bureau and Department of Justice (DOJ) levels. Assists the Division Chief in determining staffing and funding requirements for input into the budget formulation process on matters relating to the Division's programs or branches. In conjunction with Division Chief, evaluates performance of Division staff employees and Branch supervisors and reviews evaluations prepared by Branch supervisors on subordinate employees. Works closely with other senior management officials within the office of FO and/or other organizations within the Bureau and DOJ on matters of mutual concern. At times, participates as the senior Division representative in conferences and other meetings, seminars, etc. Has commitment authority concerning Division matters commensurate with that exercised by the Division Chief. Serves as the Commander or Deputy Commander in any Headquarters CIMST function. Serves as Chief, Special Operations Division, in his/her absence. Develops both long- and short-term plans and objectives for the division programs and exercises significant responsibility in dealing with other Bureau management officials and officials of the Department of Justice. Directs the complex investigative and technical programs of Division Branches. This involves directing and coordinating the work of a diverse workforce. Results of the work affect the Bureau's programs and facilitate the nationwide accomplishment of the Bureau's primary mission. The work also affects the Department of Justice and impacts other Federal, State, and local law enforcement agencies and the regulated industries.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - 6 to 10 days per month.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Top Secret/SCI clearance is required for this position
  • Subject to random drug testing
  • Time in Grade requirement must be met by the closing date of the vacancy.
  • Requires proficiency with a firearm per ATF's Standard.
  • May be required to seve a 1-year probationary period.

The time-in-grade requirement must be met by the closing date of this announcement. The qualification requirements listed below must be met by the closing date of the announcement.

MOBILITY PLAN : New employees hired pursuant to this vacancy announcement must sign a mobility agreement. The purpose of ATF's mobility policy is to enhance career development and progression, and achieve mission and business effectiveness. To accomplish these objectives, the mobility plan will facilitate the movement of employees through special short-term assignments or permanent reassignments throughout the Bureau. Applicants who decline to sign a mobility agreement, as required, will be removed from the hiring process.


To qualify for 15 candidates must also have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level GS-14.

Specialized experience is demonstrated experience, which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of this position. Experience must be in the normal line of progression or must be related to the work of the position advertised and must be reflected in resume. Examples of specialized experience include: comprehensive knowledge of all ATF law enforcement investigative techniques, technical and scientific advancement in the field, in order to direct a major field component of the Bureau, to ensure the effective execution and coordination of criminal enforcement programs, and to make operations decisions regarding investigations of a criminal nature.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

The Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provides eligible surplus and displaced competitive service employees in the Department of Justice with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your Department of Justice component has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your CTAP eligibility, 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and (for scored examining) score 85 or better on established ranking criteria. You must provide a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility with your application. Additional information about CTAP eligibility is at:


Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See .

EEO Statement: The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, religion, color , sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), parental status, national origin, age, disability (physical and mental), family medical history or genetic information, political affiliation, military service, retaliation, or other non-merit based factors.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement: ATF provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the job application and hiring process, and you meet the eligibility requirements listed above, please notify the human resources specialist listed on the vacancy announcement, or contact the ATF's Office of Equal Employment Opportunity at (202) 648-8760. The decision on granting a reasonable accommodation is handled on a case-by-case basis.

"Federal Regulations state no ATF employee, his/her spouse, or his/her minor child shall have, directly or indirectly, any financial interest, including compensated employment, stock, or proprietary interest in the alcohol, tobacco, firearms or explosives industries. You should be aware that you may be asked to relinquish any ownership of or interests in the alcohol, tobacco, firearms or explosives industries before a determination can be made whether access to ATF information, information technology systems, and/or facilities can be authorized."

Additional vacancies may be filled from this vacancy announcement.

A one year probationary period is required for new supervisors and managers.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are basically qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the online assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. If you are found to be among the top candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration.

1. Knowledge of all ATF law enforcement investigative techniques, technical and scientific advancements in the field, and all Headquarters and field operations procedures, in order to develop, manage and direct appropriate policy and program related studies, task forces and working groups.
2. Knowledge of supervisory, administrative and managerial policies and procedures and in depth knowledge of professional management and administrative principles and analytical ability to effectively conduct assessments, surveys, and other complex evaluations and projections regarding integrity issues.
3. Skill in oral and written communications in order to review, prepare and defend investigation reports, make presentations to management and professional groups.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Top Secret

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Critical-Sensitive (CS)/High Risk

Trust determination process

Required Documents

Required Documents (if applicable):
  • Resume showing relevant experience (cover letter optional).
  • Most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which shows your grade, step, career or career-conditional tenure dated within the last 3 years, if applicable.
  • CTAP/ICTAP documentation, if applicable.

All required materials must be uploaded using the supporting documentation instructions described in the announcement. Prior to selection, the candidate may be required to provide an original copy of any supporting/validating documentation as well as other documentation to verify eligibility.

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