Section Chief (Supervisory Intelligence Research Specialist)

Washington, D.C
Jun 19, 2021
Jun 27, 2021
Executive, Chief
Full Time


This assignment is a 1-year non-reimbursable assignment and may be extended in 120-day increments as needed.

This assignment is with Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Office of Intelligence (Office of Intel) Major Case Intelligence Unit (MCIU).

Must currently hold Top Secret/SCI clearance.
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The Section Chief is responsible for leading a diverse team of Criminal Analysts providing support to prioritized criminal investigations that enable criminal investigators to identify, prioritize, investigate, disrupt, dismantle, and prevent the reconstitution of top Transnational Organized Crime (TOC) networks most hazarding to the United States. The Section Chief will assist the Unit Chief in performing technical, administrative and human resource functions relative to staff supervised and serve as first line supervisor, participating in planning of broad intelligence strategies, initiatives, and projects that has far reaching goals, objectives, and outcomes.

-Supervises the production and dissemination of timely, comprehensive, and accurate criminal analysis, using the framework for criminal analysis tradecraft standards to meet the needs of the program.

-Plans, assigns, directs, and oversees criminal analysis in support of one or more geographical and functional areas, liaising with various internal and external stakeholders on coordinated intelligence efforts.

-Ensures intelligence planning includes processes and procedures for obtaining and identifying intelligence needs/gaps on exploitation and analysis of intelligence for law enforcement operations.

-Monitors, reviews, and evaluates incoming all-source criminal intelligence, implementing measures or strategies for gathering criminal intelligence information, material, and other data.

-Reviews strategies, concepts of operations, and operational plans, providing recommendations and findings for inserting and adjusting criminal intelligence initiatives, efforts, capabilities, and outcomes.

-Supports criminal intelligence collection and reporting within HSI/ICE to ensure requirements are met to greatest extent possible, enforcing proper information handling and retention in appropriate repositories.

-Provides training, feedback, and instruction on work products, developing and promoting improvements in the form of best practices, new methodologies and enhanced structured analytical techniques.

-Briefs case updates and key analytical findings to operational planners and senior level management to inform decision making and help drive criminal investigations and criminal investigative priorities.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


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:

Must have three year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-14 grade level that equips with the skills needed to successfully perform the duties of the position.

Must have solid working experience or expertise analyzing criminal networks or supporting complex criminal investigations and have a comprehensive understanding of intelligence analysis and targeting.

Must have the ability to work in a high-functioning and fast-paced environment both independently and in team(s), while applying analytical techniques and critical thinking skills to support group efforts.

Must have excellent oral and written communication skills and willingness to learn and navigate system applications to collect information and support lead development for law enforcement operations.

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.
  • Complete 12 hours of professional development using Skillsoft courses, videos, and books in conjunction with the established assignment objectives for the JDA.
  • Attend each of the DHS Joint Duty Program Director's quarterly webinars (1 hour per quarter).

  • How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, your experience, education, and training will be rated using a job questionnaire based on the competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this Joint Duty Assignment.

    If you are among the best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview. After reviewing your resume and supporting documentation, a determination will be made. You must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement.

    Note: DHS continues to take necessary steps to keep our workforce safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic. If you receive a final Joint Duty Assignment offer to onboard, please complete the onboarding requirements and/or forms and submit them electronically in an expeditious manner. Your start date may be delayed if the action above is not completed.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Top Secret

    Drug test required

    Required Documents

    1. Resume: Do not include any personally identifiable information (PII) i.e., home address, social security number, or date of birth. Your resume must clearly demonstrate you have experience which meets the requirements of this position as outlined in the "Qualifications" section.

    2. SF-50: Submit a copy of your official SF-50 (no text version) or other official "Notification of Personnel Action" document which shows the following information:
  • Your appointment in the Federal service
  • Tenure
  • Grade and Step
  • Full performance level
  • If your SF-50(s) does not provide the information needed to make a final determination for qualification, you will be found ineligible for the position.

    3. DHS Joint Duty Assignment Application Form signed by your supervisor. Please click on the following link to access the required form DHS Form 250-02 .