FinCEN Director

Washington, D.C
Sep 08, 2021
Sep 16, 2021
Executive, Director
Full Time


FinCEN works directly with the private sector, and the many financial actors that are required to file reports under the Bank Secrecy Act, including not only banks but also money service businesses and other non-bank financial institutions. FinCEN is a repository of information that enhances the investigatory capability of federal, state, and local law enforcement, and it works as the U.S. financial intelligence unit with other international bodies to share information and build capacity.
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The Director of FinCEN:
  • Leads the development of strategic plans, rulemaking, analytical work, and enforcement activities to enhance the U.S. government's capacity to acquire, disseminate, and use a vast array of financial data related to criminal and terrorist activity;
  • Proposes programs or major projects to be initiated or curtailed and appropriate timing and justifies the allocation of resources for FinCEN programs and identifies priorities;
  • Collaborates closely with, and is an integral partner to, other Department of the Treasury offices, including other components under the supervision of the Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence (TFI), the offices of Legislative and Public Affairs, as well as the Office of the Secretary and Deputy Secretary;
  • When new legislative requirements are appropriate, collaborates closely with leadership of TFI and of the Treasury Department, as well as with the Treasury office of Legislative Affairs to seek and implement legislation;
  • Ensures proper information sharing and analytical assistance to the law enforcement, intelligence, and policy communities, while also ensuring the security of BSA information;
  • provides leadership and oversight of the analytical programs of FinCEN to provide investigatory support for individual cases, for the detection of trends and patterns, and for the identification of money laundering and financial criminal schemes that are used around the world; for the publication or other dissemination of such information; and to provide training and access to federal, state and local law enforcement officials.

Travel Required

50% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.

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.


As a basic requirement, applicants must possess the Mandatory Technical Qualifications and Executive Competencies listed below. Typically, qualified applicants will have gained experience of this nature at or above the (GS)-15 grade level or its equivalent in the public or private sector. To be qualified for this position, your résumé must reflect experience in a managerial capacity. Typically, experience of this nature is gained at or above the GS-15 grade level in the Federal service, or its equivalent with state or local government, the private sector, or nongovernmental organizations. As such, your resume must demonstrate that you have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully fulfill responsibilities inherent in most SES positions such as:
  • Directing the work of an organizational unit
  • Ensuring the success of one or more specific major programs or projects
  • Monitoring progress toward strategic organizational goals, evaluating organizational performance and taking action to improve performance
  • Supervising the work of other managers and exercising important policy-making, policy determining, or other executive functions.
Failure to meet the basic qualification requirement and address all Mandatory Technical Competency and Executive Core Qualification factors will result in your application being disqualified.

XECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs): 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. All applicants must submit a written narrative to address the ECQs. Your narrative must address each ECQ separately and should contain at least two examples per ECQ describing your experiences and accomplishments/results. The narrative should be clear, concise, and emphasize your level of responsibilities, 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 explain your answer.

The narrative must not exceed 10 pages. NOTE: Current career SES members, former career SES members with reinstatement eligibility, and SES Candidate Development Program graduates who have been certified by OPM do NOT need to address the ECQs:
    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. Competencies: creativity and innovation, external awareness, flexibility, resilience, strategic thinking, vision Leading People: This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organizations 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 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. Competencies: accountability, customer service, decisiveness, entrepreneurship, problem solving, technical credibility Business Acumen: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. Competencies: financial management, human capital management, technology management 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, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals. Competencies: partnering, political savvy, influencing/negotiating.
Fundamental Competencies: These competencies are the foundation for success in each of the Executive Core Qualifications: Interpersonal Skills, Oral Communication, Continual Learning, Written Communication, Integrity/Honesty, Public Service Motivation. The Fundamental Competencies are crosscutting and should be addressed over the course of each ECQ narratives. Applicants should follow the Challenge, Context, Action and Result (CCAR) model outlined in the guide.
    Challenge - Describe a specific problem or goal. Context - Describe the individuals and groups you worked with, and/or the environment in which you worked, to address a particular challenge (e.g., clients, co-workers, members of Congress, shrinking budget, low morale). Action - Discuss the specific actions you took to address a challenge. Result - Give specific examples of measures/outcomes that had some impact on the organization. These accomplishments demonstrate the quality and effectiveness of your leadership skills.
Additional information about the SES and Executive Core Qualifications can be found on the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) SES Website. You are strongly encouraged to review OPMs Guide to SES Qualifications for specific examples and guidance on writing effective ECQ narrative statements.

    MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (MTQs): All applicants must address each MTQ in a narrative format. The MTQs are located and must be addressed in the questionnaire section when applying. In addition to the qualifying experience, applicants must possess the mandatory technical qualifications that represent the knowledge, skills, and abilities essential to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position. You must fully address each MTQ to be rated for further consideration.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

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.

1. Applicants meeting the minimum qualification requirements will be eligible for consideration in this process. Applicants will be rated based on the quality and extent of their leadership skills, technical experience, and accomplishments, as described in their Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ) narratives and Mandatory Technical Competency (MTC) as shown in your résumé (defined above).

2. Applicants are required to submit separate narrative statements specifically addressing the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs). These narratives are mandatory for consideration in the process. The ECQs describe the leadership skills needed to succeed in the Senior Executive Service and are in addition to the specific technical competencies. To assess the executive potential of each candidate, applicants must demonstrate, with specific examples, how their experience is relevant to exercising leadership in each ECQ. A concise executive summary must show where and when the qualifications were obtained, the organizational setting in which the experience was acquired (e.g.; organizational size, level, and assigned fiscal resources) and a narrative discussion of the qualifications.

3. For noncompetitive consideration:
a. Current or former Senior Executive applicants are not required to address the ECQs but it is MANDATORY to address the TCs for this position in your résumé and submit an SF-50 that documents your career appointment status in the SES.
b. SES Candidate Development Program (SESCDP) applicants who have not been placed on a career Senior Executive appointment are not required to address the ECQs, but it is MANDATORY to address the TCs for this position in your résumé and also submit a copy of your OPM-QRB certification.

4. Applicants will be evaluated by a Senior Executive Panel and those determined best qualified may be referred to participate in a selection interview. If selected, you must be certified by an OPM Qualifications Review Board (QRB), unless you are a current or former OPM certified SES executive. You must receive certification before you can be appointed to the position.

Additional information about the SES and Executive Core Qualifications is available at qualifications/#url=Overview

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
Credentialing , Suitability/Fitness , National security

Required Documents

You must submit:1) A resume.2) Separate narratives addressing the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) to be considered for this position. Narratives addressing the ECQs are limited to a total of ten (10) pages. Pages beyond the first ten (10) will not be considered in the process. Current or former Senior Executives and SES Candidate Development Program applicants with OPM-QRB certification) are not required to address the ECQs but it is MANDATORY to address the MTCs.3) SF-50 (or personnel action to verify civil service)
    Current Federal employees/SES Candidate Development Program (SESCDP) applicants must submit your most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) that documents your current tenure, position title, series, and grade level.
      Current or former Senior Executive employees must submit an SF-50 that documents career appointment status in the SES
4) SES Candidate Development Program (SESCDP) must submit a copy of your SESCDP OPM-QRB certification. This can be uploaded under the other document type. Applicants who fail to submit ALL required documents WILL NOT receive consideration for this position. Application will result in an "Incomplete" rating. NOTE: YOU MUST SUBMIT ALL DOCUMENTATION BY 11:59 P.M. EST ON THE CLOSING DATE OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR CONSIDERATION.

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