ASSET FORFEITURE SPECIALIST
Department Of Homeland Security - San Juan, PR

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Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career? If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling. DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement is the principal investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the second largest investigative agency in the Federal government. Created in 2003 through a merger of the investigative and interior enforcement elements of the U.S. Customs Service and the Immigration and Naturalization Service, ICE now has more than 20,000 employees in more than 400 offices in the United States and 47 foreign countries around the world. ICE is a key component of the DHS layered defense approach to protecting our nation. For additional information about ICE and career opportunities go to http://www.ice.gov

NOTE : It is important that applicants provide a valid email address and thoroughly read all correspondence.

Who May Apply : All U.S. citizens

Organizational Location : This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, SAC San Juan, Puerto Rico.

  • The ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate is a critical asset in the ICE mission, responsible for investigating a wide range of domestic and international activities arising from the illegal movement of people and goods into, within and out of the United States.
  • HSI investigates immigration crime, human rights violations and human smuggling, smuggling of narcotics, weapons and other types of contraband, financial crimes, cybercrime and export enforcement issues. HSI special agents conduct investigations aimed at protecting critical infrastructure industries that are vulnerable to sabotage, attack or exploitation.
  • In addition to criminal investigations, HSI oversees the agency’s international affairs operations and intelligence functions. HSI consists of more than 10,000 employees, consisting of 6,700 special agents, who are assigned to more than 200 cities throughout the U.S. and 47 countries around the world.
  • HSI conducts criminal investigations against terrorist and other criminal organizations who threaten national security. HSI combats worldwide criminal enterprises who seek to exploit America’s legitimate trade, travel and financial systems and enforces America’s customs and immigration laws at and beyond our nation’s borders.
THIS IS A NON-BARGAINING UNIT POSITION.

Note : One or more positions may be filled using this vacancy announcement.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

U.S. Citizenship

Ability to pass background check and drug screen for fed employment

Relevant Experience (see Qualifications and Evaluations tab)

Complete Application Package (see How to Apply tab)

Males born after 12/31/59 must certify registration with Selective Service

DUTIES:
As an Asset Forfeiture Specialist you will perform the following duties:

  • Manage, direct, and coordinate the Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU) program within the Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Office.
  • Develop and share information with other investigative agencies including, but not limited to, international, Federal, U.S. Attorneys offices, and state and local law enforcement agencies.
  • Examine, evaluate and manage records, physical or electronic, and conduct research using law enforcement and other databases.
  • Work with ICE, HSI agents and other law enforcement officers to coordinate search and seizure enforcement actions.
  • Review Equitable Sharing Program submissions to ensure compliance with agency regulations and procedures.
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
You qualify at the GS-11 level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience performing duties such as:

  • Assisting in the support of an Asset Forfeiture Unit program’s policies, processes, and methods;
  • Applying Law enforcement gathering techniques associated with asset forfeiture investigations;
  • Identifying budget and financial documents as related to an Asset Forfeiture Program;
  • Monitoring, reviewing and analyzing various financial reports for forfeited asset related accounts.
With Education:
You may substitute successful completion of a Ph. D or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree, or LL.M., if related or Combination of education and experience - successful completion of a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree in an accredited college or university for experience required at the GS-11 level.

Appropriate combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and experience may also be used to meet the total qualification requirements for the GS-11 grade level.

You qualify at the GS-12 level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience performing duties such as:

  • Supporting an Asset Forfeiture Unit program’s policies, processes, and methods;
  • Compiling budget and financial documents as related to an Asset Forfeiture Program;
  • Processing and preparing Equitable Seizure Program packages;
  • Assembling procurement documents and tracking seized asset and inventory.
You qualify at the GS-13 level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience performing duties such as:

  • Managing and developing Asset Forfeiture programs, policies, processes and methods;
  • Demonstrating proficient knowledge of and experience in law enforcement intelligence gathering techniques associated with asset forfeiture investigations;
  • Conducting personal interviews, analyzing information and financial records and preparing a variety of written documents;
  • Demonstrating exceptional and effective skills in budget and financial management as related to an Asset Forfeiture Program;
  • Demonstrating a mastery of asset forfeiture strategies associated with the pursuit of illegal sources of income, narcotics investigations, and international and terrorism investigative strategies and r ecommending alternative solutions to complex problems;
Qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. Qualification claims will be subject to verification.

Requirements by Closing Date: Unless otherwise noted, you must meet all requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

Probationary Period: This is a full-time permanent position (Career/Career-Conditional appointment). Upon appointment to this position, you may be required to serve a one-year probationary period.

Proof of Education: If basing your qualifications on education, you must submit TRANSCRIPTS or list of college courses, with credit hours, major(s) and grade point average or class ranking. (Prior to appointment, an official college transcript may be required.) This education must be from an institution accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
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 an Assessment Questionnaire. The questions are related to the following fundamental competencies (or Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities) needed to perform the duties of this job: ability to communicate orally and in writing, knowledge of law enforcement intelligence gathering techniques associated with asset forfeiture, knowledge of asset forfeiture/seizure programs, policies, processes and methods, and skills in budget and financial management related to Asset Forfeiture.

Based on your responses, you will be placed in one of the following categories:

Best Qualified : Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a superior level of all evaluation criteria.
Well Qualified : Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a satisfactory level of the evaluation criteria.
Qualified : Applicants possessing the basic qualifications, with general knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Applicants in the best qualified category will be referred to the hiring manager and may be called for an interview.

ICTAP/CTAP Eligibles: If you have never worked for the federal government, you are not ICTAP/CTAP eligible. Information about ICTAP or CTAP eligibility is on the OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp . To be considered well qualified under ICTAP/CTAP you must be placed in the well qualified category for this position as described above .

Veterans: Veterans with 5-point preference who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements are placed above non-preference eligibles within the category in which they are qualified. Veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% are placed in the best qualified category above non-preference eligibles, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher. This position IS NOT considered scientific/professional. For more information regarding veterans' preference, please see: http://www.opm.gov/staffingPortal/Vetguide.asp

BENEFITS:
DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include: flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers. DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities. For more information, go to www.dhs.gov/careers and select “benefits.”

OTHER INFORMATION:
Promotion Potential : When promotion potential is shown, the agency is not making a commitment and is not obligated to provide future promotions to you if you are selected. Future promotions will be dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and administrative approval.

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