Investigative Analyst (Criminal Research)
Department Of Homeland Security 1,249 reviews - San Francisco, CA

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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.

Building on a Tradition of Excellence and Meeting the Challenges of the Future The Secret Service is a premier law enforcement organization with two critical national security missions: protect our nation's leaders and to conduct criminal investigations. Our team members continue a tradition of excellence - whether investigating financial crime or protecting national and visiting foreign leaders. In the Secret Service, we serve the country with duty, loyalty, justice, integrity and courage. In the Secret Service, we:
  • Protect the President, the Vice President, and other leaders; investigate threats against them; and safeguard their residences and other facilities
  • Plan and implement security designs for National Special Security Events
  • Investigate financial crimes including fraud, identity theft and computer-based attacks on banking or telecommunications infrastructure
Joining the Secret Service, Investigative Support Division will allow you will to conduct independent research, reconstruct complicated events, and develop case-specific subject profiles and link analysis in highly complex criminal investigations. Apply for this exciting opportunity to impact the agency’s successful outcome and effectiveness of the agency's investigative and protective missions. This Investigative Analyst (Criminal Research) position starts at a salary range for GS-9/11 of $48,367 - $88,349, with promotion potential to GS-13 salary range $83,407 - $125,926 based on location. For more information on the Secret Service click here.
  • U.S. citizenship is required.

DUTIES: The selectee will serve as Investigative Analyst (Criminal Research) in the Investigative Support Division. Typical work assignments include:
  • Working with special agents and technical personnel in the area of criminal research and analysis on active investigations, crime trends, including making recommendations regarding allocation of resources, developing investigative leads and case clearances.
  • Using computer databases, electronic spreadsheets, desktop publishing, GIS/mapping software, word processing, statistical applications, and specialized tactical and software applications to manipulate, analyze, and present financial, investigative information. Investigative Analysts (Criminal Research) are also responsible for developing and maintaining new geographic data layers.
  • Acting as a liaison with other law enforcement agencies, government and private sector entities regarding law enforcement issues, facilitate the exchange of tactical and intelligence criminal information between agencies, participate as a member in federal, state, and local law enforcement taskforces and partnerships.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: GS-9 Qualifications: You qualify for the GS-9 level (starting salary $48,367 – $73,019) if you possess one year of specialized experience at the GS-7 level performing duties such as conducting and researching projects and assignments related to investigative and criminal intelligence cases, financial crimes and counterfeit.


GS-9: Master's degree or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related.

GS-11 Qualifications: You qualify for the GS-11 level (starting salary $58,519 – $88,349) if you possess one year of specialized experience at the GS-9 level performing duties such as processing and evaluating analytical assignments; researching projects in support of criminal investigations; analyzing data from a variety of sources to conduct field and statistical research on potential and past crime targets; forecasting crime trends; determining associations, patterns of criminal activity and financial profiles.


GS-11: 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.

Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for all grade levels for which both education and experience are acceptable.

Qualifications Must Be Met: The qualification requirements listed above must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

Conditions of Employment If selected for this position, you will be required to:
  • Obtain and maintain a top secret clearance.
  • Completion of a single scope background investigation is required before appointment.
  • Submit to a drug test prior to your appointment and random drug testing while you occupy the position.
  • Certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so, if you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959.
  • Undergo frequent travel.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: Your application will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the duties of the position. If you meet the minimum qualifications, a score will automatically be calculated based on your answers to the vacancy specific questions to place you in one of three categories. All answers provided in the online process must be substantiated by your resume. Upon review, your resume and/or supporting documents need to support your answer choices and reflect the one year of specialized experience requirement, in order to be considered and deemed eligible. The competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this job are:
  • Knowledge of financial crimes and related statistical procedures for the identification of links, associations, and trends in criminal activity related to financial crimes.
  • Knowledge of analytical techniques as it relates to criminal, telephone, and financial analysis and related software.
  • Working knowledge of law enforcement systems such as the National Crime Information Center (NCIC), National Law Enforcement Telecommunications System (NLETS), commercially-available systems (e.g., Lexis-Nexis).
  • Ability to communicate clearly, concisely, and effectively both orally and in writing with a variety of individuals and for varying purposes.
If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be placed in one of the following categories: 1. Best Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a superior level of all evaluation criteria. 2. Well-Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a satisfactory level of the evaluation criteria. 3. Qualified: Applicants possessing the basic qualifications, with general knowledge, skills, and abilities. If you are best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview.

Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles: If you have never worked for the Federal government, you are not CTAP/ICTAP eligible. Information about ICTAP or CTAP eligibility can be found by clicking here to access OPM's Career Transition Resources website. To be considered well qualified under CTAP/ ICTAP, you must be placed in the Well-Qualified category for this position, as described above. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement.

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 qualify. Veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% are listed in the best qualified category, except when the position being filled is scientific, professional at the GS-09 grade level, or higher. This position is not considered scientific/professional. For information on veterans' preference, please click here.

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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 and select "benefits."

OTHER INFORMATION: Relocation expenses will not be authorized.

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