Sign Language Interpreter/Reading Specialist, GS 12 (EX)
Department Of Justice - Washington, DC

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Our Mission
To protect and defend the United States against terrorist and foreign intelligence threats, to uphold and enforce the criminal laws of the United States, and to provide leadership and criminal justice services to federal, state, municipal, and international agencies and partners.

Public Service is a public trust. For the FBI, this means that the public has committed to our care the safety of our Nation and the defense of our Constitution. To sustain that trust and to meet our resulting obligations, we must adhere strictly to our core values of: Rigorous obedience to the Constitution, Respect, Compassion, Fairness, Integrity, Accountability, and Leadership.

Division: Director's Office
Section: Office of Equal Employment Opportunity Affairs

Unit: Special Programs
Location: Washington, DC

Working Hours : 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Frequent travel is required

Working Conditions: Work is performed in office and related settings.

Physical Demands: The uniqueness of the this position requires ability to interpret and read continuously for periods of up to three to four hours. Interpreting will, at times require standing without a break for long periods of time.
  • U.S. Citizenship Required.
  • Must be able to obtain a Top Secret clearance.

  • Serves as a resource person for the Bureau's Sign Language Interpreter Services (SLIS) and perform equal employment opportunity (EEO) duties associated with deaf persons and/or hard of hearing persons.
  • Implements Sign Language Interpreter Services by coordinating and providing sign language interpreter/reading services.
  • Provides expert advice to contract Interpreters on interpreting techniques, Interpreter's Code of Ethics, and other related policies and regulations.
  • Interprets spoken English or Contact Sign for employees, visitors, or applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing.
  • Develops a curriculum and course objectives.
  • Conducts ongoing series of in-house sign language instruction for employees such as sensitivity awareness training for supervisors and managers, field offices and other FBI facilities to increase awareness of barriers.
  • Maintains contact with local and national organizations concerned with persons who are deaf or hard of hearing and blind.
  • Represents the FBI on committees, and at conferences for the deaf or hard of hearing persons.
  • Reads assignments to help the blind or visually impaired.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: Please make sure your specialized experience/requirement(s) can be identified in your resume.

All applicants must meet the following Selective Placement Factor for further consideration. SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR: All applicants must be certified by the National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID).

In addition to the Selective Placement Factor, all applicants must have one (1) year specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade (GS 11).
  • Interpreting and reading skills to provide communication which is essential for visually impaired and hearing impaired individuals in all aspects of their work.

Applicants must meet the qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: Your application will be evaluated and rated under the FBI's Candidate Rating Procedures. Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed in 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. Your application will then be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified. Names of candidates in the best qualified category will be sent to the hiring official for employment consideration. Candidates within the best qualified category who are eligible for veteran preference will receive selection priority over non-veteran preference eligibles.

All applicants will be rated on the following Competencies:
  • Oral Communication
  • Written Communication
  • Education
  • Training
  • Customer Service
High self-assessment in the vacancy questions that is not supported by information in your resume, and/or supporting documents may eliminate you from best-qualified status or result in a lowered score.

Additional details on the application process can be found at the "How To Apply" section of this announcement.

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BENEFITS: The FBI offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation; sick leave; holidays; telework; life insurance; health benefits; and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees: Benefits


Policy has been implemented wherein support employees entering a position through a competitive OR non-competitive action may be precluded from moving to another position within the Bureau by means of reassignment or change to a lower grade for a minimum of 12 months. This policy does not apply to probationary employees. Probationary employees are generally precluded from being considered for all job opportunities until their 12-month probationary period has concluded.

Candidates are ineligible to apply if currently on a Performance Improvement Plan (PIP); or have failed a PIP and are currently awaiting the final action by your Human Resources Office.

A Performance Improvement Plan (PIP) is a 90-day written developmental plan for an employee whose performance on one or more critical elements is rated "Unacceptable".

All selectees, with the exception of current FBI employees, will be required to serve a one-year probationary period.

Generally, following a COST TRANSFER you will be eligible for transfer after completing three years in the assignment. Additionally, NO COST TRANSFER require a one-year assignment commitment to be eligible for further FBI transfers.

Relocation expenses will be borne by the selectee, except FBI employees returning from Legat assignment.

Veterans' Preference: If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency.

For 5-point veterans' preference, please provide your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty); official statement of service from your command, if you are currently on active duty; or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.

For 10-point veterans' preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and other required documentation identified on the SF-15 to support your preference claim.

For further information on how to claim veteran's preference please go to Veteran's Preference

Applicants should keep their contact information updated on the USAJOBS registration page.

Identification of promotion potential in this announcement does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee selected at some future date. Promotion will depend upon administrative approval and the continuing need for an actual assignment and performance of higher-level duties.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and consent to a complete background investigation, urinalysis, and polygraph. You must be suitable for Federal employment; as determined by a background investigation. Only those candidates determined to be best qualified will be contacted to proceed in the selection process.

The FBI is in the Executive Branch of the federal government. It is one of the components of the Department of Justice (DOJ). The FBI is the principal investigative arm of the DOJ. All FBI positions are in the excepted service.

The FBI welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities and will reasonably accommodate the needs of those persons. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the person on the extension provided above. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. The FBI is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit.

The FBI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for this vacancy. Except where otherwise provided by law, selection will be made without regard to, and there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, parental status, physical or mental disability, genetic information, age, sex, sexual orientation, membership or nonmembership in an employee organization, or on the basis of personal favoritism, or any other non-merit factors.

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