Forensic Systems Program Manager, GS-14 (EX)
Department Of Justice - Quantico, VA

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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: Laboratory

Section: Biometrics Analysis

Unit: Combined DNA Index System Location:
This position is located at the FBI Laboratory, Quantico, Virginia. No public transportation is available.

Working Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Travel required
  • Must be able to obtain a Top Secret-SCI clearance.
  • U.S. Citizenship Required

  • Serve as a program manager and be responsible for the development of forensic applications to be used by the FBI as well as by other forensic science laboratories throughout the US and in other countries.
  • Oversees the design, development, enhancement and full life cycle maintenance of complex automation applications which consist of multiple systems and/or databases.
  • Coordinates formulation of policy regarding the program to ensure the computer system is developed, updated and maintained in a way that allows for the collection, storage and retrieval of forensic science information that is useful not only to the FBI but to law enforcement world-wide.
  • Responsible for establishing standards and operating procedures for all agencies accessing the system to ensure the highest degree of consistency and usability of data regardless of the original source.
  • Responsible for developing program to train state and local crime laboratory and law enforcement personnel in the application of the system.
  • Responsible for writing statements of work and memoranda of understanding related to development, enhancement and/or maintenance of the system and development of a national network for system sites.
  • Conducts executive level presentations to state, Federal and International government officials on relevant issues surrounding the operation of a National/International system.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: Selective Placement Factor: All applicants must have Project Management certification. Please indicate in your resume, the date you were certified and submit certificate. Qualification Requirements: Applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level in the federal service. Specialized experience is - Managing a program which includes planning, development, implementation, and oversight of a complex database and/or system. This includes developing short and long-term plans, setting goals, assigning work, identifying problems, and adjusting priorities and schedules. This requires analytical ability, judgment, discretion, and knowledge of program management principles and concepts. Please make sure your specialized experience/requirement(s) can be identified in your resume.
Applicants must meet the qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Required Leadership Training: This position aligns to the front line manager career level. All new FBI supervisors are required to attend and complete the Leadership Development Program's front line school before the expiration of their probationary period. This five-day, instructor-led classroom course, located in the Washington, D.C. area, will teach FBI core competencies and will prepare new front line supervisors for the leadership challenges specific to their roles. Upon selection, candidates will be automatically enrolled in the course. Additional information regarding this training will be provided at the time of selection by a Leadership Development Program representative.

Frequent travel may be required.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: Your application will be evaluated and rated under FBI's Candidate Rating Procedures. Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on 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:
  • Leadership
  • Organizing and Planning
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Forensics/Evidence
  • Software Development
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.

The probationary periods will be served concurrently.

Relocation expenses will be borne by the selectee. 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.

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.

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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