Criminal investigator

U.S. Secret Service | Columbia, SC

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Posted Date 3/02/2020
Description

Joining the Secret Service, Office of Investigations, as a special agent will allow you to perform critical protective and investigative assignments. The special agent position starts at a salary of $49,016 (GL-7, step 1), with promotion potential to $144,676(GS-13, step 10). For more information on the Secret Service click here.

This position is covered by Law Enforcement Availability Pay (LEAP) and additional compensation of 25% of the base salary will be added to locality pay.

During the course of their careers, special agents carry out assignments in both investigations and protection and may be assigned to multiple duty stations throughout the U.S. and abroad. Duties include:

  • Providing protection for various protectees.
  • Conducting criminal investigations pertaining to financial obligations of the United States.
  • Planning and implementing security designs for National Special Security Events.

You qualify for the GL-07 level (starting salary $49,016) if you possess one of the following:  A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with superior academic achievement (S.A.A.)which is based on class standing, grade-point average, or honor society membership.  For more information on S.A.A. please click here. OR At least one full year of graduate level education (i.e. 18 semester hours). OR At least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GL-5 level. Specialized experience is defined as, the exercise of tact, initiative, ingenuity, resourcefulness and judgment in collecting, assembling, and developing facts, evidence and other pertinent data through investigative techniques. Experience must demonstrate the ability to orally communicate and produce written reports and presentations of personally conducted or personally directed investigations, examinations, or inspections; or the ability to analyze and evaluate evidence and arrive at sound conclusions.

You qualify for the GL-09 level (starting salary $54,668) if you possess one of the following: A master's or equivalent graduate degree (such as LL.B. or J.D.) or two full years of progressively higher level graduate education, in a related field, leading to such a degree from an accredited college or university; OR At least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GL-7 level. Specialized experience is defined as, experience writing technical or non-technical documents to communicate information to others within and outside a professional or academic setting; gathering information, performing analyses, summarizing results, identifying problem areas and proposing and implementing solutions; taking responsibility for own actions and those of team members to ensure the goals and deadlines for the team are met; and leading meeting or seminars on behalf of a work or academic group, presenting complex material, and responding effectively to questions from audience members; analyzing intelligence or investigative information OR A combination of specialized experience, as described above, and related graduate level education, beyond the first full year of graduate level study.

If you will successfully complete a Master's or equivalent graduate degree (such as an LL.B. or J.D.) or at least two full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in a related field within 9 months of your application date you should apply to both the GL-7 and GL-9 grade levels.  An official transcript will be required upon completion.

We review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the minimum qualification requirements.

This is an open continuous announcement. The first cut-off date for consideration of applicants will be March 6, 2020. Thereafter, the cut-off for applications received will be every Friday of each month until the job opportunity announcement closes.       
 
Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are considered in the following order: (1) preference eligibles having a compensable service-connected disability of 10% or more; followed by (2) other 10-point preference eligibles; (3) 5-point preference eligible; and (4) non-preference eligibles (i.e., non-veterans). For information on veterans' preference, please click here.
 
National Service Experience (i.e., volunteer experience) Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Applicants must successfully complete Phase I (see below) to be certified to receive a conditional offer of employment notification. In addition applicants must successfully complete Phase II (see below) in order to receive final consideration for employment.


Phase I: 

  • Special Agent Entrance Exam (SAEE);
  • May be subject to an Applicant Physical Abilities Test;
  • Interview; and
  • Credit check

Phase II:

  • Security Interview;
  • Polygraph examination;
  • May be subject to a Psychological assessment;
  • Medical examination; and
  • Background investigation (a top secret security clearance)

To view the entire application process, please click here, and click on the red arrow to move through the process. 

The Secret Service follows stringent guidelines relating to illegal drug usage. An applicant's history is reviewed and a determination for employment is made according to our guidelines. For more information regarding the U.S. Secret Service drug guidelines please click here. Qualified applicants will only be referred at the highest grade level for which they qualify. Consideration will be given to performance appraisals and incentive awards as an indicator of quality of prior experience, no points will be assigned.

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