BASIC REQUIREMENT: The Victim Specialist position requires a bachelor's degree (or higher) in behavioral or social science, or a discipline related to the victim assistance field, including but not limited to: Criminal Justice, Social Work, Counseling, Human Services, or Psychology.
Combination of education and experience -- that provided the applicant with knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to the major in the field.
Four years of appropriate experience that demonstrated that the applicant has acquired knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field.
In addition to meeting the BASIC REQUIREMENTS of the position above, applicants must also meet the education OR specialized experience (SE) as listed below:
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE for the GS-11: Applicant must have at least one (1) year of SE at the GS-09 level. SE is defined as:
- Worked within a law enforcement or victim service agency to assess, triage and provide crisis intervention and assistance to victims at the time they suffered direct or threatened physical, emotional, psychological, or pecuniary (financial) harm as a result of a violent crime.
-Performed direct client services and/or program development functions
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE for the GS-12: Applicant must have one year of SE equivalent to the GS-11 grade level. SE is defined as:
- Worked within a law enforcement agency to assess, triage and provide crisis intervention and assistance to victims at the time they suffered direct or threatened physical, emotional, psychological, or pecuniary (financial) harm as a result of a violent crime.
-Performed a variety of direct client services, program development functions. - Provided consultation and technical assistance to local agencies.
- Developed training materials.
- Coordinated activities relating to the administration of programs for violent crime victims.
In addition, at the beginning of your resume, please indicate if you have experience making death notifications. Also in your resume, please provide the name of the agency and the number of years experience that you have detailing how you directly and in-person assessed the needs of and provided crisis intervention services and/or appropriate resources/referrals to victims.
IF SUBSTITUTING EDUCATION FOR SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-11 level: Applicant must have three full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. OR possess a Ph.D. OR equivalent doctoral degree in behavioral or social science or a discipline related to the victim assistance field.
GS-12: Education may not be substituted for SE at this level.
All degrees must be from an accredited college or university.
Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements provided applicants can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States.
Please make sure your specialized experience/requirement(s) can be identified in your resume. To ensure that FBI Victim Specialists maintain their effectiveness and safety even after repeated exposure to traumatic events, all FBI Victim Specialists are required to participate in an operational and psychological screening, assessment, and evaluation on an annual basis, and must pass this screening in order to remain in the FBI Victim Specialist position. 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:
- Social Perceptiveness
- Sociology and Anthropology
- Inductive Reasoning
- Communication and Liaison Skills
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. To preview questions please click here.