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Job Title:Forensic Child Interview Specialist, GS-14 (EX)

Department:Department Of Justice

Agency:Federal Bureau of Investigation

Job Announcement Number:00-2013-0050

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$84,697.00 to $110,104.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, January 30, 2013 to Tuesday, February 12, 2013




Excepted Service Appointment - This is a permanent, full-time appointment.




1 vacancy - Los Angeles, CA, USView Map
1 vacancy - Sacramento, CA, USView Map
1 vacancy - San Francisco, CA, USView Map
1 vacancy - Las Vegas, NV, USView Map


This announcement is open to all qualified U.S. citizens.

This position is being advertised concurrently with Announcement Number 00-2013-0051. FBI candidates who wish to be considered on External and FBI only certificates must apply to both announcements.


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:  Office for Victim Assistance 
Locations: Las Vegas, Nevada; Los Angeles, California; Sacramento, California or San Francisco, California.


Working Hours :  9:00 am - 5:30 pm


Please be advised that the above salary is the base salary range for the grade 14 position.  The actual salaries are below:


Las Vegas:      $96,690 - $125,695

Los Angeles:   $107,701 - $140,008

Sacramento:   $103,500 - $134,547

San Francisco: $114,468 - $148,806


This position covers the states of Alaska, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon and Washington.


Please be advised that there is only (1) vacancy available for this position. The incumbent will be placed in one of the field offices listed above.


To ensure that FBI Child/Adolescent Forensic Interviewers (CAFIs) maintain their effectiveness and safety even after repeated exposure to traumatic events, all CAFIs are required to participate and pass an operational and psychological screening, assessment, and evaluation on an annual basis, to remain in the CAFI position. 


An advanced degree in Social Work or Psychology is highly desirable, but this is not a mandatory requirement to qualify for any of these positions.


Individuals bilingual in English and Spanish, particularly for the Los Angeles position, would be highly desirable, but this is not a mandatory requirement to qualify for the position.


A license as a clinical provider in either Social Work or Psychology is highly desirable, but this is not a mandatory requirement to qualify for the position.


  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Must be able to obtain a Top Secret SCI clearance.


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  • Conducts forensic interviews of child and adolescent victims and/or witnesses of sexual and physical abuse, exploitation, abduction, terrorism and/or witnesses of violent crime.
  • Develops, coordinates, and provides training for FBI agents, local, federal, tribal and international law enforcement.
  • Participates in the process and development of multi-disciplinary teams (MDTs) and child protection teams (CPTs) in communities where they do not exist to foster effective investigation and prosecution of child abuse and exploitation cases.
  • Develops educational materials, professional articles, and other written materials that promote knowledge of the child interviewing program and current issues associated with interviewing child victims and witnesses.
  • Testifies as both a subject matter expert and witness to the case.



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1. Degree; behavioral or social science; or related disciplines appropriate to the position. OR


2. Combination of education (that includes at least 24 semester hours in course work that included the behavioral or social sciences) and experience that provides knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field. OR


3. 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.


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

In addition to the Basic Educational Requirement above, Applicant must have one year of specialized experience in the federal service, at the next lower grade level (GS 13).  Specialized experience (SE) is:

  • Conducting child forensic interviews for five or more years, specifically of victims/witnesses, ranging in age from 3 to 18, and of children/adults with developmental disabilities.
  • Investigative interviewing with a multi-disciplinary approach.
  • Forensic interviewing based on a nationally-recognized model or protocol, having received this training within the last 5 years.
  • Testifying in court on cases related to one's subject matter expertise.
  • Developing and conducting training sessions in one's subject matter expertise.

Extensive travel throughout the United States is required.  Candidates must be willing to travel approximately 75% of their time.

Selectee(s) may be required to testify in court as a subject matter expert or witness in a case.

Positive Education Requirement:  This position has a specific education requirement; all applicants must verify completion of this basic education requirement by submitting a copy of college transcripts by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.  Please see the "Required Documents" section of this announcement for additional information.


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:

Administrative/Organizational Policies and Procedures

Education and Training
Interpersonal Communication

Oral Communication

Problem Solving


Written Communication


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.


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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, with one exception: they may be considered for competitive vacancies that are advertised within their respective division or field office after serving 90 days within the FBI.

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.

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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The following instructions outline our application process. You must complete this application process and submit any required documents by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. If applying online poses a hardship please contact the HR Specialist listed in the vacancy announcement prior to the closing date for assistance.

Step 1 - Establish an Account
On the USAJOBS Web site, select "MY USAJOBS" and click "Create Your Account Now." You will be prompted to provide contact information, establish user access information, and indicate your citizenship and veteran preference information. After entering this data, your personal page will be created. Here, you can choose to create a new resume or set up email notification agents to alert you to new positions posted to USAJOBS.

Step 2 - Create and Store a Resume
To add a resume on USAJOBS, use the resume builder provided. There are four steps: Getting Started; Experience; Related Information; and Finishing Up. Resumes created on USAJOBS are saved and can be used to apply for any vacancy within the federal government. You can store up to five resumes on USAJOBS.  You may need to customize your resume to ensure that it supports your responses to the online questionnaire.
Step 3 - Apply Online
Click the "Apply Online" button on this announcement and then select the resume you wish to submit with your application. You will be redirected to the FBIJOBs. gov website to complete the application process.

Step 4 - Answer the Online Questions and Submit Your Application
If this is your first time on website, you will be prompted to register by answering questions related to your eligibility for federal employment. The system will save these responses and take you back to the main screen so that you can answer the job-specific questions. Click on the "Continue" button to answer the job-specific questions. You must answer all the questions and click the "Finish" button.

Step 5 - Submit Required Documents
Click on one of the available options: Upload, USAJOBS, Fax, or Reuse existing documents, to submit required documentation.  Follow the instructions provided.

Step 6 - Review and Confirm Your Submission
Once you click "Done," you will see a summary of your application for your review. You may also generate a PDF version to print or save for your records. When you click "Finish" at the bottom of the page, you will then be directed back to USAJOBS where you can confirm that your application has been submitted and track your application status.

If you run into any technical difficulty during the on-line application process, please contact the USAJOBS helpdesk by clicking on "Contact Us" on any USAJOBS page.


To apply for this position, you must provide a complete application package by the closing date which includes:
1. Your resume (required)and cover letter (optional)
2. A complete assessment questionnaire (required)
3. Other supporting documents:
  • College transcript(s), if qualifying based on education
  • SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action
  • Most recent Performance Appraisal- Please Note: This does not apply to current FBI employees.
  • For Veterans: DD 214
  • For Disabled Veterans: DD214, SF-15
  • VA letter dated 1991 or later


Robert White
Phone: 202-233-9354
Fax: 000-000-0000
TDD: 202-324-3000
Agency Information:
935 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Mail Stop GP-702B
Attn: Staffing and Position Management Unit II
Washington, DC
Fax: 000-000-0000


Once your complete application is received we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking. The best qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified of the outcome.

Status of Your Application:
You can check the status of your application by accessing the USAJOBS website at and clicking on "Track Your Online Application."

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