Job Overview

Summary

Become part of the team that safeguards the financial system from the abuses of financial crime. At the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), we are at the forefront in preventing and detecting terrorist financing, money laundering, and other financial crime. Serve at the nation's financial intelligence unit and protect the United States financial system from criminals and terrorist financiers.

The Director, Office of Strategic Policy leads a major office of the Policy Division, within the U.S. Department of Treasury's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN).   The Policy Division is responsible for designing the regulatory and compliance framework that protects the U.S. financial system from money laundering, terrorist financing, and other illicit finance.  In developing policy solutions, the Policy Division considers the needs and equities of all FinCEN stakeholders, including law enforcement, regulators, foreign financial intelligence units, industry, and the public.  The Policy Division is subdivided into the Office of Regulatory Policy and the Office of Strategic Policy. 

 The Office of Strategic Policy helps ensure the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) framework – “the defense” – is implemented effectively by drafting advisories on specific threats and vulnerabilities and otherwise overseeing and coordinating the BSA compliance policy.  The Office of Strategic Policy also serves as the think tank for policy responses to anti-money laundering/countering terrorist finance (AML/CFT) vulnerabilities in the US and global financial systems. 

Duties

The Director, Office of Strategic Policy duties: 

  • Develops and manages a staff of strategic policy senior and junior specialists, identifies objectives, and sets office-wide plans for carrying out AML/CFT strategic policy development activities.  
  • Leads and oversees staff in developing AML/CFT policy positions in coordination with many other agencies and private sector representatives, holding diverse viewpoints, and involving sensitive, controversial, complex and critical issues with far-reaching impact.
  • Leads the communication of AML/CFT policy positions in a dynamic, fast-paced environment, responding to inquiries from key officials of the Treasury Department, high-ranking federal and private officials, and members of Congress, among others.
  • Represents FinCEN and the Treasury Department in executive-level meetings with other agencies and private sector representatives, to convey findings and judgments on strategic policy issues involving AML/CFT.
  • Directs staff in researching, planning, drafting, editing, and presenting AML/CFT strategic policy findings and judgments, ensuring that the office’s written products and presentations are clear, consistent, concise, and judgmentally sound.
  • Oversees and directs staff in the preparation of advisories for regulators and regulated industry on specific money laundering and terrorist financing threats and the related vulnerabilities to the financial system, seeking to share such advisories with foreign officials, as appropriate.
  • Leads staff in coordinating BSA compliance procedures between the many BSA examining agencies, seeking  to maximize a coordinated understanding and approach to identifying vulnerabilities and areas of AML/CFT concern to be addressed.
  • Seeks to maximize communication with all other components of FinCEN and at all levels to ensure each component’s unique expertise and authorities are brought to bear in a collaborative effort for maximum impact against the most serious money laundering and national security threats.
  • Collaborates with other supervisors within the division on the establishment of broad program objectives, organizational goals, policies, priorities, methods to assess the accomplishment of such objectives, and the resources required to be successful.  Provides for the reporting and evaluation of program accomplishments.
  • Collaborates with other supervisors within the division on the establishment of employee performance standards, evaluates performance, promotes team building, settles disputes, recommends personnel actions, and promotes adherence to public policy, including diversity and equal opportunity in employment.
  • Provides effective leadership, mentors, develops, and motivates staff.