Senior Advisor Technology and Investment Risk job with USAJobs



The mission of the National Security Division is to carry out the DOJ’s highest priority: protect the United States from threats to national security by pursuing justice through the law. The NSD’s organizational structure is designed to ensure greater coordination and unity of purpose between prosecutors and law enforcement agencies, and intelligence attorneys and the Intelligence Community, on the other, thus strengthening the effectiveness of the federal government’s national security efforts.
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Special Note : This position is covered under a Special Hiring Authority
Authorized by the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA) for Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) Positions for which the National Security Division is part of.

For member agencies of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), Direct-Hire is authorized by the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA), Sec. 1717(a)(4)(B) of the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 which states:
SPECIAL HIRING AUTHORITY.-The heads of the departments and agencies represented on the Committee may appoint, without regard to the provisions of sections 3309 through 3318 of title 5, United States Code, candidates directly to positions in the competitive service (as defined in section 2102 of that title) in their respective departments and agencies. The primary responsibility of positions authorized under the preceding sentence shall be to administer this section.

As the Senior Advisor, the incumbent is responsible for all technical risk analysis on behalf of FIRS and all threat and risk assessment for the Chief, to include NSD-wide matters related to cyber, semiconductors, telecommunications, agricultural technology, advanced robotics, remote control devices, sophisticated adhesive products, materials science, cutting edge energy production techniques, global positioning systems, biotechnology products, solvents, chemicals, and other emerging technology areas.

While the Senior Advisor may not have personal expertise in every relevant technology area, the Senior Advisor must be sufficiently familiar with emerging technologies to know how and where to procure technical information for DOJ to make an informed judgment on the issue at hand and to propose and evaluate effective mitigation techniques. Primary responsibilities include but are not limited to:

-Serves as the principal technical advisor responsible for providing expert advice and guidance to NSD’s senior leadership on national security risk associated with foreign acquisitions of domestic entities and identifying knowledge gaps related to technology that must be addressed to further national security.

-Provides expertise on technology, risk, and mitigation options that fall within DOJ’s jurisdiction. The incumbent participates in interagency discussions as needed related to technology and subject matter expertise regarding mergers and acquisitions.

-Performs and advises on research in connection with matters falling within FIRS’s purview or within the Chief’s general responsibilities.-Maintains close personal relationships with DOJ and interagency components working on national security, foreign investment and emerging technology issues. The incumbent advises the Chief on inquiries from Congress and other agencies on national security matters within the Chief’s purview.

Travel Required

Occasional travel – You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to qualify for this position.
  • You are required to respond to and submit the Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs) separately.
  • You must submit to a drug test and receive a negative drug test result before you can be appointed into this position.
  • You will need to successfully complete a background security investigation before you can be appointed into this position. Entrance on duty is contingent upon preliminary completion of a security clearance.
  • Veterans’ preference is applicable for Senior Level (SL) positions consistent with the rules of competitive and excepted service examining.
  • Only experience obtained by closing date of this announcement will be considered.
  • This position requires a Top Secret/SCI Clearance – (Candidate must be able to obtain the required security clearance).

Due to the technical nature of this position, in order to meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must address the Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs) separately.

Please see Application Procedures for specific instructions.


Applicants must provide evidence of progressively responsible executive oversight that is indicative of senior executive level management capability and directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under Technical Qualifications listed below.

Typically, experience of this nature will have been gained at or above the GS-14/15 grade level in the federal service or its equivalent in the private sector. Please be sure to give concrete examples of your experience and demonstrate the complexity of the knowledge you possess. As such, your resume should demonstrate that you have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully fulfill responsibilities inherent in most SL positions such as:

YOU WILL BE EVALUATED ON ALL OF THE FOLLOWING MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (MTQ): Your responses to the MTQs should be addressed separately, not to exceed six pages.

MTQ 1: Experience that demonstrates the ability to research, orchestrate and conduct technical risk assessment and threat, vulnerability, and consequence analysis related to emerging and rapidly advancing technologies (e.g., “internet of things,” computer science, information and network technology, cyber, telecommunications, agricultural technology, advanced robotics, remote control devices, global positioning systems, biotechnology products, chemicals, engineering of various types).

MTQ 2: Ability to evaluate technical compliance with government conditions and requirements related to engineering and scientific solutions of various types and business processes of various types.

MTQ 3: Ability to educate legal, policy, and other audiences on a variety of scientific and technical threats impacting national security and the law. Strong communications and interpersonal skills, with a proven record of excellence for effectively interfacing with high level officials, that have contributed to the successful execution of organizational missions, programs, and projects as they related to new technologies.

Applicants must submit the following information to JMD Human Resources prior to the closing date of this announcement: A resume, Mandatory Technical Qualifications statements. For current or former federal employees, must also submit most recent SF-50, and current performance appraisal.


Additional information

DOJ 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: .

EEO Policy Statement: The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor. The complete DOJ EEO Statement/Policy is found at: .

Reasonable Accommodation
Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Veterans Information
Veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces and were separated under honorable conditions may be eligible for veterans’ preference. For service beginning after October 15, 1976, the veteran must have served the required length of time and have a Campaign Badge, Expeditionary Medal, a service-connected disability, or have served in the Gulf War between August 2, 1990, and January 2, 1992. The Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) gives veterans access to job vacancies that might otherwise be closed to them. The law allows eligible veterans to compete for vacancies advertised under agency’s promotion procedures when the agency is seeking applications from outside of its own workforce. To claim veterans’ preference, veterans should be ready to provide a copy of their DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, or other proof. Veterans with service connected disability and others claiming 10 point preference will need to submit Form SF-15, Application for 10-point Veterans’ Preference. For more specifics on all veterans employment issues such as Veterans preference or special appointing authorities see the VetGuide.

Legal and Regulatory Guidance

  • Social Security Number – Your Social Security Number may be requested under the authority of Executive Order 9397 to uniquely identify your records from those of other applicants who may have the same name. As allowed by law or Presidential directive, your Social Security Number is used to seek information about you from employers, schools, banks, and others who may know you.
  • Privacy Act – Privacy Act Notice (PL 93-579): The information requested here is used to determine qualifications for employment and is authorized under Title 5 U.S.C. 3302 and 3361.
  • Signature – Before you are hired, you will be required to sign and certify the accuracy of the information in your application.
  • False Statements – If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or you may be subject to fine, imprisonment, or other disciplinary action.
  • Selective Service – If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above. We recommend that your resume emphasize your level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity of the programs managed, and your program accomplishments, including the results of your actions. You will be evaluated to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications required of the position and on the extent your application demonstrates that you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities required of the Assistant Director, Learning and Workforce Development. Please be sure to give concrete examples of your experience and demonstrate the complexity of the knowledge you possess.

MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (MTQs)Each mandatory technical qualification must be addressed separately.

Each mandatory technical qualification must be addressed separately.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Top Secret

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Special-Sensitive (SS)/High Risk

Trust determination process
Credentialing , Suitability/Fitness , National security

Required Documents

Applicants who fail to submit all information and documents (i.e., resume, Mandatory Technical Qualifications, and other documents as applicable) WILL NOT receive consideration for this position.

Each Mandatory Technical Qualification must be addressed separately.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.