DIVERSITY AT THE FBI
To effectively accomplish our mission, the FBI needs people from different backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. The Bureau values and leverages human differences, opinions and perspectives to empower our FBI community to achieve its greatest potential. The FBI’s commitment to fostering diversity and inclusion is integrated into every facet of employment, including leadership and career development, recruitment, staffing, workforce planning and sustainability. At every level and in every position, the FBI embraces unique perspectives to accomplish its mission.
Seeking Special Agents from a Broad Range of Backgrounds
We’re looking for the next generation of Special Agents, those who come from a broad range of backgrounds, career fields, and experiences and who seek to lend their expertise for the greater good. Our mission-critical work requires a wide range of skill sets and unique perspectives to conduct criminal and national security investigations, including enforcing more than 300 federal statutes. Special Agents support the core of our mission every day at home and abroad — to protect the American people and uphold the U.S. Constitution.
See how your specialized skills could translate to an unparalleled career of public service, especially if your interests, education or experience aligns with one of the areas below:
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)
Your STEM expertise could significantly contribute to our work in keeping up with evolving threats and aggressive actions taken against our national security. We need Special Agents who are logical thinkers and experienced in network security, computer science, software engineering, mathematical formulation, and technology. Because technology permeates every aspect of what we do, counterterrorism investigations, as well as technology and computer-based cybercrimes (website hacks, intrusions, data theft, ransomware, and other attacks) make up some of our top priorities.
Linguists and Language Analysts
You may have been raised speaking a language other than English, taught it for a few years or even participated in intensive learning before going overseas to use it. Apply your knowledge of language and culture to a rewarding and sought-after career as a Special Agent where you will use your knowledge and cultural expertise in multiple of areas over which the FBI has jurisdiction.
As a Special Agent, you will apply your legal expertise and knowledge to help investigate domestic and international criminal activity; provide legal advice to the entire FBI on a wide range of substantive issues; work closely with other DOJ offices and members of the Intelligence Community; and partner with federal, state, and local law enforcement and other entities to further investigations.
You bring a highly valued set of tactical skills and expertise, as well as leadership, integrity, teamwork, and dedication forged by your armed forces or law enforcement career. Whether you have experience in detective work, as a member of a SWAT team, or as a helicopter/jet/rescue pilot, K-9 handler, bomb tech, operational paramedic or otherwise, your knack for raising challenging questions and responding to crises on a daily basis is a pretty good indicator that an Special Agent Career is the next step for you.
Whether you’re a college or university professor (tenured, adjunct, or otherwise), a faculty member or an elementary, middle or high school teacher, you have a gift for relating with individuals of all ages and backgrounds. Your teaching skills make you methodical and allow you to consolidate comprehensive information into strategic, analytical lesson plans. Your skills will easily translate to a Special Agent career, where you’ll enhance your team’s understanding of threats, vulnerabilities, and gaps by investigating matters and building relationships with communities and individuals from all walks of life.
Whether you work in counterterrorism, criminal investigations or prevent cyberattacks, investigating computer-based crimes (website hacks, intrusions, data theft, ransomware, etc.) make up some of our top priorities. You will work on highly collaborative investigative teams to stop counterintelligence plots, fraud, bank robberies, and more. You can expect continued specialized training once onboard and opportunities to work on some of the Bureau’s most complex cases.
Paramedics, Nurses, Employee Assistance Counselors and Mental Health Assessment Specialists possess unique knowledge, skills, and experiences that are highly valued by the FBI. Our Special Agents use their previous medical training and experience to work in settings throughout all FBI operations — both in the office, as well as in the field — to protect the American people.
Your understanding of human behavior is critical for a Special Agent especially when analyzing motives and providing insights about psychological characteristics and behavioral patterns that help keep people safe. Your analysis helps assess threats and identify individuals and groups who may pose risks to national security or public safety. Your expertise and compassion ensure the most appropriate and effective handling of sensitive cases involving children or trauma victims and situations, including hostage negotiations.
You are driven to follow the money trail and discover hidden assets, connecting the dots to trace transactions back to their source. You will use your accounting and finance background as a Special Agent to analyze data, then consult with and educate your team. Your diversified financial skills will easily adapt to all areas: from counterintelligence and cybersecurity to organized crime and terrorism. From testifying in court to conducting sensitive financial investigations, you will hone your accounting and financial skills at the highest level.
Candidates must be between 23 – 36 years of age; we highly encourage applicants from all backgrounds to apply.
Repeatedly Recognized as a “Best Place to Work” For Diversity
Did you know that the FBI was named as one of DiversityJobs’ Top Employers for 2020 in government? That’s not surprising given our concerted efforts in promoting diversity throughout our workforce and ensuring fairness and equality for all employees. We’ve also been named one of the Top 20 Government Employers by Woman Engineer magazine in its Spring 2020 issue and one of the Top Government & Law Enforcement Agencies by the Black EOE Journal. We’re proud to be recognized as an employer who has shown consistent outreach and dedication to hiring from all diversity groups and will continue to promote equality and inclusion in all that we do.
That’s not all. The FBI was also recognized as one of Equal Opportunity Magazine’s Top 20 Government Employers based on its Readers Choice Awards in 2019. This consistent recognition further emphasizes our commitment to diversity and equality within the workplace — be it in the field, in the lab or within our Washington, DC Headquarters. At the FBI, everyone is welcome!
The FBI has been recognized as:
- Top Employer for 2020 in Government
- Top 20 Government Employer
- Top Government & Law Enforcement Agency
- Top 20 Government Employer for 2020
- Diversity Agent Recruitment Event
The FBI is committed to building a high performing, diverse and inclusive workforce. However, there are still disproportionately low numbers of individuals from diverse backgrounds within the Special Agent ranks. The FBI is addressing this issue by adopting a new approach to recruiting.
The Diversity Agent Recruitment (DAR) event is a by-invitation information session designed to introduce potential applicants from diverse backgrounds to the Special Agent position with the goal of increasing their numbers within the Special Agent ranks. During a DAR event, potential applicants are given the opportunity to obtain information about the FBI, ask questions about the Special Agent position, and interact with FBI personnel. This targeted approach to recruiting gives applicants from a wide variety of backgrounds the opportunity to see themselves as part of the FBI family.
Applicants who attend a DAR event and apply to the Special Agent position must meet the same qualifications and are subject to the same application process as every other Special Agent applicant. DAR events are scheduled for several cities throughout the United States.
Explore Previous DAR Events
Click here to read Former FBI Director James Comey’s remarks from the Washington, D.C. DAR event.
Click here to read an article on the Washington, D.C. DAR event.
Click here to read an article and view videos from the Houston, TX DAR event.
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- Diversity Advisory Committees
Committed to the expansion of diversity throughout the FBI, the Diversity Advisory Committees (DACs) provide feedback to FBI leadership about the success of diversity policies, programs, and practices as they relate to underrepresented communities. The committees encourage employee engagement on diversity and inclusion matters, as well as participation in commemorative programs, cultural awareness activities, and diversity training. Goals and objectives of the DACs include:
- Eliminating discriminatory practices;
- Ensuring that all communities and individuals are appropriately represented throughout the workforce;
- Enhancing the recruitment, employment, retention and advancement of diverse employees and applicants within the FBI; and
- Identifying employment barriers and recommending specific actions to remove these barriers in order to minimize their impact on underrepresented employees.
The nine FBI Diversity Advisory Committees consist of the:
- American Indian/Alaska Native Advisory Committee
- Asian Pacific American Advisory Committee
- Black Affairs Diversity Committee
- Hispanic Advisory Board
- Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Allies Advisory Committee
- Near & Middle East Advisory Committee
- Persons with Disabilities Advisory Committee
- Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee
- Women’s Advisory Committee
- Non-Competitive Hiring of Individuals with Disabilities
The FBI’s diversity initiatives also extend to persons with disabilities. The FBI has established a non-competitive appointing authority similar to the directive used in the competitive service under Schedule A (5 CFR 213.3102(u)) for persons with developmental disabilities, severe physical disabilities and/or psychiatric disabilities.
Supporting documentation for consideration under this authority may include a certification of job readiness (for consideration for permanent appointment) and proof of a qualifying disability issued from a licensed medical professional, a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist or any federal or state agency. An agency of the District of Columbia or a U.S. territory that issues or provides disability benefits may also certify the applicant as a person with a disability, describing the ability of the applicant to perform the essential duties of the position for which he or she is applying.
For more information, please visit the Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) Federal Employment of People with Disabilities page.
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