FBI Portland
Beth Anne Steele
(503) 460-8099
April 11, 2019

FBI Portland Hosts National Diversity Recruitment Conference for Special Agents: Take the Challenge, Take the Chance

FBI agents live and work in the communities they serve, but they don’t always share the same life experiences as their neighbors. As the FBI works to fill special agent vacancies, our goal is to build an agency that is more inclusive and better representative of the people we protect. As part of that effort, the FBI is bringing its national-level Diversity Agent Recruiting (DAR) event to Portland on April 23, 2019 to highlight the agency’s emphasis on hiring women and people of color.

“Having diverse viewpoints allows us to challenge each other to aim higher while our shared values of leadership, respect, and integrity keep us grounded in the Constitutional foundation on which the FBI was built,” said Renn Cannon, special agent in charge of the FBI in Oregon. “We need agents who possess a variety of skills and attributes across the board. We need diversity in educational background; life experiences; race, ethnicity, and national origin; language skills; sexual orientation; and professional experience.”

To address the criminal and national security threats the nation faces in 2019 and beyond, the FBI has prioritized the need to recruit, develop, and retain a more diverse special agent workforce that better reflects the country’s demographics. Specifically, we are looking for candidates who are fluent in a second language; who have high-level critical thinking skills; and who come from science and technology fields. Because women and minorities are underrepresented in the FBI’s agent population, the Bureau is placing special emphasis on recruiting from those communities.

The FBI created the Diversity Agent Recruiting (DAR) event program to allow pre-screened candidates the opportunity to get information on the application process, qualification requirements, and physical fitness standards as well as ask questions about the Bureau’s culture, training, work/life balance, and more.

FBI special agent applicants must be between the ages of 23—36; hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree; have a minimum of two years work experience (one year with a master’s degree); and be a U.S. citizen.

The FBI Special Agent DAR event will run from 6 to 9 p.m. on April 23rd in Portland. Anyone interested in attending must pre-register by April 18th at https://www.fbijobs.gov/career-paths/special-agents/diversity-agent-recruitment-program