The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is increasing its presence in Huntsville by the day. The Bureau wants you to know it’s hiring, and this is just the start, as construction continues on the new campus on Redstone Arsenal.
Jobs are posted at fbijobs.gov/huntsville, and more will be listed as space becomes available to hold the new hires. Nearly a dozen FBI Headquarters divisions and offices will relocate approximately 1,400 positions to Huntsville by the end of 2021, when the main Operations Support Building is due to be finished. These positions include current FBI employees, contractors, and new hires.
The FBI has been recruiting in Huntsville for nearly a year and expects to be recruiting in the greater Huntsville area for the next several years. The first efforts included experienced professionals in finance and contracting, and upcoming efforts will include mid-career leaders in the security and IT fields. Positions range from entry-level to senior professionals.
The FBI said it plans to partner with a number of universities in the area for partnerships to provide potential research opportunities in critical threat areas, and these could also be avenues for recruiting and hiring. These include the University of Alabama in Huntsville, Alabama A&M University, the University of Alabama, Auburn University, Vanderbilt, the University of Tennessee, and Georgia Tech.
Barbara Wade recently moved to Huntsville from Sacramento, California. A colleague, Rachel Campbell, is a management and program analyst, and moved from northern Virginia. Both are working to help FBI employees and their families with smooth transitions to north Alabama.
“A lot of the people moving here are lifelong DC residents,” said Wade. “They are leaving what they know.” Many include family members who will be looking for jobs here in other lines of work, including the medical field, education, technical, professional, or administrative-type jobs.
Campbell is originally from Mississippi and said it wasn’t a difficult decision for her to return to the South. “There are things I miss about northern Virginia, but there are things I love about Huntsville,” Campbell said. “One of the big talking points is commuting time, and cost of living is also great. I think if you want to get involved, you can, you just have to put yourself out there. Huntsville has a great small town feel.”