As an Operations Officer for the CIA, you will focus on clandestinely spotting, assessing, developing, recruiting, and handling non-US citizens with access to foreign intelligence vital to US foreign policy and national security decisionmakers. You will be expected to build relationships based on rapport and trust using sound judgment, integrity, and the ability to assess character and motivation.
Operation Officers spend most of their careers serving in multi-year assignments in a variety of overseas locations. As such, all Operation Officers must be able to be medically cleared for world wide deployment. All Operations Officers address a highly diverse and dynamic set of intelligence requirements on country- and region-specific issues, as well as transnational issues such as counterterrorism, counter proliferation, and cyber.
All Directorate of Operations (DO) officers are hired at an entry level and train as they are expected to work – as one team. Operations Officers begin their careers spending one to two years learning the foundations of clandestine operational tradecraft via classroom training, practical exercises, and on-the-job experience gained through a series of interim assignments. Following successful completion of the foundational training, each DO officer will transition into advanced training activity to prepare them to serve effectively in their respective career occupational specialty.
This position requires a five-year Contract Term Agreement.
Offices of the CIA – Directorate of Operations:
The Directorate of Operations (DO) strengthens national security and foreign policy objectives through the clandestine collection of human intelligence (HUMINT), and by conducting covert action as directed by the President. Learn more about the Directorate of Operations.
Life at CIA:
In addition to a comprehensive benefits package, the CIA offers exciting career opportunities and a dynamic environment. We’re on the forefront of world-altering events – as they happen. So working here isn’t just a job, it’s a mindset and a lifestyle.
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution (applicants within one year of earning a degree will be considered); there is no preferred major or program of study
GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4-point scale is preferred
Strong interpersonal and communication skills (verbal and written)
Action- and results-oriented
Ability to work effectively as part of a team and independently
Flexibility, adaptability, and commitment to the mission of the CIA and the Directorate of Operations
Willingness and ability to establish strong personal relationships
Ability to “think on your feet” and develop creative yet practical solutions to anticipated and unanticipated problems
Interest in seeking answers, learning foreign languages, and studying other cultures
Cross-cultural sensitivity and the ability to deal with individuals from all cultures and backgrounds
The following items must be attached to your on-line application (PDF format only):
Unofficial transcripts for all degrees
Cover letter: please describe your knowledge, skills, abilities, and aspirations not evident from your resume, that make you a good candidate for the Directorate of Operations (1 page)
Qualifications Supplement – in a separate PDF attachment address the following questions:
Why does a career in public service appeal to you (1 paragraph)
Why do you wish to work for the Directorate of Operations (1 paragraph)
Other than the Directorate of Operations, what other career options are of interest to you (1 paragraph)
Describe one thing from your academic, military, or professional background that has prepared you for success in the Directorate of Operations (1 paragraph)
Complete this thought: "I do my best work when..." (1 paragraph)
Describe a time when you did not succeed, professionally or academically, and what you learned from that experience (2 paragraphs)
At the time of application, DO applicants select specific DO occupational specialties (i.e. Collection Management Officer, Staff Operations Officer, Operations Officer,Targeting Officer). Competitive applicants will continue to be asked to identify their DO occupational specialty preference(s) at various stages in the hiring process. It is not unusual for applicants to adjust their preference as they progress and learn more about the expectations and requirements of each occupational specialty.
ALL POSITIONS REQUIRE RELOCATION TO THE WASHINGTON DC METROPOLITAN AREA.
All applicants must successfully complete a thorough medical and psychological exam, a polygraph interview and an extensive background investigation. US citizenship is required.
To be considered suitable for Agency employment, applicants must generally not have used illegal drugs within the last twelve months. The issue of illegal drug use prior to twelve months ago is carefully evaluated during the medical and security processing.
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