As a Paramilitary Operations Officer/Specialized Skills Officer for the CIA, you will join a cadre of action- and results-oriented professionals who accept significant, demanding responsibilities and accountability for results. Paramilitary Operations Officers and Specialized Skills Officers are distinct occupations in the Directorate of Operations (DO), but together they play a unique role and provide unique capabilities in support of conventional and unconventional operations overseas.
All DO officers are hired at an entry level and train as they are expected to work – as one team. DO officers begin their careers spending one to two years learning the foundations of clandestine operational tradecraft via classroom training, practical exercise, and on-the-job experience. Paramilitary Operations Officers and Specialized Skills Officers must successfully complete foundational training as a DO Operations Officer.
Additionally, Paramilitary Operations Officers are required to successfully complete specialized training to prepare for service in hazardous and austere environments overseas.
Specialized Skills Officers focus on operating and maintaining infrastructure necessary to facilitate and support missions conducted under CIA-unique authorities. You will serve primarily at CIA Headquarters, but there are frequent opportunities for temporary duty travel and/or assignments overseas.
This position requires a five-year Contract Term Agreement. Click here to learn more about the 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 four year 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
Ability to make decisions to meet existing conditions and mission requirements rather than relying on preset assumptions and goal
Competitive Paramilitary Operations Officer applicants have:
Military special operations or combat arms experience (ground, air or maritime)
Experience serving in combat leadership positions
Willingness to serve in hazardous and austere environments overseas (previous foreign travel and foreign language is valued, but not required)
Competitive Specialized Skills Officer applicants have expertise or experience in:
Social communications, media, marketing, technology development, business, finance or legal
Military aviation and military/merchant maritime industries, military psychological operations, and/or information operations
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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