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Applications Developer

Applications Developers use their creativity and technical skills to design, develop and deploy software systems to enhance CIA’s capabilities to collect, produce, and disseminate intelligence.
  • Full time
  • Starting salary: $69,287 - $172,075
  • Bachelor's degree

Agency-wide Requirements

All applicants must be:

  • U.S. citizens (dual U.S. citizens also eligible)
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Willing to move to the Washington, DC area
  • Able to complete security and medical evaluations
  • Registered for the Selective Service

About the Job

As an Applications Developer for CIA, you will analyze, develop and deploy innovative information/software systems and capabilities to enhance the CIA's capabilities to collect, produce, and disseminate intelligence. Utilizing your education and experience as a Computer Scientist, Software Engineer, or Web Designer and Publisher, you will directly support analysis, intelligence collection, and other business.

Applications Developers participate in team environments via structured development lifecycles: analyze and define local and/or enterprise information system requirements, perform system/application design, develop capability prototypes, develop and implement operational information systems, and conduct unit and integration testing of application modules. You also have the opportunity for hands-on research and exploration of leading-edge commercial technologies through application/integration of technology in delivering IT solutions.

Who You’ll Work With

At the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), we recognize our Nation’s strength comes from the diversity of its people. People from a broad range of backgrounds and viewpoints work at CIA, and our diverse teams are the reason we can keep our country safe.

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What You’ll Get

Our benefits support every aspect of a working professional’s life, including health and wellness, time off, family, finances, and continuing education. Our programs include highly sought-after government health benefits, flexible schedules, sick leave, and childcare. In some cases, we also offer sign-on incentives and cover moving expenses if you relocate.

As a CIA employee, you’ll also get the satisfaction of knowing your work is part of something bigger than yourself. Our work is driven by one mission: to keep our Nation safe. Every day is an opportunity to enhance U.S. national security.

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Minimum Qualifications

  • At least a 3.0 GPA on a 4-point scale
  • Experience in one or more of the following areas:
    • Programming languages, and related web technologies, such as: Java, JavaScript/TypeScript, Python, C, C#, C++, Go, Rust, Ruby, SQL, CSS, HTML, XML, JSON.
    • DevOps concepts and tools, such as: GitHub, JIRA, Maven, Jenkins, Chef, Ansible, Docker, Nexus, Nagios.
    • Database platforms, such as: PostgreSQL, MySQL, Oracle, NoSQL, MongoDB, Redis, HDFS
    • Familiarity with multiple hosting platforms, such as: Windows, Linux, VMware, Citrix, and cloud computing platforms.
    • Experience working with stakeholders on creating solutions with varied, sometime conflicting, requirements.
  • Ability to meet the minimum requirements for joining CIA, including U.S. citizenship and a background investigation

Desired Qualifications

  • Big data concepts and technologies, such as: Apache Hadoop, Apache Hive, Solr, Cloudera, MapReduce, R, Spark, Kafka, NiFi, and the ELK (Elastic Search, Logstash, Kibana) or the OpenSearch stack.
  • Application architecture and systems engineering principles, including: n-tier/services-oriented architecture, application design patterns, Agile development (e.g. Scrum, Kanban), application security, developing system requirements, system design artifacts and models, design documentation and development for commercial cloud (e.g. Amazon Web Service, Google Cloud Platform, Microsoft Azure, etc).
  • Software as a Service (SaaS) Platforms development and customization (eg. Salesforce, ServiceNow, Microsoft Office 365)
  • UI/UX design, wireframing and prototyping experience.  Experience with tools such as Pen Pot, Figma, Balsamiq etc.
  • Experience with AI/ML development including using tools such as Scikit-lean, Pandas and Spacy.