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Executive Protective Agent

Executive Protective Agents are part of a team that provides 24/7/365 armed protection for Intelligence Community leaders world-wide.
  • Full-Time
  • $70,189 -$128,956*
  • *Higher starting salary possible depending on experience level
  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree
  • Opportunities for domestic and foreign travel are required

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 Executive Protective Agent for the Central Intelligence Agency, you will be part of a team that provides 24/7/365 armed protection for Intelligence Community leaders world-wide.  You will serve on teams at foreign and domestic sites, liaise with foreign security officials, operate armored security vehicles, analyze threats in order to modify protective profiles, and utilize issued weapons and equipment.

Executive Protective Agents are required to work weekends, holidays, evenings and overtime under ever-changing conditions. Frequent travel, both domestic and overseas, is required. Agents must be alert and mindful of the implications of their performance and actions in continuously changing and potentially high-risk environments.

Because of the strenuous demands of this assignment, candidates must be in good overall physical, emotional, and mental condition, have a proven track record of excellent judgment and the ability to work well in a team. Flexibility and adaptability is paramount. Candidates must have the ability to handle competing priorities, short deadlines, and constantly changing requirements.

All Executive Protective Agents must successfully complete a physical fitness test for selection and on an annual basis thereafter, to include meeting the following minimum requirements:

  • Push-ups: minimum of 18 in one minute
  • Sit-ups: minimum of 27 in one minute
  • 1.5 mile run: 15 min 20 sec or less
  • 300 meter dash: 1 min 08 sec or less
  • 180lb Dummy Drag: 2 minutes or less

Your career at CIA as an Executive Protective Agent begins with a three-year tour of duty primarily located in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. You must be willing and able to successfully complete CIA’s Executive Protection Courses, most of which is located in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. As an Executive Protective Agent, you will earn overtime and premium pay benefits in accordance with the Fair Labor Standards Act that will positively impact your overall compensation. After your initial three year tour, you may seek new skills through other opportunities in the Office of Security.

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

  • Bachelor’s or advanced degree; there is no preferred major or program of study
  • GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4-point scale is preferred, but exceptions may be made for extenuating circumstances.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent analytic skills
  • High levels of trustworthiness, integrity and loyalty to the United States
  • Excellent teamwork and decision making skills
  • Proven ability as an innovative, dedicated, and professional officer
  • Superior leadership, interpersonal, communication, representational, and organizational skills
  • Demonstrated ability to tactfully negotiate difficult situations
  • Proven sound judgement and attention to detail
  • Flexible and committed to learning and utilizing new skills
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license
  • Must be able to work overtime, night shifts, holidays and weekends, as well as frequently travel domestically and overseas
  • Must be able to obtain medical clearance for unrestricted overseas travel
  • Ability to meet the minimum requirements for joining CIA, including U.S. citizenship and a background investigation

Desired Qualifications

  • Military, security, or law enforcement experience
  • Professional experience in physical security, personnel security, and cyber protection disciplines