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Leadership Analyst

Leadership Analysts support U.S. policymakers by producing and delivering written and oral assessments of foreign leaders and key decision-makers.

  • Full time
  • Starting salary: $57,495 - $157,709
  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree
  • Foreign language bonus eligible
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About the Job

As a Leadership Analyst at CIA, you’ll support policymakers by producing and delivering written and oral assessments of foreign leaders and key decision-makers. Your analysis will help U.S. policymakers understand their foreign counterparts by examining worldviews, national ambitions and constraints, and the social context for these leaders.

Opportunities exist for foreign and domestic travel, language training, analytic tradecraft and management training. You will have an opportunity to develop deep substantive expertise and participate in broadening assignments with other offices in the Agency and across the U.S. Government.

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 master’s degree in one of the following:
    • Foreign Area Studies
    • History
    • International Affairs
    • Political Science
    • Psychology
    • Political Psychology
    • Sociology
    • Anthropology
  • Coursework or demonstrated interest in leadership studies, small-group behavior, or decision-making
  • At least a 3.0 GPA on a 4-point scale is preferred
  • Strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to meet the minimum requirements for joining CIA, including U.S. citizenship and a background investigation

Desired Qualifications

  • Strong verbal presentation skills
  • Interest in international affairs
  • Awareness of U.S. national security interests
  • Foreign language capability
  • Demonstrated ability to write clear, concise text
  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • Interest in a career that requires regular writing assignments

What You’ll Need to Apply

  • Resume
  • Unofficial transcripts for all degrees
  • A cover letter specifying your qualifications for one or more analytic positions. Please address why you want to work as an analyst and what differentiates you from other applicants.
  • Two (2) different writing samples, three to five pages (3-5) each, single-spaced PDF. Submit papers that showcase your writing style, research abilities and critical thinking skills. Subject matter should focus on your current areas of expertise that relate to your interest in positions at the CIA. You can excerpt longer papers.