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Targeting Analyst

Targeting Analysts use unique datasets, specialized tools, and network analysis techniques to identify and analyze threats to the U.S. and identify opportunities to disrupt them.

  • Full time
  • Starting salary: $54,440 - $95,920
  • Bachelor's or master's degree
  • Foreign language bonus eligible
  • Opportunities for foreign travel are possible

About the Job

As a Targeting Analyst at CIA, you will work on teams that bring analysis and operations together to maximize the impact of Agency and Intelligence Community resources against key figures and organizations who pose a threat to U.S. interests. You will use unique datasets, specialized tools, and network analysis techniques to identify and analyze key threats to the United States, identify opportunities to disrupt them, and evaluate the risks and benefits of proposed operations. You will regularly communicate your findings to policy and operational decision-makers via a range of sophisticated short- and longer-term written intelligence products and verbal presentations. You will need to use your creativity, critical thinking, initiative, and strong communication and interpersonal skills to help solve complex intelligence problems and drive intelligence collection efforts. Over the course of your career, you might focus on specific regions of the world and on functional topics including terrorism, weapons proliferation, narcotics trafficking, counterintelligence, and cyber threats.

Opportunities exist for foreign and domestic travel, language training, analytic and management training, and assignments to other offices in the Agency and throughout the U.S. Government. Agency analysts are encouraged to maintain and broaden professional ties through academic study, contacts, and attendance at professional meetings. You may also choose to pursue additional studies in fields relevant to your areas of responsibility.

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 or more of these fields:
    • Foreign area study
    • International relations
    • Political science
    • History
    • National security studies
    • International trade
    • Business
    • Economics
    • Finance
    • Weapons proliferation
  • At least a 3.0 GPA on a 4-point scale
  • 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

  • Interest in international affairs
  • Awareness of US national security interests
  • Foreign language capability
  • Strong verbal presentation skills
  • Demonstrated ability to write clear, concise text
  • Research experience in international affairs
  • 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.