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Technical Developer-NRO

Technical Developers-NRO drive engineering programs and turn user needs into research and development and production satellites while serving at the National Reconnaissance Office.

  • Full time
  • Starting salary: $61,947 – $164,102*
  • *Higher starting salary possible depending on experience level
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Foreign language bonus eligible
  • Opportunities for foreign travel are possible

About the Job

As a Technical Developer-NRO for CIA, you will drive critical engineering programs and turn user needs into successful research and development and production satellites and their associated ground systems while serving at the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). The NRO is in charge of designing, building, launching, and maintaining America’s intelligence satellites.


You will analyze requirements, propose solutions, conduct engineering analyses, manage research and development activities, and operate state-of-the-art satellite systems. You will also define baseline project scope and conduct acquisition planning and source selection. Your technical, business, and people skills are key to keeping these technical projects up and running in a dynamic work environment.


Specific responsibilities for Technical Developers include:

  • Define architecture and allocate requirements
  • Develop and execute system engineering management processes
  • Identify inter-segment system problems and risk mitigation, and coordinate/manage the resolution process
  • Lead technical exchange meetings and attend change control board meetings
  • Lead configuration management process
  • Conduct efficient, thorough reviews at program control gates and present decision authority


Opportunities may exist for foreign travel, technical and management training, and assignments in other offices within the CIA and the Intelligence Community. The successful candidate will be hired as an employee of the Central Intelligence Agency and subsequently detailed to the NRO.

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 degree in one of the following fields or related studies:
    • Astrophysics
    • Chemistry
    • Computer Science
    • Engineering disciplines (Electrical, Computer, Mechanical, Aerospace, etc.)
    • Material Science
    • Mathematics/Statistics
    • Physics
  • At least a 3.0 GPA on a 4-point scale
  • Experience in one or more of the following areas:
    • Additive manufacturing/Rapid Prototyping
    • Advanced data recovery from damaged storage media
    • Advanced digital data recovery
    • Analog design and circuits
    • Digital design and circuits
    • Digital Signal Processing design and programming
    • Fabrication skills in a Prototype Environment Project/program management
    • Fiber optics and cable communications
    • Internet/Web technology
    • Network security and engineering
    • Programming (C, C++, Internet, Windows 3.X/95/NT applications development, interrupt processing/service routines, device drivers, RS-232 communication applications)
    • Project/program management
    • Signal processing and analysis
    • Software Reverse Engineering
    • Systems Architecting
    • Systems Engineering
    • Video design and circuits
    • Audio design and circuits
    • Voice/data communications (satellite, RF, wireless and telecommunications networks)
  • Self-starter attitude with initiative
  • Creativity
  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills
  • Ability to work independently and in a group
  • Ability to meet the minimum requirements for joining CIA, including U.S. citizenship and a background investigation

Desired Qualifications

  • Advanced degree