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Technical Programs and Policy Expert

Develop and apply expertise to advance science and technology policies to maintain strategic advantage in a rapidly changing world of emerging and disruptive technologies.

  • Full-Time
  • $64,957 - $172,075
  • *Higher starting salary possible depending on experience level
  • Bioengineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics
  • Foreign Language Bonus Eligible

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 a Policy and Plans Expert within CIA’s Directorate of Science and Technology (DS&T), you will apply deep innovation expertise to advance science and technology policies that enable our ability to maintain strategic advantage in a rapidly changing world of Emerging and Disruptive Technologies (EDTs).

DS&T Policy and Plans Experts typically conduct policy management of cutting-edge innovation while interacting with researchers, project managers, and program managers from other government agencies, academia, industry, and internal entities. Successful Policy and Plans Experts work across the spectrum of policy challenges, applying policy management expertise to today’s mission, while keeping the Agency well positioned for the future. DS&T Policy and Plans Experts identify and mitigate risks and threats directly contributing to the Agency’s strategic technological goals.

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

  • A bachelor’s degree in one of the following fields or related studies (or comparable work experience):
      • Aerospace engineering
      • Bioengineering/biomedical engineering
      • Biological sciences
      • Biotechnology and microbiology
      • Chemical engineering
      • Chemistry
      • Computer engineering
      • Computer science
      • Electrical engineering
      • Mathematics
      • Mechanical engineering
      • Physical sciences
      • Physics
      • Remote sensing/GIS
      • Science and technology policy
  • At least a 3.0 GPA on a 4-point scale
  • Ability to meet the minimum requirements for joining CIA, including U.S. citizenship and a background investigation

Desired Qualifications

  • Advanced degree or comparable work experience is desired
  • Program management certification
  • Experience in one or more of the following areas:
    • Additive manufacturing/rapid prototyping
    • Advanced data recovery
    • Advanced digital data recovery
    • Analog design and circuits
    • Artificial intelligence
    • Battery and power technology
    • CAD/CADD drafting and design technology
    • Digital currencies
    • Data engineering
    • Data science
    • Digital signal processing design and programming
    • Embedded systems
    • Energy storage technologies
    • Extended reality
    • Fabrication skills in a prototype environment
    • Field programmable gate arrays (FPGA)
    • Fiber optics and cable communications
    • Graphic design and visual communication
    • High performance computing
    • Human DNA technology or forensics
    • Industrial design and fabrication
    • Machine learning
    • Network engineering
    • Network security
    • Power systems
    • Programming
    • Project/program management
    • Quantum computing
    • Quantum sensors
    • RF communications
    • RF waveform design
    • Satellite communications
    • Signal processing and analysis
    • Software reverse engineering
    • Systems architecting
    • Systems engineering
    • Prototype design and fabrication
    • Audio design and circuits
    • Voice/data communications (satellite, RF, wireless and telecommunications networks)
    • Interest in applying technology to solve challenging problems
    • Strong verbal presentation skills
    • Demonstrated ability to write clear, concise text