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Intelligence Collection Analyst

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Work Schedule: Full Time
Salary: $54,308 – $80,505*
Location: Washington, DC metropolitan area

 *Higher starting salary possible depending on experience level.

This position offers an opportunity to participate in the Language Hiring Bonus Program. See "Bonus Programs" in the Benefits section for more information.

Are you interested in understanding how the US government collects intelligence? Do you want to help ensure that the US intelligence system is providing policymakers and analysts with the information they need to understand emerging crises, hard targets, and enduring national security threats? The CIA is looking for creative candidates with strong interpersonal and communication skills to serve as intelligence collection analysts.

Collection Analysts apply their expertise on intelligence collection systems, capabilities, processes, and policies to inform intelligence consumers about collection developments and their effect on analysis through a range of written products and briefings. They collaborate with other analysts and collectors across the Intelligence Community (IC) to identify intelligence gaps and develop strategies to overcome collection challenges. Collection analysts provide insight that informs decisions on the acquisition and development of current and future collection systems by representing CIA interests in IC collection strategy forums, and may participate in sensitive collection programs designed to target the CIA's most difficult intelligence problems in innovative ways.

Agency analysts are encouraged to maintain and broaden professional ties through academic study, contacts, and attendance at professional meetings. They may also choose to pursue additional studies in fields relevant to their areas of responsibility. Training is provided for specialized tools and skill needs. Opportunities exist for foreign travel, language training, analytic and management training, and assignments in other offices in the Agency and throughout the US Government.

Minimum requirements include a bachelor's or master's degree in a variety of fields, such as political science, international studies, national security, history, geography library science, remote sensing, statistics, or a closely related discipline. A minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4-point scale is required. Competitive candidates typically will have higher GPAs, relevant experience, and strong verbal presentation and writing skills, including the demonstrated ability to write clear and concise text. Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills, well-developed interpersonal skills, excellent briefing skills, and an ability to convey complex information in a clear, concise manner are also required. Analysts are expected to be comfortable using computers, because significant portions of their work employ complex databases. Intelligence collection experience is preferred--but not required--and military experience is valued. Foreign language capability is desired.

The following items must be attached to your online application:

  • Your resume.
  • A cover letter in which you specify 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.
  • Unofficial transcripts for all degrees.
  • Two different writing samples, each five (5) pages MAXIMUM, single spaced, technical or analytic papers that focus on your current area of expertise or interests and are related to your interest in positions at CIA. You can excerpt longer papers.

All applicants must successfully complete a thorough medical and psychological exam, a polygraph interview, and an extensive background investigation. US citizenship is required.

To be considered suitable for Agency employment, applicants must generally not have used illegal drugs within the last twelve months. The issue of illegal drug use prior to twelve months ago is carefully evaluated during the medical and security processing.

Important Notice: Friends, family, individuals, or organizations may be interested to learn that you are an applicant for or an employee of the CIA. Their interest, however, may not be benign or in your best interest. You cannot control whom they would tell. We therefore ask you to exercise discretion and good judgment in disclosing your interest in a position with the Agency. You will receive further guidance on this topic as you proceed through your CIA employment processing.

To Apply:

Make a note of the position(s) that interest you, as you can apply for up to four positions in one application. DO NOT submit multiple applications; this will only slow the review of your application, and delay processing. Please read the Application Instructions carefully before you begin the online application process.

Application Instructions

An equal opportunity employer and a drug-free work force.

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Posted: Apr 21, 2007 05:38 PM
Last Updated: Mar 09, 2018 03:43 PM

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