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Open Source Collection Officer

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At a Glance

  • Full time

  • Washington, DC metro area

  • Starting salary: $59,983 - $148,967

  • US citizenship required (dual national US citizens are eligible)

  • Foreign language bonus eligible

As an Open Source Collection Officer (OSCO) for the CIA, you will manage the systematic collection of publicly available information in a given region or a subject area to meet customer needs. The information is known as Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) and includes traditional mass media, the internet, specialized journals, studies, conference proceedings, geospatial information, and more. In some cases, OSCOs act as collectors themselves. Some OSCOs work in traditional library environments, while others work in geographic- or subject area-based components.

Open Source Collection Officers develop strategies and plans for the collection of OSINT, including the tools and methodologies needed to accomplish the task. You will:

  • Drive integrated information gathering on a strategic topic, regional, or cross-regional need
  • Research and acquire publicly available information in response to intelligence gaps
  • Identify relevant sources for data collection
  • Manage financial or personnel resources associated with collection, including contracts
  • Help develop, acquire, evaluate and/or implement collection tools and methodologies
  • Help develop metadata schema or other information discoverability processes

Domestic and/or foreign travel may be required.

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Life at CIA

In addition to a comprehensive benefits package, the CIA offers exciting career opportunities and a dynamic environment. We're on the forefront of world-altering events – as they happen. So working here isn't just a job, it's a mindset and a lifestyle.

US citizenship required (dual-national US citizens eligible). All positions require relocation to the Washington, DC metro area.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's or Master's degree in one of the following fields or areas of study:
    • Area Studies
    • International Studies
    • Media Studies
    • Political Studies
    • Geography / GIS
    • Library / Information Science
    • Data Management (or a related field)
    • Foreign language / Linguistics (or a related field)
  • GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4-point scale
  • Critical thinking and research skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work within an ambiguous, evolving digital environment as a member of a collaborative team
  • At least 2 years' experience (including academic studies) in at least one of the following:
    • Information management/information science/librarianship
    • Data management
    • Management of language program
    • Participation in the development and/or implementation of Human Language Technologies or other collection technologies
    • Management of financial or personnel resources
Desired Qualifications:
  • Moderate proficiency in foreign languages
  • Experience managing complex projects
  • Experience designing or managing contracts
All applicants must successfully complete:
  • A thorough medical and psychological exam
  • A polygraph interview
  • A comprehensive background investigation

To be considered suitable for Agency employment, applicants must generally not have used illegal drugs within the last 12 months. The issue of illegal drug use prior to 12 months ago is carefully evaluated during the medical and security processing.

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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.

Important application instructions for this position:

The following items must be attached to your on-line application (PDF format preferred):

  • Resume
  • Cover letter in which you specify your qualifications for one or more positions. Please address why you want to work in this role and what differentiates you from other applicants.
  • Unofficial transcripts for all degrees

Important Notice: Friends, family, individuals, or organizations may be interested to learn that you are seeking employment with the CIA. Their interest, however, may not be benign or in your best interest. Once you reveal your interest you lose control of that information. We ask all applicants to exercise discretion and good judgment in disclosing your interest in a position with the CIA. You will receive further guidance on this topic as you proceed through your CIA employment processing.

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