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Technical Developer - NRO

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At a Glance

  • Full time

  • Washington, DC metro area

  • Starting salary: $56,233 - $148,967* *Higher starting salary possible depending on experience level.

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

  • Foreign language bonus eligible

As a Technical Developer-NRO for the 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 Officer (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.

Offices of the CIA – Directorate of Science and Technology

The Directorate of Science and Technology (DS&T) addresses national intelligence problems with effective targeting, bold technology and superb tradecraft by applying innovative scientific, engineering and technical solutions. Learn more about the Directorate of Science and Technology.

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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 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
  • GPA of at least 3.0 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
Desired Qualifications:
  • Advanced degree
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
  • A cover letter (one page) in which you specify your qualifications for this position. Please address why you want to work in this role and what differentiates you from other applicants.
  • Unofficial transcripts for any school attended in the past three years

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Posted: Aug 06, 2018 02:22 PM
Last Updated: Aug 06, 2018 02:22 PM

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