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Technical Operations Officer

Work Schedule: Full Time
Salary: $61,889 – $101,984*
Location: Washington, DC metropolitan area

*Higher starting salary possible depending on experience level.

Are you an energetic and enthusiastic computer or engineering professional who enjoys applying creative solutions to complex and often difficult technical and operational problems? Technical Operations Officers work in direct support of CIA operations against issues of critical importance to US policymakers. Candidates will provide high-quality, timely and professional services and technical support, including analog, digital and satellite communications; still photography; video and image enhancement; chemical imagery; coding and decoding devices; and various aspects of modern computer technology. Implementing specialized equipment, they will train others in equipment use, satisfy field operations requirements, prepare reports, familiarize non-technical people with technical capabilities, create market studies, conduct hands-on work and travel worldwide.

Utilizing creative problem solving skills, Technical Operations Officers must be comfortable operating in a technical environment and may also find themselves in a work element where they are required to draw upon their skills in design and fabrication on a daily basis. Working as part of multi-discipline teams, these officers often find themselves in positions where unconventional technical solutions to challenging on-going operational requirements in non-traditional environments are the norm.

Opportunities may exist for domestic and foreign travel, technical and management training, and assignments in other offices in the CIA.


Minimum requirements for Technical Operations Officer positions in the Directorate Of Science & Technology (DS&T) include initiative, creativity, integrity, technical excellence, and strong interpersonal and communication skills. Ideal candidates have a self-starter attitude, the ability to work independently and in a group. A minimum of a bachelor's degree (graduate degrees desired) in one of the below listed fields is required:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical
  • Computer
  • Mechanical or other engineering disciplines
  • Material Science
  • Mathematics/Statistics
  • Physics

Applicants must also possess strong written and oral English communications skills. A GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale is preferred.

Experience in one or more of the following areas is essential:

  • Additive manufacturing/Rapid Prototyping
  • Analog design and circuits
  • Digital design and circuits
  • Digital Signal Processing design and programming
  • Electromagnetic fields, antennas and propagation
  • Fabrication skills in a Prototype Environment Project/program management
  • Fiber optics and cable communications
  • Internet/Web technology
  • Network security & 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
  • Systems Architecting
  • Systems Engineering
  • Video design and circuits
  • Audio design and circuits
  • Voice/data communications (satellite, RF, wireless and telecommunications networks)

When applying to a Directorate of Science and Technology (DS&T) position, attach to the online application the following:

  • A one page cover letter describing why you are interested in a DS&T career and what characteristics and experiences distinguish you from other applicants
  • Resume
  • Academic transcripts for any school attended in the past 3 years

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.

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


Posted: Apr 21, 2007 06:37 PM
Last Updated: May 15, 2015 01:58 PM