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Technical Operations Officer

Work Schedule: Full Time
Salary: $61,276 – $100,974*
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 Tradecraft officers 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 create technical solutions for challenging on-going operations.

Minimum requirements include a bachelor's degree in: various engineering disciplines, computer science, physics, mathematics/statistics, chemistry, biology, or material science with a GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale; as well as initiative, creativity, integrity, technical excellence and strong interpersonal and communication skills. A self-starter attitude, the ability to work independently and in a group, strong computer and internet proficiency, domestic and overseas mobility, demonstrated initiative, and writing/briefing skills are also required

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

  • Programming (C, C++, Internet, Windows 3.X/95/NT applications development, interrupt processing/service routines, device drivers, RS-232 communication applications)
  • Internet/Web technology
  • Systems engineering
  • Network security
  • Network engineering
  • Voice/data communications (satellite, RF, wireless and telecommunications networks)
  • Electromagnetic fields, antennas and propagation
  • Fiber optics and cable communications
  • Digital design and circuits
  • Analog design and circuits
  • Signal processing
  • DSP design and programming
  • Video design and circuits
  • Audio design and circuits
  • Mechanical design software (CAD)
  • Additive manufacturing/Rapid Prototyping
  • Fabrication skills in a Prototype Environment

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: Mar 25, 2014 11:43 AM