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Communications Officer

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Work Schedule: Full Time
Salary: $54,308 – $95,139
Location: Washington, DC metropolitan area

As a Communications Officer for the CIA, you will support a diverse range of public affairs functional areas including internal communications, public communications, media relations, and event planning. You may also create metrics to measure the effectiveness of communications and advise senior leaders. You will be a member of a team and operate with independence and autonomy in drafting communications, meeting with customers, writing articles and other communications products. Additionally you may be interacting with the CIA workforce, Intelligence Community, and the public.

Opportunities exist to participate in internal training as well as external workshops and conferences, and you will be expected to develop and maintain your skills commensurate with industry-wide best practices.

Enterprise Functions at the CIA – Office of Public Affairs

The Office of Public Affairs (OPA) is part of the CIA’s Enterprise Functions, which provides governance and oversight to the business of intelligence effort across the Agency at Headquarters and in locations worldwide. OPA advises and supports Agency leaders on all communications through long- and short-term strategies, message content, speechwriting, event planning and execution. OPA also educates external and internal audiences on the CIA’s mission. Learn more about the Office of Public Affairs.

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.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in one of the following fields, or related studies:
    • Communications
    • Public Relations
    • Journalism
    • Marketing
  • GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4-point scale is preferred
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • Ability to research and draft original content for a variety of channels and audiences
  • Have practical understanding of digital tools including SharePoint and WordPress content management systems
  • Have good understanding of accessibility and usability issues; create content that meets ADA 508 requirements
  • Advise on, analyze, and support the implementation of feedback mechanisms (quantitative and qualitative) to measure effectiveness of communication
  • Demonstrated ability to write clear, concise, accurate text and to proofread and correct English usage, spelling and punctuation
  • Ability to organize events that advance communication objectives; may include a range of tasks related to logistics and content

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

  • Resume
  • Unofficial transcripts for all degrees
  • Cover letter 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.

ALL POSITIONS REQUIRE RELOCATION TO THE WASHINGTON DC METROPOLITAN AREA.

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: Feb 01, 2018 09:12 AM
Last Updated: Apr 25, 2018 11:10 AM

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