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Field IT Systems Administrator

Work Schedule: Full Time
Salary: $59,983 - $106,012
Location: Washington, DC metropolitan area

As a Field IT Systems Administrator for the CIA, you will act as the on-site point of accountability for Information Technology (IT) in CIA communications centers overseas. You will operate, maintain, install and manage complex LAN and WAN platforms and provide associated IT close support to a diverse and sophisticated customer base charged with advancing national security objectives overseas. Field IT Systems Administrators are also responsible for conventional and tactical voice communication systems, RF communication capabilities (including satellite) and will play a supporting role in the operation and maintenance of emergency power generators and heating/air conditioning systems (HVAC).

The capacity and commitment to serve globally is essential. Field IT Systems Administrators typically spend 60-70% of their career abroad on foreign assignments approximately one to three years in duration and are regularly required to work domestically and abroad in temporary capacities as the mission dictates. Some assignments may be in difficult, harsh and challenging environments. The CIA offers benefits and allowances for travel that positively impact overall compensation.

Offices of the CIA - Directorate of Digital Innovation

The Directorate of Digital Innovation (DDI) is at the forefront of defining the future of digital expertise within the CIA. DDI focuses on developing the workforce with cutting-edge skills, investing in IT infrastructure, and modernizing the way the Agency does business. DDI officers help accelerate the integration of innovative methods and tools to enhance the CIA's cyber and digital capabilities on a global scale and ultimately help safeguard our nation. Learn more about the Directorate of Digital Innovation.

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 preferably in a STEM discipline to include:  
      • Electronics and Communications Engineering Technology
      • Computer Network Systems
      • Computer Science
      • Information Technology
      • Or, equivalent relevant civilian or military work experience (minimum of four years documented experience) in the management and/or delivery of IT services in an enterprise environment
      • GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
      • Excellent communications skills
      • Ability to climb ladders, stoop, bend and reach for extended periods of time
      • Ability  to lift up to 75 pounds when supporting installations or special requirements
      • Ability to work independently and closely with other professionals
      • Dynamic and flexible professional approach
      • Strong desire to learn
      • Accountability for actions

      Desired Qualifications:

      • Desired certifications include:
        • A+
        • Network+
        • Security+
        • CCNA
        • CCENT
        • Microsoft Certified Professional

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

      • Resume
      • 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.
      • Unofficial transcripts for all college / university academic work


      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.

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      Posted: Apr 21, 2007 06:51 PM
      Last Updated: May 24, 2018 04:17 PM