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Field IT Systems Administrator - Entry/Developmental

Work Schedule: Full Time
Salary: $55,000 – $60,000
Location: Washington, DC metropolitan area

Field IT Systems Administrators act as the on-site point of accountability for Information Technology in Agency communications centers overseas. They 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 they play a supporting role in the operation and maintenance of emergency power generators and heating/air conditioning systems (HVAC).

Meeting mission imperatives as a Field IT Systems Administrator requires a dynamic and flexible professional approach, a strong desire to learn, accountability for action, excellent communications skills and an ability to work independently or closely with other professionals.

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 they are regularly required to perform duty in temporary status in both foreign and domestic settings as the mission dictates. Some assignments may be in difficult, harsh and challenging environments. Field IT Systems Administrators receive benefits and allowances for travel that positively impact their overall compensation.


Minimum requirements include an Associate's Degree from an accredited university or technical school in Electronics and Communications Engineering Technology, Computer Network Systems, Computer Science or related field. A minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is required. Equivalent civilian or military work experience (minimum of two years documented experience) in the management and/or delivery of IT services in an enterprise environment may be substituted for academics on a case-by-case basis. Desired certifications include, A+, Network+, Security+, CCNA, CCENT, and Microsoft Certified Professional.

Physical requirements include the ability to deploy communications systems up to 45 pounds without assistance and be able to occasionally lift up to 75 pounds when supporting installations or special requirements; ability to climb ladders, stoop, bend and reach for extended periods of time. All Field IT Systems Administrators must be medically cleared for service overseas.

These positions require a five year Contract Term Employment Agreement. (Time in service computations for allowances and benefits begin immediately and are not affected by the contract agreement).

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.

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Posted: Apr 21, 2007 06:51 PM
Last Updated: Nov 17, 2016 11:54 AM