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Electronic Publishing Specialist

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Work Schedule: Full Time
Salary: $54,308 - $79,377
Location: Washington, DC metropolitan area

As an Electronic Publishing Specialist for the CIA, you will support desktop publishing and page layout for print and electronic publications, content development and maintenance for websites and other electronic media. Pending skill assessment, you may also provide graphic development support for other creative media products. You will create, edit and publish products for print, mobile and web supporting information dissemination to CIA, the Intelligence Community, and Federal Government. These entry level to full performance positions require experience in content development, editing, publication design, graphic design, and basic website development.

Specific duties for this position include:

  • Creating publications from scratch or from pre-defined specifications
  • Developing new product templates
  • Writing, editing and formatting content for publications and websites
  • Document conversion for multiple output formats (print, web and mobile)
  • Developing and maintaining websites on the internet or various intranets
  • Ensuring consistent application of style, typography and other design elements to products
  • Managing time and deliverables within the scope of a production schedule

You will work with a team of electronic publishers within a studio environment, however there are occasional opportunities to deploy as a single dedicated support specialist serving the publishing needs of various CIA and Intelligence Community locations within the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

Electronic Publishing Sepcialists work in Imaging and Publishing Support (IPS), an office within the Directorate of Support, which provides both traditional and digital printing, online publishing, multimedia support, photographic support, digital archiving, and copier management services to the CIA, Intelligence Community and other federal government agencies. IPS provides a vital service to the Intelligence Community and national policymakers by producing high volume, high quality, color and B&W, classified and unclassified printing services.

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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:

  • Associate's or Bachelor's degree in one of the following fields or related studies:
    • Graphic Design
    • Publishing
  • Or, at least six (6) years of experience in a professional publishing environment may be substituted for academics
  • Knowledge of the following:
    • Website development
    • Content management
    • Publication design
    • Graphic design
    • Preparing files and documents for conventional and digital printing process
  • Strong verbal and written communications skills suitable to provide product demonstrations, document and explain project requirements and create/develop/manage content for websites and publications
  • Excellent interpersonal, time management, and creative skills to work effectively within professional creative team environments

Desired Qualifications:

  • Background in English, writing, rhetoric or journalism
  • Strong business acumen
  • Experience in a publishing business environment

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 degrees
  • Two (2) professional writing samples, each two (2) pages MAXIMUM, single-spaced. The writing samples should demonstrate traditional report or journalistic format and a more concise version written for a website or blog post
  • Portfolio: In the Preferences section under Job Objectives, please include a link to your online portfolio (please note we are unable to access Google Docs or Google Drive). Attach a PDF portfolio if you do not have an online portfolio. In the portfolio, please include samples of publication and design work, plus links to websites you have developed and or maintained. These samples should demonstrate your experience with typography, layout, and basic design principles utilizing print, digital and mobile platforms.


All applicants must successfully complete a thorough medical and psychological exam, a polygraph interview and an extensive background investigation. U.S. 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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Posted: Apr 21, 2007 07:23 PM
Last Updated: Mar 19, 2018 04:06 PM