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Graphic Designer

Work Schedule: Full Time
Salary: $54,308 – $80,505*
Location: Washington, DC metropolitan area

*Higher starting salary possible depending on experience level.

The Central Intelligence Agency's Directorate of Analysis is looking for talented graphic designers to produce visual products that convey intelligence analysis for US policymakers, law enforcement officials, warfighters, and executives charged with national security responsibilities, including the President of the United States. Graphic designers are responsible for conceptualizing, designing and producing visual solutions for a wide variety of formats and dissemination outputs. Graphic designers work as part of an interdisciplinary team managing multiple design projects under minimal supervision. Graphic designers work with their customers to define project requirements and provide advice on best processes and procedures for optimal visual presentation. Graphic designers are expected to develop and maintain their skills commensurate with industry-wide best practices.

CIA visual products are designed for conveyance via mobile devices, web, and print. Graphic designers are responsible for a wide-range of routine-to-complex projects such as: charts and graphs, flow diagrams, infographics, presentation visuals, illustrations, publication design, cover designs, brochures, posters, logos, and exhibit design. Opportunities exist to participate in internal training as well as external workshops and conferences.

Minimum requirements a bachelor's degree in graphic design or fine arts with a strong emphasis on graphic design, and with a GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale). In depth knowledge of Adobe creative tools (InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop, etc.) is required. Familiarity with digital conveyance, and a comprehensive knowledge of graphic design principles and production methods are also needed.

The following items must be included/attached to your online application (PDF preferred):

  • Your resume.
  • A cover letter in which you specify your qualifications and what differentiates you from other applicants.
  • Unofficial transcripts for all degrees.
  • Portfolio: In the Preferences section under job objectives please include a link to your online portfolio (please note that we are unable to access Google Docs or Google Drive). Attach a PDF portfolio if you do not have an online portfolio.


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 07:05 PM
Last Updated: Mar 09, 2018 03:43 PM

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