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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.

* Foreign Language Bonus eligible

As a Graphic Designer for the CIA, you will produce visual products that convey intelligence analysis to US policymakers, law enforcement officials, warfighters, and executives charged with national security responsibilities, including the President of the United States. You will be responsible for conceptualizing, designing and producing visual solutions for a wide variety of formats and dissemination outputs.

You will work as part of an interdisciplinary team managing multiple design projects under minimal supervision. You will work with customers to define project requirements and provide advice on best processes and procedures for optimal visual presentation. 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, and logos.

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.

Offices of the CIA – Directorate of Analysis

Within the Directorate of Analysis (DA), incomplete and sometimes contradictory information is transformed into unique insights that inform US policy decisions.  The DA helps provide timely, accurate and objective all-source intelligence analysis on national security and foreign policy issues to senior policymakers in the US Government.  Learn more about the Directorate of Analysis.

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 a related area of study:
    • Graphic Design
    • Fine Arts with a strong emphasis in graphic design
  • GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4-point scale is preferred
  • Ability to shape and lead solutions to data visualization in an increasingly complex and changing technological environment.
  • Experience with the Adobe create suite of tools, such as InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop.
  • Strong creative portfolio demonstrating good use of typography, grid-based design, white space, and color theory.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills are required to work and interface with customers, coworkers, and management.
  • Knowledge of production tools and methodology, and a strong technical aptitude to quickly learn new software and hardware.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Strong focus on continuous learning
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skill

The following items must be included/attached to your online application (PDF 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
    • Portfolio of five (5) or more graphic design samples (url link to a non-account based or password-protected website is preferred, PDF files are also accepted)


    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: Apr 25, 2018 05:04 PM