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Work Schedule: Full Time
Salary: $51,603 – $100,736
Location: Washington, DC metropolitan area

This position offers an opportunity to participate in the Language Hiring Bonus Program. See "Bonus Programs" in the Benefits section for more information.

Open Source Enterprise (OSE) Librarians are the Intelligence Community's experts in acquiring, researching, exploiting, and managing information sources. OSE Librarians play an essential role in the intelligence mission by acquiring, researching, and making accessible the most critical information resources that meet CIA and Intelligence Community information requirements. OSE Librarians are proactive in finding ways to use their skillset to support CIA's mission and collaborate with OSE's Open Source Officers, Geographers, and other CIA and Intelligence Community members to do so. A Librarian can expect to serve in a broad range of positions and apply their expertise in a variety of OSE and CIA mission offices, including CIA Library.

OSE is seeking Librarian applicants with a passion for innovation and customer service, library science expertise, and an interest in foreign affairs demonstrated by formal education or previous life/work experience. The candidates we seek must have strong skills in at least one area of library science: research, acquisitions, cataloging, collection development or content management, and one or more of the following: documented knowledge and/or job experience in specialized technical areas such as data curation, data management, project management, or knowledge management software; advanced reading and research abilities in foreign language(s); or area knowledge and subject matter expertise. The following languages, with relevant area knowledge, are among those sought: Arabic, Burmese, Chinese, Dari, Hausa, Indonesian, Korean, Kurdish, Pushto (Pashtu), Persian (Farsi), Russian, Somali, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Vietnamese.

Librarian positions are based in the metropolitan Washington, DC area with some opportunities for overseas-based assignments. In addition to salary and benefits, Librarians are eligible to earn annual language "bonus" pay based on in-house language proficiency testing. Librarians also have the opportunity to take language courses and to maintain professional credentials through further training and participation in conferences and professional organizations.

Minimum requirements include an ALA-accredited Master's degree in Library or Information Science, excellent communications skills, strong critical thinking/analytic skills, ability to function independently outside of a library setting, and flexibility and adaptability to changing mission needs.

To meet current mission requirements, documented knowledge and/or job experience in any of the following specialized technical programs are desired: data curation, data management, project management, or knowledge management software; as well as applicants with advanced reading and research abilities in a non-romance language (Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Russian) are desired.


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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Posted: Apr 21, 2007 07:07 PM
Last Updated: Nov 17, 2016 11:30 AM