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Interactive 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 an Interactive Designer for the CIA, you will create a wide variety of products that convey intelligence analysis to the President of the United States, US policymakers, and other officials. You may also create training materials and other important material.  All products are designed for conveyance via mobile devices, web and print. You will work as a member of a team focusing on one or more specialties, such as graphic design, cartography, 3D animation, motion graphics, illustration, Virtual Reality, scripting, and imagery.

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 related studies with a strong emphasis on graphic, information, or user experience concepts:
      • Interactive Design
      • Graphic Design
      • Visual Communications
      • Fine Art
      • Cartography
      • Geospatial Information Systems (GIS)
      • Motion Graphics
      • 3D animation
      • Computer Science
    • 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 creative tools, motion or 3D software, HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, version control
    • Strong skills in typography, grid-based design, white space, and color theory
    • Experience with the ESRI (or similar) GIS Suite and familiarity with cartoCSS and map tile presentation libraries such as Leaflet, OpenLayers, and/or Cesium
    • Excellent interpersonal skills are required to work and interface with customers, coworkers, and management
    • Knowledge of multimedia production tools and methodology, and a strong technical aptitude to quickly learn new software and hardware
    • Strong interest in continuous learning, information design, and technology (mobile and web)

      Desired Qualifications:

      • Augmented/virtual reality, motion visuals, storytelling, 3D animation, design for video output
      • Experience creating wireframes, storyboards, and prototypes for use in design review and user testing
      • Excellent verbal and written communications skills

      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.
        • Applicants with a background in graphic design must provide a strong creative portfolio demonstrating good use of typography, grid-based design, white space, and color theory (provide a url link to a non-account based or password-protected website (do not use Google Drive, Dropbox, LinkedIn, etc.); PDF files are also accepted).
        • Applicants with a background in cartography/GIS should include five (5) or more map samples (provide a url link to a non-account based or password-protected website (do not use Google Drive, Dropbox, LinkedIn, etc.); 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 07:09 PM
          Last Updated: Apr 25, 2018 11:10 AM