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Prepress Production Specialist

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Work Schedule: Full Time
Salary: $44,941 - $71,467
Location: Washington, DC metropolitan area

As a Prepress Production Specialist for the CIA, you will assemble hardcopy and electronic files into finished product such as books, pamphlets, magazines and foldouts, etc. You will be part of a team of prepress technicians responsible for assembling produced publications, in addition to all steps in the assembling process, including but not limited to: pre-flighting, electronic assembly, conventional assembling, scanning, plating and proofing operations. You will also cross-train and learn other production equipment and dissemination procedures and work in other print production areas/job disciplines. Prepress Production Specialists operate on all work shifts (1st, 2nd, 3rd), with surge assignments and overtime as needed.

Prepress Production Specialists work in Imaging & 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:

  • 3 - 5 years of print production experience to include the following:
    • Read and interpret work orders
    • Ability to identify and translate customer requirements into projects
    • Knowledge to select the appropriate technique, process or procedure
    • Ability to scan a wide range of originals to produce finished products
    • Analyze and resolve production-related problems and issues
  • Working knowledge of the following:
    • Prepress procedures
    • Large format plotter operation
    • Electronic publishing formats, standards and production resources
    • Desktop Publishing
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs in accordance to established safety regulations
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time, recurring bending, crouching or stretching
  • Strong communications skills suitable to interpret and convey technical publishing concepts to others

Desired Qualifications

  • Working knowledge of the following:
    • Offset printing
    • Bindery processes
    • Digital print procedures
  • Recognize problems and troubleshoot equipment within center

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


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: May 25, 2017 04:58 PM
Last Updated: Oct 12, 2017 11:46 AM

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