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Editor/Publications Officer

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 Editor/Publications Officer for the CIA, you will make key contributions to the intelligence products that inform senior policymakers. You will perform a variety of tasks related to producing and publishing these products, including creating, editing, and processing text and graphics for hardcopy and electronic publication.

As part of your duties, you will plan and manage assigned projects, and work with customers to define project scope and requirements to clarify customer expectations. Additionally, you will work within production schedules and coordinate with all parties involved (e.g., authors, graphic designers, cartographers, and interactive designers). You will produce, deliver, and archive finished intelligence publications.

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 areas of study:
    • Journalism
    • English
    • Communications
  • GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4-point scale is preferred, but exceptions may be made for extenuating circumstances.
  • Strong editorial and grammar skills
  • Knowledge of publishing principles and basics of publication design
  • Knowledge of production methodology for publishing products in hardcopy or electronic formats
  • Familiarity with Web content management
  • Ability to use creative problem solving and analytical thinking skills to develop effective solutions for publishing problems
  • Ability to research, analyze, and integrate substantive data related to subject matter into an appropriately designed product
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced team environment
  • Flexibility in dealing with rapidly changing priorities

Desired Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of Adobe creative tools

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.
    • Two (2) different writing samples, two to three pages (2-3) each, single space. Please provide one sample that demonstrates your copyediting skills (attach a Word doc that includes your mark-up and comments, or mark-up a hardcopy and send us the image in a PDF file). Submit one technical or analytical writing sample. You may excerpt longer papers.


        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: Feb 01, 2008 01:55 PM
        Last Updated: Jul 03, 2018 11:42 AM