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Multi-Discipline Security Officer

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Work Schedule: Full Time
Salary: $52,101 – $106,012*
Location: Washington, DC metropolitan area

*Higher starting salary possible depending on experience level.

As a Multi-Discipline Security Officer for the CIA, you will collect and analyze information about risks to CIA people, facilities, information, and operations. You will provide security advice and guidance to mission customers to protect intelligence programs, sources, and methods. You will also have the opportunity to develop and hone your analytic and communication skills across all security disciplines in order to protect the CIA and our nation.

Multi-Discipline Security Officers learn the business of security through a system of training and developmental assignments that will expose you to a wide variety of security disciplines including: personnel (e.g., background investigations, security adjudications), physical and technical (e.g., risk assessments of facilities), cyber (e.g., cyber defense), and protective security (e.g., executive and VIP protection), as well as skills in program management and acquisitions security. Throughout your career you may also be involved with the collection, analysis, and reporting of security or counterintelligence related information; resource management; security policy; and working with other Intelligence Community and US Government partners. Both classroom and on-the-job training is provided, most of which is in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. You must also be willing to take training in firearms, defensive tactics and driving, and CPR.

Assignment to a particular job generally occurs every two to four years through a competitive open vacancy process. Thus, you have the opportunity to develop your career in a way that best meets your needs and desires by applying to the jobs that interest you; however, you must also be willing to accept positions and develop skills to meet the mission needs of the CIA.

Starting positions are located in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, but opportunities to serve elsewhere in the United States and overseas exist as your career and abilities develop.

Offices of the CIA – Directorate of Support

The Directorate of Support (DS) provides everything the CIA needs to accomplish its critical mission of defending our nation. The DS provides business operations support to Agency components including all aspects of security, logistics, facilities, finance, education, medical services and human resources. Learn more about the Directorate of Support.

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 or advanced degree; there is no preferred major or program of study
  • GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is preferred, but exceptions may be made for extenuating circumstances.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent analytic skills
  • Strong interpersonal skill
  • High levels of trustworthiness, integrity and loyalty to the United States

Desired Qualifications:

  • Professional certifications in physical security, personnel security, cyber protection, or acquisition disciplines.

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
  • Copies of any professional certifications


Applicants must successfully complete a thorough medical examination, polygraph interview and 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: Mar 10, 2009 08:24 AM
Last Updated: Jun 04, 2018 01:19 PM