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Special Assistant

Work Schedule: Full Time
Salary: $52,668 – $65,731
Location: Washington, DC metropolitan area

Are you a strong communicator with excellent time management skills? Are you the person who remains calm in fast paced environments with competing and equally important priorities? Do you have what it takes to provide executive-level support, pay attention to crucial details and deftly apply your interpersonal skills? If so, the Special Assistant position at the CIA is for you. You will be working in the front lines of one of the most exciting and demanding jobs in the CIA.

The principal role of the Special Assistant is to perform administrative work in support of senior executives to accomplish the CIA's mission. You may work independently or as a part of a team, and sometimes extended hours to provide a wide range of support, which includes scheduling appointments, facilitating communication, composing correspondence, tracking projects and coordinating travel arrangements. As a Special Assistant at the CIA, you will also serve as the primary liaison with other CIA staff, senior executives and external contacts and must always exhibit maturity and discretion in dealing with sensitive situations and handling classified information. Special Assistants are critical to the CIA mission. You will work hard but will be rewarded and recognized for your efforts, and no two days will be exactly the same. Whether you are just entering the workforce or have years of work experience in office management, the best candidates will have the drive and dedication it takes to put the mission first and work diligently behind the scenes to make every single day a success.

Minimum Requirements: Candidates must possess strong time management, organizational and oral/written communications skills and the ability to proofread and correct English usage, spelling and punctuation; interpersonal and customer service skills sufficient to establish and maintain effective working relationships; the ability to interact with individuals from diverse values, cultures, and backgrounds; have a solid knowledge of technology and office equipment; and be proficient in the use of computer applications and software (MS Office) and the Internet. Applicants with seven or more years of prior administrative support experience, in the private sector or in the Federal Government, are strongly encouraged to apply.


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.

Posted: May 08, 2014 10:05 AM
Last Updated: Sep 03, 2015 12:51 PM