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Video Specialist

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There are currently no openings for this position. Please check back periodically as our hiring needs change.

At a Glance

  • Full time

  • Washington, DC metro area

  • Starting salary: $55,539 – $82,326* *Higher starting salary possible depending on experience level.

  • US citizenship required (dual national US citizens are eligible)

  • Foreign language bonus eligible

As a Video Specialist for the CIA, you will be responsible for helping chart the creative direction to meet the needs of continuously evolving business areas. You will work closely with customers to create videos used for the briefing of senior government officials. In the role of Video Specialist you will coordinate project elements, provide guidance to help solve technical challenges, and lend knowledge and expertise in all areas of video production. You will have a voice in the creative direction. You will also define project requirements, prepare materials for production, produce videos and convert them to appropriate formats for distribution and archiving.

In addition, this position performs direction functions, assessing the scope and complexity of the assignment, coordinating with project team members, meeting with clients to discuss anticipated product outcomes, and ensuring all phases from initial planning to production are completed within established timelines and budgets. When producing video products, you will also perform the typical duties of the producer/director, such as video concept and storyboard, crew selection and direction, art direction, audio design, scriptwriting and video editing. Specific duties include researching, resolving, and coordinating unit-wide requirements with managers, production managers and technical experts.

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.

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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.

US citizenship required (dual-national US citizens eligible). All positions require relocation to the Washington, DC metro area.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree in one of the following fields or related studies:
    • Television
    • Film
    • Videography
  • GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4-point scale is preferred, but exceptions may be made for extenuating circumstances
  • Outstanding customer service skills
  • Strong interpersonal, teamwork and leadership skills
  • Outstanding organizational skills
  • Experience in the following:
    • Studio and field productions
    • Production of video presentations
    • Live television production and event coverage
    • Use of digital editing systems
  • Knowledge of digital video compression algorithms
  • Strong writing skills
  • Ability to handle many tasks simultaneously
  • Ability to work well under the pressure of tight deadlines and conflicting priorities
Desired Qualifications:
  • Experience with Adobe Photoshop and After Effects
  • Familiarity with interactive multimedia production
  • Familiarity with web/mobile development
All applicants must successfully complete:
  • A thorough medical and psychological exam
  • A polygraph interview
  • A comprehensive background investigation

To be considered suitable for Agency employment, applicants must generally not have used illegal drugs within the last 12 months. The issue of illegal drug use prior to 12 months ago is carefully evaluated during the medical and security processing.

If you are ready to apply, add this position to your job cart. You can add up to four (4) positions. Job cart selections will only be retained during this site visit, so be sure to click "Apply Now" before closing the browser window. After clicking "Apply Now" you will be taken to the application account creation page. The positions will appear in the cart once you have created an account.

DO NOT submit multiple applications; this will only slow the review of your application and delay processing. Please read the Application Instructions carefully before you begin the online application process

Important application instructions for this position:

The following items must be attached to your on-line application (PDF format 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.
  • Three to five (3-5) video samples (provide a url link to a non-account based or password-protected website (do not use Google Drive, Dropbox, LinkedIn, etc.)

Important Notice: Friends, family, individuals, or organizations may be interested to learn that you are seeking employment with the CIA. Their interest, however, may not be benign or in your best interest. Once you reveal your interest you lose control of that information. We ask all applicants to exercise discretion and good judgment in disclosing your interest in a position with the CIA. You will receive further guidance on this topic as you proceed through your CIA employment processing.

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Posted: Aug 06, 2018 02:22 PM
Last Updated: May 13, 2019 01:38 PM

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