Monday, October 26, 2015

CIA Staff Operations Officer Position

The Directorate of Operations (DO) is a cadre of action- and results-oriented professionals who accept significant, demanding responsibilities and accountability for results. Minimum requirements for a DO position include:
  • US citizenship at the time of application (dual national US citizens are eligible)
  • Personal integrity
  • A four year college/university degree from an accredited institution (applicants within one year of earning a four year degree will be considered)
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills (oral and written)
  • The ability to work effectively as part of a team and independently
  • Flexibility, adaptability, and commitment to the mission of the CIA and DO
All Directorate of Operations (DO) officers are hired at an entry level and train as they are expected to work – as one team. DO officers begin their careers spending one to two years learning the foundations of clandestine operational tradecraft via classroom training, practical exercises, and on-the-job experience gained through a series of interim assignments. Following successful completion of the foundational training each DO officer will transition into advanced training activity to prepare them to serve effectively in the following career occupational specialty:
  • Staff Operations Officer (SOO)
DO SOOs provide the seamless integration between CIA Headquarters and DO offices in the field necessary to drive operations to success. An effective, versatile, and resourceful SOO is critical to the success of the DO’s most creative, challenging, and impactful operations.
  • Deliver results
  • Develop and maintain broad networks across the CIA and the US Government
  • Deal effectively, comfortably, and confidently with US Government professionals at all levels of responsibility, authority, and rank
  • Multitask and remain calm under pressure
  • View challenge and uncertainty as opportunity
  • Take initiative and deliver solutions
  • Have an authoritative voice in strategic operational decisions
SOOs apply advanced knowledge and expertise of clandestine operations, operational tradecraft, and intelligence priorities when providing strategic guidance and operational case management. In addition, SOOs are responsible for program management throughout the DO, from traditional operational activities to specialized initiatives and Covert Action. The demanding pace of DO operations has SOOs finding solutions to complex operational problems, identifying new technical tools and capabilities to advance operations, and tapping the resources of the DO, CIA, and US Government to ensure operational requirements are met. SOOs provide objective reviews of on-going and potential operations and serve as the vital link between DO officers in the field, CIA Headquarters, and the Intelligence Community.
Many SOOs will spend much of their career serving in the Washington, DC area having opportunities for overseas travel. Opportunities for SOOs to serve multi-year postings overseas exist, but these positions are competitive.

Ready to Apply?
The hiring process for DO positions can take 12 months or longer to complete. All applicants must successfully complete a thorough medical and psychological exam, a polygraph interview, and a comprehensive background investigation. To be considered suitable for CIA 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 medical and security processing.

Read more and start your application here.