- Bachelor's degree
- Master's degree
- Social media management
- Crisis management
- Communication skills
As a Specialized Skills Officer (SSO) for the CIA, you will join a cadre of results oriented professionals who accept significant responsibilities and embrace accountability for results. SSOs conduct and/or directly support CIA operations by leveraging technical skills in either specialized military fields and/or experience in media, communications, marketing, advertising, issue advocacy, crisis management, or technology development. These skills and experiences often include aviation, maritime, psychological operations, civil affairs and information operations. SSOs are a distinct occupation in the Directorate of Operations (DO) and play a unique role in support of intelligence operations for US policymakers, support to Covert Action programs at the direction of President of the United States, and facilitate CIA’s Covert Action infrastructure.
All 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 exercise, and on-the-job experience. You must successfully complete this required foundational training.
SSOs serve primarily at CIA Headquarters, but there are frequent opportunities for temporary duty travel and/or assignments overseas.
This position requires a 5-year Contract Term Agreement. Learn more about the Contract Term Agreement.
Offices of the CIA – Directorate of Operations
The Directorate of Operations (DO) strengthens national security and foreign policy objectives through the clandestine collection of human intelligence (HUMINT), and by conducting covert action as directed by the President. Learn more about the Directorate of Operations.
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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.
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution (applicants within one year of earning a four year degree will be considered); there is no preferred major or program of study (degrees from foreign academic institutions are accepted, but you are responsible for obtaining and providing CIA with a credential evaluation from an accredited firm confirming that the foreign degree is the equivalent of a BA/BS and/or MA/MS degree conferred by a US college or university)
GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4-point scale is preferred
Strong interpersonal and communication skills (verbal and written)
Action and results oriented
Ability to work effectively as part of a team and independently
Flexibility, adaptability, and commitment to the mission of the CIA and the Directorate of Operations
Competitive Specialized Skills Officer applicants have knowledge and/or experience in any one of the following categories:
Social media, marketing, advertising, public relations, issue advocacy, crisis communication, or technology development
Business, finance, or legal fields
Military psychological operations and/or civil affairs
Merchant Marine/Commercial Maritime industries and/or military nautical experience
Commercial and/or military diving and underwater experience
Military aviation career fields such as:
Pilot (fixed wing, rotary wing, manned/unmanned)
Mission sensor operator
Forward air controller
Special tactics squadron
Aviation foreign internal defense
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.