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Intelligence Analyst Development Program (IADP) - Entry Level - NSA

National Security Agency


Location:
Fort George G.Meade, Maryland
Date:
03/16/2017
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Entry level Position Description:

NSA's mission is to help protect national security by providing policy makers and military commanders with the intelligence information they need to do their jobs. NSA's priorities are driven by externally developed and validated intelligence requirements, provided to NSA by the President, his national security team, and their staffs through the National Intelligence Priorities Framework.  NSA Intelligence Analysts are at the forefront of implementing this mission, and they do so in a variety of ways by: 

- Researching and understanding their targets, how they operate and how they fit in the larger geo-political context
- Applying new techniques and developing creative solutions to address analytic problems 
- Demonstrating a firm understanding of the communications environment and technology trends of their foreign targets 
- Crafting written and oral assessments of foreign intelligence that provide unique insight into target intentions unavailable from other intelligence disciplines.
- Working independently and collaborating effectively (both within NSA and with other analysts in the Intelligence Community)  in analysis and research  

NSA Intelligence Analysts perform a wide range of analytic tasks, including the following: research relevant sources for information on foreign intelligence targets; develop query strategies to obtain relevant information; analyze foreign target intelligence; assess validity and relevance of foreign intelligence; profile foreign targets and their activities; produce intelligence reports that address customer information needs; perform target discovery by developing strategies to obtain new information and sources for intelligence; and/or monitor target data for changes or anomalies. Additionally, NSA Intelligence Analysts are expected to take an inclusive approach to problem solving and mission accomplishment by frequently engaging with partners, enablers and customers across the Intelligence Community.

Applicants with less than 5 years of Intelligence Analysis cryptologic experience will be hired into the Intelligence Analysis Development Program (IADP). The program, which lasts up to three years, is designed to provide an intensive, accelerated opportunity to acquire the unique technical skills and experience needed to successfully apply knowledge and analytic ability to the Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) mission and help analysts achieve core analytic competencies in accordance with the Intelligence Analysis Professional Development Standards (IAPDS).  The program includes 4-5 operational tours in a variety of offices, interspersed with formal classroom and computer-based training. These on-the-job operational tours are primarily focused on the two main SIGINT disciplines of intelligence analysis - SIGINT reporting and SIGINT development.

Requirements

Salary Range:  $44,941 - $71,467 (Entry/Developmental)

Entry is with a high school diploma or GED plus 4 years of relevant experience, or an Associate's degree plus 2 years of relevant experience, or a Bachelor's degree and no experience. 

- Degree in a liberal arts field (e.g., English, History, Communications, Languages and Cultures, International Relations, and Political Science) is preferred, but a degree in any field is acceptable.

- Relevant experience must be in aspects of intelligence analysis (e.g., target development, social network analysis, and metadata analysis).  Note: For development program hires, the experience requirement may be met with more general analytic, problem solving, and/or investigative experience.

Salary Range:  $66,510 - $103,639 (Full Performance)

Entry is with a high school diploma or GED plus 7 years of relevant experience, or an Associate's degree plus 5 years of relevant experience, or a Bachelor's degree plus 3 years of relevant experience, or a Master's degree plus 1 year of relevant experience, or a Doctoral degree and no experience. 

- Degree in a liberal arts field (e.g., English, History, Communications, Languages and Cultures, International Relations, and Political Science) is preferred, but a degree in any field is acceptable.

- Relevant experience must be in aspects of intelligence analysis (e.g., target development, social network analysis, and metadata analysis).  Note: For development program hires, the experience requirement may be met with more general analytic, problem solving, and/or investigative experience.


This is a highly competitive position, and applicants should have strong academic background and excellent communication, writing, critical thinking, analytic, and advanced research skills. Demonstrated interest and knowledge of world/current affairs is required, and familiarity with data analysis techniques and telecommunications networks is strongly desired.

Entry level applicants normally have less than 5 years of Intelligence Analysis cryptologic (SIGINT) experience or are college graduates possessing a bachelor degree or higher. Ideally, the applicant's academic background or former cryptologic experience should focus on a topical or technology area, or on a particular region of the world.


Qualifications/Experience:

An ideal candidate would possess: 

Bachelors or Master's degree in areas such as:
International Relations, Security & Intelligence Studies, Political Science, Regional Studies (such as Southwest Asia, Middle East, China, Korea, etc.), Geospatial/Geography, Topical studies (such as counter-proliferation, counterterrorism, international crime, etc.), Journalism, Finance/International Economics,  Chemistry/Biology, or Aerospace Engineering.

Coursework, knowledge or previous experience in the following areas is highly desirable: quantitative analysis, statistical analysis, data modeling, comparative analysis, data mining, data science, social networking analysis, computational data analysis, cyber security, computer forensics, computer science, computer networks, telecommunications, and/or critical languages. Relevant internships, extracurricular activities, and/or foreign study are also considered. 

Prior military without a degree but with intelligence analysis cryptologic experience will be considered.


Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule

Salary is commensurate with education and experience.

This Ad closes on March 31, 2017.


How To Apply - External

To apply for this position, please click the 'Apply Now' button located at the top or bottom of this page.  After completing the application and clicking the 'Submit Final' button, you will receive a confirmation email.  Emails regarding your application status will be sent periodically.  Please ensure your spam filters are configured to accept emails from noreply@nsa.gov.

***PLEASE NOTE: 

U.S. Citizenship is required for all applicants.  Reasonable accommodations provided to applicants with disabilities during the application and hiring process where appropriate.  NSA is an equal opportunity employer and abides by applicable employment laws and regulations.  All applicants and employees are subject to random drug testing in accordance with Executive Order 12564.  Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a security background investigation and polygraph.

This position is a Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS) position in the Excepted Service under 10 U.S.C. 1601. DoD Components with DCIPS positions apply Veterans' Preference to eligible candidates as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 USC, in accordance with the procedures provided in DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 2005, DCIPS Employment and Placement. If you are a veteran claiming veterans' preference, as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 U.S.C., you may be asked to submit documents verifying your eligibility.


DCIPS Disclaimer

The National Security Agency (NSA) is part of the DoD Intelligence Community Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS).  All positions in the NSA are in the Excepted Services under 10 United States Codes (USC) 1601 appointment authority.