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Paramilitary Operations Officer

Company: CIA
Location: Washington
Posted on: October 13, 2019

Job Description:


*Successful candidates for this position may be eligible for a one-time hiring bonus of up to 25% of their base pay

As a Paramilitary Operations Officer (PMOO) for the CIA, you will join a select cadre that is motivated by camaraderie and selfless service. PMOOs lead and manage Covert Action programs, at the direction of President of the United States, and collect Foreign Intelligence vital to national security policy makers. As an action and results oriented professional, you will take on demanding responsibility, accept significant personal risk, and maintain accountability for results. PMOOs serve as a distinct occupation in the Directorate of Operations (DO), using their military experience to conduct air, ground and maritime paramilitary operations, covert action as well as intelligence collection in austere and dangerous environments. You are expected to be leaders and program managers, running paramilitary and intelligence operations in the field.

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. As equal parts Paramilitary and Operations Officers, PMOOs must successfully complete foundational training as a DO Operations Officer.

Additionally, you are required to successfully complete specialized paramilitary training and demonstrate a high level of physical readiness in order to prepare for service in hazardous and austere environments overseas.

PMOOs spend the majority of their careers serving out numerous short-term deployments or multi-year assignments in a variety of overseas locations.

This position requires a 5-year Contract Term Agreement. Learn more about the Contract Term Agreement.Offices of the CIA - Directorate of OperationsThe 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.


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



  • 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



    • Served on active duty with the U.S. Armed Forces in either of the following Military Occupations/Career Fields:



      • Special Operations or Combat Arms
      • Aviation or Aviation related specialties








        • Successful completion of specialized paramilitary training and demonstrates a high level of physical readiness
        • Willingness to serve in hazardous and austere environments overseas
        • Personal integrity and the ability to operate with minimal supervision
        • Strong interpersonal and communications skills (verbal and written)
        • Ability to work effectively as part of a team as well as work independently
        • Flexibility, adaptability, and commitment to the mission of the CIA and the Directorate of Operations


          Desired Qualifications:Competitive Paramilitary Operations Officer applicants have:


          • Minimum of 8 years of active duty experience
          • Served in multiple leadership positions generating a proven record of responsibility and critical decision-making in stressful situations
          • Experience serving in combat and conducting combat operations; Multiple tours, particularly in leadership positions, are highly desired
          • Currently on active duty or are in within three years of departure from active duty



            • Applicants on Reserve or National Guard status, more than 3 years from active duty, are more competitive if they have completed overseas deployments in that timeframe

              Qualifications also considered:


              • Non-combat overseas deployments with real world impact
              • Foreign language, foreign travel and area knowledge
              • Experience in advanced combat skills
              • Experience conducting military/combat diving and underwater operations



                • Experience conducting military parachute and airborne delivery operations


                  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.


                    How to Apply
                    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):


                    • Unofficial transcripts for all degrees
                    • Cover letter: please describe your knowledge, skills, abilities, and aspirations not evident from your resume, that make you a good candidate for the Directorate of Operations (1 page)
                    • Qualifications Supplement - in a separate PDF attachment address the following questions:



                      • Why does a career in public service appeal to you (1 paragraph)
                      • Why do you wish to work for the Directorate of Operations (1 paragraph)
                      • Other than the Directorate of Operations, what other career options are of interest to you (1 paragraph)
                      • Describe one thing from your academic, military, or professional background that has prepared you for success in the Directorate of Operations (1 paragraph)
                      • Complete this thought: "I do my best work when..." (1 paragraph)
                      • Describe a time when you did not succeed, professionally or academically, and what you learned from that experience (2 paragraphs)



                        At the time of application, DO applicants select specific DO occupational specialties (i.e. Collection Management Officer, Staff Operations Officer, Operations Officer,Targeting Officer). Competitive applicants will continue to be asked to identify their DO occupational specialty preference(s) at various stages in the hiring process. It is not unusual for applicants to adjust their preference as they progress and learn more about the expectations and requirements of each occupational specialty.
                        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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