Collection Management Officer

Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Nov 13

Position description

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:

  • Collection Management Officer (CMO)

DO CMOs drive collection, actively manage the two-way dialogue between intelligence consumers and the DO, and evaluate foreign intelligence to ensure DO collection is providing US foreign policy and national security decision-makers with timely, accurate, clear, and concise reporting in a manner that safeguards sensitive intelligence sources and methods.


  • Present clandestine intelligence information clearly and accurately in writing and verbally
  • Apply expertise in operational tradecraft, counterintelligence, and risk management to DO intelligence collection operations
  • Deal effectively, comfortably, and confidently with US Government professionals at all levels of responsibility, authority, and rank
  • Multitask to manage time and priorities
  • View challenge and uncertainty as opportunity
  • Are interested in seeking answers and maintaining expertise on the full spectrum of intelligence priorities within their area or assignment
  • Lead teams and work independently

CMOs use a combination of formal training and independent learning to develop and maintain subject matter expertise on current and looming country- and region-specific issues and/or transnational issues such as counterterrorism, counterproliferation, and cyber to understand intelligence needs and identify clandestine collection opportunities that meet the priority requirements of US foreign intelligence consumers.

Opportunities exist for CMOs to serve in multi-year assignments overseas or they can spend most or all of their career serving in the Washington, DC area.

All Directorate of Operations Officers within the first two years of their career:

  • Will be required to participate in training in the Washington, DC metropolitan area and outside of the Washington, DC area
  • Must be available to attend multi-month training that takes place outside of the Washington, DC metropolitan area (during this training most DO officers will have opportunities to return to the Washington, DC area on weekends; however, there will be times when returning to the Washington, DC area for the weekend is not possible)

Application instructions

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