Imagery Analyst

U.S. Department of Defense
  • Location
    Charlottesville, Virginia
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    May 28

Position description

Imagery Analysts maintain and build tasking strategies, and analyze and interpret imagery to support U.S. military and policymaker interests. They analyze the activities and interests of countries, regions, and non-state entities, as well as the impact of natural and man-made disasters. In addition, these analysts conduct multi-INT research, populate and exploit intelligence databases, and produce




ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: This Imagery Analyst position is in Charlottesville, VA. The Imagery Analyst provides GEOINT subject matter expertise of foreign military ground force-related issues to include combat tactics, doctrine, force structure, military technologies, counterproliferation and/or foundational knowledge of foreign ground weapon systems (tanks, artillery, etc.), Heavy Platform Mobility, and Emerging Technologies issues in support of the US Army's National Ground Intelligence Center (NGIC). Their work will support military planning, operations, and acquisitions. Additionally, the analyst will be expected to apply extensive GEOINT tasking and tradecraft knowledge in the exploitation of geospatial data and information, associated processes, GEOINT technologies, and international operations. Duties: * Develops and maintains in-depth knowledge of foreign and domestic military ground force combat tactics, techniques and procedures; force structure, and developing trends in training. * Help further scientific and technical understanding of emergent ground forces equipment and weapons systems. * Demonstrates innovative critical thinking skills. * Applies analytic and research methodologies to develop relevant results. * Publishes timely written reports regarding ground force activity or trends related to tactics, doctrine, force structure, and scientific and technical understanding of emergent ground forces equipment and weapons systems. * Conducts in-depth research and analysis on foreign facilities and installations. * Identifies intelligence gaps and recommends collection strategies to address those gaps. * Proactively develops and maintains collaborative relationships with analytical counterparts in NGA, NGIC, DIA, NSG, ASG, and the greater Intelligence Community at national and international levels.


Travel Required

25% or less - Travel Required 25% or Less

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Job family (Series)

0132 Intelligence

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Conditions of Employment


As a condition of employment at NGA, persons being considered for employment must meet NGA fitness for employment standards. 

- U.S. Citizenship Required
- Security Clearance (Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information)
- Polygraph Test Required
- Position Subject to Drug Testing
- Two Year Probationary Period
- Direct Deposit Required

You must be able to obtain and retain a Top Secret security clearance with access to Sensitive Compartmented Information. In addition, you are subject to a Counterintelligence Polygraph examination in order to maintain access to Top Secret information. All employees are subject to a periodic examination on a random basis in order to determine continued eligibility. Refusal to take the examination may result in denial of access to Top Secret information, SAP, and/or unescorted access to SCIFs.

Employees with SCI access and who are under NGA cognizance are required to submit a Security Financial Disclosure Report, SF-714, on an annual basis in order to determine continued eligibility. Failure to comply may negatively impact continued access to Top Secret information, Information Systems, SAP, and/or unescorted access to SCIFs.

NGA utilizes all processes and procedures of the Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS). Non-executive NGA employees are assigned to five distinct pay bands based on the type and scope of work performed. The employee's base salary is established within their assigned pay band based on their unique qualifications. A performance pay process is conducted each year to determine a potential base pay salary increase and/or bonus. An employee's annual performance evaluation is a key factor in the performance pay process. Employees on term or temporary appointments are not eligible to apply for internal assignment opportunity notices. 

This position is a DCIPS position in the Excepted Service under 10 U.S.C. 1601. DoD Components with DCIPS positions apply Veterans' Preference to preference 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 an external applicant claiming veterans' preference, as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 U.S.C., you must self-identify your eligibility in our ERecruit application.



MANDATORY QUALIFICATION CRITERIA: For this particular job, applicants must meet all competencies reflected under the Mandatory Qualification Criteria to include education (if required). Online resumes must demonstrate qualification by providing specific examples and associated results, in response to the announcement's mandatory criteria specified in this vacancy announcement: 1. Demonstrated ability to apply and understand various sources of imagery and/or geospatial information. 2. Demonstrated familiarity the GEOINT collection process. 3. Demonstrated experience with a remote sensing tool such as RemoteView. EDUCATION REQUIREMENT: A. Education: Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Foreign Area Studies, Geography, History, Imagery Science, International Affairs, Military Science, Physical Science, Political Science, Remote Sensing, or a related discipline. -OR- B. Combination of Education and Experience: A minimum of 24 semester (36 quarter) hours of college coursework in any area listed in option A plus experience working as an Imagery Analyst, OR in a closely-related field that demonstrates the ability to successfully perform the tasks associated with this work. As a rule, every 30 semester (45 quarter) hours of college work is equivalent to one year of experience. Candidates should show that their combination of education and experience totals 4 years. -OR- C. Experience: Six years of significant applied experience in Imagery Analysis or all-source intelligence experience, or six years in combat arms or in combat support for military personnel. PHYSICAL REQUIREMENT: Distinguish principal colors and shades/hues of principal colors; Near visual acuity of 20/20 or better with or without corrective lenses; Stereopsis ability; Far visual acuity of 20/60 or better binocular with or without corrective lenses.

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATION CRITERIA: In addition to the mandatory qualifications, experience in the following is desired: 1. Strong interpersonal and communication skills, as analysts must be able to convey their findings via written and oral means and receive acknowledgement that it is received and understood. 2. Prior experience working with and providing GEOINT while embedded with a mission partner. 3. Knowledge of foreign military ground force-related issues including combat tactics and doctrine, force structure, military technologies and/or foundational knowledge of foreign ground weapon systems (tanks, artillery, etc.), Heavy Platform Mobility, and Emerging Technologies. 4. Experience working in a team and independently.

US Citizenship is required.

Designated or Random Drug Testing required.

Security Investigation

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