Counterintelligence Officer

U.S. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
  • Location
    Springfield, Virginia
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Sep 06

Position description

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) serves as the world leader in providing timely, relevant, accurate and actionable geospatial intelligence (GEOINT). NGA's civilian, military and contract personnel evaluate imagery, maps, charts, multiple layers of foundation data - such as terrain, elevation and gravity - and the full spectrum of visible and invisible light in order to help users visualize what is happening at a particular place and time. Our intelligence officers go beyond describing "what, where and when" to revealing "how and why" our work enables decision advantage for our policymakers, warfighters, intelligence professionals and first responders. 

1. Conduct counterintelligence investigations to contribute to counterintelligence or counterterrorism operations
2. Develop cooperative counterintelligence efforts across the enterprise to protect national security information
3. Examine, interpret, and evaluate all-source information and intelligence to assess counterintelligence capabilities of foreign powers and international terrorist organizations
4. Provide counterintelligence guidance, training, and awareness to Agency workforce

Additional Application Requirement: You may be asked to complete one or more assessments in addition to the application you submit on this website as part of your application to NGA. These assessments may include but are not limited to: 1) Online questionnaires or assessments that require you to describe your job-related knowledge, skills, abilities, or other characteristics that are aligned with the mandatory and desirable qualifications of this job posting. The information you provide in the application you submit must support the response you provide to this questionnaire. You will receive an email to describe any additional assessments required. Please monitor your emails and complete any required assessments as soon as possible.



Conditions of Employment

  • Security Investigation


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 knowledge, ability, and/or experience in data and information analysis, problem solving, and/or data mining.
2. Demonstrated experience with the application and/or execution of two or more of the following Counterintelligence (CI) functions: CI Incident Assessments & Investigations, Operations, Collection, Analysis, and/or CI Functional Service.
3. Demonstrated knowledge of how all-source and/or CI analysis supports the intelligence lifecycle, CI activities, and/or CI functions.
4. Demonstrated experience in one of the following areas, in support of organizations and/or agencies: conducting and/or coordinating counterintelligence operations, security and/or military investigations operations.

EDUCATION REQUIREMENT: A. Education: Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in Intelligence Studies, International Relations, Security, Area Studies, or a related field. -OR- B. Combination of Education and Experience: A minimum of 24 semester (36 quarter) hours of coursework in any area listed in option A, plus experience in security, law enforcement, counterintelligence investigations, or a related area that demonstrates the ability to successfully perform the duties associated with this work. As a rule, every 30 semester (45 quarter) hours of coursework is equivalent to one year of experience. Candidates should show that their combination of education and experience totals 4 years. -OR- C. Experience: A minimum of 4 years of experience in security, law enforcement, counterintelligence investigations, or a related area that demonstrates the ability to successfully perform the duties associated with this work. -AND- LICENSES/CERTIFICATIONS: Successful completion of an accredited Counterintelligence Special Agent Credentialing Course, the Defense Counterintelligence Agents Course (DCAC) or Service Equivalent Counterintelligence Certification Course as directed by management; Successful completion of the ITC TSCM Fundamentals Course may be required.

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATION CRITERIA: In addition to the mandatory qualifications, experience in the following is desired: 

1. Current or previously credentialed Cl officer or special agent with knowledge of counterespionage operations
2. Knowledge of Cl operations and/or analysis of adversarial use of information systems
3. Knowledge of technical threats posed by foreign intelligence services; experience in antiļæ½terrorism/force protection; experience in CI Support to Research, Development, and Acquisition
4. Demonstrated progressive counterintelligence experience with an emphasis on the ability to lead a team of investigators conducting CI Incident Assessments and/or investigations 
5. Bachelor's Degree in International Relations, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Criminology, Police Science, and/or a related field.

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