Near East Counterterrorism Analyst

U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence
  • Location
    McLean, Virginia
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    May 10

Position description

The National Counterterrorism Center's Directorate of Intelligence (NCTC/DI) seeks a motivated intelligence analyst who desires a challenging and rewarding assignment with a high-performing team of officers working to combat terrorism in a significant geographic region of the world.

This team is charged with discerning, assessing, and communicating the significance and implications of terrorism-related developments to inform policy and support operations.

NCTC seeks an analyst willing to shoulder a dynamic, fulfilling set of important responsibilities in close partnership with other talented analysts.

The DI has an expansive mission that requires a rigorous approach to analysis and collaboration across the Intelligence Community.

Aspiring candidates will be at the forefront of NCTC's efforts to develop data-driven network analysis to identify unique analytic insights, while continuing to provide the highest quality strategic analysis on important counterterrorism topics.

Qualified candidates will have the opportunity to: Plan, research, develop, and communicate in-depth analyses of complex and significant national, regional, and/or global issues for senior policymakers and key components in the Intelligence Community (IC), law enforcement, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI).

Plan, promote, and lead the production of a broad range of finished intelligence products in support of United States (US) foreign policy and national security interests.

Provide leadership and expert guidance to the planning, analysis, and application of a full range of methodological tools and approaches to gain a comprehensive understanding of complex analytical issues and incorporate insights and findings into well-crafted, in-depth intelligence products.

Plan, prepare, and present written and oral briefings to senior internal and external customers on significant intelligence issues; explain complex concepts to non-expert customers and tailor the product to correspond to customer needs.

Develop, and implement strategies and mitigation initiatives to address gaps and shortfalls in collection and analytic capabilities across the USG.

Lead, plan, direct, and coordinate the preparation of tactical, multidisciplinary, and strategic analysis that supports key US national security and foreign policy objectives and helps shape IC analysis and priorities.

Apply a full range of methodological tools and approaches to gain a comprehensive understanding of complex and significant analytic issues and incorporate insights and findings into well-crafted, sophisticated intelligence products.

Develop and implement strategies for gathering intelligence, or historical information in support of US interests and policy objectives; cultivate and identify key internal and external sources of relevant information that meet customer and self-derived needs.

Cultivate, and maintain productive working relationships with colleagues, experts, IC members, policy committees, and law enforcement agencies as appropriate and use these relationships to share information of interest; attend internal and external training, seminars, or conferences on broad or more strategic subject areas.

Build and leverage diverse collaborative networks within the ODNI and across the IC.


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen residing in the United States
  • Appointment is subject to a suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a completed background investigation.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance based on an SBI with eligibility for sensitive compartmented information (SCI)
  • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
  • A two-year trial period is required for all new permanent appointments to the ODNI.


Mandatory Requirements:

Knowledge in area of subject matter expertise.

Ability to effectively plan, research, develop, and write high-quality, complex analyses, studies, projects, assignments, and briefings on key US foreign policy and national security objectives focused on a specific region or transnational issue for IC consumers and policymakers at the highest levels of government.

Ability to apply expert knowledge of ODNI, IC organizations, and relevant customer organizations or operations (e.g., military, policymakers, and law enforcement), in order to effectively translate their requirements and provide appropriate output or responses to meet customer needs.

Ability to produce analytic finished intelligence related to the subject matter issue, either as lead analyst or manager of analysts, and broad knowledge of the role of intelligence analysis within the IC.

Ability to remain open-minded and change opinions on the basis of new information and requirements; ability to support group decisions and solicit opinions from coworkers.

Ability to oversee and direct information sharing programs and promote information sharing practices across the ODNI and IC.

Analytic and critical thinking skills, including ability to think strategically.

Ability to execute senior-level guidance in a fast-paced environment and ability to translate strategic goals into specific objectives with appropriate metrics and methods to track progress towards meeting those goals.

Interpersonal, organizational, and problem-solving skills, in working with individuals at the highest levels of the IC and government in justifying, defending, negotiating, and resolving significant and controversial issues.

Ability to work effectively both independently and in a team or collaborative environment.

Creative problem-solving skills and initiative in carrying out mission responsibilities.

Applicants must have a minimum of twelve credit hours studying Near East political, security, or counterterrorism-related issues at the undergraduate level, or at least two years of experience as an all-source analyst at a national intelligence agency, federal law enforcement organization, service component, or combatant command.

To be considered qualified, applicants are asked to submit a resume, cover letter, names and contact information for previous supervisors, and a supplemental document that answers these questions:

What is the role of an intelligence analyst?

What differentiates a good one from a great one?

In strategic analytic writing, what is the role of the first sentence of a paragraph?

Please recount a specific experience in the workplace that taught you a lesson you would apply to the advertised position.

Please change or omit the names of other people involved, as this question is about you.

When you deliver a briefing, what are best practices when asked a question to which you do not know the answer?

Please describe your ideal work environment.


Bachelor's Degree

Additional information

Job Interview Travel: Candidates from outside the Washington, D.C., area may be selected for a telephone, teleconference, or in-person interview.

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