Paramilitary Operations Officer/Specialized Skills Officer

Central Intelligence Agency
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    May 01

Position description

As a Paramilitary Operations Officer/Specialized Skills Officer for the CIA, you will join a cadre of action- and results-oriented professionals who accept significant, demanding responsibilities and accountability for results. Paramilitary Operations Officers and Specialized Skills Officers are distinct occupations in the Directorate of Operations (DO), but together they play a unique role and provide unique capabilities in support of conventional and unconventional operations overseas.

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. Paramilitary Operations Officers and Specialized Skills Officers must successfully complete foundational training as a DO Operations Officer.

Additionally, Paramilitary Operations Officers are required to successfully complete specialized training to prepare for service in hazardous and austere environments overseas. 

Specialized Skills Officers focus on operating and maintaining infrastructure necessary to facilitate and support missions conducted under CIA-unique authorities. You will serve primarily at CIA Headquarters, but there are frequent opportunities for temporary duty travel and/or assignments overseas.

This position requires a five-year Contract Term Agreement. Click here to learn more about the Contract Term Agreement.

Offices of the CIA – Directorate of Operations:

The 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.

Life at CIA:

In addition to a comprehensive benefits package, the CIA offers exciting career opportunities and a dynamic environment. We’re on the forefront of world-altering events – as they happen. So working here isn’t just a job, it’s a mindset and a lifestyle.


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
  • GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4-point scale is preferred
  • Personal integrity
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Action- and results-oriented
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team and independently;
  • Flexibility, adaptability, and commitment to the mission of the CIA and the Directorate of Operations
  • Ability to make decisions to meet existing conditions and mission requirements rather than relying on preset assumptions and goal

Desired Qualifications:

Competitive Paramilitary Operations Officer applicants have:

  • Military special operations or combat arms experience (ground, air or maritime)
  • Experience serving in combat leadership positions
  • Willingness to serve in hazardous and austere environments overseas (previous foreign travel and foreign language is valued, but not required)

Competitive Specialized Skills Officer applicants have expertise or experience in:

  • Social communications, media, marketing, technology development, business, finance or legal
  • Military aviation and military/merchant maritime industries, military psychological operations, and/or information operations
  • Counterintelligence

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