Getting a Security Clearance: Questions and Answers about what they are, how they are conducted,
how you can qualify, how long they take, and what can put them in jeopardy.
Two valuable booklets are now available
The Security Clearance Process: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions - by the Congressional Research Service, Sept 2013
Security Clearances - FAQs - ClearanceJobs.com / DICE
Cannot open some or all of these PDFs? It can mean your PDF viewer is out-of-date.
Use this link to update your viewer to the latest version.
[IMPORTANT: AFIO does not "vet" or endorse research inquiries, career announcements, or job offers. Reasonable-sounding inquiries and career offerings are published as a service to our members, and for researchers, educators, and subscribers. You are urged to exercise your usual caution and good judgment when responding, and should verify the source independently before supplying any resume, career data, or personal information.]
The Department of Criminal Justice is currently recruiting for four tenure-track or tenured appointments. These are open rank searches, with employment beginning in August 2015. We are interested in candidates who possess a Ph.D. and whose research interests fall within one of the following broad areas: homeland security, intelligence, criminal justice, and criminology. A Ph.D. is required. Candidates must be willing to offer courses in our undergraduate day program, evening undergraduate and graduate level programs. The J.D. is not an appropriate degree for this position. Salary is negotiable and competitive. Rank of hire, beginning salary, and possible consideration for tenure on appointment are contingent on credentials. The department offers a full range of courses in the undergraduate day program attended by approximately 2,000 members of the Corps of Cadets, an evening undergraduate bachelor’s degree program, and Graduate Certificates in Homeland Security and Intelligence Analysis. The availability of grants from The Citadel Foundation to support faculty research and development is an attractive feature of academic life at the college. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
To apply, candidates must submit the following: A cover letter describing relevant educational background, teaching and academic interests (including research specializations), a curriculum vitae, sample course syllabi and course evaluations (if available), sample of research and writing, official graduate transcripts and three letters of recommendation.
All material should be sent to: Professor Sean Griffin, Chair, Criminal Justice Search Committee; Department of Criminal Justice; The Citadel; 171 Moultrie Street; Charleston, S. C. 29409. Tel: 843-953-0319; Fax 843-953-7085; e-mail: (firstname.lastname@example.org).
To learn more about the Citadel and our programs, visit the Citadel web page, www.citadel.edu.
Application deadline: UNTIL FILLED. NOTE: “UNTIL FILLED” MEANS THAT APPLICATIONS WILL BE RECEIVED UNTIL THE POSITION IS FILLED AND/OR A SUFFICIENT NUMBER OF APPLICATIONS ARE RECEIVED. The Citadel is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, dedicated to multi-cultural diversity in campus and leadership positions. The beginning salary range for this position is: COMPETITIVE.
This listing was posted here on 2014 October 06.
Coastal Carolina University - Assistant Professor of Intelligence and National Security Studies -
The College of Humanities and Fine Arts at Coastal Carolina University invites applications for a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Intelligence and National Security Studies beginning August 2015. Preference will be given to applicants with specializations related to intelligence analysis, with particular interests in terrorism, geospatial intelligence, and cyber security. The ability to offer courses in intelligence collection management and open-source intelligence would also be of interest. Prior professional work experience in the field of intelligence is welcome, but not required.
Candidates are required to have a Ph.D. in Political Science or other relevant field by the time of appointment. The successful candidate will teach undergraduate courses in the field, as well as support the continued growth and development of the Intelligence and National Security Studies program. Prior experience with distance learning would be beneficial.
Coastal Carolina University is a public comprehensive liberal arts institution located just nine miles from the Atlantic coast resort of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Coastal enrolls more than 9,900 students from 45 states and 58 nations. The University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the baccalaureate and selective masters degrees of national and/or regional significance in the arts and sciences, business, humanities, education, and health and human services, a specialist degree in educational leadership, and a Ph.D. degree in Marine Science.
Interested applicants should apply online at http://jobs.coastal.edu . Candidates should submit a curriculum vitae, cover letter, writing sample, and the names and contact information of three references. Also submit copies of transcripts and teaching evaluations (if available) online or directly to Coastal Carolina University, c/o Dr. Jonathan Smith, Search Committee Chair, Department of Politics and Geography, PO Box 261954, Conway, SC 29528. To ensure consideration, all materials should be received by October 31, 2014. For additional information, please contact Dr. Smith (email@example.com, 843-349-6573) or Dr. Holley Tankersley, Chair of the Department of Politics & Geography (firstname.lastname@example.org, 843-349-2949).
Coastal Carolina University is an AA/EO employer and strongly encourages applications from minorities, women, and those with disabilities.
China Team Senior All-Source Analyst
Leidos (www.leidos.com) is currently seeking a Senior China All-Source Analyst with experience in underground facility analysis to support a national intelligence customer in the Reston, VA area.
- Produce finished all-source analytical intelligence of designated facilities for senior U.S Defense Department and government officials, U.S. Combatant Commands; that are in accordance with IAW DNI Analytical Standards
- Produce all-source analysis and targeting on China defense issues and Underground Facilities (UGFs)
- Provide expertise in Chinese national military strategy and doctrine
- Web Intelligence Search Engine (WISE) or Tripwire Analytic Capability (TAC)
- Modernized Integrated Database (MIDB)
- GEMINI interface to MIDB, to include experience accepting new records, building new facility records, building new associated component records, populating all mandatory fields, adding graphics and models, deleting facilities, setting facility status, merging facility records, and understanding Category Codes and their uses
- National Production Workshop (NPW)
- Net-centric Geospatial Discovery Service (NGDS)
- Familiarity with DIA Directorate for Analysis analytical product templates and guidance
- Working with foreign partners under exchange agreements
MINIMUM REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
- Currently possess an active TS/SCI security clearance
- Bachelor's or higher degree with 15 years of intelligence analysis experience, or, specialized training and a minimum of 10+ years of relevant intelligence analysis experience
- Credentialed subject matter expert or recognized specialist in relevant field
ADDITIONAL HIGHLY DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
If interested, please contact Mike Bruni of Leidos at email@example.com.
- Experience conducting analysis on Chinese UGFs and related military engineering organizations
- Mandarin Chinese language proficiency (DLPT 3/3/3 or equivalent)
- China Foreign Area Officer (FAO) or Defense Attaché experience
- Experience briefing senior U.S. Government civilian and military personnel
- Experience collaborating/coordinating intelligence assessments with agencies across the IC
- Targeting experience
Updated for 2013
Intelligence as a Career
Is It Right For You
Are You Right For It?
Click HERE, or the cover photo at left, for the full updated version of AFIO's Careers In Intelligence Booklet.
Released 10 January 2013
Cannot open some or all of these PDFs? It can mean your PDF viewer is out-of-date.
Use this link to update your viewer to the latest version.
Intelligence Community Jobs and Language Learning Opportunities: In classes here in the U.S. or abroad, or on your own. Some sources -
Middlebury-Monterey Language Academy- offers top-quality summer language immersion—for middle and high school students - Arabic, Chinese, Portuguese, Spanish, French, Russian, Italian, Japanese and German.
Monterey Institute of International Studies - special total immersion summer and winter classes in Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, French, Russian, and Spanish.
Lingua Service Worldwide, 800-394-5327, is based in Connecticut and represents more than 60 language schools around the globe. The company regularly visits schools to monitor performance, and provides applicants with contact info for former students.
LanguageCourse.net 800-613-6345, based in Barcelona, lists more than 400 schools worldwide. Schools are given star ratings by former students, and there's an online forum with uncensored reviews. The schools must be accredited and must have been in business for at least three year.
Atlanta International Language Institute - based in Atlanta, GA, teaches in group or private classes over 60 languages, including Afrikaans, Amharic, Arabic, Armenian, Bambara, Bamanankan, Belarussian, Bengali, Berber, Bosnian, Breton, Bulgarian, Cantonese, Chinese (Mandarin), Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Farsi, Finnish, French, Fujian, Georgian, German, Greek (Modern), Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Kazakh, Korean, Kyrgyz, Lao, Latvian, Lingala, Lithuanian, Malaysian, Malay, Mandi, Mongolian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, Slovak, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Taiwanese, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Uzbek, Vietnamese, Wolof and Yoruba.
Intelligence Community Jobs for Students -
Central Intelligence Agency – https://www.cia.gov/careers/student-opportunities/index.html
Defense Intelligence Agency –http://www.dia.mil/Careers.aspx
Federal Bureau of Investigation – http://www.fbijobs.gov/2.asp
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency – https://www.nga.mil/CAREERS/STUDENTOPP/Pages/default.aspx
National Security Agency – https://www.nsa.gov/careers/index.shtml
Office of Naval Intelligence – http://www.oni.navy.mil/Join_US/Civilian_Careers/types_jobs.htm
NOTE: Deadlines for summer internships in the Intelligence Community are in the fall (October and November) for the following summer.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR CURRENT STUDENTS
The members of the Intelligence Community (IC) offer high school and college students a variety of temporary employment opportunities, including paid internships and co-operative education programs. Such programs allow interested students to experience first-hand what it is like to work in the IC and if it is a “fit” for them. At the same time, the IC agency is able to evaluate the students’ work performance and consider them for permanent employment upon graduation.
In addition, many IC agencies offer scholarships or fellowships, some of which provide a salary and full government benefits as well as tuition and other educational expenses. Interested students should consult the Student/Special Programs web page at the various agencies to learn exactly what programs each offers.
- TEMPORARY EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
You can contribute to the work of the nation before you graduate as most of the IC components offer summer internship programs and some offer internships during the academic year. Some of the IC components also offer co-operative education programs which are formal programs linking a student’s major with relevant work experience. Most of the co-op programs are for college level students, however the National Security Agency does have a high school co-op program. Interns and co-op students engage in substantive and meaningful work assignments, while earning a competitive hourly wage and gaining valuable practical experience. Competitive is particularly keen for these programs with application deadlines six to nine months in advance of the period in which you wish to work. Applicants are expected to meet the same employment standards as permanent employees. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and should have a strong academic record (GPA of 3.0 or better). Foreign language skills, previous study or residency abroad and military service are pluses. Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills are essential. Some agencies require medical examinations and/or polygraph examinations as well as a background investigation. Some agencies also offer unpaid internships.
In addition to the above, the institutions listed in AFIO's latest version of our Careers in Intelligence booklet are those places which have offered or currently offer courses in intelligence and security subjects. (Because curricula vary and change from year to year, the list is not definitive.)
Intelligence Community Named 2010 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government
For the second consecutive year, the Intelligence Community (IC) was honored as one of the top-ten Best Places to Work in the Federal Government, according to an independent analysis of federal workers’ job satisfaction and commitment.
The rankings were compiled by the Partnership for Public Service (PPS) and American University’s Institute for the Study of Public Policy Implementation (ISPPI) and announced today at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. PPS is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that aims to attract people to federal careers and improve how the government runs. The institute conducts research and helps federal leaders solve difficult public-policy issues.
Army Lt. Gen. John F. Kimmons, the director of the intelligence staff for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, accepted the award on behalf of the entire IC. “The fact that the IC placed in the top ten for two consecutive years reflects a work force understanding of the critical role they fill and the importance of our national security mission,” he said.
The IC ranked tenth overall among large agencies, which includes 32 organizations, each of which employs more than two thousand people. Rankings are based on data from the 2010 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey, which the U.S. Office of Personnel Management administers. The first survey was in 2003, but the IC has only participated since 2009. Max Stier, president and CEO of the Partnership for Public Service, noted that the IC does not have to participate but does so voluntarily, “which is a credit to them.”
To maintain the security of information about its work force, the IC relies on its own instrument to assess each year how its workers feel about issues such as job satisfaction, professional development, and the effectiveness of senior leaders. The IC includes several questions from the federal survey provided by the PPS, in the IC’s annual Employee Climate Survey. That way, the Community’s information would be comparable with that from other organizations under consideration for Best Places.
Other returning top-ten Best Places to Work are: The Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Government Accountability Office, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the U.S. Departments of State and Justice, and the Social Security Administration.
According to the Best Places to Work analysis, employee satisfaction is at an all-time high of 65 out of 100, a 7.4 percent jump from 2003 when the rankings were first released, with 68 percent of agencies improving their index score since the last rankings in 2009.
Visit bestplacestowork.org to see which agencies top the rankings and to access trend analysis, demographic data and all 10 workplace categories, as well as generate custom reports and conduct side-by-side comparisons for up to three agencies.
Office of the Director of National Intelligence Offers 4th Annual Summer Seminar for College Students Interested in I.C. Careers
National Security Analysis & Intelligence Summer Seminar (NSAISS)
ODNI TO OFFER 4th ANNUAL SUMMER SEMINAR
FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS INTERESTED IN IC CAREERS
The Office of the Director of National Intelligence's (ODNI) National Security Analysis & Intelligence Summer Seminar (NSAISS) soon will be accepting applications for a two-week residential summer program July 10-22 in Washington, D.C.
The residential seminar will introduce participants to the Intelligence Community. Individuals will interact with senior officials, current intelligence analysts and private sector experts to explore intelligence disciplines, methodologies and substantive topics through a curriculum of lectures, panels, case studies, simulations, and site visits to various agencies. Program participants will receive accommodations, per diem, and transportation to and from Washington, D.C. and to all program activities.
The NSAISS is open to U.S. citizens who are graduate students and to college seniors graduating in the 2012-2013 academic year with proven plans for ongoing graduate study in fall 2013. This seminar is not open to federal government employees, contractors, currently serving military or activated reservists.
Applicants will be required to electronically submit the following materials:
Standard Form 86 (SF-86) "Questionnaire for National Security Positions" in order to qualify for a temporary SECRET clearance.
Official university transcripts (both undergraduate and graduate), which can be scanned.
Two letters of recommendation from professors supporting the applicant's candidacy, describing academic performance and career aspirations. The letters, if scanned, must be on university letterhead and include the name of the applicant and the signature of the referrer. If e-mailed, the recommendation must be sent directly from an account bearing the name of the person making the recommendation.
A statement of no more than 250-words describing the candidate's educational and professional goals, and what role, if any, the NSAISS will play in achieving these goals.
The window to apply to this program will be short. Candidates should begin preparing and completing the above forms now to be ready when the official announcement is made. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Please frequently check the ODNI website for updates and information on when, where, and how to apply.
Intelligence Training Opportunities for High School Students
The National Security & Intelligence conference, hosted by LeadAmerica, provides high achieving students with the opportunity to build real world career skills and analyze leadership attributes within the environment of our nation’s capital. For ten days, students examine historic and current challenges to National Security, while understanding the roles and methods of diplomacy and intelligence through focused workshops on Iran, the Kashmir Crisis, and the Cuban Missile Crisis. In addition, students analyze issues such as information sharing, the origins of terrorism, intelligence ethics and the proliferation of WMD’s, while also attending briefings at the U.S. State Department and the Saudi Arabian Embassy. Students visit the Pentagon and the International Spy Museum and participate in an engaging Career Planning Seminar, which exposes them to career tracks and the requisite training for the fields of Intelligence and National Security. Students also complete LeadAmerica’s skill building curriculum, which fosters necessary skills such as teambuilding, time management, and communication, culminating in the formulation of a personal mission and vision statement.
To learn more about LeadAmerica and the National Security & Intelligence conference please visit http://www.lead-america.org/conferences/cslc/intelligence.asp or contact an Admissions Counselor at 866.FYI.LEAD.
Follow LeadAmerica on Facebook and Twitter.
FBI HONORS INTERN PROGRAM
We're Looking for a Few Good Students
American Military University - An Intelligence Education Wherever You Are!
New Jersey City University - Professional Security Studies Department
The SCIP Institute provides an integrated approach to fundamental CI principles and the latest thinking in specific CI disciplines. If you’re new to competitive intelligence, you’ll learn the ways in which CI can create a competitive advantage for your organization. If you’re an experienced CI practitioner, SCIP Institute provides a framework to expand your existing knowledge and provides the opportunity to showcase your skills and abilities to your employers. Get the details here.
Visit their website to locating those important Hiring Events for those who hold active security classifications.
Upcoming TechExpo Top Secret Hiring Events - Active Security Clearance Required
Full information available at www.TechExpoUSA.com
www.DefenseTalent.com Operates an online job board for the defense, aerospace and homeland security industries
Best Practice Forum: Leading the CI Function
This forum is designed specifically for the CI manager. It delivers innovative, practical solutions to your day-to-day and long term planning challenges that allows your department to stay ahead of the curve and grow its credibility in the organization. Join us to examine the dynamics of integrating CI into an organizational culture, and the tools and processes you can use to leverage your department and organizational talent. The forum environment allows you to explore best practices and key strategies through thought leadership and real world case examples that you can use immediately. The interactive facilitated discussion format provides time for valuable networking, open discussion with your peers and creating actionable, results oriented plans in a peer-to-peer environment. Get the details here.
Using Future Intelligence to Enhance Early Warning, Risk Management, and Innovative New Ideas
In this workshop, participants will learn how futures research, the analysis of long-term trends of society and technology out –five to 20 years, is a natural match for the competitive intelligence professional in his or her goal to help management understand the competition of tomorrow. They will learn case studies of how companies such as Dow Chemical and the Coca-Cola Company incorporate a regular flow of information about the future to understand hidden threats and opportunities. Once participants understand the value of foresight to the organization, they will learn the seven tools every CI practitioner can use to bring their decision makers a perspective on the future. Workshop participants will conduct a futures study - the future of beer - using research that simulates what an actual project would reveal. At the end of the day, those involved will understand how to study a variety of potential futures and present their strategic implications to senior management, adding vital information about the future to your competitive intelligence practice. Get the details here.
Careers in Intelligence
The following listings are jobs with federal agencies and corporations in or supporting the U.S. intelligence community.
Online University Available for Intelligence Career-Oriented Students
100% Online Bachelor and Master of Science (BS/MS) Degrees in Intelligence, Counterterrorism,
Henley-Putnam University is a leading educational institution in the field of Strategic Security. Henley-Putnam's degrees in Intelligence, Protection, and Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies prepare law enforcement, military, intelligence community, and private industry professionals with the network, skills, and insights to advance in their careers and protect the future. Henley-Putnam, an accredited member of DETC, offers Online BS/MS Degree Programs. For more information on Henley-Putnam University, call 888-852-8746 or visit us online at http://www.henley-putnam.edu/.
and Protection from Henley-Putnam University
AFIO members and others are invited to consider
new opportunities with MITRE, to see why they are one of Fortune Magazine's 100 Best Companies to Work For.
If you possess a current Secret (or higher) clearance and a track record of success in any of the following areas:
- Systems Engineering (Sensors, Complex Systems, Biometrics, Networks, Geospatial)
- SIGINT Engineering
- Software & Data Engineering
- Enterprise Architecture
- Information Security & Information Assurance
- Cost and Acquisition Analysis
- Contracts Administration
- Communications Engineers (Missile Defense, SATCOM)
- Electronic and Financial Crime Intelligence Analysis
- Healthcare Informatics
- Homeland Security/Critical Infrastructure Analysis
- Modeling and Simulation Engineering
- Operations Research Analysis
- Organizational Change Management - Communications
- Program Management/Earned Value Management
- Software Packaging/Radia Engineering
- Oracle Financials Development
Contact MITRE to explore new career options. http://www.mitre.org
CAREERS IN INTELLIGENCE
Start you intel career, now.
NINE positions at the
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters are
listed below. They look forward to receiving resumes from
Make a smart career move to DHS. Many announcements for positions at the Department of
Homeland Security-headquarters arrive each week. These positions are
posted on https://www.usajobs.gov/. DHS looks forward to receiving
resumes from qualified AFIO candidates. For vacancies with
DHS components including FEMA, Coast Guard, etc., please
check their postings on https://www.usajobs.gov/.
For vacancies with DHS components including FEMA, Coast
Guard, etc., please check their postings on https://www.usajobs.gov/.
a systems engineering and advanced technology
company has openings in Administration, Engineering, Management, Systems Analysts, and Technical with positions in California, New Mexico, Arizona, Massachusetts,
Virginia, Maryland, and Florida.
OTHER AGENCIES AND GROUPS
PROVIDING CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
Find more than 650+ jobs online at anytime on this splendid
intelligence career & intel career transition site, filled with plum
positions for or about: analysts, cybercrime, COMINT, COMSEC, direct
support to intelligence efforts around the world, ELINT, engineering,
IMINT & Imagery, INFOSEC, linguistics, mathematicians, policy
development, technology, and just about any career requiring a security
clearance and a whole lot that don't.
A sample of the kinds of organizations that you'll find offering
opportunities: ACS Defense, Boeing & Boeing Satellite Systems, CACI,
IntelData, Lockheed Martin, the NSA, SAIC, Sytex Inc., the U.S. State
Department, and U.S. Investigations Services (USIS).
PERSONAL EXPERIENCES - QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
Follow this link to view a series of video Q&As about Joining and Training for the position of a CIA Clandestine Services Officer
by Lindsay Moran, author of "Blowing My Cover" via VideoJug
Defense Intelligence Agency Expert CYNTHIA GRABO describes her years of working at DIA. Video runs approximately 30 minutes.
Click on above image to begin YouTube video stream.
To join AFIO,
or subscribe to our publications,
"Change of Address
or New Email Info
of the Director of National Intelligence
Central Intelligence Agency
National Security Agency
Federal Bureau of
Defense Intelligence Agency
Office (Career openings via DOD)
Department of Energy
Department of State
Office of Intelligence Support and U.S. Secret Service
Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance
Marine Corps Intelligence
Department of Homeland Security