Oct 25, 2021

Polygraph Examiner - Mid-Level

  • National Security Agency
  • Fort Meade, MD, USA

Job Description

NSA Overview The professionals at the National Security Agency (NSA) have one common goal: to protect our nation. The mission requires a strong offense and a steadfast defense. The offense collects, processes and disseminates intelligence information derived from foreign signals for intelligence and counterintelligence purposes. The defense prevents adversaries from gaining access to sensitive classified national security information. Security and Counterintelligence is responsible for the protection of NSA/CSS information, people and facilities worldwide. In support of this mission, Polygraph Examiners help ensure that only trustworthy individuals receive access to classified information by using structured polygraph examinations, including interviews and interrogations, to obtain information in making adjudicative decisions. Description of Position Polygraph Examiners are required to successfully complete the National Center for Credibility Assessment Basic Course. Examiners must be able to travel to Columbia, South Carolina for a 14-week period. After completing training, the responsibilities of a Polygraph Examiner include, but are not limited to: - Applying principles and methods of physiological response assessment (e.g., polygraph assessment), including test techniques, scoring methods, and regulations - Applying techniques of interviewing, elicitation, debriefing, and/or interrogation in a systematic manner - Preparing accurate and complete reports that document processes, outcomes, and findings - Creating a product based on analysis of security and/or counterintelligence data Candidates must possess a valid driver's license with a responsible driving record and operate a motor vehicle on a daily basis.

Security and Counterintelligence is responsible for the protection of NSA/CSS information, people, and facilities worldwide. In support of this mission, Security personnel oversee the development, installation, and maintenance of physical security systems. Security personnel help maintain integral elements of an overall security theory, posture, and infrastructure designed to efficiently deter, delay, detect and identify threats to NSA people, resources and facilities.

Salary Range: $72,750 - $113,362 (Full Performance) *The qualifications listed are the minimum acceptable to be considered for the position. Salary offers are based on candidates' education level and years of experience relevant to the position and also take into account information provided by the hiring manager/organization regarding the work level for the position. Entry is with a Bachelor's degree plus 3 years of relevant experience, or a Master's degree plus 1 year of relevant experience or a Doctoral degree and no experience. Degree in Criminology, Behavioral Science, Law Enforcement, Psychology, or Political Science is preferred, but a degree in any field is acceptable. Relevant experience must be in security, law enforcement, behavioral science, counterintelligence investigations, polygraph, or a related field. Certification as a special agent or equivalent investigative certification (CIA investigator and/or OPM investigator) is preferred. Continued assignment to the Polygraph Examiner work role is contingent upon completion of the National Center for Credibility Assessment's Psychophysiological Detection of Deception (PDD) program as well as any associated requirements (including continuing education needed to maintain certification).

The ideal candidate has a desire for continual learning with excellent problem-solving and interpersonal skills who is: - Able to work as an individual, and in a team and/or classroom environment - Well-organized and able to handle multiple assignments - Able to handle and adapt to constructing feedback - A strong written and oral communicator - Able to deal with conflict or difficult situations and topics - Present a mature, professional demeanor and appearance Knowledge and relevant experience in one or more of the following is desired: - Behavioral Science - Counseling - Security - Law Enforcement - Counterintelligence Investigations - Polygraph Candidates must be: - Able to maintain certification by completing a minimum of 80 hours of continuing education every two years - Willing and able to qualify to carry a firearm and maintain federal firearms certification annually - Willing and able to fully participate in full-contact, defensive tactics training - Possess a 4-year degree or greater from an accredited college or university. - Able to successfully complete a full-scope polygraph and Tier 5 background investigation

Monday- Friday with basic 8 hr/ day work requirements between 0600 and 1800 (flexible). Travel may be required. On-the-job training, internal NSA courses, and external training will be made available based on the need and experience of the selectee. Travel opportunities away from NSA Headquarters are available for many NSA employees. These opportunities may take you to overseas locations and other U.S. sites. Other benefits include: - Flexible schedules to ensure a work/life balance - Continued education and training - Networking and career development opportunities through mentorships, employee resources groups, and professional groups - Generous leave programs, including annual paid time off, sick leave, and holiday leave - Health and life insurance, and federal retirement plans - A friendly environment that fosters innovation - Opportunities to travel and move between various field/positions across the Agency - On-site childcare services, fitness facilities, intramural sports, and convenience shopping - Personal and family wellness resources - A workplace of inclusion that values diversity across all disciplines