Mar 01, 2021

Intelligence Analysis Development Program (IADP) - Entry - 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. NSA is the nation's leader in providing foreign signals intelligence while also protecting U.S. government information systems, forging the frontier of communications and analysis. We serve the American people by applying a wide variety of technical skills to produce meaningful results that help protect our nation, keeping our friends and families safe for generations to come. Description of Position Intelligence Analysts have the power to influence world affairs. They provide the most complete possible foreign signals intelligence picture to U.S. policy makers and military commanders. Intelligence Analysts seek creative analytic solutions to answer the nation's continually evolving top security questions. NSA Intelligence Analysts are hired into either a technical mission office or the Intelligence Analysis Development Program (IADP), which lasts up to three years. The IADP is designed to provide an intensive, accelerated opportunity to acquire the unique technical skills and experience needed to successfully apply knowledge and analytic ability to the Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) mission and help analysts achieve core analytic competencies in accordance with the Intelligence Analysis Professional Development Standards (IAPDS). The program includes 4-5 operational tours in a variety of offices, interspersed with formal classroom and computer-based training. These on-the-job operational tours are primarily focused on the two main SIGINT disciplines of intelligence analysis - SIGINT reporting and SIGINT development. Intelligence Analysts are at the forefront of implementing NSA's mission, and they do so in a variety of ways: - Research and understand foreign intelligence targets, how they operate and how they fit in the larger geo-political context - Apply new techniques and develop creative solutions to address analytic problems such as synthesizing large volumes of data and disparate sources of information - Demonstrate a firm understanding of the communications environment and technology trends of foreign intelligence targets - Craft written assessments of foreign intelligence that provide unique insight into target intentions unavailable from other intelligence disciplines - Work independently and collaborate effectively (both within NSA and with other analysts in the Intelligence Community) in research, analysis, and reporting

Intelligence Analysis has the power to influence world affairs. The Intelligence Analysis mission encourages both independent and collaborative partnering (both within NSA and with other analysts in the Intelligence Community) while seeking creative solutions to analytical questions. Your skills in research, analysis, reporting, planning, and advising will ensure senior leaders are provided with time-sensitive cryptologic support for strategic and operational level planning across the full range of DoD and U.S. Government operations for integrated information and cyberspace operations. This wide array of skills helps protect U.S. government information systems and provides the most complete possible foreign signals intelligence picture to U.S. policy makers and military commanders. NOTE: This position requires you to take an Unproctored Test which measures cognitive ability, motivation, and English proficiency. Upon submission of your application, a testing notice will be sent to your provided email with further instructions. This opportunity to test will be available for 14 days before it may expire, so we ask you to remain diligent and check your Spam folder as well as your Inbox, just in case the email landed there. Please be sure to complete the assessment at your earliest convenience, as this information will be included in the selection decision, with consideration delayed or possibly halted in absence of a recorded test result. If you do not receive a test link within a few business days after applying to this position, please contact 1-844-IC-HIRES (1-844-424-4737) so we can review your submission.

Salary Range: $49,157 - $78,167 (Entry/Developmental) NSA-W Salary Range: $47,895 - $76,160 (Entry/Developmental) NSA-CO Salary Range: $43,683 - $69,462 (Entry/Developmental) NSA-UT Salary Range: $43,683 - $69,462 (Entry/Developmental) NSA-GA Salary Range: $43,992 - $69,953 (Entry/Developmental) NSA-TX Salary Range: $45,043 - $71,625 (Entry/Developmental) NSA-HI *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 high school diploma or GED plus 4 years of relevant experience, or an Associate's degree plus 2 years of relevant experience, or a Bachelor's degree and no experience. Degree in a liberal arts field (e.g., English, History, Communications, Languages and Cultures, International Relations, and Political Science) is preferred, but a degree in any field is acceptable. Relevant experience must be in aspects of intelligence analysis (e.g., target development, social network analysis, and metadata analysis). Note: For development program hires, the experience requirement may be met with more general analytic, problem solving, and/or investigative experience. Salary Range: $72,750 - $113,362 (Full Performance) NSA-W Salary Range: $70,883 - $110,452 (Full Performance) NSA-CO Salary Range: $64,649 - $100,739 (Full Performance) NSA-UT Salary Range: $64,649 - $100,739 (Full Performance) NSA-GA Salary Range: $65,106 - $101,451 (Full Performance) NSA-TX Salary Range: $66,662 - $103,875 (Full Performance) NSA-HI *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 high school diploma or GED plus 7 years of relevant experience, or an Associate's degree plus 5 years of relevant experience, or 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 a liberal arts field (e.g., English, History, Communications, Languages and Cultures, International Relations, and Political Science) is preferred, but a degree in any field is acceptable. Relevant experience must be in aspects of intelligence analysis (e.g., target development, social network analysis, and metadata analysis). Note: For development program hires, the experience requirement may be met with more general analytic, problem solving, and/or investigative experience.

The ideal candidate is intellectually curious, has a strong desire for learning, and is also: - well-organized and able to handle multiple assignments - a strong written and oral communicator - flexible and able to adapt to evolving priorities - a synthesizer of information to solve complex problems - effective across several different functional areas in a collaborative environment - able to provide timely and accurate customer service Coursework, knowledge and experience in one or more of the following is desired and should be emphasized within your resume to share your diverse skill set and allow for a more competitive application. This includes sharing your experience in software and programming languages (i.e. SPSS, R, Python, Stata, etc.). - Research and Analysis - Writing / Editing - Critical foreign languages - Computer science or networking - Cyber security - Data modeling, data mining, data science - Metadata analysis - Quantitative / Statistical analysis - Research methodology - Social network analysis - Telecommunications - Target development - Topical or Regional studies relevant to national security and the IC - Information / Records management Internships, extracurricular activities, and/or foreign study which are relevant to this described position (as listed above) are also considered. Extracurricular activities might include participation in Hack-a-thons, Capture the Flag, relevant conferences, writing for school newspaper, leadership or board member of an organization, teaching, robotics, chess, mentoring, etc. Prior military without a degree but with intelligence analysis cryptologic experience will be considered. NOTE: This position requires you to take an Unproctored Test which measures cognitive ability, motivation, and English proficiency. Upon submission of your application, a testing notice will be sent to your provided email with further instructions. This opportunity to test will be available for 14 days before it may expire, so we ask you to remain diligent and check your Spam folder as well as your Inbox, just in case the email landed there. Please be sure to complete the assessment at your earliest convenience, as this information will be included in the selection decision, with consideration delayed or possibly halted in absence of a recorded test result. If you do not receive a test link within a few business days after applying to this position, please contact 1-844-IC-HIRES (1-844-424-4737) so we can review your submission.

On-the job training, Internal NSA courses, and external training will be made available based on the need and experience of the selectee. Monday - Friday, with basic 8hr/day work requirements between 0600 and 1800 (flexible).