Tuesday, October 14, 2008

My (brief) Spy Career


The  -foot (  m  )  diameter granite CIA seal ...Image via Wikipedi I considered a career in Human Resources with the CIA in the 1980's when I got out of school at Michigan State University.

Ultimately I decided not to pursue the opportunity when I received the application in a plain brown envelope and it contained a warning that I needed to be sure I could trust my family members before disclosing my intention of pursuing career opportunities with the CIA.

I am quite sure it would have been interesting, but I just couldn't see myself living with that level of concern about not telling my mother where I worked all the time.

Here is a job posting from the CIA web site for Human Resource Professionals.

Human Resource Officer

Work Schedule: Full Time
Salary: $69,000 – $90,000
Location: Washington, DC metropolitan area

The CIA is seeking highly motivated individuals who want to be a part of the world's premier intelligence organization. Outstanding HR Officers are needed to provide HR leadership and expertise; to be responsible for developing diverse HR improvement processes; and to devise problem-solving programs and strategies on corporate HR issues. You will consult with and educate managers on employee relations issues, organizational development, performance management and employee development. You will work at the corporate level in support of worldwide intelligence operations, or in operating units that are charged with conducting or supporting worldwide intelligence operations.

Human Resource Officers typically support the directorates in fast-paced offices on a strategic level. They interact with managers, employees and other Human Resource professionals. Some responsibilities include staffing and recruitment, performance management, employee relations, forecasting and special projects.

Minimum requirements include a BA in Human Resources or a BA/BS in another related field, along with a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. A minimum of nine years of progressive Human Resources experience is required with a BA/BS and seven years of progressive Human Resources experience is required with a Masters. HR Experience must include leadership experience. Professional Human Resources (PHR) status is a plus.

Knowledge of HR and business principles, excellent oral and written communications skills, the ability to work across organizations to build support for new ideas and approaches, strong organizational and problem-solving skills and excellent interpersonal and leadership skills are also needed.

During the application/interview process, applicants will take an aptitude and personality assessment test. All applicants must successfully complete a thorough medical and psychological exam, a polygraph interview and an extensive background investigation. US citizenship is required.

All positions require relocation to the Washington, DC Metropolitan area, which is the financial responsibility of the applicant.

To be considered suitable for Agency employment, applicants must generally not have used illegal drugs within the last twelve months. The issue of illegal drug use prior to twelve months ago is carefully evaluated during the medical and security processing.

Important Notice: Friends, family, individuals, or organizations may be interested to learn that you are an applicant for or an employee of the CIA. Their interest, however, may not be benign or in your best interest. You cannot control whom they would tell. We therefore ask you to exercise discretion and good judgment in disclosing your interest in a position with the Agency. You will receive further guidance on this topic as you proceed through your CIA employment processing.

To Apply:

Submit Resume Online

Multiple submissions are unnecessary and will slow the processing of your resume. Of course, if you made an error in your submission or need to update your resume, you may submit another resume. The second resume will overwrite the first.

An equal opportunity employer and a drug-free work force.

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