CI Referent Lead for the NRO NCIJTF- Mid/Senior Level

National Reconnaissance Office
 Chantilly, VA


For sixty years, the NRO has developed, acquired, launched and operated the satellites that are the foundation for America’s advantage and strength in space. Using a diversified architecture of spacecraft, NRO collects and delivers the best space-based intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance content on the planet.

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Basic Eligibility For A Position With The NRO

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen
  • You must be 18 years of age or older
  • You must be able to obtain and maintain a TS/SCI security clearance
  • You will be subject to pre-employment and periodic drug testing
  • You will be subject to pre-employment and periodic polygraph examinations

Where You Will Work

The NRO Counterintelligence Division is seeking a dynamic officer to serve in a CI position located within the National Cyber Investigative Joint Task Force (NCIJTF), Chantilly, VA. This position requires a depth of experience in CI and offers an opportunity to serve in a role of significant influence, providing support to the NRO and the NCIJTF. NCIJTF data is highly sensitive and requires appropriate CI input to these processes. A CI or security lapse related to any one agency or organization's CI efforts could have significant repercussions across the entire Intelligence Community. As such, the Referent will work with CI colleagues across the community to compare notes, determine best practices, and present options to mitigate CI concerns. The NRO supports mobility and growth; the selected candidate will be afforded and expected to complete other tours during their career.

The position is located in the Office of Security and Counterintelligence (OS&CI), Counterintelligence Division (CID), CI Referent Branch (CRB) of the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), a national agency which designs, builds, and operates overhead reconnaissance systems of the highest national importance. CID’s mission is to detect, defeat, and deter foreign intelligence threats to the NRO and to provide CI support to over 57,000 NRO-accessed government and contractor personnel worldwide. The selected candidate will serve as a CI Referent providing support to the NRO enterprise and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), National Cyber Investigative Joint Task Force (NCIJTF), which is the U.S. Government’s focal point for the coordination, integration, and sharing of information related to all domestic cyber threat investigations. The NCIJTF is an alliance of peer agencies with complementary missions to protect national cyber interests as well as the political, economic, and overall vitality of our nation. The CI Referent & Liaison Officer to the NCIJTF will have access to a unique and comprehensive view of the nation’s cyber landscape and is charged with working together in a collaborative environment to exercise CI authorities to safeguard the NRO’s mission and operational capabilities. The selected candidate will be expected to apply counterintelligence expertise and technical knowledge of NRO enterprise-related activities to identify and protect critical operational information to ensure NRO and OS&CI’s mission effectiveness. The incumbent will collaborate with a broad base of U.S. Government and industry representatives at all management levels, both at National and field levels, and with local law enforcement partners.

The NRO Cadre is collecting resumes for consideration against current and future opportunities for Full Performance/Senior Level (GG-13/GG-14), CI Referent Lead for the NRO NCIJTF, occupational series 1801. For more information on the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) occupational series, click here.

Your resume may be considered for other positions which your skills and experience may be a good match.

This is a full-time position that is open from September 18, 2023 to October 3, 2023. Resumes must be submitted by 11:59 PM EST on October 3, 2023.

Who May Apply

  • This position is open to the public.
  • Federal government employees MUST currently be at the grade level or higher as indicated in this announcement. This is NOT a promotion opportunity for current Federal government employees. If selected for the position, Federal government employees will transition laterally at their current grade level and step.
  • Federal applicants who exceed the advertised grade may voluntarily request acceptance at the lower grade per IAW DoD 1400.25 Volume 2006.
  • The NRO is only accepting external applicants for this job announcement. Current NRO Cadre employees should apply internally.

What You Will Be Doing

  • Improving CI support to the acquisition process; providing CI support in the review of NRO equities across the enterprise; and recommending appropriate CI counter measures for NRO-related processes, information systems, and cover mechanisms. The candidate will integrate CI requirements for NRO and NCIJTF program managers, local program security managers, and HQ/OS&CI. Provide CI Support to NRO experts developing innovative processes to support multiple Intelligence Community and Department of Defense organizations.
  • Manage the implementation of a broad array of counterintelligence (CI) projects and services to thwart clandestine activities by foreign intelligence entities to target critical technologies and processes within the assigned region of responsibility. Provide CI oversight and support to a variety of government and contractor personnel to effectively implement program methodologies and goals. Collect specific CI information utilized in area multi-disciplinary threat assessments which provide support to antiterrorism/force protection plans for critical technologies, facilities, and programs. Coordinate with HQ/OS&CI Counterintelligence Division (CID) on requests for technical support or investigative analysis on investigative issues. Provide input to HQ/OS&CI/CID on foreign intelligence or terrorist targeting of organizational resources. Represent the HQ/OS&CI/CID at interagency forums and CI working groups addressing a broad array of CI issues.
  • Coordinate complex CI concerns, to include criminal violations such as espionage and terrorism with HQ/OS&CI/CID and appropriate investigative or law enforcement agencies. Inquiries may have national or international implications involving threats to national security.
  • Independently plan, organize, and coordinate with CID on difficult, complex inquiries of alleged or suspected foreign intelligence or terrorist activity. Coordinate with CID on inquiries related to potential foreign intelligence and/or terrorist activities directed against organizational resources and to matters of the highest national priority.
  • Research and analyze information about suspected interest in organization personnel, facilities, or programs by foreign intelligence services or terrorist organizations.
  • Represent CID at field and regional sites and provide liaison and interaction with senior officials from the IC, law enforcement community, and government and contractor security officers as appropriate.
  • Develop, prepare, and review CI policy plans, procedures, and directives as appropriate. Forecast the impact of new or proposed directives, policies, and regulations for implementation within the organization. Analyze proposed and final legislation and DoD and IC directives, policies, regulations, and guidance. Project the impact and effect on NRO equities within the incumbent's area of responsibility. Adapt broad-based guidance for implementation within the area of responsibility with the policies and procedures developed. Interact to ensure the views and priorities of senior management are voiced, considered, and addressed.

What You Need

  • Completion of CI Agent Courses in the fields of analysis; operations; collections; inquiries; and investigations through JCITA; FLETC; FBI; Military Services; or equivalent. The panel would also consider a combination of CI experience & training in a USIC / DoD CI entity as acceptable. Hiring panel will have full discretion to determine what constitutes acceptable equivalent training.
  • Documented substantive experience as a CI investigator gained through prior tours of increasing complexity and responsibility; well-honed interviewing and elicitation skills.
  • Experience and training in information security, cyber, and IT risk management framework.
  • Demonstrated ability to prepare detailed and accurate narrative reports based on information gathered through a variety of means, such as investigative inquiries, personal interviews, site assessments, foreign contact and travel debriefings, and information gathered through law enforcement and/or intelligence Community representatives.
  • Documented substantive prior experience analyzing and evaluating information gathered to support investigative inquiries to assess priorities, leads, and direction.
  • Documented knowledge of DoD and IC security policies, directives, procedures.
  • Documented strong leadership skills; well-honed representational and briefing skills; and ability to interact with all levels of management
  • Documented ability to establish and maintain effective liaison with law enforcement and Intelligence Community (IC) representatives.
  • Documented strong written and verbal communication skills; ability to convey relevant information in a concise, logical, and objective manner.
  • Proven ability to manage multiple completing priorities and focus attention on high priority tasks in order to meet suspense dates.

Desired Qualifications

  • Prior CI tour at NRO
  • Experience working with DOD entities, especially Special Access Programs (SAPs)
  • Experience working with contractors
  • Experience reviewing existing policies and programs on a continuing basis for improvement and compliance; ability to identify policies, practices, procedures, and directives that are ineffective, inefficient, and/or impractical and propose/draft policy and procedural changes.

Desired Training

  • Cyber / information systems training courses from an accredited Intelligence Community or Academic institution.

Qualifying experience may have been acquired in any public or private sector job, but will clearly demonstrate past experience in the application of the particular competencies/knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to successfully perform and is typically in or directly related to the duties of the position as described above. Experience must be reflected in your resume.

Other Information

  • Candidate selected for this position is required to be a Graduate of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) or its equivalent, and who has served a minimum of seven years performing CI investigations and operations.
  • Overtime Statement: MAY be required to work other than normal duty hours, which may include evenings, weekends, and/or holidays.
  • Travel Statement: MAY be required to travel in military or commercial aircraft to perform temporary duty assignments.
  • Financial Disclosure: MAY be required to file an OGE Form 450, Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, upon appointment and will be required to file annually.
  • Geographic Mobility Agreement: MAY be subject to directed reassignment as required to address mission effectiveness, and/or career development.
  • Information Assurance (IA): Must achieve the appropriate IA certification within six months of assignment.
  • Emergency Essential: Certain positions MAY be deemed emergency essential and incumbents must be willing to meet all position requirements.


Chantilly, VA


2023 salary range for the Washington, DC area:

GG-13: $112,015 - $145,617

GG-14: $132,368 – $172,075

**This position is a Senior level DCIPS position. The NRO is accepting applications from U.S. Citizens and current federal government employees for this position. To qualify for the position, federal government employees MUST currently be at the GG-13 or GG-14 level and may ONLY apply for a lateral reassignment at their current grade level and step. Federal applicants who exceed the advertised grade may voluntarily request acceptance at the lower grade per IAW DoD 1400.25 Volume 2006.

Hiring Incentives

The NRO may offer hiring incentives and other entitlements at management’s discretion.

Trial Period

All new DCIPS employees will be required to serve a 2-year trial period.

Veterans’ Preference

DoD Components with DCIPS positions apply Veterans’ Preference to preference eligible candidates as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 USC, in accordance with the procedures provided in DoD Instruction 1400.25, Vol 2005, DCIPS Employment and Placement. If you are a veteran claiming veterans’ preference, as defined by section 2108 of Title 5 USC, you must submit documents verifying your eligibility upon request.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

  • Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants

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