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.
Cryptologic Operations Watch Officer responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Providing time-sensitive cryptologic support for NSA's SIGINT and/or Cybersecurity operational missions by maintaining situational awareness of world events, operations of US and allied forces, and operations of agencies of the Federal Government or status of the US Cryptologic system in order to maximize the posture of the cryptologic system
- Briefing NSA senior leaders and US Government customers on NSA actions with regard to ongoing and anticipated events to provide necessary information for them to make informed decisions
- Guiding the organization or program in creating and sustaining a strong customer focus and high expectations for performance
- Writing routine documents (for example, e-mails, memoranda, minutes of meetings, status reports, production reports)
- Motivating and encouraging others to accomplish work assignments and goals
- Providing timely and accurate responses to requests for assistance, information, products, or services
- Using basic office resources, such as e-mail, Web browsers, word processors, and presentation graphics
- Adjusting interpersonal style or behavior to accommodate or effectively deal with different approaches, perspectives, or personalities
- Establishing and maintaining working relationships and networks with customers, professional colleagues internal and external to the Agency, foreign partners, or representatives of other agencies
- Helping or assisting coworkers, subordinates, or other employees when needed
- Serving as a liaison between groups internal or external to the Agency
- Serving as point of contact for a functional area or organization
- Working as part of a team
*Applicants should either be DoD 8570.01-M compliant or willing to become compliant within 6 months of acceptance into the organization. Time will be granted to allow for certification(s) to be achieved.
The ideal candidate desires continual learning and possesses strong communication (oral and written), problem-solving, analytic, interpersonal skills, and is:
- Willing to perform shift-work in support of 24/7 operations
- Customer and results oriented
- Able to adjust to changing situational requirements
- Able to work effectively (independently and/or within teams) across functional areas in a collaborative environment
- Able to build relationships across the Agency and with external stakeholders, as appropriate
- Able to identify, manage and resolve conflicts and disagreements in a constructive manner
- Able to manage multiple tasks with competing timelines and deliverables
- Proficient with Microsoft Office suite of tools (i.e. Word, Excel)
Knowledge, skills, and experience in one or more of the following is desired:
- Analyze and interpret technical data; Determining classification and security requirements; Documenting technical information; Engineering coordination; Evaluate operational and technical alternatives; Evaluate technical solutions; Generate technical ideas; Identify engineering and design problems; Identifying system and systemic level problems; Perform technical research; Plan and develop conceptual and technical solutions; Present technical information; Requirements definition and analysis; Risk assessment; System Engineering; Technical information exchange within and across organizations; Technical writing
- Triaging incidents on networks, command and control of watch floor activities
- Cyber / Cybersecurity
- Signals Intelligence
- Write routine documents (for example, e-mails, memoranda, minutes of meetings, status reports, production reports)
- Critical thinking and reasoning to make analytic determinations
- Planning, developing, and structuring analytic approaches
- Collaboration policies and procedures, such as information sharing vehicles and legal authorities and restrictions
- Communicating target and/or technical information in a manner that satisfies customer requirements and needs in accordance with existing principles and policies
- Current and emerging intelligence dissemination principles and policies
- Evaluating and prioritizing the dissemination of intelligence information
- Intelligence reporting policies and procedures, such as dissemination practices, and legal authorities and restrictions
- Selecting appropriate response to and dissemination of intelligence relative to value and perishability
- Information Assurance Certification may be required
Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule
Work Schedule: Applicants should be aware that this position will support 24/7 operations and shift schedules may vary to include night shift, weekends, and holidays.
On the job training, internal NSA courses, and external training will be made available based on the need and experience of the Selectee.
How To Apply - External
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***PLEASE NOTE: U.S. Citizenship is required for all applicants. Reasonable accommodations provided to applicants with disabilities during the application and hiring process where appropriate. NSA is an equal opportunity employer and abides by applicable employment laws and regulations. All applicants and employees are subject to random drug testing in accordance with Executive Order 12564. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a security background investigation and polygraph.
This position is a Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS) position in the Excepted Service under 10 U.S.C. 1601. DoD Components with DCIPS positions apply Veterans' Preference to eligible candidates as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 USC, in accordance with the procedures provided in DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 2005, DCIPS Employment and Placement. If you are a veteran claiming veterans' preference, as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 U.S.C., you may be asked to submit documents verifying your eligibility.
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The National Security Agency (NSA) is part of the DoD Intelligence Community Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS). All positions in the NSA are in the Excepted Services under 10 United States Codes (USC) 1601 appointment authority.