Company: Central Intelligence Agency
Location: Washington DC US
The Central Intelligence Agency’s Directorate of Analysis is looking for talented cartographers to join the team that produces maps that contribute to complex intelligence analysis for senior policymakers, including the President of the United States. Cartographers are responsible for researching, designing, and producing thematic and reference maps in support of CIA finished intelligence. Intelligence maps are designed for conveyance via mobile devices, web, and print. Cartographers work on regional accounts, such as: Africa, Eurasia, Western Hemisphere, Europe, Middle East or South Asia-Oceania. Cartographers are encouraged to participate in internal training as well as external workshops, training, and conferences.
Candidates work as part of a cartographic or interdisciplinary team managing multiple mapping projects under minimal supervision. Cartographers work with their analytic colleagues to define project requirements and provide advice on processes and procedures for optimal visual presentation. Cartographers are expected to develop and maintain sufficient regional expertise to provide substantive input into the final map product, including geographic features, Board on Geographic Names (BGN) rulings, key issues, and recent developments.
Minimum Requirements include a BA, BS, MA or MS, in cartography, geography, geospatial information systems, or similarly related discipline, with an emphasis in thematic cartography. A minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4-point scale is required. A portfolio of five or more cartographic products will be requested from applicants considered for this position.
Competitive candidates should have knowledge of cartographic design principles including color and symbology theory, map projections, thematic and statistical mapping, topographic and reference mapping, display hierarchies, typography, and data generation. Other requirements include knowledge of GIS principles including data types; data layers; basic geographic, analytic, and statistical functions; geographic coordinate systems; and data formatting. Candidates must have the ability to collect, analyze, and integrate geographic and substantive data into an effectively designed cartographic product. Additionally, candidates should be proficient in the use of, or be rapidly gaining expertise with the software, hardware, and platforms necessary for cartographic, graphic, and web/mobile production, such as some of the following: GIS, ESRI ArcGIS, HTML, programming languages, Avenza MAPublisher, Intergraph GeoMedia Pro, Microsoft Office, Adobe software such as Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, and Acrobat. Experience with the Adobe suite of software, as well as with web and mobile conveyance is strongly desired.
The following items must be included/attached to your online application (PDF preferred):
- Your resume.
- A cover letter in which you specify your qualifications and what differentiates you from other applicants.
- Unofficial transcripts for all degrees.
- Portfolio: In the Preferences section under job objectives please include a link to your online portfolio (please note that we are unable to access Google Docs or Google Drive) . Attach a PDF portfolio if you do not have an online portfolio.
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.
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.
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