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As a Polygraph Examiner for the CIA, you will assess the credibility of individuals in support of the CIA's mission. Most examinations occur in the Washington, DC area as part of the personnel security process to determine eligibility for access to classified information. Working in a potentially confrontational environment on a daily basis, you will collect and interpret physiological data to enable elicitation of information, frequently of a very sensitive nature, and provide detailed written reports documenting the session.
Your career at CIA as a Polygraph Examiner begins with a four year tour of duty primarily located in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. You must be a federally certified polygraph examiner or be willing and able to complete the CIA's Polygraph Examiner Program which provides training and certification to meet this requirement. Upon successful completion of the federal Polygraph Examiner Program, you will receive Polygraph Premium Pay, a significant addition to your base salary. After your initial four year tour, you may apply for additional polygraph tours to hone your expertise or seek new skills through other opportunities in the Office of Security.
Polygraph examiners typically conduct two polygraph sessions per day and must work an alternate work schedule comprised of one week of 9 hour days and a second week with three 9 hour days, an 8 hour day, and Friday of that week off. This is known as a 5/4-9 schedule and results in a three day weekend every other week. This schedule can make for a fast paced, demanding, and, at times, unrelenting job, but the challenge is worth it.
Domestic and foreign travel opportunities may be available after a proven record of performance.
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US citizenship required (dual-national US citizens eligible). All positions require relocation to the Washington, DC metro area.
Bachelor's degree or higher in one of the following fields or related studies:
GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4-point scale is preferred, but exceptions may be made for extenuating circumstances
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to interact with a broad cross-section of society, sometimes under stressful conditions
Ability to work independently and in a team environment
Confidence to have your work scrutinized and the grace to accept feedback
High levels of trustworthiness, tenacity, professional and personal integrity, and loyalty to the United States
Professional experience or training/certification in interviewing, investigation or elicitation
Current or previously qualified federal polygraph examiner certification
Knowledge of counterintelligence arena
Experience working with Intelligence Community Directive 704
All applicants must successfully complete:
A thorough medical and psychological exam
A polygraph interview
A comprehensive background investigation
To be considered suitable for Agency employment, applicants must generally not have used illegal drugs within the last 12 months. The issue of illegal drug use prior to 12 months ago is carefully evaluated during the medical and security processing.