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Cryptologic Cyber Planner - Entry to Experienced Level
National Security Agency | Fort Meade, Maryland
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Job Description

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. Apply in-depth knowledge of cyber operations, threats, countermeasures and planning to develop detailed strategies, campaigns, and Concept of Operations (CONOPs) that drive cyber operational requirements for the NSA, DoD, the U.S. government and its partners. Description of Position Cryptologic Cyber Planners use Interagency and NSA planning, processes, and cyber operational experience to support strategic and operational level planning across the full range of DoD and U.S. Government cyberspace operations. Some of these responsibilities may include: -Coordinate the development of operational cyber plans to meet strategic objectives. -Organize, research, and plan meetings and innovative viable plans that are executable by NSA and its partners. -Synthesize all-source data and intelligence to inform the planning process. -Collaborate with Cyber Operators, analysts, and planners to identify and levy requirements for intelligence collection and analysis. Participate in targeting selection, validation, synchronization, and the execution of complex cyber missions. -Collaborate with Cyber Operators, Analysts, and RDT&E Engineers to gain access and technical intelligence to meet planning objectives. -Monitor progress, collect feedback, adjust plans, and coordinate with leaders and operational partners for successful plan execution. -Identify intelligence gaps related to target and/or mission requirements that support strategic objectives. -Represent the Agency in planning interactions with outside customers, partners, DoD, Congressional representatives, foreign partners, or private industry. -Apply critical thinking and reasoning to make analytic determinations. -Plan, develop, and structure analytic approaches to counter our adversaries in cyber space and mitigate U.S. cyber space vulnerabilities. -Demonstrate the ability to apply technical expertise to planning and forming a bridge between strategy and tactical level plans. -Demonstrate the ability to conduct deep research on Internet technologies, network vulnerabilities and leverage others' skill sets.
The ideal candidate is self-motivating and has a desire for continual learning along with excellent problem-solving, communication, and interpersonal skills: -Comfortable with briefing and writing at a senior level to advance ideas and planning concepts. -Build and promote teamwork among coworkers. -Establish and maintain working relationships and networks with customers, professional colleagues internal and external to the Agency, foreign partners, or representatives of other agencies. -Mentor and assist coworkers, subordinates, or other employees when needed. -Represent the work unit when meeting with other organizations. Knowledge, skills, and experience in one or more of the following is desired: Continual Learning, Flexibility, Influencing/ Negotiating, Info Sharing, Interpersonal Skills, Oral Communication and Briefing Skills, Partnering, Problem Solving, Resilience, Written Communication. The successful applicant should be a strong candidate with demonstrated technical skills and the motivation and ability to actively research, coordinate and draft viable full spectrum cyber operational plans to meet overall CSO strategies. The candidate must be creative, enthusiastic, motivated, technically competent and accountable. This is a dynamic and challenging position that requires the ability to work cooperatively in an interoffice, joint, interagency, and partner environment. The ideal candidate must be willing to venture into new and emerging cyber mission areas supporting a unique range of strategic cyber objectives. The candidate must have an understanding of the full range of cyber operations conducted by NSA, USCC and our partners through experience in one and/or preferably many operational offices. Must demonstrate outstanding interpersonal skills and the ability to work (at times) under pressure are a must. The dynamic nature of the environment mandates that candidates work on multiple tasks simultaneously and that they maintain a high degree of flexibility, tolerance, and composure to respond to changes in task priority and current operational focus. The successful candidate will feel comfortable working with people from different disciplines, organizational cultures and grade levels. This position requires technical expertise, excellent verbal and written communications, organizational skills, customer service, and coaching and time management skills.
On-the job training, Internal NSA courses, and external training will be made available based on the need and experience of the selectee. Monday - Friday, with basic 8hr/day work requirements between 0600 to 1800 (flexible)
Intelligence Analysis has the power to influence world affairs. The Intelligence Analysis mission encourages both independent and collaborative partnering (both within NSA and with other analysts in the Intelligence Community) while seeking creative solutions to analytical questions. Your skills in research, analysis, reporting, planning, and advising will ensure senior leaders are provided with time-sensitive cryptologic support for strategic and operational level planning across the full range of DoD and U.S. Government operations for integrated information and cyberspace operations. This wide array of skills helps protect U.S. government information systems and provides the most complete possible foreign signals intelligence picture to U.S. policy makers and military commanders.
To apply for this position, please click the 'Apply' button located at the top right of this posting. After completing the application for the first time, or reviewing previously entered information, and clicking the 'Submit' button, you will receive a confirmation email. Please ensure your spam filters are configured to accept emails from noreply@intelligencecareers.gov. ***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. Please note that you may be asked a series of questions depending on the position you apply for. Your responses will be used as part of the screening process of your application and will assist in determining your eligibility for the position. Be sure to elaborate on experiences in your resume. Failure to provide the required information or providing inaccurate information will result in your application not being considered for this position. Only those applicants who meet the qualifications for the position will be contacted to begin employment processing. Please Note: Job Posting could close earlier than the closing date due to sufficient number of applicants or position no longer available. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible.
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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.

About National Security Agency

The National Security Agency (NSA) is a world leader in Signals Intelligence. We carry out some of the nation’s most important and sensitive intelligence activities to secure information superiority for America and its allies. 

We have two primary missions. Our Information Assurance mission is the defense: it protects U.S. information by preventing foreign adversaries from gaining access to our information systems. Our Signals Intelligence mission is the offense: collecting foreign signals and producing intelligence to give U.S. policy makers and warfighters the decision advantage. NSA also enables network warfare operations to defeat terrorists and their organizations at home and abroad, consistent with U.S. laws and the protection of privacy and civil liberties.

At the nation’s top cryptologic organization, we employ the best and the brightest, who use their intelligence to solve some of the nation’s most difficult challenges. We are also the largest employer of mathematicians in the country, as well as one of the most important centers of foreign language analysis and research.