The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) just announced their plans to recruit external candidates to fill the Entry-level Intelligence Research Specialist positions at the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC). This move comes as part of ODNI’s ongoing efforts to bolster its workforce and enhance its capabilities in countering the ever-evolving global terrorist threat.

Successful candidates will undergo a comprehensive two-year training program designed to equip them with the necessary knowledge, resources, and corporate vision to thrive as intelligence professionals. The program aims to fill various key positions within the intelligence community, including all-source analysts, watch officers, identity intelligence analysts, and strategy officers. Through a combination of rotational assignments, structured classroom training, and on-the-job mentorship, this multi-phase program will provide new officers with the critical skills required to tackle the Intelligence Community’s most challenging problem sets.

“The terrorist threat today is more diffuse, more geographically dispersed, and in many ways, more complex than it was over 20 years ago,” stated  NCTC Director Christine Abizaid. “This training program will give new officers critical intelligence skills that will serve them not only in the counterterrorism field, but throughout a rich career across the Intelligence Community.”

NCTC spearheads the nation’s efforts to safeguard the United States from terrorist activities by integrating, analyzing, and sharing information to facilitate coordinated action across all government agencies. With a diverse workforce consisting of professionals from over a dozen different agencies, NCTC unites the federal government in countering the threat of terror.

Aspiring candidates who are passionate about serving the counterterrorism mission are encouraged to submit their applications online via USAJOBS. The vacancies are currently available at both the GS-7 and GS-9 levels. The selection process will involve a rigorous evaluation, with the most highly qualified applicants proceeding to a virtual interview stage.

Prospective applicants are advised to thoroughly review the required qualifications outlined for the positions of Entry-level Intelligence Research Specialists. Any inquiries regarding application requirements can be directed to NCTC_TALENT@NCTC.GOV.

The ODNI’s decision to hire external candidates for these entry-level positions reflects its commitment to attracting fresh talent and fostering a diverse workforce. By investing in a comprehensive training program, the agency aims to cultivate a new generation of intelligence professionals equipped with the expertise and dedication needed to effectively combat terrorism. As the global security landscape continues to evolve, initiatives like these ensure that the Intelligence Community remains agile, adaptable, and prepared to confront emerging threats head-on.

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Jillian Hamilton has worked in a variety of Program Management roles for multiple Federal Government contractors. She has helped manage projects in training and IT. She received her Bachelors degree in Business with an emphasis in Marketing from Penn State University and her MBA from the University of Phoenix.