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Policy Officer

Bethesda, Maryland
Closing date
Jan 27, 2023

The Office of Policy and Strategy (P&S) is responsible for developing and coordinating Intelligence Community (IC)-wide policy; publishing the National Intelligence Strategy; overseeing foreign disclosure and release; and advising the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) on hostage and detainee affairs. P&S sets the strategy and policy framework, enabling the IC's ability to deliver timely, accurate, relevant intelligence support and capabilities to stay ahead of opportunities and risks in our complex global and technological environments.

*Plan, promote, produce and develop a broad range of policies, processes, and guidance on subject areas including counterintelligence (Cl), counterterrorism (CT), counterproliferation (CP), Cyber, Information Sharing Environment (ISE), Information Technology (IT), Human Capital (HC), Security, or other enabling functions, and intelligence disciplines and communicate these policies, processes, and guidelines to community stakeholders.

Plan and conduct the review and analysis of policies, processes, and guidelines that are contained in United States Government (U.S.) Government and Intelligence Community (IC) Directives, Policy Guidance, Standards, plans, and memoranda to ensure equities are addressed and relevant concerns are resolved.

Plan, develop, and provide substantive intelligence briefings, presentations, reports, and other materials to inform senior leadership and other stakeholders on policy issues.

Plan, research, produce, and communicate trends and developments to organizational leadership, senior policymakers, and other senior U.S.

Plan, develop, and promote communications that increase stakeholders', consumers', IC colleagues', and U.S. Government executive agents' overall understanding of U.S. Government and IC policies and processes, and procedures to promote mission effectiveness.

Plan and develop communications and reports that address Executive Branch taskings and Congressional hearings, to include the production and coordination of executive-level briefings; represent organizational equities to the IC, and other government agencies at meetings, conferences, and other public fora.

Conduct substantive reviews of an extensive volume of written materials, and prepare or contribute to written and verbal products including congressional testimony or responses to inquiries, senior-level issue papers or briefings, and letters and memoranda.

Initiate, cultivate, and maintain productive working relationships with colleagues, experts, IC members, and policy committees and use these relationships to share information of IC interest; attend internal and external training, seminars, or conferences on broad intelligence topics or more strategic subject areas.


Conditions of Employment

Must be a current permanent ODNI employee.


Four years of specialized experience relevant to policy, foreign disclosure, or liaison/representational work OR
two years in a cross-Directorate, IC, or private sector assignment and two years of experience relevant to policy, foreign disclosure, or liaison/representational work.

Bachelor's Degree from an accredited university or equivalent work experience

*Extensive knowledge of IC and related U.S. Government policies, directives, and standard operating procedures and demonstrated ability to develop a broad range of IC-wide policies, processes, and guidelines.

Extensive knowledge of the U.S. Government and its IC components, missions, and interrelationships and experience working either with or in a major U.S. Government or IC organization; extensive understanding of the authorities, roles, and responsibilities of the organizations within the IC community.

Extensive knowledge of and demonstrated experience in the research, formulation, development, and coordination of national level policies and directives, including extensive knowledge of qualitative and/or quantitative methods for policy development and assessment.

Demonstrated ability to apply knowledge of ODNI and IC organizations and relevant customer organizations or operations (e.g., intelligence disciplines, military, policymakers, and law enforcement) in order to effectively address their national intelligence requirements and provide appropriate policy responses to meet IC needs.

Demonstrated interpersonal, organizational, and problem-solving skills, including demonstrated ability to work independently and in a collaborative environment effectively with senior officials, management, teams, and colleagues.

Demonstrated written and oral communication skills with demonstrated ability to articulate complex intelligence issues to a wide audience, including the ability to write policy or analytic products for the senior U.S. Government officials and the IC workforce.

Demonstrated ability to build and sustain professional networks and collaborate with both management and staff to continuously improve community relationships, products, and services.

Demonstrated project leadership capabilities, including the ability to effectively coordinate business processes, deliver within time constraints, manage competing priorities, and adjust quickly to deal with time sensitive requirements.

Provide a writing sample, 2 page max.


Bachelor's Degree from an accredited university or equivalent work experience

Additional information

Job Interview Travel: Candidates from outside the Washington, D.C., area may be selected for a telephone, teleconference, or in-person interview.

Reasonable Accommodations:

The ODNI provides reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Reasonable Accommodations Officer by classified email at, by unclassified email at, by telephone at 703-275-3900 or by FAX at 703-275-1217. Your request for reasonable accommodation will be addressed on a case-by-case basis. PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION TO THE REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS EMAIL ADDRESS. THIS EMAIL IS FOR REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION REQUESTS ONLY. PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION VIA THE EMAIL ADDRESS PROVIDED IN THE 'HOW TO APPLY' SECTION ABOVE.

The ODNI is an equal opportunity employer and abides by applicable employment laws and regulations.

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