National Intelligence Officer for North Korea

McLean, Virginia
Jun 15, 2019
Jun 22, 2019
Analyst, Intelligence
Full Time


Component Mission

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Intelligence Integration (DDNI/II) serves as the Director of National Intelligence's (DNI) senior leader for intelligence integration across the IC enterprise. DDNI/II is responsible for ensuring customer outcomes by leading advances in collection and analysis that ensure the quality, timeliness, and utility of insights for the nation's decision-makers.

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Major Duties and Responsibilities (MDRs)
  • The National Intelligence Officer (NIO) for North Korea (NK) serves as the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) senior analytic manager for North Korean issues. The NIO/NK serves as the DNI's focal point for all analytic matters pertaining to North Korea and is responsible for producing finished strategic intelligence analysis in support of senior US policymakers.
  • Oversee Intelligence Community (IC) wide production and coordination of the full range of analytic assessments on North Korea including strategic analysis on Korea-related issues (e.g., National Intelligence Estimates (NIE), IC Assessments and Sense of the Community Memoranda), and, as appropriate and required, more focused, time-sensitive analysis for the most senior decision makers in the USG.
  • Orchestrate, direct, and in some cases draft Community-wide mid- and long-term strategic analysis to support and advance senior policy maker and war fighter understanding of North Korea. Serve as subject matter expert and analytic advisor on North Korean issues in support of the DNI's role as the principal intelligence advisor to the President.
  • Liaise and collaborate with senior policy makers in ensuring that policy maker priorities guide national-level intelligence collection and analysis.
  • Develop and sustain a professional network with IC analysts and analytic managers to ensure timely and appropriate intelligence support to policy customers regarding North Korea. Similarly, develop and sustain a network with private sector, academic, and other USG subject matter experts.
  • Brief senior IC members, policy makers, military decision makers, members of Congress, and other major stakeholders as necessary on the IC's analytic assessment on North Korea issues.
  • Represent analytic positions in liaison relationships with key foreign intelligence services, government officials, and other experts on North Korea issues.
  • Review and preside over the research and production plans on North Korean issues of the Community's analytic components, identify redundancies and gaps, identify strategies to address gaps, and advise the DNI on gaps and shortfalls in analytic capabilities across the IC.
  • Develop the analytic portion of the Unified Intelligence Strategy (UIS) in concert with analysts from across the IC and provide assessments of IC analytic efforts in support of the UIS. Work with the National Intelligence Manager to assist in ensuring that analysis and collection are fully integrated.
  • Lead, manage, and direct the professional-level analytic staff of the NIO/NK Division, evaluate performance, collaborate on goal setting, and provide feedback and guidance regarding personal and professional development opportunities.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

Desired Requirements
  • Technical Qualifications (Desired): Korean language proficiency.


Position Information

This is an opportunity for a SNIS Professional Tier 2 staff reserve position in the ODNI. Staff reserve appointments are time-limited appointments made for a period of up to 3 years, with a possible extension up to 2 additional years.
This is an opportunity for:
  • An internal or external candidate to fill a SNIS Professional Tier 2 cadre position.
  • A Federal Government employee to serve on a two-year reimbursable detail assignment in the ODNI. The detail assignment may be extended an additional year if all parties agree.
Who May Apply
Only Senior Service (SNIS, SES, SIS, DISES, DISEL) candidates may apply. GS employees may not apply.
Former members of the Peace Corps may be considered for ODNI employment only if five full years have elapsed since separation from the Peace Corps.
  • For a cadre assignment:
    • Current ODNI permanent cadre.
    • Current ODNI Staff Reserve Employees. (A staff reserve employee who currently occupies this position may not apply).
    • Candidates outside the Federal Government.
  • For a detailee assignment:
    • Current Federal Government employees. Only Senior Service (SNIS, SES, SIS, DISES, DISEL) candidates may apply. GS employees may not apply.
Salary Determination
  • The ODNI uses a rank-in-person system in which rank is attached to the individual. A selected ODNI candidate or other Federal Government candidate will be assigned to the position at the employee's current GS grade and salary.
  • A current Federal Government employee, selected for a detail, will be assigned to the position at his or her current grade and salary.
  • For a selected non-federal employee, selected for a detail, will be assigned to the position at his or her current grade and salary.


Mandatory and Educational Requirements
  • Established and recognized expertise on North Korean affairs, including political and security matters.
  • Experience and expertise effectively working with senior policy makers, to include a deep and current understanding of their intelligence/analytic requirements and priorities related to North Korea.
  • Expertise and experience in managing analytic processes, understanding IC analytic capabilities and priorities, and working at senior levels across the community to drive analytic product.
  • Proven critical thinking and writing skills including the ability to draft finished all source intelligence assessments and review and edit products with an emphasis on analytic tradecraft, clear organization, and concise, and logical presentation.
  • Experience working with academic experts and foreign liaison on North Korea issues.
  • Knowledge of IC collection enterprise, particularly efforts against North Korea.
  • Demonstrated capability to direct interagency, interdisciplinary IC teams against a range of functional and/or regional analytical issues.
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and management skills to conceptualize and effectively lead complex analytic projects with limited supervision. Ability to work with and fairly represent the IC when analytic views differ among agencies.
  • Excellent communication skills, including ability to exert influence with senior leadership and communicate effectively with people at all levels, both internal and external to the organization, to give oral presentations and to otherwise represent the NIC in interagency meetings.
  • Expert leadership and managerial capabilities, including the ability to effectively direct taskings, assess and manage performance, and oversee personal and professional development of all levels of personnel.
** Applicants may be required to submit past performance evaluations, writing samples, and references for consideration for this position.**

Additional information

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

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES: The ODNI provides reasonable accommodations to otherwise qualified applicants with disabilities. IF YOU NEED A REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Intelligence Community Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity Office Representative by classified email at, by unclassified email at, by telephone at 703-874-8360, by TTY at 703-874-8554, or by FAX at 703-874-8651. Your request for reasonable accommodation will be addressed on a case-by-case basis. PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION TO THE EEOD 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 BELOW.

JOB INTERVIEW TRAVEL: Candidates from outside the Washington, D.C., area may be selected for a telephone, teleconference, or in-person interview. If selected for an in-person interview, the ODNI hiring office will pay for travel by commercial carrier (economy class) or reimburse for privately owned vehicle (POV) mileage. If applicable, the candidate also will be reimbursed at a flat rate for commercial lodging and per diem.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Applicants are encouraged to carefully review the position description and then construct their resumes to highlight their most relevant and significant experience and education for this job opportunity. The description should include examples that detail the level and complexity of the work performed. The best qualified applicants will be further evaluated through an interview process.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Required Documents

All Applicants:


Your application MUST be received by midnight on the closing date of this announcement. Applications received after the closing date will NOT be eligible for consideration. To verify receipt of your application package ONLY, you may call or email at 703-275-3663 or

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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