Supervisory Intelligence Research Specialist

Arlington, Virginia
Jun 17, 2021
Jun 22, 2021
Full Time


TOUGH WORK. VITAL MISSION. Challenge yourself! You have the power to help combat drug trafficking. Be a part of DEA! It's tough work, but a vital mission. Whatever your background or expertise, your work at DEA will be tremendously rewarding because it will have a daily impact on national security and the quality of life of all Americans.

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This Supervisory Intelligence Research Specialist position is located in the Intelligence Division, Field Intelligence Section (NIS) in Arlington, Virginia. Among other duties, this position will:
  • Provide program direction for formulating and implementing a worldwide program, both domestic and international, for the collection, analysis, production, and dissemination of both operational and strategic intelligence.
  • Formulate the objectives of a major segment of the intelligence program. Provide direction, advice and coordination relative to critical intelligence projects. Develop productive working relationships and promotes coordination with high-level representatives of U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies.
  • Plan and oversees the operations of an intelligence program. Develops plans for the collection, evaluation, processing, and dissemination of operational, tactical, and strategic drug intelligence.
  • Responsible for the dissemination of strategic and operational intelligence to other DEA entities.
  • Perform supervisory functions over staff, establishing guidelines and expectations for performance, and ensures performance improvement.
  • May be required to testify during career as an Intelligence Research Specialist.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Background and/or Security Clearance
  • Open to DEA Employees and CTAP Eligibles ONLY
  • Drug testing designated position
  • Polygraph Required
  • Mobility Agreement Required
  • Successful completion of a one-year supervisory probationary period is required (unless already completed)
  • Successful completion of the mandatory Basic Intelligence Research Specialist Training Course.


GS-15: Must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-14 Federal grade level performing such duties as providing first-line supervision to a multi-agency staff engaged in the collection, analysis, evaluation, production and dissemination of drug law enforcement intelligence in support of drug law enforcement activities.

Competencies: Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competencies in the following areas:

  • Leadership
  • Oral Communication
  • Research
  • Writing


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

Additional vacancies may be filled from this vacancy announcement.

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)


Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement

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How You Will Be Evaluated

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

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. Only experience obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions.

Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the eligibility and job qualifications listed within this announcement.

Time-in-Grade: Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements for consideration.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Top Secret

Drug test required

Required Documents

Failure to provide all required documents and information requested by the closing date will result in your application not receiving full consideration.

To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package which includes:
  • Required Documents:
    • Resume
    • SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
  • Other supporting documents:
    • All applicants must submit an SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, documenting proof of competitive status, tenure, position, and grade level.
    • Career Transition Assistance Program/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program documentation, if applicable (e.g., Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action; and most recent performance appraisal.)
    NOTE: Please ensure that your resume contains the basic information outlined under the Applying for a Federal Job guide.

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