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Accountant At Central Intelligence Agency

Location: Washington, District Of Columbia

Job Description

As an Accountant for the CIA, you will utilize your accounting skills and knowledge in a variety of challenging and rewarding accounting areas such as: financial statement compilation and analysis; general ledger review and analysis; cost and managerial accounting; and payroll and tax accounting. You will play an integral part in achieving and sustaining auditable financial statements and ensuring financial transactions across a wide-range of activities are accurately calculated, recorded, and tracked. You will be an important partner in all financial occupations, as well as across the Agency and Intelligence Community, as you gain governmental accounting expertise and provide financial analyses of programs and business enterprises. You will have the opportunity to work directly with customers, becoming the link between complex transactions and financially accurate documentation. Your education and relevant work experience will be the core basis for starting a career as an Accountant.

The majority of your career will be based in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, with the first 4-6 years focused on providing you with basic Agency and government-unique knowledge, skills, and abilities in order to perform in a range of developmental positions. Some examples of entry-level offices that you may serve in are: Accounting Operations, various Business Enterprises-Working Capital Funds, Payroll, Accounts Payables and Receivables. For those interested in travel, you will have the opportunity to compete for global positions after successfully completing your initial developmental program.

The CIA is committed to you and your development, and provides a variety of progressively more responsible career paths and training opportunities, enabling you to achieve your career goals while supporting mission needs.

Offices of the CIA - Directorate of Support

The Directorate of Support (DS) provides everything the CIA needs to accomplish its critical mission of defending our nation. The DS provides business operations support to Agency components including all aspects of security, logistics, facilities, finance, education, medical services and human resources. Learn more about the Directorate of Support.

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Life at CIA

In addition to a comprehensive benefits package, the CIA offers exciting career opportunities and a dynamic environment. We're on the forefront of world-altering events – as they happen. So working here isn't just a job, it's a mindset and a lifestyle.

US citizenship required (dual-national US citizens eligible). All positions require relocation to the Washington, DC metro area.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree in one of the following fields or related studies:
    • Accounting
    • Business Administration
    • Finance
    • Public Administration
  • GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • At least 24 semester credit hours of accounting coursework
  • Demonstrated excellent:
    • Interpersonal skills
    • Verbal and written communication skills
    • Customer service
    • Analytic and problem-solving abilities
    • Team and independent work ethic
  • Documented good credit history
Desired Qualifications:
  • Knowledge or experience in the following functional disciplines:
    • Generally Accepted Accounting Principles
    • Financial and Federal Accounting Standards
    • Cost Accounting Standards
    • Managerial Accounting
    • Financial analysis
  • Experience in:
    • Researching, analyzing and resolving complex accounting problems
    • Preparing or reviewing Federal Financial Statements
    • Developing or conducting internal controls reviews
    • Interpreting and applying accounting policies and procedures
  • Advanced degrees or professional certifications such as:
    • Certified Public Accountant
    • Certified Internal Auditor
    • Certified Government Financial Manager
All applicants must successfully complete:
  • A thorough medical and psychological exam
  • A polygraph interview
  • A comprehensive background investigation

To be considered suitable for Agency employment, applicants must generally not have used illegal drugs within the last 12 months. The issue of illegal drug use prior to 12 months ago is carefully evaluated during the medical and security processing.