Jan 29, 2020

Instructor - COMINT Signals Analyst - Mid/Experienced Level

  • National Security Agency
  • Fort Meade, MD, USA

Job Description

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Instructor - COMINT Signals Analyst - Mid/Experienced Level

Fort Meade, MD

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Posted: 2020-01-21 - Closing: 2020-02-29

Responsibilities

The professionals at the National Security Agency (NSA) have one common goal: to protect our nation. The mission requires a strong offense and a steadfast defense. The offense collects, processes and disseminates intelligence information derived from foreign signals for intelligence and counterintelligence purposes. The defense prevents adversaries from gaining access to sensitive classified national security information. The College of Cryptology in the National Cryptologic School (NCS) designs, develops, and delivers an array of learning options for the global cryptologic analyst workforce in disciplines to include: Cryptanalysis, Cryptologic Access/Collection Management, Data Science, Mathematics, Signals Analysis, Geolocation, TechSIGINT Analysis, and other cryptologic skills. These learning options are provided in partnership with the Skill Community Directors and Senior Advocates. The college is also the Responsible Training Authority for all Cryptanalysis and Collection Management training and intermediate and advanced TechSIGINT training for the Department of Defense through the Cryptologic Training System. Description of the Job The NCS is looking for a Signals Analyst with Communications Intelligence (COMINT) expertise to serve as an instructor. The selectee must have a demonstrable record of: - knowledge of signals analysis topics - conveying technical knowledge to others and having them understand - responsiveness to tactical and strategic needs - passion for solving difficult problems - outreach and engagement with peers and senior leaders in the community The selectee must also be able and willing to teach specialized and/or basic/intermediate/advanced COMINT signals analysis courses. Background should include technical and operational mission experience. The selected individual will need a strong analytic foundation in COMINT, but also background that supports awareness on multi-disciplined analysis and familiarization with the greater signals analysis community. The individual will be responsible for support to the development, revision, maintenance, and delivery of COMINT signals analysis related courses. COMINT signals analysis technical leaders and instructors are recognized as a highly-skilled and knowledgeable group of analysts who, in addition to their instruction work, are often called upon to evaluate the newest analytic tools and processes, and provide mission application expertise to training and course development. These technical leaders draw upon their work to flag analytic "best practices" to be propagated. In doing so, they directly contribute to the future technical health of the workforce. This instructor position offers an individual a very challenging and uniquely rewarding opportunity. The COMINT Signals Analysis Instructor will improve the mission readiness and overall health of the COMINT Signals Analysis community by: - teaching basic, intermediate, and possibly advanced, COMINT signals analysis courses - serving as a subject matter expert (SME) on at least the content of existing basic courses - growing and applying knowledge of cutting edge teaching techniques - converting short- and long-term technical health needs of the skill community into training requirements/solutions, and influencing mission decisions to maximize utility, effectiveness, timeliness, reach, and sustainability - designing, developing and maintaining course learning objectives and content - anticipating and advocating for needed subject matter experts and adjunct faculty Furthermore, the COMINT Signals Analysis Instructor will: - keep current/continually learn in technical areas of interest and/or need - identify work projects for part-time and development program members - use assessment results and other tools/data to identify and resolve issues or areas for improvement - deliver 3rd Party COMINT signals analysis training - validate student and instructor waiver requests - transfer knowledge, mentor and contribute to a work environment that attracts both full- and part-time technical talent - design, develop, administer and score tests - regularly evaluate training materials for continued relevance and accuracy

Skills

The ideal candidate must possess a proven background in COMINT Signals Analysis, including an ability to teach others signals analysis theory, and the software and hardware application of that theory. Demonstrable ability to analyze a variety of COMINT signals is required. The ability to teach at least some of the following courses is required: - Linux for Signals Analysts - Shell Scripting for Signals Analysts - Signals Instrumentation, Measurements and Analysis Techniques - Waveform Analysis - Software Based Demodulation - Basic, Intermediate and/or Advanced Bitstream Analysis - Basic, Intermediate and/or Advanced Protocol Analysis - Error Detection and Coding Analysis - Vocoder Recognition - Very Small Aperture Terminal Analysis - Frequency Hopper Analysis - Digital Communications Analysis - TDM Properties & Data Recognition - Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum Analysis Technical Expertise/Performance - The successful candidate must possess a demonstrable record of: - personal knowledge of and successes in the area of COMINT Signals Analysis - the willingness and ability to become certified to teach specialized and/or intermediate and advanced COMINT signals analysis courses - the personal network and/or the bona fides needed to sustain insight into the future of NSA/CSS missions and what that means to developing and advancing the technical knowledge of NSA/CSS' COMINT Signals Analysis workforce - the ability to translate goals or needs into tangible results - the ability to analyze a variety of COMINT signals on the fly - wide-ranging knowledge of COMINT technical functions

Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule

On-the job training, Internal NSA courses, and external training will be made available based on the need and experience of the selectee. Monday - Friday, with basic 8hr/day work requirements between 0600 to 1800 (flexible).

Position Summary

Signals Analysis is a cutting-edge technical discipline that seeks to identify the purpose, content and user(s) of signals. Given today's rapidly evolving global communications, the NSA must maintain and develop a highly talented and diverse workforce of Signals Analysts who are a vital part in maintaining our technical capabilities to use the most sophisticated means to recover, understand, and derive intelligence from all manner of foreign signals.

Qualifications

Salary Range: $83,692 - $112,240 (Full Performance) *The qualifications listed are the minimum acceptable to be considered for the position. Salary offers are based on candidates' education level and years of experience relevant to the position and also take into account information provided by the hiring manager/organization regarding the work level for the position. Entry is with a Bachelor's degree plus 3 years of relevant experience, or a Master's degree plus 1 year of relevant experience, or a Doctoral degree and no experience. A high school diploma or GED plus 7 years of relevant experience, or an Associate's degree plus 5 years of relevant experience will be considered for applicants who have completed relevant military degree programs (or equivalent), OR who have completed relevant military training [for example, 9141 (Navy Intermediate Technical ELINT Analyst), 1N2A (Air Force Intermediate Technical ELINT Analyst), 451 (Intermediate Signals Analysis) or 452 (Advanced Signals Analysis)], OR who have participated in or graduated from a relevant training program such as the Military COMINT Signals Analysis Program (MCSAP). Degree must be in Engineering, Mathematics, Computer Science, a Physical Science, or a related technical field. A broader range of degrees will be considered for those who have completed a relevant training program listed above (e.g., 9141, 1N2A, 451, 452 or MCSAP). Relevant experience must be in signals analysis, preferably related to communications signals (e.g., bitstream analysis, waveform analysis, protocol analysis) and/or design and engineering of communications systems. Salary Range: $102,663 - $157,709 (Senior) *The qualifications listed are the minimum acceptable to be considered for the position. Salary offers are based on candidates' education level and years of experience relevant to the position and also take into account information provided by the hiring manager/organization regarding the work level for the position. Entry is with a Bachelor's degree plus 6 years of relevant experience, or a Master's degree plus 4 years of relevant experience or a Doctoral degree plus 2 years of relevant experience. A high school diploma or GED plus 10 years of relevant experience, or an Associate's degree plus 8 years of relevant experience will be considered for applicants who have completed relevant military degree programs (or equivalent), OR who have completed relevant military training [for example, 9141 (Navy Intermediate Technical ELINT Analyst), 1N2A (Air Force Intermediate Technical ELINT Analyst), 451 (Intermediate Signals Analysis) or 452 (Advanced Signals Analysis)], OR who have participated in or graduated from a relevant training program such as the Military COMINT Signals Analysis Program (MCSAP). Degree must be in Engineering, Mathematics, Computer Science, a Physical Science, or a related technical field. A broader range of degrees will be considered for those who have completed a relevant training program listed above (e.g., 9141, 1N2A, 451, 452 or MCSAP). Relevant experience must be in signals analysis (e.g., bitstream analysis, waveform analysis, protocol analysis) primarily with communications signals. Some of the relevant experience may be in design and engineering of communications systems.

How To Apply - External

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