Employer Profile: National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), Springfield, VA

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The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) delivers world-class geospatial intelligence that provides a decisive advantage to policymakers, warfighters, intelligence professionals and first responders.

Anyone who sails a U.S. ship, flies a U.S. aircraft, makes national policy decisions, fights wars, locates targets, responds to natural disasters, or even navigates with a cellphone relies on NGA.

NGA enables all of these critical actions and shapes decisions that impact our world through the indispensable discipline of geospatial intelligence (GEOINT).

NGA is a unique combination of intelligence agency and combat support agency. It is the world leader in timely, relevant, accurate and actionable GEOINT. NGA enables the U.S. intelligence community and the Department of Defense (DOD) to fulfill the president’s national security priorities to protect the nation. NGA also anticipates its partners’ future needs and advances the GEOINT discipline to meet them.

NGA is the lead federal agency for GEOINT and manages a global consortium of more than 400 commercial and government relationships. The director of NGA serves as the functional manager for GEOINT, the head of the National System for Geospatial Intelligence (NSG) and the coordinator of the global Allied System for Geospatial Intelligence (ASG). In its multiple roles, NGA receives guidance and oversight from DOD, the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) and Congress.

NGA is headquartered in Springfield, Va. and has two major locations in St. Louis and Arnold, Mo. Hundreds of NGA employees serve on support teams at U.S. military, diplomatic and allied locations around the world.

Visualization Specialist

Paid/ Full Time/ Date TBD- screening process dependent

Imagine being able to identify anything on, above, or beneath the Earth’s surface and display that information visually to provide a meaningful foundation for decision-making to ensure the safety of the world. That’s the job of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), the world leader in Geospatial Intelligence.

Put the skills you’ve learned at the Maryland Institute College of Art to work at NGA as a Visual Information Specialist. This exciting position gives you the opportunity to design, produce, and finish visual products such as geospatial information products, publications, brochures, and web pages. You will also apply design principles to create or enhance visual materials, visually communicate concepts or ideas, and generate hardcopy, softcopy, and web products using desktop publishing, illustration, image editing, graphic design, and/or digital video.

MANDATORY QUALIFICATION CRITERIA: For this particular job, applicants must meet all competencies reflected under the Mandatory Qualification Criteria to include education (if required). Online resumes must demonstrate qualification by providing specific examples and associated results, in response to the announcement’s mandatory criteria specified in this vacancy announcement:

1. Demonstrated experience applying basic theories and principals of graphic layout design.
2. Demonstrated experience applying creative and analytic thinking to implement design ideas that communicate effectively.
3. Demonstrated experience applying knowledge and experience of the Adobe Creative Suite (CS) including InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop and Acrobat for the production of print and digital products.
4. Demonstrated experience visualizing complex data from various sources effectively; authoring and editing information graphics (Infographics).
5. Demonstrated experience reviewing and providing critical feedback of graphic compositions.

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: A. Education: Two-year degree in Graphic Arts, Graphic Design, Photography, Visual Communication, or a related field. -OR-
B. Combination of Education and Experience: A combination of education in any area listed in option A and experience that demonstrates the ability to successfully perform the duties associated with this work. As a rule, every 30 semester (45 quarter) hours of college work is equivalent to one year of experience. Candidates should show that their combination of education and experience totals to 2 years.

Multimedia Specialist

Paid/ Full Time/ Date TBD- screening process dependent

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), the World Leader in Geospatial Intelligence.

Imagine being able to identify anything on, above, or beneath the Earth’s surface and display that information visually to provide a meaningful foundation for decision-making to ensure the safety of the world. That’s the job of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.

We analyze imagery and data from many sources and incorporate it into visual displays of essential information for use in national defense, homeland security, and safety of navigation.

Central to the success of our mission are the extraordinary talents and skills of our teams of analysts and other professionals. We need the best minds to provide the information edge, continuing NGA’s role as the premier provider of Geospatial Intelligence worldwide.

Know the Earth… Show the Way… Understand the World

Advanced Visualization Specialist

Paid/ Full Time/ Date TBD- screening process dependent

JOB DESCRIPTION: Advanced Visualization Specialists design, produce, and finish technologically sophisticated animated and interactive products. They use data extraction, image analysis, 3-D illustration, and advanced computer software packages to develop and/or modify precision visualization products.

Duties
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: The NGA Office of Analytic Content Management is seeking an Advanced Visualization Specialist (Animator) to join a government/contract team supporting geospatial intelligence production in Springfield, VA. The Advanced Visualization Branch (ATCSV) is the Intelligence Community leader in the creation of geospatially accurate, visually realistic, animated and interactive 3D visualization products. ATCSV products are used to visually illustrate complex intelligence topics and analytical findings, and to support military and intelligence operations. ATCSV products are used at the highest levels of government, on the battlefield, and every location in between. The incumbent Animator will work independently through all phases of the end-to-end production process, from acquiring imagery to product classification and delivery. The ability to work independently under tight deadlines while quickly responding to changing customer requirements is required. Occasional travel and overtime will be required.

Key Requirements
US Citizenship is required.
Designated or Random Drug Testing required.
Security Investigation
Qualifications
MANDATORY QUALIFICATION CRITERIA: For this particular job, applicants must meet all competencies reflected under the Mandatory Qualification Criteria to include education (if required). Online resumes must demonstrate qualification by providing specific examples and associated results, in response to the announcement’s mandatory criteria specified in this vacancy announcement:

1. Demonstrate advanced skills in creating 3D animations through the use of Maya. (Please be prepared to provide online examples if possible).
2. Demonstrate real-world experience working in a 3D production environment.
3. Experience in quality control, problem identification and analysis, initiative, and creativity in problem solving.
4. Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
5. Experience using Adobe Creative Suite. (After Effects and Premiere a plus).

EDUCATION REQUIREMENT: A. Education: Bachelor’s degree in Animation, Imagery Science, Gaming, Visual Communication, or a related field. -OR- B. Combination of Education and Experience: A combination of education in any area listed in option A and experience that demonstrates the ability to successfully perform the duties associated with this work. As a rule, every 30 semester (45 quarter) hours of college work is equivalent to one year of experience. Candidates should show that their combination of education and experience totals to 4 years. -OR- C. Experience: A minimum of 4 years of professional experience in animation, imagery science, gaming, visual communication, or a closely related field.

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATION CRITERIA: In addition to the mandatory qualifications, experience in the following is desired:

1) Experience with modeling, texturing, lighting, and rendering.
2) Experience with scripting or coding. (MEL and/or Python a plus).
3) Experience with RemoteView, Global Mapper and Qube.
4) Experience with compositing techniques.

SPECIAL INFO:
– Direct Deposit Required
– Two Year Probationary Period
– U.S. Citizenship Required
– Position Subject to Drug Testing
– Security Clearance Required
– Top Secret
– Sensitive Compartmented Information
– Polygraph Test Required

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
You must be able to obtain and retain a Top Secret security clearance with access to Sensitive Compartmented Information. In addition, you are subject to a Counterintelligence Polygraph (CI) examination in order to maintain access to Top Secret information. All employees are subject to a periodic examination on a random basis in order to determine continued eligibility. Refusal to take the examination may result in denial of access to Top Secret information, SAP, and/or unescorted access to SCIFs.

Employees with SCI access and who are under NGA cognizance are required to submit a Security Financial Disclosure Report, SF-714, on an annual basis in order to determine continued eligibility. Failure to comply may negatively impact continued access to Top Secret information, Information Systems, SAP, and/or unescorted access to SCIFs.

Internship (Summer 2018)

Paid/ Internship/ Summer 2018

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), the World Leader in Geospatial Intelligence.
Imagine being able to identify anything on, above, or beneath the Earth’s surface and display that information visually to provide a meaningful foundation for decision-making to ensure the safety of the world. That’s the job of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.
We analyze imagery and data from many sources and incorporate it into visual displays of essential information for use in national defense, homeland security, and safety of navigation.

Central to the success of our mission are the extraordinary talents and skills of our teams of analysts and other professionals. We need the best minds to provide the information edge, continuing NGA’s role as the premier provider of Geospatial Intelligence worldwide.
Know the Earth… Show the Way… Understand the World Assignment Description
ASSIGNMENT DESCRIPTION: Temporary Hire Students perform a variety of functions and tasks in support of the organization to which they are assigned. Work assignments will involve problem identification, analysis, and resolution. Specific duties may include the preparation and presentation of briefings directly related to work assigned. They must be in attendance at and enrolled in a graduate, baccalaureate, or associate degree program. They are placed on one-year temporary appointments, which can be extended in one-year increments until the student graduates. Their appointment terminates upon graduation or when the student no longer attends school, even if the expiration date on the current appointment has not been reached.

PROMOTION OPPORTUNITY: Promotion opportunities allow applicants at all band levels to be considered. Qualifications for NGA positions do not include specific time-in-band requirements. NGA will emphasize quality of experience, rather than duration, and assess how the quality of the experience demonstrates possession of the knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies necessary for successful job performance in the NGA occupational structure.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: NGA views student employees as our future workforce. The work performed is professional in nature and is conducted in a learning environment that gives the student the opportunity to be evaluated for potential long term employment. Student employment assignments are based on entry level professional job descriptions and will involve a great deal of independent work under the guidance of a senior level supervisor and mentor.
Temporary Hire Students perform a variety of functions and tasks which require pursuit of a degree in one or more
of the following fields or work roles:
– Advanced Visualization Specialist
– Aeronautical Intelligence
– Architecture
– Cartography
– Communications
– Geodetic Surveying
– Marketing
– Multimedia Specialist
– Photogrammetric Image Science
– Photogrammetry
– Spectral Image Science
– Visual Information Specialist
– Web Engineering
For a more detailed explanation of NGA work roles please visit: https://www.nga.mil/Careers/Pages/CareersOccupations.aspx

Editors

Paid/ Full Time/ Start Date TBD

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