CAREER DEVELOPMENT

DIA offers a variety of career development opportunities:

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Civilians at DIA have the rare opportunity to deploy to a conflict zone. Officers work side-by-side with military members from across the Services as well as with interagency and coalition partners to achieve common goals on the ground. DIA officers describe the fast-paced and challenging deployment experience overseas as extremely rewarding.

Knowing its officers may want or need education opportunities as their careers develop, DIA has partnered with government and non-governmental institutions across the country. Whether at the Naval War College, National Intelligence University, Harvard Kennedy School, or elsewhere, there are a multitude of education paths available to DIA officers to pursue.

DIA’s Officer Development Program offers professional development training in business acumen, leadership, DIA/IC knowledge and core skills, such as critical thinking and communication. The intent of the program is to prepare DIA officers for a successful career with the agency and equip them with a strong understanding of DIA’s mission. The training is available to DIA officers throughout their career—from the moment they onboard to the day they retire. 

The DIA Mentoring Program offers a variety of opportunities designed to meet the specific needs of the civilian and military workforce. Throughout the year, the program hosts several events and provides resources and tools to facilitate formal and informal mentoring. This wide array of mentoring practices—from traditional one-on-one engagements to virtual sessions—ensures employees have access to multiple mentors across the Agency. Examples of the current mentoring programs DIA offers include:

  • One-on-One mentoring:  A traditional engagement in which a mentor may provide leadership or functional guidance to a mentee in support of their professional development.
  • Speed Mentoring:  This engagement provides the opportunity for DIA officers to quickly gain exposure and interaction with several mentors affiliated with the mentoring program.
  • Group/Peer Mentoring:  This arrangement allows for groups to develop together through facilitated and targeted discussions with senior mentors and their peers.
  • Meet the Experts:  An innovative opportunity for the workforce to interact and engage with Senior Leaders and experts across the DIA enterprise. These sessions can occur both in person and virtually to include our worldwide workforce.

DIA offers both internal and external rotational assignments for DIA officers interested in broadening their career. An internal rotational assignment allows a DIA officer to experience another DIA job that can be outside their scope of work while an external rotational assignment gives a DIA officer the opportunity to work outside of the intelligence community for a certain time period.

The Joint Duty Assignment Program provides intelligence professionals with the opportunity to lead, operate and practice their tradecraft at partnering intelligence agencies and organizations. Tours are generally one year with an opportunity to extend an additional year. All DIA officers are afforded opportunities to take JDA assignments at other agencies. DIA Officers benefit from learning their processes and procedures and bringing that insight back to DIA. No matter what your career field, the JDA assignment program offers all DIA officers the opportunity to work at another agency and learn some of their best practices to bring back to their DIA office and the end of their tour.