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We are currently recruiting for a Senior Socio-Cultural Analyst  (SCA) Analyst to assist The United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) Intelligence Directorate (J2) and Theater Special Operations Commands (TSOCs) by providing  Predictive Analysis, Social-Cultural Analysis (SCA) and Analytical Support to the Headquarters (HQ), Components, TSOCs, and deployed Special Operations Forces (SOF) in order to inform USSOCOM leadership of complex analysis related to USSOCOM intelligence enterprise and in support of Geographical Combatant Commands. Looking for cultural fit with a high-performance organization, committed to excellence with great growth opportunities. 

Multiple Locations:

Tampa, FL

Honolulu, HI

Stuttgart, Germany

Security Clearance: TS / SCI Clearance required 

SOF Mission Team Job Qualifications

  • 10 years’ SCA experience
  • Graduate-level degree (MA/MS) in a social science discipline or 5+ years on a PAS or HQ SCA team.
  • 8 years’ experience with social/cultural studies (e.g., anthropology, sociology, political science, etc.) or development economics.
  • 8 years’ IC or DOD intelligence experience with analysis, reporting and briefing in DOD settings
  • 2 years’ experience working in a multi-skilled team environment collaborating on the production of intelligence analysis
  • Intermediate level certification on ArcGIS, analysts have a working knowledge and skills necessary to process GIS data and conduct spatial analysis, suitability analysis and create maps
  • 3 years’ experience using Anthro Mapper
  • Current Top-Secret clearance with SCI eligibility
  • Must have valid US Passport


  • Provide socio-cultural overview for specified Areas of Interest (AOI) and provide detailed analysis of populations and their relationships with VEOs, TCOs and local Governments. Provide socio-cultural advice and expertise to deployed forces and staff. Provide atmospheric information outlining important historical events, leaders, group dynamics, attitudes, cultural norms, and values. Highlight major components of human society: economic, demographic, legal/regulatory, political/institutional, social/cultural, religious/ideological, and relevant geographic variables to the operational commander
  • Research, analyze, and prepare analytical products encompassing the cultural, social, religious, and ideological beliefs of leaders and groups, as well as assess the attitudes, cultural norms, and values of local populations in support of tactical and operational needs for mission planning and execution
  • Respond to Requests for Information (RFIs) through a variety of products such as Intelligence Studies, Desk Notes, PowerPoint briefings with associated textual analyses and graphical representation of areas of interest, at various classification levels
  • Respond to assigned RFIs by researching, analyzing, and producing finished intelligence including, but not limited to, Intelligence Studies, Desk Notes, PowerPoint briefings (with associated textual analyses and graphical representation of areas of interest), at required classification levels
  • Upload all supporting data, including geospatial files, spreadsheets, link analyses, social networking analyses, nodal analyses, and cited materials to the SOF Geospatial Enterprise (SGE) or User Defined Operational Picture (UDOP) upon completion
  • Conduct tactical, operational, and strategic analysis to identify moderate populations capable and willing to counter extremist ideology
  • Analyze the socio-cultural factors making local populations vulnerable to extremists and their radical messaging as well as to threat entities involved in illicit activity
  • Analyze the socio-cultural factors which favor extremists and other threat actors/entities.
  • Identify exploitable operational opportunities within the socio-cultural fabric of an AOI tailored for use within an asymmetric environment
  • Identify and conduct analysis to illuminate behavior patterns of populations vulnerable to extremist ideology, to include attitudes and sentiment, impact of adversary propaganda, and identification of strengths and weaknesses among groups and individuals within localized social networks
  • Respond to socio-cultural taskings and fuse socio-cultural analysis with other intelligence/disciplines into comprehensive, finished intelligence products; provide atmospheric information outlining leaders, group dynamics, attitudes, cultural norms and values
  • Synthesize detailed atmospherics information (e.g., cultural/social leaders, group dynamics, assessments of the attitudes, cultural norms, values of the local populace, etc…) to provide intelligence assessments in support of operational planning based on specific requirements
  • Socio-Cultural analysts will provide products in accordance with Defense Intelligence Analysis Production (DIAP) 360G (socio-cultural).
  • Contextualize the SCA variables in the Courses of Actions (COA) recommended to the decision-maker
  • Acquire and extract SCA and geographic information from relevant current open-source data and archival material
  • Attend conferences, workshops, and meetings in support of the Command’s objectives.
  • Travel with the Commander and/or designated staff to countries in the AOR to provide real-time cultural intelligence (norms, customs, and values), assist with cross-cultural idiosyncrasies, and facilitate interactions and engagement with senior partner nation officials and representatives.
  • Upon request, brief SOCOM/TSOC leadership, staff, visitors, and SOF on socio-cultural matters respective to the AOR/AOI

Benefits include: 

  • 401K Matching Plan (SSU matches 100% up to 3% and 50% up to the additional 5%)
  • PTO and Holiday
  • Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance

If you are interested in a very well-compensated, empowered, and fulfilling position, while making a positive impact at a high level of significance, we encourage you to submit your resume/cv to