Language Analyst

National Security Agency
  • Location
    Fort Meade, Maryland
  • Sector
    Government
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Posted
    Apr 18

Position description

Why should you come to work at NSA?  The work is important with real-world impact, in addition we offer strong growth potential and the world's best language resources.

A passion for foreign languages is a must for this profession. Language proficiency and understanding of nuance, context, cultural overtones, and dialect enables NSA Language Analysts to provide the most complete and accurate Signals Intelligence picture to U.S. policy makers, military commanders, and Intelligence Community members.  As a Language Analyst, you will be part of a team working directly with the original written or spoken language in a dynamic environment. You will determine the relevance of the intelligence collected, research it, analyze it and put it into context.  Language Analysts can spend many hours per day translating or transcribing the foreign language into English as part of their analysis.  It's a tremendous responsibility, but one which is extremely satisfying.

As a Language Analyst at NSA, you will have the opportunity to further develop your language abilities, increase your regional expertise, and cultural awareness. Your career as a Language Analyst at NSA will expand your horizons in the profession and provide you with more opportunities than those offered in a comparable career in business, commerce, or academia.
Let's talk about your advancement potential! As a Language Analyst at NSA, you will continue to develop your language abilities and learn new skills.  You may take on additional research and reporting responsibilities, apply for field assignments abroad, learn a new dialect or language, or teach at our National Cryptologic School.

Depending on your language skills and NSA's mission needs, you may be offered a position in Maryland, Hawaii, Georgia, Texas, or Utah.

We are always looking for well-qualified applicants with exceptional language skills. We are currently looking for applicants with proficiency in the languages listed below. However, if you don't see your language in the list, you should still apply because our language requirements can change at any time.

Arabic
Chinese (Mandarin)
Pashto
Persian-Dari
Persian-Farsi
Russian

Qualifications

Salary Range:  $44,941 - $71,467 (Entry/Developmental)

*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 high school diploma or equivalent and no experience. 

- Experience in the target foreign language for which the applicant is being considered is desired. Professional language-related work experience and/or immersion-like experience is preferred. Applicant must have a minimum language proficiency of Interagency Roundtable (ILR) level 2/2 in reading and listening in the target foreign language for which the applicant is being considered.

- Exceptions to the ILR Level 2/2 requirement for new hires are handled via a waiver request process from the hiring manager.

Salary Range:  $66,510 - $103,639 (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 high school diploma or equivalent plus 3 years of relevant experience or an Associate's degree plus 1 year of relevant experience. 

- Degree in Language, Regional/Area Studies, International Relations or Studies, International Security, International Affairs, Global Studies, Security & Intelligence Studies, Political Science, History, or topical studies such as counter-proliferation, counterterrorism,
international crime, finance/economics, chemistry/biology, telecommunications, computer science, space or weapons systems, or cyber security is preferred. 

- Relevant experience must be performing professional language-related work in the target foreign language for which the applicant is being considered, preferably language-related signals intelligence. Applicant must have a minimum language proficiency of Interagency Roundtable (ILR) level 3/2 or 2/3 in reading and listening in the target foreign language for which the applicant is being considered.

- In special cases (e.g., hard to fill positions in critical or less-common languages/dialects) where no viable applicants are available with the minimum language proficiency level or years of experience required, applicants with less than the minimum will be considered. Applicants with less than the minimum language proficiency will require additional language training to reach ILR Level 3 in at least one mode (reading or listening) within 2-3 years.

Application instructions

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