Language Analyst - Entry/Mid-Level

National Security Agency (NSA)
  • Location
    Fort Meade, Maryland
  • Sector
    Government
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Sep 07

Position description

NSA Overview

NSA's mission is to help protect national security by providing policy makers and military commanders with the intelligence information they need to do their jobs. NSA's priorities are driven by externally developed and validated intelligence requirements, provided to the NSA by the President, his national security team, and their staffs through the National Intelligence Priorities Framework. NSA Multidisciplined Language Analysts (MDLAs) are expected to take an inclusive approach to problem solving and mission accomplishment by frequently engaging with partners, enablers, and customers across the Intelligence Community. 

Description of Position

NSA MDLAs are hired into the Language Analysis Development Program (LADP) or, in the case of MDLAs with extensive experience in Signals Intelligence (SIGINT), directly into positions supporting an analytic mission office. The LADP, which lasts up to three years, is designed to provide an intensive, accelerated opportunity to acquire the unique technical skills and experience needed to successfully apply knowledge and analytic ability to the SIGINT mission and help MDLAs achieve core analytic competencies in accordance with the Cryptologic Training System Training Standard and the MDLA competencies framework. The program includes 4-5 operational tours in a variety of offices, interspersed with formal classroom and computer-based training. These on-the-job operational tours are primarily focused on analyzing foreign language materials within the framework of the two main SIGINT disciplines of intelligence analysis - SIGINT reporting and SIGINT development. 

Multidisciplined Language Analysts are at the forefront of carrying out NSA's SIGINT mission, and they do so in a variety of ways. MDLAs:

- Offer U.S. policymakers and military leaders a window into the foreign language world of intelligence targets by analyzing, transcribing, and translating key information
- Research and understand foreign intelligence targets, how they operate, and how they fit in the larger geo-political context
- Apply new techniques and develop creative solutions to address analytic problems such as synthesizing large volumes of data and disparate sources of information
- Demonstrate a firm understanding of the communications environment and technology trends of foreign intelligence targets
- Craft written and oral assessments of foreign intelligence that provide unique insights into target intentions unavailable from other intelligence disciplines
- Work independently and collaborate effectively (both within NSA and with other analysts in the Intelligence Community) in research, analysis, and reporting

Skills

Description of Skills

The ideal candidate is intellectually curious, has a desire for continual learning, and is:

- Proficient (reading and listening) in one or more critical foreign languages, including Russian, Chinese, Arabic, Somali, Persian Farsi, and other languages as missions and needs evolve
- Well organized and able to handle multiple assignments
- A strong written and oral communicator
- Able to synthesize information to solve complex problems
- Able to provide timely and accurate customer service

Coursework, knowledge, and experience in one or more of the following is desired:

- Target development
- Social network analysis
- Metadata analysis
- Research methodology
- Topical or Regional studies relevant to national security
- Quantitative/Statistical analysis
- Data modeling, mining, or science
- Cyber security
- Computer science or networking
- Telecommunications

Relevant Internships, extracurricular activities, and/or foreign study are also considered. 

Prior military without a degree but with language analysis cryptologic experience will be considered.

Qualifications

Salary Range:  $46,440 - $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.

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.

Application instructions

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