Directorate of Operations Language Officer

Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Jan 03

Position description

The Directorate of Operations (DO) is a cadre of action- and results-oriented professionals who accept significant, demanding responsibilities and accountability for results. Minimum requirements for a DO position include:

  • US citizenship at the time of application (dual national US citizens are eligible)
  • Personal integrity
  • A four year college/university degree from an accredited institution (applicants within one year of earning a four year degree will be considered)
  • Strong interpersonal and communication (oral and written) skills
  • The ability to work effectively as part of a team and independently
  • Flexibility, adaptability, and commitment to the mission of the CIA and DO

DO Language Officers receive specialized training to acquire an understanding of clandestine operations tradecraft and to maintain and/or advance their foreign language skills. Classroom training, practical exercises, and on-the-job experience is all part of the training process.

  • Language Officer (LO)

DO Language Officers perform a critical and dynamic function within the DO – contributing advanced foreign language skills combined with cultural experience and expertise to producing high-quality, accurate, and timely translations, interpretations, and other language-related support to DO clandestine operations. LOs are key to the success of many foreign intelligence, counterintelligence, cyber, and covert action operations. LOs have native or near-native level fluency in one or more of the following languages:

  • Arabic
  • Chinese Mandarin
  • Dari/Pashto
  • Korean
  • Persian/Farsi
  • Russian

LOs generally are assigned to the Washington, DC area, but have opportunities for overseas travel. Opportunities for LOs to serve multi-year postings overseas are very limited and these positions are highly competitive.

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