[Job posted on february 23th 2015 by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) on Linguist List]
NCS Language Officer
University or Organization: Central Intelligence Agency
Job Location: District of Columbia, USA
Web Address: http://www.cia.gov
Job Title: NCS Language Officer
Job Rank: NCS Language Officer; Translator
Specialty Areas: Translation
Required Language(s): Arabic, Standard (arb)
Chinese, Mandarin (cmn)
Persian, Iranian (pes)
NCS Language Officer
Performing a critical and dynamic function within the National Clandestine
Service (NCS), the Language Officer applies advanced foreign language skills,
experience, and expertise to provide high-quality translation, interpretation,
and language-related support for a variety of NCS clandestine operations. In
addition to expert language skills, Language Officers provide in-depth
cultural insight-an important dimension of the job. Language Officers also
work closely with officers in other NCS disciplines, particularly field
collectors, to support the overall mission of intelligence acquisition. As
with other NCS professions, foreign travel opportunities and certain
specialized training are also integral elements of the job. NCS is seeking
candidates fluent in the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, Dari, Korean,
Pashto, Persian/Farsi, Russian and Somali.
In addition to a salary range of $52,146 – $95,785, new employees who already
possess excellent language skills may be eligible for a significant hiring
bonus and language use payments.
Minimum requirements include a bachelor’s degree, native or near-native
fluency in a foreign language (Arabic, Chinese, Dari, Korean, Pashto,
Persian/Farsi, Russian and Somali), and a strong interest in international
affairs. Candidates must possess sound English language writing and oral
skills and good interpersonal and communications skills. As with all NCS
professional specializations, the responsibilities of a Language Officer
require absolute personal and professional dedication to mission.
When applying to a National Clandestine Service position, attach to the online
application the following:
– A one page cover letter describing why you are interested in an NCS career
and what characteristics and experiences distinguish you from other applicants
– College transcript(s)
All applicants must successfully complete a language test, a thorough medical
and psychological evaluation, a polygraph interview and an extensive
background investigation. U.S. citizenship is a requirement.
To be considered suitable for Agency employment, applicants must generally not
have used illegal drugs within the last twelve months. The issue of illegal
drug use prior to twelve months ago is carefully evaluated during the medical
and security processing.
Important Notice: Knowledge by non-Agency personnel of your association with
the Central Intelligence Agency or the Intelligence Community may limit your
ability to perform or preclude you from certain assignments. NCS applicants
should therefore endeavor to protect the fact that they have applied and/or
are thinking of applying to the NCS. We urge your discretion throughout the
entire hiring process to ensure maximum flexibility for your potential NCS
career. Further guidance will be provided as competitive applicants move
through the hiring steps.
An equal opportunity employer and a drug-free work force.
Application Deadline: 20-Mar-2015 (Open until filled)
Web Address for Applications: https://www.cia.gov/careers/opportunities/clandestine/ncs-language-officer.html