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National Security Agency, Language Analyst, Application Deadline, BTT Gateway Job ID 11834

Sat, December 31, 2016

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. 

Chinese (Mandarin) 


Salary Range: $43,684 - $69,460 (Entry/Developmental) 

Entry is with a high school diploma plus relevant language experience as specified in examples. 
* Experience speaking, reading, listening, and/or writing in a language. 
* Participation in a three-year language program (e.g., high school, college, summer language course) that is in the language for which the candidate is being considered. 
* One year of language experience such as other IC agencies, living abroad, military, or teaching preferred. 

Salary Range: $64,650 - $100,736 (Full Performance) 

Entry is with a high school diploma and 2 years of experience. 
* Two years of experience must be cryptologic in the language for which the candidate is being considered. 
* If the candidate has 8 years of post-grammar school immersion (in the language for which he/she is being considered), this is minimum with no cryptologic language experience required. 
* If the candidate has experience at NSA in another language work role, less experience would be considered. 

Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule 

Salary is commensurate with education and experience. 

How To Apply - External 

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U.S. Citizenship is required for all applicants. Reasonable accommodations provided to applicants with disabilities during the application and hiring process where appropriate. NSA is an equal opportunity employer and abides by applicable employment laws and regulations. All applicants and employees are subject to random drug testing in accordance with Executive Order 12564. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a security background investigation and polygraph. 

This position is a Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS) position in the Excepted Service under 10 U.S.C. 1601. DoD Components with DCIPS positions apply Veterans' Preference to eligible candidates as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 USC, in accordance with the procedures provided in DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 2005, DCIPS Employment and Placement. If you are a veteran claiming veterans' preference, as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 U.S.C., you may be asked to submit documents verifying your eligibility. 

DCIPS Disclaimer 

The National Security Agency (NSA) is part of the DoD Intelligence Community Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS). All positions in the NSA are in the Excepted Services under 10 United States Codes (USC) 1601 appointment authority.

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