Oct 21, 2021

Linguist/Language Analyst - Entry to Experienced Level (MD, HI, GA, TX, UT)

  • National Security Agency
  • Fort Meade, MD, USA

Job Description

NSA Overview The National Security Agency's (NSA) mission is to help protect national security by providing policy makers and military commanders with the intelligence information they need to do their jobs. The professionals at NSA have one common goal: to protect our nation. The mission requires a strong offense and a steadfast defense. The offense collects, processes, and disseminates intelligence information derived from foreign signals for intelligence and counterintelligence purposes. The defense prevents adversaries from gaining access to sensitive classified national security information. NSA is the nation's leader in providing foreign signals intelligence while also protecting U.S. government information systems, forging the frontier of communications and analysis. We serve the American people by applying a wide variety of technical skills to produce meaningful results that help protect our nation, keeping our friends and families safe for generations to come. We do this while also taking an oath to defend and adhere to the Constitution, especially making certain that the 4th Amendment (Protection against unreasonable search and seizure) is not violated. NSA's Linguists, known as 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

As a language analyst, you will use your passion for foreign language and strong oral communication, written communication, and critical thinking skills to research, translate, transcribe, report, and analyze foreign intelligence. Your foreign language and English skills will provide key decision makers with a complete and accurate picture of the context within which the decision is being made (i.e. provide an understanding of the nuance, context, cultural overtones, and dialect in which the communication occurred). Another way to use your foreign language skills at NSA is to work as a scientific linguist. Scientific linguists support the mission by designing, developing, evaluating, and/or integrating products to enhance the understanding of mission critical foreign languages or materials by applying linguistic knowledge (e.g. syntax, morphology, phonetics, semantics) to address operational problems.

Salary Range: Entry/Developmental NSA Washington: $49,157 - $78,167 NSA Hawaii: $45,043 - $71,625 NSA Texas: $43,992 - $69,953 NSA Georgia: $43,683 - $69,462 NSA Utah: $43,683 - $69,462 *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 Bachelor's degree and no experience. A high school diploma or GED plus 4 years of relevant experience, or an Associate's degree plus 2 years of relevant experience may be considered. A degree in any field is acceptable. Relevant experience can be either: performing professional work in the language, such as military, teaching, and analysis, OR non-language work in a field such as intelligence analysis, international relations, security studies, intelligence studies, journalism, law, STEM fields (e.g., computer science, chemistry, space or weapons systems, or cyber), and other topics relevant to NSA mission. Applicant must have a minimum language proficiency of Interagency Language Roundtable (ILR) level 2/2 in reading and listening in the target language for which the applicant is being considered, OR be selected for placement in and commit to the Agency's intensive language training (acquisition or enhancement) programs. Selection for these programs is done in collaboration with the Language Analysis Skill Community and Development Programs, and is intended for use with hard-to-fill or critical languages. Minimum ILR proficiency levels for the intensive language training programs are as follows (education and experience requirements above also apply): Applicants for the enhancement program in unique or critical languages must have either (a) a minimum language proficiency equal to a combined score of ILR Level 1/1 (for example: 0+/1+, 2/0, where 0+=.5, 1 = 1, 1+ = 1.5, 2 = 2) in the target language for which the applicant is being considered AND a minimum language proficiency of ILR Level 2/2 in a non-target language; OR (b) a minimum language proficiency of ILR Level 1/1 in the target language for which the applicant is being considered AND a minimum score of 110 on the DLAB. Applicants being considered for the acquisition program must have either (c) a minimum language proficiency of ILR Level 2/2 in any world language other than English; OR (d) a minimum score of 110 on the DLAB. Salary Range: Full Performance NSA Washington: $72,750 - $113,362 NSA Hawaii: $66,662 - $103,875 NSA Texas: $65,106 - $101,451 NSA Georgia: $64,649 - $100,739 NSA Utah: $64,649 - $100,739 *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 Bachelor's degree plus 3 years of relevant experience, or a Master's degree plus 1 year of relevant experience or a Doctoral degree and no experience. A high school diploma or GED plus 7 years of relevant experience, or an Associate's degree plus 5 years of relevant experience may be considered. A degree in any field is acceptable. Relevant experience can be either: performing professional work in the language, such as military, teaching, and analysis, OR non-language work in a field such as intelligence analysis, international relations, security studies, intelligence studies, journalism, law, STEM fields (e.g., computer science, chemistry, space or weapons systems, or cyber), and other topics relevant to NSA mission. Applicant must have a minimum language proficiency of Interagency Language Roundtable (ILR) level 2/2 in reading and listening in the target language for which the applicant is being considered, OR be selected for placement in and commit to the Agency's intensive language training (acquisition or enhancement) programs. Selection for these programs is done in collaboration with the Language Analysis Skill Community and Development Programs, and is intended for use with hard-to-fill or critical languages. Minimum ILR proficiency levels for the intensive language training programs are as follows (education and experience requirements above also apply): Applicants for the enhancement program in unique or critical languages must have either (a) a minimum language proficiency equal to a combined score of ILR Level 1/1 (for example: 0+/1+, 2/0, where 0+=.5, 1 = 1, 1+ = 1.5, 2 = 2) in the target language for which the applicant is being considered AND a minimum language proficiency of ILR Level 2/2 in a non-target language; OR (b) a minimum language proficiency of ILR Level 1/1 in the target language for which the applicant is being considered AND a minimum score of 110 on the DLAB. Applicants being considered for the acquisition program must have either (c) a minimum language proficiency of ILR Level 2/2 in any world language other than English; OR (d) a minimum score of 110 on the DLAB. Salary Range: Senior NSA Washington: $103,690 - $159,286 NSA Hawaii: $95,012 - $145,955 NSA Texas: $92,795 - $142,549 NSA Georgia: $92,143 - $141,548 NSA Utah: $92,143 - $141,548 *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 Bachelor's degree plus 6 years of relevant experience, or a Master's degree plus 4 years of relevant experience or a Doctoral degree plus 2 years of relevant experience. A high school diploma or GED plus 10 years of relevant experience, or an Associate's degree plus 8 years of relevant experience may be considered. A degree in any field is acceptable. Relevant experience can be either: performing professional work in the language, such as military, teaching, and analysis, OR non-language work in a field such as intelligence analysis, international relations, security studies, intelligence studies, journalism, law, STEM fields (e.g., computer science, chemistry, space or weapons systems, or cyber), and other topics relevant to NSA mission. Applicant must have a minimum language proficiency of Interagency Language Roundtable (ILR) level 2/2 in reading and listening in the target language for which the applicant is being considered, OR be selected for placement in and commit to the Agency's intensive language training (acquisition or enhancement) programs. Selection for these programs is done in collaboration with the Language Analysis Skill Community and Development Programs, and is intended for use with hard-to-fill or critical languages. Minimum ILR proficiency levels for the intensive language training programs are as follows (education and experience requirements above also apply): Applicants for the enhancement program in unique or critical languages must have either (a) a minimum language proficiency equal to a combined score of ILR Level 1/1 (for example: 0+/1+, 2/0, where 0+=.5, 1 = 1, 1+ = 1.5, 2 = 2) in the target language for which the applicant is being considered AND a minimum language proficiency of ILR Level 2/2 in a non-target language; OR (b) a minimum language proficiency of ILR Level 1/1 in the target language for which the applicant is being considered AND a minimum score of 110 on the DLAB. Applicants being considered for the acquisition program must have either (c) a minimum language proficiency of ILR Level 2/2 in any world language other than English; OR (d) a minimum score of 110 on the DLAB.

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, Korean, Turkish 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. In most cases, Experienced Level Language Analysts at NSA will have substantial experience in one or more of the following areas: - Performing language quality control; - Serving as an established Subject Matter Expert (SME); - Authoring and releasing reports; - Mentoring, coaching, and leading other Language Analysts; - Ensuring the technical health of the mission; - Mastering and coaching others on the use of a variety of internal tools; - Testing at Interagency Language Roundtable (ILR) 3/3 levels for one or more mission languages; and - Displaying a broad knowledge of the Intelligence Community and how various elements work together to prosecute mission. **NOTE: If you are selected to process further, you will be required to 1) complete an online interview and 2) take the Defense Language Proficiency Test which measures language proficiency and/or the Defense Language Aptitude Battery which measures potential for learning a foreign language. Following receipt of email interview link, you may be sent a separate link to your provided email with test scheduling instructions. Please check your Spam folder just in case these emails landed there instead of your Inbox. Please be sure to schedule the language test as soon as you can, as this information will be used as part of the selection decision, with processing hindered until test results are recorded.

On-the-job training, internal NSA courses, and external training will be made available based on the need and experience of the selectee. Monday - Friday, with basic 8hr/day work requirements between 0600 and 1800 (flexible). NSA hires for a variety of locations, to include: Maryland, Georgia, Hawaii, Texas, Utah, and other locations.