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21AUG - Language Officer, CIA - Deadline: N/A

Organization Description

The CIA is the premier agency responsible for providing global intelligence on the ever-changing political, social, economic, technological and military environment. Here, your paramount goal and mission will be to protect the national security of the United States. Virtually any job you can imagine is available at the CIA — plus, some you can’t even imagine.

Location – Washington DC

Job Description

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
  • Dari
  • Korean
  • Pashto
  • Persian/Farsi
  • Russian
  • Somali

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.

Job Requirements

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.

How to Apply

The hiring process for DO positions can take 12 months or longer to complete. All applicants must successfully complete a thorough medical and psychological exam, a polygraph interview, and a comprehensive background investigation. To be considered suitable for CIA 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 medical and security processing.

Applicants submitting an application for a DO career should attach a copy of their college transcript(s) and also a cover letter (not exceeding two pages in length double spaced with 12 point font) that addresses all of the following:

  • Why are you interested in a career with the CIA?
  • Why are you interested in a career with the CIA’s Directorate of Operations (DO)?
  • What characteristics and experiences distinguish you from other applicants to the DO?
  • What other careers are you considering and why?

Important Notice: Friends, family, individuals, or organizations may be interested to learn that you are seeking employment with the CIA. Their interest, however, may not be benign or in your best interest. Once you reveal your interest you lose control of that information. We ask all applicants to exercise discretion and good judgment in disclosing your interest in a position with the CIA. You will receive further guidance on this topic as you proceed through your CIA employment processing.

Apply at https://www.cia.gov/careers/opportunities.

Deadline – N/A