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NCS Language Officer

Work Schedule: Full Time
Salary: $52,146 – $95,785
Location: Washington, DC metropolitan area

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. For more information on our language incentive programs, please refer to Language Opportunities page.


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.

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Posted: Apr 21, 2007 06:19 PM
Last Updated: Mar 25, 2014 10:58 AM