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Foreign Language Instructor

Work Schedule: Full Time
Salary: $58,108 – $164,200*
Location: Washington, DC metropolitan area

*Higher starting salary possible depending on experience level.

As a Foreign Language Instructor for the CIA, you will deliver programs that provide intelligence professionals with the foreign language communications skills and cross-cultural awareness they need to live and work abroad effectively or to perform other language-related duties. Foreign Language Instructors apply the latest instructional methodologies to meet highly customized student needs and conduct language proficiency testing in reading, speaking and understanding for skills evaluation. In addition, you may be asked to provide a variety of language support services worldwide.

Foreign Language Instructors have advanced proficiency in at least one of the following languages:

  • Arabic
  • Burmese
  • Chinese
  • Dari/Pashto
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Indonesian
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Persian/Farsi
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Serbian/Bosnian/Croatian
  • Spanish
  • Thai
  • Turkish
  • Vietnamese

In addition to base salary, you can earn annual incentive pay based on the language and your language proficiency. Foreign Language Instructors who speak multiple languages may also qualify for additional incentive pay in varying amounts. Furthermore, new employees may qualify for a lump-sum hiring bonus. Click here for more information on the Foreign Language Incentive Program.

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    Minimum Qualifications:

    • Bachelor’s degree in one of the following fields or related studies:
      • Education
      • Foreign Languages
      • Linguistics
    • GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
    • Native-like fluency in one of the languages listed below, as well as advanced English proficiency (applicants will be required to take proficiency tests in their claimed language):
      • Arabic
      • Burmese
      • Chinese
      • Dari/Pashto
      • French
      • German
      • Greek
      • Italian
      • Indonesian
      • Japanese
      • Korean
      • Persian
      • Portuguese
      • Russian
      • Serbian/Bosnian/Croatian/
      • Spanish
      • Thai
      • Turkish
      • Vietnamese
    • Demonstrated knowledge of the respective area's history, culture, politics and economy
    • Ability to use the latest technology and teaching techniques

    Desired Qualifications: 

    • Experience teaching language skills to adult learners, taking them from beginner level to professional proficiency in an intensive setting
    • Experience living, working and/or studying abroad

    The following items must be attached to your on-line application (PDF format preferred):

    • Resume
    • Cover letter in which you specify your qualifications for this position. Please address why you want to work in this role and what differentiates you from other applicants
    • Unofficial transcripts for all degrees

    ALL POSITIONS REQUIRE RELOCATION TO THE WASHINGTON DC METROPOLITAN AREA.

    All applicants must successfully complete a thorough medical and psychological exam, a polygraph interview and an extensive background investigation. U.S. citizenship is required.

    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: Friends, family, individuals, or organizations may be interested to learn that you are an applicant for or an employee of the CIA. Their interest, however, may not be benign or in your best interest. You cannot control whom they would tell. We therefore ask you to exercise discretion and good judgment in disclosing your interest in a position with the Agency. You will receive further guidance on this topic as you proceed through your CIA employment processing.

    To Apply:

    Save the position(s) that interest you in the job cart. You can add up to four (4) positions. Job cart selections will only be retained during this site visit, so be sure to click “Apply Now” before closing the browser window. After clicking "Apply Now" you will be taken to the application account creation page. The positions will appear in the cart once you have created an account. DO NOT submit multiple applications; this will only slow the review of your application and delay processing. Please read the Application Instructions carefully before you begin the online application process.

    Application Instructions

    An equal opportunity employer and a drug-free work force.

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    Posted: May 10, 2007 11:41 PM
    Last Updated: Jan 29, 2018 02:18 PM

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