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
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
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 1: You will be sent a link for an Unproctored Test which measures cognitive ability, motivation, and English proficiency. Following application submission, you will immediately be sent a test link to your provided email with further instructions. You may also access the link through the Applicant Portal via your Dashboard. While this test is not mandatory, it is highly encouraged. The test link expires after 14 days so please check your Spam folder just in case the email landed there instead of your Inbox. If you do not receive a test link within a few business days after applying to this position, please contact 1-844-IC-HIRES (1-(see application details)) so we can review your submission.
**NOTE 2: If you are selected to process further, you will be required to 1) take the Defense Language Proficiency Test which measures language proficiency and 2) complete an online interview. Following receipt of email interview link, you will 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 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. If you do not receive a test link within a few business days after receiving an email to complete your interview, please contact 1-844-IC-HIRES (1-(see application details)) so we can review your submission.
Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule
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.
How To Apply - External
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***PLEASE NOTE: 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.
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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.