DC METRO

9/12/18

9/12/19

Description

Mission Essential is seeking Chinese Linguists with excellent English skills to qualify for a variety of position types with the U.S. Government.  Positions may require a broader variety of language-related tasks, to include triage, gisting/summarizing, collection, blogging, monitoring, interpretation, translation and transcription of audio/video materials. The candidate should have cultural knowledge in order to properly render abstract language and idioms. Previous work experience with the USG and/or military as a linguist is helpful, but is not a requirement. For some positions applicants will need to be prepared to travel in the U.S. or abroad.

Minimum Requirements

Relevant Years of Experience:  3-10+ years of experience generally needed 
Education:  Bachelor’s Degree
Some candidates will have to have attended some level of higher education in their Native Country AS WELL as the U.S. 
Core Skills (must be able to demonstrate in a resume some or all of the following): Interpretation, Transcription into English, Transcription into target language, Translation into English, and Translation into Target language.
Ancillary Skills (must be able to demonstrate some or all of the following in a resume): Blogging, Collection, Content Management, Editing, Language Training, Monitoring, Quality Control, Scanning, Selection, Subject Matter Expert, Summarizing/Gisting, Terminology Management, Triage, Writing Analysis, Writing Reports, and Workflow
Areas of Expertise (must be able to demonstrate some or all in a resume): Counter proliferation, counterterrorism, Cyber, Economics, Geospatial, legal/law, Military, Narcotics, religion, Science and Technology, and sponsor operations.   
Clearance Needed to submit application:  Preference given to candidates who already have a clearance.  However, all candidates who are deemed eligible, may be considered.

Language Skills:
Candidates will qualify at different levels:  Primary, Senior, and Expert based on the scores they receive during customer testing.   Individuals who have previously scored ILR 3 or higher for target language and English are ideal candidates. 
Excellent Target Language understanding and the ability to translate to English is an absolute must.
Successful candidates must be able to travel to Northern Virginia to take a Government Proctored Translation Language exam.

Desired Requirements

Must be a U.S. Citizen (cannot have Dual Citizenship)
Ability to work as a team
Ability to give/receive constructive feedback on translation reviews
Must be able to type no less than 45wpm in English and in the target language
Must be Proficient in Microsoft office suite
Must be able to qualify on weapons to meet WZ requirements (if needed) 
Medically fit to travel if needed for a TDY mission (if needed) 
Willingness to travel to meet changing mission needs - "anywhere, anytime"
Must have cultural knowledge and be knowledgeable in current events for their area of expertise
All candidates must pass and English grammar and comprehension as a preliminary test.