Cryptologic Linguists (Multiple Languages)

Job Locations US-VA-Reston
Job Post Information* : Posted Date 2 years ago(1/6/2022 2:36 PM)
Location : Location
Potential for Remote
Clearance Requirement
TS/SCI with Poly
Job Requires Relocation
Job Requires Relocation


*** This position is contingent upon a contract award ***


SOS International LLC (SOSi) is seeking experienced Cryptologic Linguists to support our U.S. government customer. Cryptologic Linguists will have a significant impact on critical national security missions. Positions will be available for multiple language categories, but anticipated priority languages include Arabic, Chinese-Mandarin, Chinese-Cantonese, Farsi, Korean, Pashto, Russian, and Somali. 


  • Translates and transcribes materials from a variety of written and oral communications into English; to include hardcopy, electronic, and multi-media material.
  • Provides gists (summarization of key points), extracts, full, and verbatim transcripts, as well as produces summaries from written materials
  • Performs final quality control on translations produced by other linguists ensuring the final product is a faithful and accurate rendition of the original material
  • Conducts accurate translations of audio language material and documents in hard copy and electronic formats in a manner that preserves the integrity and meaning of the original material
  • Transcribes spoken language into either the native language or machine compatible transliteration system
  • Translates language (voice) or graphic material into modern American English in either full or gisted format
  • Scans foreign language material and assigns disposition codes in accordance with established guidance
  • Drafts SIGINT reports as required
  • Creates candidate database entries for government; maintains language dictionaries and language related target folders; electronic workspace (eWS) tools, and profiles
  • Analyzes material in and of itself or in light of other source information
  • Shares language expertise with government or contractor language and intelligence analysts, and other personnel as requested by the government (Mentoring)


  • Active in scope TS/SCI clearance with polygraph
  • Extensive Cryptologic/SIGINT and quality-control experience ranging from Junior to Expert Level that equals 2-15+ years of experience
  • Bachelor’s degree in an area related to the labor category from a college or university accredited by an agency or organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education preferred
  • Foreign language proficiency of 3/3 in English and target language (testing requirement waived for DLPT/PQE scores within previous year) ; some positions may only require 2/2
  • Willingness to undergo and ability to pass a full-scope polygraph
  • Excellent command of the grammar, constructions, and syntax of both English and the target language
  • Knowledge and understanding of geopolitical, regional, ethnic and cultural environment in which the language is used
  • Current knowledge of idioms, colloquialisms, and slang with a sophisticated understanding of the cultural, social and political environment in which the language is used
  • Ability to work largely independently after a short period of target familiarization and training
  • Ability to work in a mixed environment consisting of multi-service personnel, DoD civilians and government contractor personnel
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office products

Working Conditions

  • Fast-paced, deadline-driven environment
  • Must be comfortable working in a multi-cultural environment
  • Some evening, weekend, or shift work could be required

SOSi is an equal employment opportunity employer and affirmative action employer. All interested individuals will receive consideration and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, or protected veteran status. SOSi takes affirmative action in support of its policy to advance diversity and inclusion of individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.


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