Do you have skills in languages other than English and an interest in working with others on challenging problems that really make a difference?
The ability to understand languages other than English (LOTE) is core to the mission of the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD), 'Reveal their secrets - Protect our own'. Foreign language analysts in ASD directly support Australian Defence Force operations, counter-terrorism efforts, the security of Australian government networks and the decision-making of our intelligence assessment and policy customers.
We are looking for people who have skills in the languages of the Asia-Pacific, Middle Eastern or North African regions and wish to use those skills as a member of a committed team solving difficult problems. You may be a native or heritage speaker or you may have gained your skills through formal studies. Formal language qualifications are not essential, but you will need to demonstrate your ability to translate and interpret from the LOTE into English.
A role as a foreign language analyst involves much more than translating or interpreting; we are looking to develop you into an analyst who can make sound judgements about the material you are dealing with, conduct follow-up research, synthesise material from different sources, add value and provide context. You may combine your LOTE skills with other areas of expertise to enrich your work. You may be working with a broad range of LOTE materials, from complex and technical to highly informal.
Of course we don't expect you to do all of that from Day 1. You will receive training on the what, why and how of your role, as well as more technical training on a range of specialised IT systems and tools. You will be given opportunities to extend your language skills and may have opportunities to learn other languages. You will also have the opportunity to grow and develop throughout your career, including opportunities to develop your skills in other areas you could not imagine.