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Senior Spanish Linguist




Vienna, Virginia, United States


Leidos is currently seeking experienced and highly qualified Senior Spanish Translators/Linguists to support the company –National Security Programs. The linguist will perform a full range of activities in processing materials or participating in situations requiring a general professional capability.

Required language: Spanish


  • Can accurately translate reports/texts in electronic and hard-copy formats that not only contain facts but also some abstract language showing an ability to capture intended implications and many nuances.

  • Can generally capture geopolitical, regional, ethnic, and cultural elements in text.

  • Word choice and expression generally adhere to target language (TL) norms and means of expression specific to subject field (s) and are strong enough to allow translator to operate successively in that field.


  • Able to interpret accurately. Normally consecutive interpretation is needed, but on rare occasions simultaneous interpretation may be requested Has good understanding of one or more regional dialects.


  • Reviews audio or internet materials, transcribes with high degree of accuracy and expression. Must possess excellent English-language written communication skills for preparing reports. Has good understanding of one or more regional dialects.


  • Is able to identify and accurately summarize factual points as well as abstract concepts.

  • Can triage documentation to isolate pertinent and nuanced info. Master use of reference materials.

  • Must possess computer skills; including MS Office, to be able to produce written translations and products and sufficient internet skills that will allow basic research on the Web.

  • Must possess excellent English-language verbal communication skills for giving briefings.


  • TS/SCI with polygraph is required. Linguists cannot begin work on contract without a fully adjudicated security clearance.

Language Testing Requirements:

  • All candidates will be required to take and pass a language test administered by LEIDOS/ an accepted commercial testing vendors.

Education Requirements:

  • BA/BS in education, foreign language, linguistics and/or 8-12 years of related work experience, or master’s with 6 – 10 years of prior relevant experience.

Desired Skills:

  • Experience deployed as a linguist supporting contingency operations

  • Knowledge of U.S. Intelligence Community, military, cryptologic, law enforcement experience

  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing in Target and English

  • Linguists who are proficient in multiple languages are strongly desired.

  • Position is located in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area (WMA).Possibility of 20% to CONUS and OCONUS locations

Possibility of 20% to CONUS and OCONUS locations

Original Posting Date:


While subject to change based on business needs, Leidos reasonably anticipates that this job requisition will remain open for at least 3 days with an anticipated close date of no earlier than 3 days after the original posting date as listed above.

Pay Range:

Pay Range $87,100.00 - $157,450.00

The Leidos pay range for this job level is a general guideline only and not a guarantee of compensation or salary. Additional factors considered in extending an offer include (but are not limited to) responsibilities of the job, education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities, as well as internal equity, alignment with market data, applicable bargaining agreement (if any), or other law.