Job Title: Language Translator/Interpreter Specialist

Reports to:Director of Communication and Government Relations
Typical Schedule:245 days/7.5 hours
Bargaining Unit:N/A

 

FLSA:Exempt
Job Code:1717
Salary Schedule:MGT07

JOB GOAL

To strengthen partnerships with stakeholders and improve communication by providing a variety of services including, but not limited to the translation/interpretation of school district documents, the delivery and facilitation of translator/interpreter services as needed throughout the District, in schools, at District events throughout the community, and at high-stakes meetings, and service as a liaison with stakeholder groups that are not native English speakers.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. These statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities required of those in this position.

Communication

  1. Translate written documents from English to desired language and from desired language to English.
  2. Directly communicate through translation with parents and children in conveying educational and school related information to ensure full comprehension of all exchanges.
  3. Communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  4. Use effective communication strategies to interact with a variety of audiences.
  5. Effectively communicate under potentially stressful situations.
  6. Collaborate with other departments and divisions.
  7. Respond to inquiries and concerns in a timely manner.

Critical Thinking

  1. Determine the need for the development of translated documents.
  2. Evaluate desired language documents and records to determine their correlation with U.S., Florida, and Pasco County materials or standards.
  3. Use technology effectively.

Proactive Orientation

  1. Demonstrate initiative in fulfilling performance responsibilities.
  2. Anticipate potential problems and design processes and procedures to address them.

Facilitation

  1. Serve as a liaison between families, students, community groups and school personnel.
  2. Attend meetings and related community events that may be outside of the regular working hours.
  3. Use appropriate interpersonal styles and methods to guide individuals and groups toward task accomplishment.
  4. Facilitate problem solving by individuals and groups.

Continuous Improvement

  1. Participate in district in-services or continuing education opportunities pertinent to the position.
  2. Remain well informed about trends related to the position.
  3. Set high standards and expectations for self and others.
  4. Provide training and updates in effective communications skills for employees.

Technical/Professional Knowledge

  1. Use a variety of written and linguistic styles when communicating.
  2. Use computers to process data, create and maintain documents, databases, and other multimedia products.

Constancy of Purpose

  1. Exhibit support for the district’s vision, mission, goals, and priorities.
  2. Represent the district at meetings, on committees, and through printed materials.
  3. Serve on committees, councils, and/or task forces.

Managerial

  1. Maintain accurate and complete records of all translated documents.
  2. Establish and maintain documents that have been translated into other languages.
  3. Coordinate district-wide interpreting and translation services for other languages.

Decisiveness

  1. Make and share decisions in a timely manner.
  2. Respond quickly to situations that require immediate attention.
  3. Prioritize projects and work appropriately.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Requirements are representative of minimum levels of knowledge, skills and/or abilities. To perform this job successfully, the incumbent will possess the abilities or aptitudes to perform each duty successfully. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES

  • Communicate effectively with all stakeholders in written and oral form, including electronic media, using positive interpersonal skills
  • Organize, prioritize, manage, and carry out duties efficiently and within established timeframes
  • Ability to establish and maintain collaborative working relationships with all stakeholders
  • Demonstrate the ability to effectively use technology in daily work
  • Demonstrate accurate and standard English and desired second language including but not limited to spelling, grammar, word choice, and discourse
  • Ability to translate and interpret a variety of educational, technical, and legal jargon both written and verbal within the broader context of the culture producing them

EDUCATION, TRAINING & EXPERIENCE

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited institution (Note: Foreign transcripts must arrive already evaluated by a licensed agency.)
  • Fully fluent in both English and desired language with demonstrated native-like reading and writing proficiency
  • Passing score on a bilingual written and oral screening

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES & REGISTRATIONS

None

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Master’s degree or higher from an accredited institution (Note: Foreign transcripts must arrive already evaluated by a licensed agency.)
  • Two years’ work experience in a related field
  • Documentation of specialized training in translating and interpreting from a recognized professional organization for translators

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY

None

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

Light Work: Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently. If the use of arm and/or leg controls require exertion of forces greater than that for sedentary work and the worker sits most of the time, the job is rated as Light Work.

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to sit, talk, and hear; stand and walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms. The employee occasionally lifts and/or moves up to 25 pounds. Specific vision ability required by this job includes close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus.

WORKING CONDITIONS

Indoors and Outdoors: The worker is subject to both environmental conditions. Activities occur inside and outside.

MACHINES, TOOLS, EQUIPMENT

  • General office equipment, including personal computers, fax machines, copiers, telephones, etc.

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT

Salary and benefits shall be paid consistent with the District’s approved compensation plan. Length of the work year and hours of employment shall be established by the District.

Performance of the job will be evaluated in accordance with provisions of the School Board’s policy on evaluation of personnel.

Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Pasco County Schools will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities to allow them to perform the essential functions of the job when such individuals request an accommodation.

Language Translator/Interpreter Specialist;   EST: n/a;   REV: March 20, 2012;   Board Approved: March 20, 2012