Travis County Texas Staff Interpreter in Austin, Texas

Job Summary

Provides Spanish language interpretation services for the Criminal Courts. Schedules and coordinates interpreter services for the court and department.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is the third in a series of three interpreter-related job classifications within the Administrative Support job family. This classification is distinguished from the Interpreter Senior in that incumbents, in addition to providing interpreter services, schedule and coordinate with outside agencies to secure interpreters proficient in languages other than Spanish. Incumbents perform administrative tasks and translate documents in various legal settings. Duties and Responsibilities

  • Interprets spoken statements simultaneously and consecutively from one language into another in court proceedings, hearings, functions and related interviews. Answers to and interprets for specialized or assigned functions, as required. Translates documents, forms and other related materials used in court proceedings and County departments. Transcribes and translates court/departmental documents.
  • Receives and processes interpreter requests. Maintains calendar for scheduled appointments. Schedules and coordinates with outside agencies to secure interpreters proficient in languages other than Spanish. Provides training of new contract interpreters, as required. Creates and maintains service records of activities and participants. Prepares reports and statistics.
  • Provides advocacy regarding access according to any and all laws. Provides emergency training and orientation to interpreters without legal experience.
  • Performs other job-related duties as assigned. Minimum Requirements

Education and Experience:

Bachelor's degree in Linguistics, Communications, Liberal Arts, Social or Behavioral Sciences or a directly related field AND three (3) years directly related interpreting or translating experience, including one (1) year experience in court interpreting.

Licenses, Registrations, Certifications, or Special Requirements: Licensed Court Interpreter issued by the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulations to interpret court proceedings.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Knowledge of:

  • Issues and terminology of interpreter/transliterator profession.
  • Fundamentals of court interpretation.
  • Guidelines of judiciary interpreters/translators.
  • Standard practices and ethical standards in interpreting/transliterating.
  • Methods of expressive and voice interpreting/transliterating and their applications (e.g., Simultaneous and Consecutive).
  • Legal terminology, procedures and court decorum.
  • Juvenile justice/criminal justice systems.
  • Computer software applications, including word processing, presentations, spreadsheets, databases, graphics and other related packages.
  • Business letter writing, grammar and punctuation, and report preparation. Skill in:

  • Coordinating and prioritizing the work and activities of self.

  • English language vocabulary.
  • Dealing with hostile, abusive or irrational individuals.
  • Operating a variety of modern office equipment, including a computer.
  • Both verbal and written communication. Ability to:

  • Interpret accurately from one language into another in court proceedings.

  • Listen attentively for long periods of time.
  • Prepare accurate and complete records, reports and statistics.
  • Manage time well and perform multiple tasks, and organize diverse activities.
  • Perform in a stressful environment, while maintaining a professional manner.
  • Continue professional growth through continuing education.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with departmental clientele, representatives of outside agencies, other County employees and officials, attorneys, children, judges and the general public. Work Environment & Other Information

Working conditions may be determined by the situation requiring interpreting and may vary from the usual office or meeting room environment. Physical requirements include the ability to lift/carry up to 5-10 pounds occasionally, visual acuity, speech and hearing, hand and eye coordination and manual dexterity necessary to operate a computer and office equipment. Subject to reaching, twisting, handling and walking to perform the essential job functions. Involves contact with clients in possible stressful situations.

This job description is intended to be generic in nature. It is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities. The essential duties, functions and responsibilities and overtime eligibility may vary based on the specific tasks assigned to the position.

Work Hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM; Monday through Friday

Department: Criminal Courts

Location: 1000 Guadalupe, Austin

Criminal Background Check Required.

Salary: $24.97 - $31.21 Hourly $24.97 - $31.21 Hourly

Job Number: 15-03302

Location: Austin, TX

Closing: 11/10/2016 11:59 PM Central

Job Type: Full Time

Department: Criminal Courts

Agency: Travis County

Address: 700 Lavaca Street, Suite 420 Austin, Texas, 78701.

Phone: 512-854-9165