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Spanish Interpreter/Translator

About Defender Association of Philadelphia

The Defender Association of Philadelphia is more than just a law firm. We’re the community’s lawyers and we serve as the public defender for the city of Philadelphia. The Defender team – more than 500 attorneys, social workers, investigators, administrators, and other staff – make sure that everyone, regardless of income, has access to high-quality defense when facing criminal charges. Our mission-driven, client-centered model focuses on outcomes that support a system that is fundamentally fair and creates safer, stronger communities. Our unique model and approach give our staff with the skills and support they need to get the best outcomes for our clients. Come join our team! For more information, go Defender’s website and follow us @PhillyDefenders (Twitter, IG, Tiktok) and on LinkedIn.

Duties

What You’ll Do

  • Develop and maintain English/Spanish letters for clients
  • Compile information and technical terms into glossaries and terminology databases to be used in translations
  • Respond to incoming calls and communication efforts made by clients, or on behalf of clients, and prepare reports and documentation informing attorneys of communication 
  • Type all Spanish letters for clients and maintain library of English/Spanish client communications 
  • Prepare accurate reports of attorney/client communication and provide reports of interpretations as needed
  • Maintain accurate records and prepare statistical reports of interpretation/translation services provided to clients
  • Maintain and update a daily calendar detailing office and prison interpretation/translation appointments
  • Visit area prisons with attorneys, on an as needed basis, to conduct interviews and assist attorneys in case preparation by interpreting attorney/client conversations
  • Be present in court, on an as needed basis, to conduct interviews, convey offers, and assist attorneys in case preparation by interpreting attorney/client conversations or conversations with clients’ family members or friends
  • Staff Defender Interview room and be available to assist attorneys by interpreting interoffice interviews of clients and witnesses; 
  • Conduct thorough client/attorney conversation interpretation to convert concepts of the Spanish language to the equivalent concepts of the English language and vice versa; 
  • Provide written, verbatim translations from Spanish to English or English to Spanish of documents, discovery, letters, emails, texts, radio tapes, audio or visual recordings, or any other communication as needed for the representation of clients.  
  • Meet with client’s witnesses and family members and translate case facts and information to attorney for presentation on client’s behalf
  • Use verbatim techniques to ensure that attorney and client communicate effective and that both parties are informed of all details of the conversation
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of all communications with Defender Association attorneys, clients, their families and their witnesses

Qualifications

What You’ll Need

  • Must be fluent in both Spanish and English languages and have the ability read, write and speak language required
  • Must be able to translate and prepare written reports of communication 
  • Be able to travel to local courtrooms, prisons and community placements
  • Must be computer literate and have working knowledge of MS Office
  • Knowledge of and/or the ability to learn Defender computer programs 
  • Ability to compose, type and edit correspondence
  • Excellent typing skills 
  • Must possess excellent organizational skills and the ability to prioritize assignments
  • Must have excellent written and oral communication skills, and must be able to communicate effectively with all stakeholders; communicating with clients and families in a professional, calm and compassionate manner
  • Must be flexible, independent, hardworking and positive, and display mature judgment
  • Ability to work well with others and handle a number of tasks simultaneously
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision
  • Must be able to deal with confidential information in an appropriate and responsible manner
  • Excellent telephone manner and the ability to take accurate messages

Application instructions

Resume and cover letter describing interest and experience in the role.

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Equal Opportunity Employment

The posting employer has certified that this announcement complies with Peace Corps’ Equal Opportunity Employment policy:

The Peace Corps is committed to providing equal opportunity to all employees, Volunteers, and applicants for employment and volunteer service. Peace Corps policy prohibits discrimination and harassment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age (40 or over), disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, parental status, political affiliation, union membership, genetic information, or history of participation in the Equal Employment Opportunity process, grievance procedure, or any authorized complaint procedure.

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