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Interpreter Coordinator - legal/paralegal - job employment

City: San francisco bay area
Date: 16 Sep 2020
Category: legal / paralegal

Under direction, this position coordinates, schedules and oversees the provision of language interpreters required for court and related proceedings. Collects, reviews, and prepares statistical reports; enters data into one or more software applications. Oversees and coordinates language access requirements as described in the Judicial Council's Strategic Plan for Language Access.

This position coordinates interpreter services. The work is of moderate complexity, requiring attention to detail to detect and adjust for changes from normal standards. Errors in judgment could result in an inefficient operation, inability to respond to the needs of the court, and unplanned expenditure of time and responses. This position reports to the Chief Operations Officer.


TYPICAL TASKS - Positions in this class may perform any or all of the below listed duties. These should be interpreted as examples of the work, and are not necessarily all-inclusive or exclusive but are indicative of the type of duties performed at this level.

1. Arranges for Interpreters to provide interpreter services as required by law in criminal and civil proceedings and as requested by a judge, attorney, defendant, victim, witness, or other person involved in a courtroom proceeding, such as arraignments, plea-bargaining, bail reviews, trials, sentencings and conditions of probation, probation violations, mental competency hearings and other proceedings.

2. If requested, assists and ensures written materials and documents, including items offered into evidence are translated.

3. Develops and implements procedures for coordinating interpreter resources; monitors requests for interpreting services; handles complaints; reviews claims for payment of interpreting services.

4. Schedules the assignments of employee, on-call and/or per diem interpreters required for the conduct of court proceedings.

5. Communicates with other court units to project future workload and staffing needs.

6. Assures compliance with established ethical codes and rules regarding confidentiality of information.

7. Responds to public inquiries regarding interpreter program activities and services.

8. Performs other related work as required by business needs. (Reasonable accommodation will be made when requested and determined by the Court to be appropriate under applicable law.)

9. Serves as the primary language access resource representative for the public, court users, staff and judicial officers by managing and coordinating the responsibilities outlined in the Judicial Council's Strategic Plan for Language Access.

10. Represents and attends trainings and conferences held by the Judicial Council regarding Language Access.


QUALIFICATIONS – Any combination of training and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities. A typical way to obtain the knowledge, skills and abilities would be:

Education: Possession of a high school diploma or its equivalent

Experience: At least one (1) year of court experience in a role equivalent, to a courtroom clerk, an interpreter or paralegal. Three (3) years of administrative support experience that provides familiarity with court interpretive services programs.
Bilingual in Spanish or another language is highly desirable.


Knowledge of: Standard office procedures and practices; filing and record keeping principles and practices; correct business English; the operation of standard office equipment; basic legal office and courtroom and technical terminology, forms, documents and procedures.

Skill in: Operating standard office equipment.

Ability to: Perform office work and make routine procedural decisions with limited supervision; learn court programs, policies and procedures; read, research and apply rules and regulations; make accurate arithmetical calculations; prepare simple correspondence; maintain detailed and accurate records; communicate orally and in written form in a clear and concise manner; deal with stressful situations; deal tactfully and courteously with the public; establish and maintain effective work relationships with judicial officers, court personnel, governmental agencies and members of the public.


WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: On a continuous basis, stand, walk or sit at a desk for long periods of time in front of a computer screen; intermittently twist to reach equipment or supplies surrounding desk; perform simple grasping and fine manipulation; strength to lift files weighing up to 25 pounds; use telephone and computer keyboard on a daily basis. Some in-state travel may be required.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS: Must pass background investigation to access the Criminal Justice Systems.

To be considered for this position, you must submit an online application, a cover letter, and answers to the supplemental questionnaire at by 11:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 29, 2020. You may submit a resume, but it will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application or supplemental questionnaire. No paper applications will be accepted.

The selection process will consist of an application and supplemental questionnaire appraisal. Those candidates deemed most qualified will be invited to one or more virtual oral interviews via Zoom, tentatively scheduled for the week of October 12, 2020.

This is a full-time, non-exempt unrepresented position. The position also includes a one-year probationary period.
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