Nature of Work:
The essential function of the position within the organization is to supervise operations of the Court Interpreter Department. The position is responsible for supervising staff; scheduling, training, supervising, and assisting with interpreting and translating assignments; managing budgets; and performing related administrative/clerical functions. The position works independently, reporting major activities through periodic meetings. The position is responsible for interpreting the spoken or written word from a source language to a target language, translating court evidence to a target language, testifying as an expert witness regarding accuracy of translated documents or tapes, and collecting statistical data. The position works under direct supervision according to set procedures. The position may travel and provide services to all four counties of the circuit as needed.
Supervises staff, including recruiting, selecting, or recommending selection, training, scheduling, assigning, and evaluating work, counseling, disciplining, and recommending termination. Coordinates and assists with daily language interpreting services; oversees activities of staff court interpreters and independent contractors; participates in development of contracts for contractor services. Ensures compliance by interpreters with organizational policy and procedures and determines program deficiencies and needs and makes adjustments. Maintains personnel records and files; interviews prospective contract interpreters/translators and makes determination of qualifications. Oversees, reviews, and approves expenditures for area of responsibility; provides fiscal data for preparation of annual budget; reviews and processes contractor invoices. Gathers information/data to support periodic and special reports documenting activities for area of responsibility. Performs administrative tasks such as collecting data for the computation and submission of statistical records and reports, translating correspondence and other court-related documents, preparing, and submitting statistical information, or preparing or assisting with preparation of periodic employee performance evaluations.
Attends or conducts employee orientation, staff, and Supreme Court Interpreters Advisory Group meetings to exchange information; attends technical or professional classes, workshops, or seminars to improve professional skills.
Additional relevant experience may substitute for the recommended educational level on a year-for-year basis. Bachelor’s degree in social science, public administration, public affairs, criminal justice, sociology, or a closely related field.
Three years of related court interpreting experience, including two years of managerial/supervisory experience.
Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations Required:
Requires interpreter certification within one year of hire. Preference will be given to those already certified.
Excellent knowledge of English grammar, punctuation, and spelling.
Ability to efficiently organize and prioritize work and meet deadlines.
Ability to exercise discretion and confidentiality.
Ability to present a favorable impression to the public and court personnel.
Ability to use a personal computer in a Windows environment.
Ability to use word processing, spreadsheet, and e-mail applications such as, WordPerfect, Word, Outlook, Excel is required.
Ability to use the Internet.