Requisition ID: req10171
Job Title: Interpreter (Spanish)
Employment Category: Occasional
Employment Type: Part-Time
Open to Expatriates: No
Location: Denver, CO USA
Founded in 1933, the IRC is a leading nonsectarian, voluntary organization providing relief, protection and resettlement services for refugees and victims of oppression or violent conflict. One aspect of the IRC is to provide assistance to refugees resettling in the United States. The IRC opened a Denver office in 2016 to provide reception and placement services to newly arrived refugees. The office is slated to resettle approximately 250 refugees per year and provide additional program services to assist refugees and other eligible populations for up to five years following their arrival in the U.S. IRC in Denver's service approach is client-centered, empowerment-focused, trauma-informed and multigenerational.
Serve as communication liaison between staff and clients to ensure services are client-centered.
On an occasional, on-call basis, the Spanish Interpreter will provide interpretation services for clients across programs. Specifically, the Spanish Interpreter supports language access for services provided under Reception & Placement (R&P), Matching Grant (MG), Reach, immigration, and Survivors of Torture programs, and assisting in other instances when a client requests an interpreter. This position reports to the Senior Casework Coordinator.
Assist case management, employment, health and other teams in relaying important deadlines, instructions, and questions, and facilitating other communication to clients in their native language.
Assist clients in communicating any concerns, questions, or other information to staff when clients are not fluent or comfortable speaking English.
Translate documents from English into clients' native language as requested.
Assist staff with building client rapport and understanding cultural context.
Adheres to the Interpreter Code of Conduct and the IRC Way in all work performed.
Other duties as assigned.
Fluency in both written and spoken English and both Spanish. Applicants will be tested for language proficiency prior to hiring.
Education in linguistics or related field and/or evidence of training in interpretation techniques a plus.
Prior experience providing interpretive services strongly desired.
Must be a team player, detail oriented, patient, professional, and reliable.
Experience in working with refugees is highly desirable.
Available for assignments during regular business hours. Evening and weekend availability a plus.
Commitment to respecting and safeguarding client confidentiality and complying with standards for professional conduct in interpretation.
Preferred: Use of personal vehicle with valid driver's license and current insurance.
KEY WORKING RELATIONSHIPS:
Position Reports to: Senior Casework Coordinator and works cross-functionally to coordinate client support across all internal teams and with external community partners.
Position Directly Supervises: N/A
Standard office work environment combined with considerable time in the field and in neighborhoods where refugees live.
Travel in and around the service delivery area to facilitate housing set ups, build community relationships and represent the IRC with community partners.
Hours vary based on caseload and demand for services, with no guaranteed weekly minimum. Hours outside of typical office hours required on occasion.