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Spanish Community Interpreter (Elections)
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  Job posted:   Sun Mar 11, 2018
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Spanish Community Interpreter (Elections)
The Department of Elections is recruiting a Community Interpreter who will support the Language Services and Community Engagement Program for the Spanish language. This individual must be able to read, write, understand and speak Spanish at the language proficiency testing level used by the Department.
This position provides interpretation, translation, supports community outreach, conducts glossary and vocabulary research, and provides administrative support to other election work groups, as needed.
**WHO WE ARE:** King County Elections (KCE) manages voter registrations and elections for more than 1.3 million voters in King County, the largest vote-by-mail county in the United States. With integrity and a commitment to innovation, we provide all citizens the opportunity to participate in and protect the democratic process. A leader in the field, KCE is focused on three key priorities - (1) actively identifying and working to remove barriers to voting at both the individual and community level, (2) strengthening relationships with community and governmental partners, and (3) creating a culture of professional growth and development, openness and inclusion. Learn more at You can also find us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and you can learn about current events on our blog.
**The Department of Elections** is searching for an energetic and resourceful professional who likes to **"get stuff done"**. The Community Interpreter position in the Elections Department combines an exciting, fast paced environment with the opportunity to **cultivate** talents and **apply** a variety of skills. The ideal candidate will thrive in an **innovative**, **fast-paced** environment and will not hesitate to roll up both sleeves, **work hard**, have **fun**, and get the job done.
**WHO MAY APPLY**: This Career Service position is open to the general public. First consideration will be given to current Department of Election employees who are represented by Teamsters Local 117 Administrative Support Employees union. The most competitive applicants may be contacted for further steps in the selection process including Spanish /English language proficiency and translation skills, as well as office and computer skills. If you have recently tested and passed the Department proficiency tests, you do not have to retake the tests to qualify for this role.
**WORK SCHEDULE**: The Elections Community Interpreter is a full time 35 hours per week non-exempt position working Monday through Friday and in accordance with the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act is overtime eligible. We require the flexibility to work additional hours during peak periods of the Election cycle. This position requires the ability to travel to other work locations throughout King County with limited or no public transportation services.
**REQUIRED MATERIALS:**Resume, cover letter and answers to the supplemental questions. The letter of interest should describe how your education and experience meet the qualifications and have prepared you to perform the functions of the job.
**UNION MEMBERSHIP:**This position is represented by Teamsters Local 117 Administrative Support Employees union. Membership is required within 30 days of hire**.**
Job Duties
* Translate and/or proof election-related materials to Spanish, including but not limited to: letters, general correspondence, web, notice of elections, ballots, and voters' pamphlet including: candidate statements and ballot measures.
* Perform interpretive services in a professional setting between election staff and constituents to facilitate communications across language and cultural barriers.
* Answer inquiries from Spanish language voters.
* Review, edit and proofread all translated documents produced by translation vendors and others, for accuracy, clarity and consistency.
* Distribute work load among other office employees, provide direction and training and monitor the quality and completion of work.
* Coordinate initiatives and participate in outreach events designed to promote the organization, its resources and services to the community.
* Respond to public and community inquiries related to Elections Language Services and Community Engagement.
* Improve work processes, address quality control issues, and document procedures.
* Provide established policies, procedures, codes, regulations and other relevant sources, in English and Spanish, to internal and/or external customers in writing, in-person or by telephone.
* Handle sensitive and/or potentially challenging customer service situations in Spanish and English.
* Research and summarize specialized or technical information from varied sources. This may require selecting the most appropriate material and the use of spreadsheets and customized database applications.
* Research and resolve questions, problems, or inquiries from voters, staff, citizens and/or stakeholders.
* Assist voters' needs by researching voter demographics and other relevant data, reviewing voter registration data reports, and communicating with advocacy and community based groups and organizations.
* Provide back up support to Elections Voter Services Division, which may include providing customer service to voters, processing voter registrations or explaining election procedures, guidelines and regulations.
Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills
* Experience in translation of documents into Spanish, including the translation of technical documents.
* High level of language proficiency to include interpreting, translation, reading, writing and speaking in both English and Spanish. (Candidates will be tested to determine translation skills and language proficiency.)
* Office and computer skills including the use of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. (Candidates will be tested on office and computer skills.)
* Ability to work under pressure and meet strict deadlines.
* Ability to work both independently and as a member of a team.
* Ability to organize work assignments, set priorities, and follow through on work assignments.
* Working knowledge of community organizations, agencies and groups serving Spanish speaking communities in King County.
* Elections knowledge and experience.
Supplemental Information
**PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: **The duties in this position are performed in an office setting and may be required to lift at least 20 lbs. Travel to work locations throughout King County with limited or no public transportation services is required.
**King County is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity /Affirmative Action employer and we encourage people of color, women, veterans and people with disabilities to apply.**
**For more information regarding this recruitment, please contact: **
Queniya Lassiter
Human Resources Analyst
Phone: 206-477-3773
*Salary:* $24.48 - $31.03 Hourly
*Location:* WA 98057-2906, WA
*Job Type:* Career Service, Full Time, 35 hrs/week
*Department:* Department of Elections
*Job Number:* 2018-07888
*Closing:* 3/18/2018 11:59 PM Pacific
*Agency:* King County
*Address:* King County Administration Bldg. 500 4th Ave. Rm. 553 Seattle, Washington, 98104.
*Phone:* 206-296-7340

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