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Brooklyn Defender Services (BDS) represents approximately 30,000 clients per year in a variety of legal proceedings in New York City, primarily indigent criminal, family, and immigration defense. We also provide legal representation for our clients on a wide range of matters that impact their lives including housing, education, employment, and immigration. We are one of the largest public defense providers; representing people who have diverse, complex, and multi-faceted needs.


Brooklyn Defender Services (BDS) seeks an English-Spanish Bilingual Interpreter. Interpreters are responsible for providing critical interpreting and translation support to BDS staff in communicating with their clients. The Spanish Interpreter must be fully fluent in the Spanish language, and fully able to accurately interpret/translate all forms of verbal and written communications.


Responsibilities

·      Interpret between BDS staff and clients including:

o  Phone calls or videoconferences

o  In-person meetings at the office

o  In-person meetings at court

·      Interpret during witness interviews.

·      Prepare translated transcriptions from recordings and documents.  

·      Maintain all client confidences and maintain a professional relationship with BDS staff and clients.

·      Remain impartial in all situations, interpreting accurately and completely, whatever the content of the communication.

·      Additional duties as assigned.

 

Qualifications

·      Fluency in Spanish & English, both oral and written.

·      Proficiency in consecutive and simultaneous interpretation is required.

·      At least 2-3 years of professional translation and interpretation experience is required.

·      Court interpreter certification a plus.

·      High School Diploma or GED certificate. Bachelor’s degree a plus.

·      Ability to translate legal terminology and prior interpretation and/or translation work in the legal field is preferred.

·      Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to compose, edit and proofread correspondence and documents.

·      Excellent interpersonal skills including a demonstrated ability to effectively communicate with individuals from diverse backgrounds.

·      Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications.

·      Ability to work independently and in a team setting.

·      Ability to take responsibility for multiple tasks, prioritize appropriately, and ensure all tasks are completed on time.

·      Fluency in Spanish, English, and another language is a plus.


Position Information

This is a full-time, non-exempt, salaried position. The normal schedule is Monday to Friday 9am-5pm. This is an in-person position is based at BDS’s offices in Downtown Brooklyn, NY 11201. We work with staff to ensure that in-person functions are conducted as safely as possible.


BDS determines salary on a payscale, which is visible to all employees. Salary is commensurate with education and experience, starting at $48,000 for a candidate with 2 years of professional interpreter experience. BDS also offers comprehensive benefits including health and dental insurance, short-term disability and life insurance, a 403(b) retirement plan with employer contribution, pre-tax commuter benefit, pre-tax flexible spending accounts, and above-average vacation, sick, holiday, family, and medical leave policies.


Application Instructions

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume. Applications should be emailed to Iris Natal at inatal@bds.org. Include "Interpreter" in the subject line. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled but we strongly encourage you to apply by June 10th, 2021.


Brooklyn Defender Services is a proud equal opportunity employer committed to creating and maintaining a diverse work environment and supports a nondiscrimination policy in all employment practices. We are focused on equity and inclusion and thus strongly encourage candidates of all identities, expressions, orientations, disabilities, experiences, and other characteristics that make us different to apply. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability or another reason, you may contact the Director of Human Resources, Christina Wallace, at cwallace@bds.org.


Brooklyn Defender Services (BDS) represents approximately 30,000 clients per year in a variety of legal proceedings in New York City, primarily indigent criminal, family, and immigration defense. We also provide legal representation for…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Professional Level
    Entry level

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Brooklyn, NY
Associated Location
177 Livingston St, Brooklyn, NY 11201, USA

How to Apply

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume. Applications should be emailed to Iris Natal at inatal@bds.org. Include "Interpreter" in the subject line. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled but we strongly encourage you to apply by June 10th, 2021.

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume. Applications should be emailed to Iris Natal at inatal@bds.org. Include "Interpreter" in the subject line. Applications will be…

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