Spanish Staff Interpreter Job at County of Chester, PA, West Chester, PA

  • County of Chester, PA
  • West Chester, PA

Job Description

Salary: $61,119.24 Annually

Location : Justice Center - West Chester, PA

Job Type: Full Time, Exempt

Job Number: 01937

Department: Court Admininstration

Division: Court Administration

Opening Date: 04/12/2024

Closing Date: Continuous

Weekly Hours: 35

Shift: 8:30am-4:30pm


The Spanish Staff Interpreter is responsible for interpreting services for all court matters, assisting LEP individuals in person and on the phone and translating court forms.

Chester County Court Administration is seeking a Certified Court Interpreter with experience in the legal environment and technical competence in the court interpreting arena. The successful candidate must be a certified court interpreter according to the guidelines and requirements of the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts and be able to interpret in the three modes of interpretation (sight, consecutive and simultaneous) in court proceedings, quasi-judicial hearings and other court related events in person or via a telecommunication device. The qualified candidate will be able to produce translations of documents, such as official forms, public signs, notices, form letters and correspondence. Position includes other administrative duties as needed.

Essential Duties

  • Interpret in courtroom proceedings and trials at the Common Pleas and District Court levels.
  • Interpret in Family Court matters.
  • Interpret for and assist LEP individuals at the counter and on the phone.
  • Interpret in matters held over video calls.
  • Translate court forms into Spanish.
  • Translate public signs, notices, posters, form letters and correspondence.
  • Inventory and maintain translated forms.
  • Work with the law library assistant to update translated forms on the website.
  • Schedule and confirm outside interpreters.
  • Assist in updating the Language Access plan.
  • Assist in preparing the Language Access grant application.
  • Prepare reports and/or analysis on interpreter encounters/costs, etc.
  • Input LADC data
  • Perform other duties, tasks and special projects, as required.

Qualifications/Preferred Skills, Knowledge & Experience

  • Certified Court Interpreter with the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts.
  • Maintain certified court interpreter status and mandated continuing education.
  • Ability to travel to district courts for assignments.
  • At least one year of job-related experience.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong knowledge of English and Spanish languages.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills, and attention to detail.
  • Intermediate skill to use a personal computer and various software packages.
  • Knowledge and skill with modern office equipment (fax, copier, calculator, etc.).
  • Strong professional skills and appearance.
  • Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position.
  • Ability to work independently or as part of a team.
  • Basic math and accounting knowledge.
  • Ability to maintain confidential information and handle confidential matters.
  • A valid driver's license is required.

Preferred Skills, Knowledge & Experience:
  • Strong professional ethics.
  • Ability to follow office portocols.
  • Able to use common sense understanding to carry out written or verbal instructions.
  • Ability to handle and resolve recurring problems.
  • Ability to establish priorities.
  • Able to carry tasks to completion.
  • Exhibits a willingness to learn new tasks.
  • Flexibility and able to easily adapt to changes in the work environment.
  • Ability to handle frequent interruptions and maintain your composure.
  • Ability to multi-task.
  • Knowledge of county policies and procedures.

Additional Information

Relevant background checks, clearances, physicals, drug tests, and any other assessments or evaluations will be conducted after an offer of employment is given per County policy.

Computer Skills:

To perform this job successfully, an individual should have:
  • Intermediate Word skills
  • Intermediate Excel skills
  • Intermediate OutLook skills (Email and Calendar)
  • Intermediate knowledge and skill with the Court System software

Physical Demands:

While performing the duties of this position, the employee is frequently required to stand, sit, lift items, and talk or hear. Occasionally, the employee will need to walk; reach or work with arms above shoulder height; bend, twist or rotate at the waist; climb stairs; push or carry items; and work with an uncommon level of noise. On rare occasions, the employee will need to crawl; lift items; and kneel, stoop, crouch or squat.

The specific vision requirements for this position are as follows:
  • Close vision (clear vision at 20 inches or less)
  • Distance vision (clear vision at 20 feet or more)
  • Color vision (ability to identify and distinguish colors)
  • Ability to adjust focus (adjust the eye to bring an object into sharp focus)

Work Environment:
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

  • This position requires professionalism.
  • Confidentiality is crucial to this position.
  • Ability to work extended hours, if necessary.

The County of Chester offers comprehensive benefits to our employees.


Are you a Certified Court Interpreter with the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts?
  • Yes
  • No


Do you have a current and valid driver's license?
  • Yes
  • No


How many years of job-related experience do you have? (Interpreter work/Teaching/Translation work etc.)
  • None
  • less than 1
  • 1+
  • 2+
  • 3+
  • 4+
  • 5+
  • 6+
  • 7+
  • 8+
  • 9+


Are you capable of translating between Spanish and English in both verbal and written capacities?(If you are educated in one of the above as a second language and are unsure of your proficiency, please answer "yes". Your level of competency will be compared to the needs of the job during the interview process.)
  • Yes
  • No

Required Question

Job Tags

Full time, Shift work,

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