Translators/Interpreters (Spanish)

Pasadena Unified School District

Job Category
Professional Services

The Language Assessment & Development Department at Pasadena Unified is currently seeking bilingual/biliterate translators/interpreters for a language other than English.

This posting is specifically for SPANISH fluent candidates only.

Current vacancies are on an on-call, as needed basis with no rights to permanency. Pay is based on the actual number of hours worked at $40/hour.

Employees in this position shall perform simultaneous oral interpretation for the District and a wide variety of written translation, both to and from a language other than English.

Must attach the following documents to the online application or your application will be disqualified:
+ Awarded Associates (AA) degree or higher. An uploaded photo of the degree or transcripts (official or unofficial) certifying graduation date or conferred degree is required.
+ Interpretation Certificate

Please note: applicants who obtained diplomas and degrees outside the United States must have their course units evaluated by a regionally accredited foreign degrees review agency.
(>) Only equivalency evaluations are acceptable.
(X) Translated transcripts are not acceptable.
(X) Notarized transcripts are not acceptable.

Resumes are not required and are not reviewed in lieu of your application; therefore, ensure your application is complete.

All supporting documents must be scanned and attached to the online application. Closing dates shall be strictly adhered to and there shall be no exceptions. Human Resources shall assume no responsibility for late notice, delays in mail, or short timelines.


Experience and Education

Education: Possession of an Associate (AA) degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university with course work in English and/or the foreign language, including basic language skills (grammar, syntax, punctuation, etc.) is required; Interpretation Certificate required; possession of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with course work in English and/or the foreign language, including basic language skills (grammar, syntax, punctuation, etc.) is desirable.

Experience: Three (3) years of experience in preparing written translations and experience with simultaneous oral interpretation to and from the language is required. Education beyond thee AA degree may be substituted for up to two (2) years of the required experience on the basis of thirty (30) semester units with course work in English and/or the foreign language, including basic language skills (grammar, syntax, punctuation, etc.) being equal to one (1) year of full-time experience.

Special License or Language Skills
A high level of proficiency and fluency in the designated language, and ability to translate effectively to and from English is required.

Ability to type at least 40 wpm is preferred.


Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Perform simultaneous oral interpretation in desired target language for IEP's and various parent committees such as ELAC, PTA, etc.
  • On behalf of the Board of Education, district management, offices at the Education Center and school sites, prepares initial and final copy of documents, letters, memoranda, handbooks, questionnaires, forms and instructions, translating from English into another language such as Spanish, Armenian, Chinese, Sign Language, etc., as required.
  • Edits and proofreads translated documents.
  • Ensures materials are grammatically and idiomatically correct
  • Edits materials to ensure that content and tone of translated materials accurately reflect that of the original document(s).
  • Prepares rough and final typed copy of materials for reproduction/duplication and distribution.
  • Translates materials in the designated language into proper English.
  • Must use own computer software and deliver translated materials in current Microsoft Word format.

Knowledge of:
  • Grammar, spelling, punctuation, syntax and idiomatic usage of English and the designated foreign language
  • Microsoft processing
  • English and the designated foreign language equivalent of general, technical and subject-matter terms.
  • Familiar with education and IEP terminology

Ability to:
  • Communicate effectively and clearly in both English and the designated non-English language
  • Translate materials clearly and accurately, including grammar and idiom
  • Understand written and oral communication
  • Communicate clearly and logically
    Write clearly and concisely
  • Research, sort, analyze and complete data
  • Edit and proofread materials
  • Exercise proper judgement
  • Learn and follow procedures and policies
  • Handle stress and meet deadlines
  • Work independently
  • Maintain sensitivity to ethnic, religious, cultural and sexual differences
  • Interpret and explain words and phrases for meaning and appropriateness
  • Use current computer software, headphones and microphones during oral translations
  • Listen to English and speak in the designated language interchangeably
  • Read and write effectively in idiomatic English and the designated foreign language
  • Work without technical supervision and take responsibility for accuracy of translation
  • Maintain strict confidentiality
  • Work effectively with District personnel and the public
  • Maintain impartiality at all times


Disclosure: As part of the pre-employment selection process and at any time during employment, Pasadena Unified School District may conduct a comprehensive background review or reviews through a consumer report and/or an investigative consumer report on candidates/employees. The scope of the consumer report/investigative consumer report may include, but is not limited to the following areas: verification of Social Security number; current and previous residences; employment history, including all personnel files; education; references; credit history and reports; criminal history, including records from any criminal justice agency in any or all federal, state or county jurisdictions; birth records; motor vehicle records, including traffic citations and registration; and any other public records. For reporting detail, please reference the Federal Trade Commission’s Fair Credit Reporting Act. Pasadena Unified School District prohibits discrimination, intimidation, harassment, and bullying in any employment practice, education program, or educational activity on the basis of actual or perceived age, ancestry, color, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital or parental status, medical condition, national origin, political affiliation, pregnancy and related conditions, race, religion, retaliation, sex (including sexual harassment), sexual orientation, or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics or any other basis prohibited by California state and federal nondiscrimination laws respectively. Not all bases of discrimination will apply to both education services and employment. Inquiries regarding nondiscrimination and civil rights should be directed to Title IX Compliance Officer for staff, Chief Human Resources Officer; 351 S. Hudson Street, Room #116, Pasadena, CA 91109; (626) 396 - 3611.

The Pasadena Unified School District offers excellent benefits including health, dental, vision, CALPERs retirement system and life insurance based upon the employee's status. For more information, contact our Benefits Department at 626-396-3600 extension 88144.

Job Location
Pasadena, California, United States
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