English/Spanish Translator/Communications Specialist - Archdiocese of Washington

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Hyattsville, Maryland, United States
Archdiocese of Washington
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The English/Spanish Translator/Communications Specialist is responsible for interpreting written and spoken material from and into the Spanish language, ensuring meaning and context are maintained - working with individual archdiocesan departments, as needed.  The English/Spanish Translator/Communications Specialist is also responsible for supporting parish communicators as they expand outreach to the Spanish speakers in the Archdiocese of Washington parishes.   This position is a part of the Communications Department/Secretariat.

Duties and Responsibilities include the following: (other duties may be assigned)

  • Reads through or listens to material in both Spanish and English, ascertains understanding of the meaning and context of that material, and converts it into a second language (English/Spanish), making sure to preserve the original meaning.
  • Consults with subject matter experts and other colleagues in order to understand specialized concepts and translate them appropriately.
  • Refers to online translation tools for additional assistance with translation, as needed.
  • Follows up with individual departments to ensure satisfaction and understanding
  • Translates a variety of documents including social media/digital marketing materials and publications, direct mail campaigns, website content, newspaper columns, homilies, documents, and reports.
  • Individual must possess excellent written and verbal language skills. Not only must he/she be able to read, interpret, and synthesize main points of correspondence or documents, but this person must also be able to edit and compose letters, documents, and reports that are clear, accurate, and reflective of the style of the local Ordinary.
  • This individual will also be expected to provide concise, accurate, and articulate verbal responses.

Requirements and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent plus 3-5 years of hands-on English/Spanish translation experience.
  • Language Skills: Must be proficient in both English and Spanish.
  • Strong verbal communication and documentation skills, including experience translating complex technical subjects in a way that is meaningful to the target audience.
  • Ability to maintain a professional, positive and friendly manner at all times
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Knowledge in the Catholic Church work setting.
  • Well versed in Catholic doctrine and current events in the Church including ability to research official Church documents for conformity with Catholic terminology
  • Highly organized with excellent follow-up ability.
  • Able to confidently handle multiple projects with tight deadlines.
  • Available for weekend and evenings as needed.
  • Reasoning Ability: Excellent assessment and reasoning, problem-solving skills
  • Technical Skills: Proficiency in Microsoft Office Software. Experience in the most current technologies and products used in the industry.
  • Practicing Roman Catholic with knowledge and understanding of the Catholic faith is preferred.

Work Environment

This job operates in an office setting. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers and phones. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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