Current Job Opportunity
December 10, 2015
Open Until Filled
Court Interpreter - Certified (Creole)
Fifteenth Judicial Circuit Court, West Palm Beach, Florida
The essential function of the position within the organization is to interpret legal proceedings for non-English speaking or hearing impaired persons to ensure due process. The position is responsible for interpreting the spoken or written word from a source language to a target language, translating court evidence to a target language, testifying as an expert witness regarding accuracy of translated documents or tapes, and collecting statistical data. The position works under direct supervision according to set procedures.
Education and Training Guidelines
Additional relevant experience may substitute for the recommended educational level on a year-for-year basis. Additional relevant education may substitute for the recommended experience on a year-for-year basis, excluding supervisory experience.
Bachelor’s degree in English, the source language, or a closely related field and two years of court/legal related experience.
Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations Required:
Requires valid certificate as a certified court interpreter issued by the Florida State Courts System’s Office of the State Courts Administrator.
Valid Florida Driver's License is preferred.
Compiles, examines, or evaluates data or information and possibly recommends action based on results.
Provides assistance to people to achieve task completion; persuades or influences others in favor of a service, course of action, or point of view.
Requires minimum responsibility for only small quantities of low cost items or supplies where opportunities for achieving economies or preventing loss are negligible.
Uses addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division; may compute ratios, rates, and percents.
Reads scientific and technical journals, abstracts, financial reports, and legal documents; writes complex translations; makes presentations to professional groups.
Complexity of Work:
Performs coordinating work involving guidelines and rules with constant problem solving; requires continuous, close attention for accurate results or frequent exposure to unusual pressure.
Impact of Decisions:
Makes decisions with moderately serious impact - affects work unit and may affect other units or citizens.
Handles machines, tools, equipment, or work aids involving moderate latitude for judgment regarding attainment of standard or in selecting appropriate items, such as recording equipment, computer or telephone.
Safety of Others:
Requires some responsibility for safety of others and/or for occasional enforcement of the standards of public safety.
Must be willing and able to work in all five Palm Beach County Courthouses.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Knowledge of the specialized vocabulary used in judicial proceedings
Knowledge of the types of proceedings such as arraignments, plea bargains, motions, probation violations and sentencings
Ability to interpret between Creole and English; whether the language is spoken, written or recorded. Skill level must include slang, vulgarities and normal idioms
Ability to work independently with minimum supervision
Skill in the use of dictating machines and video/audio cassette recorders
Computer literate, with proficiency in using Microsoft Word and Excel
Excellent interpersonal skills using tact, patience, and courtesy
How to Apply
Interested parties should forward three (3) completed application packages which includes a complete State of Florida application, copy of Consortium Certificate, resume and cover letter to:
Tammy Anton, Chief of Personnel Services
205 North Dixie Highway
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
State of Florida application form, available at the following link:
Incomplete applications will not be considered. Electronic submissions will not be accepted.
An application must be submitted for the position listing the appropriate class title and position number for which you are applying. Applications will continue to be received until the position is filled.
The successful applicant will be subject to a criminal background check.
We are an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, genetic information or disability.
If you need an accommodation to participate in the application/selection process, please call the contact person at the number indicated for each respective position. Persons using a TDD may call the contact person through the Florida Relay Service 1-800-955-8771.