Language Access Coordinator
State of Washington - Olympia, WA

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The Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) is a department of the Washington State Supreme Court. Established by state statute in 1957, the mission of the AOC is to advance the efficient and effective operation of the Washington State judicial system.
The AOC carries out its mission through formulation of policy and legislative initiatives, court technology development, educational programs, and program support for 428 Washington judges and their staff. The AOC draws its employees from a wide range of professions including legal, information technology, research, education, and judicial administration.
The agency is administered by an executive team that is committed to maintaining a dedicated and diverse workforce that provides the highest quality of customer service and continuously develops strategies for improving the performance and effectiveness of the court system in Washington.
This announcement will remain open until filled, with a first review to begin January 14, 2013.
NOTE: Due to legislative action, a 3% temporary salary reduction is in effect from July 1, 2011 to June 29, 2013 for most state positions, including this position. Salary listed above does NOT reflect this reduction.

Duties:
The Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) seeks a dynamic, forward-thinking person as Language Access Coordinator to guide efforts of the Supreme Court, Interpreter Commission, Board for Judicial Administration, AOC and other stakeholders to solidify and amplify the judiciary’s commitment to providing language access for court users.
Senior Court Program Analyst Job Overview
  • Responsible for planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating program components involving significant impact on judicial programs, to include completion of complex or highly technical major projects and objectives, under the supervision of a designated manager in the Judicial Services Division.
  • Work is performed at a professional level with the expectation of independent judgment and decision making as directed by management or executive level staff, and demonstration of appropriate mentorship, role modeling and technical expertise.
  • May supervise and/or direct and review the work of other professional staff.
Key Responsibilities
The Language Access Coordinator is an important member of the AOC team responsible for facilitating reduction and removal of barriers to justice encountered by persons with disabilities and limited English proficiency.
The Language Access Coordinator will be responsible for assisting courts in the development and implementation of language access policies, plans and procedures.
The Coordinator oversees implementation of the following tasks:
  • Create interpreter and translator qualifications and standards.
  • Outline measures to ensure quality control of interpreters and translators.
  • Training and testing of individuals who perform or seek to perform language assistance services.
  • Develop and deliver education and training on language access issues and best practices for judges, clerks, court administrators, court staff, and other stakeholders.
  • Maintain a regularly updated list of all trained and credentialed interpreters.
  • Assist with scheduling credentialed interpreters to perform language assistance services functions.
  • Provide input in budgetary and procurement matters related to implementation of the language access policy, plan, and procedures.
  • Collect data to effectively analyze and address language-related barriers to justice.
  • Search for resources to support interpretation and translation, including technological and other infrastructural support, and staffing.
  • Collaborate with local educational institutions to develop college-level interpreter training programs.
  • Expand availability of language access services through technological solutions.
Language Access Program Priorities
The program is being challenged to move quickly and aggressively to implement language access initiatives, including:
  • Phased-In Introduction of Video Remote Interpreting (VRI)
  • Centralized, Systematized Interpreter Scheduling
  • Programming on Language Access at Judicial and Court Manager Conferences
  • Statewide Data Collection on Language Access
  • Mentoring and Monitoring of Court Interpreters
Key Competencies
Please refer to job description and statement of work (found at www.courts.wa.gov/employ )

Qualifications:
Qualifications
A Bachelor’s degree in court administration, public administration, political science, business administration or closely allied field AND:
  • Five years of progressively responsible experience in court administration and/or program development, to include one year or more in a supervisory or lead role and/or managing or directing groups or teams.
The preferred candidate will have:
  • A Juris Doctorate degree
  • Experience as an interpreter
  • Fluency in a language other than English
  • Experience living outside the U.S.
  • Experience working in courts
Demonstration of relevant experience may substitute for education requirement.

Supplemental Information:
To be considered for this position, please submit:
  • A cover letter specifying how you meet the qualifications of the position (no more than two pages).
  • A chronological resume including: dates and total months/years in each position held for each previous employer.
  • Completed AOC application form .
Send materials to:Submit materials by email, fax, or postal service to:
Washington State Administrative Office of the Courts
Attention Human Resources Office
1206 Quince St SE
P.O. Box 41170
Olympia, WA 98504-1170
email: Employment@courts.wa.gov
or fax 360-586-4409.
Application materials will be screened for the purposes of determining who will be selected for an interview.

For a more information about this position or other AOC opportunities, please go to our website at www.courts.wa.gov/employ .

The AOC is committed to the practice of equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination for all persons without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. Persons of disability needing assistance in the application process, or those needing this announcement in an alternative format, please contact Erica Munro, AOC Human Resource Office, at (360) 705-5286 or fax (360)586-4409, or via email to Erica.Munro@courts.wa.gov

SPECIAL NOTE:
All employees hired by the Administrative Office of the Courts are required to be fingerprinted for a criminal history background check with continued employment with the AOC contingent upon the results of this background check.

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