Interpreter/Translator I (Spanish/English) Extra-Help
County of Sonoma - Santa Rosa, CA

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The Probation Department is seeking individuals that are bilingual, fluent in Spanish and English, to serve as Interpreter/Translators. Interpreter/Translators are employed on an extra-help basis to provide translation services. Incumbents are intermittently called in to work for short periods of time during normal work hours, evenings, nights, weekends, and/or holidays, as the need arises.
The Probation Department may use the Interpreter/Translator in the following format:
Assist Probation Officers during interviews with Spanish-speaking clients and families at Juvenile Probation at the Juvenile Justice Center.
Speak with Spanish-speaking clients over the phone or help answer questions at the front desk.
Contact Spanish-speaking clients and families to schedule interviews.
Perform general clerical duties as needed.
Work hours vary and may be between the hours of 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Monday through Friday. Reliable transportation is needed as most assignments will be at the Juvenile Justice Center.
EXTRA-HELP EMPLOYMENT
Extra-help employees relieve or augment permanent staff. Intermittent, extra-help employees are not in the classified civil service and do not have property rights to permanently allocated positions. In addition, they do not receive most regular employee benefits such as: long-term disability insurance coverage; accrual of vacation and sick leave; participation in the County retirement program; or eligibility to take promotional examinations. Intermittent, extra-help employees are limited in their employment to a maximum of 1,380 hours within any twelve month consecutive period. Extra-help employees who meet the eligibility requirements (generally worked 11 consecutive pay periods with a minimum of 440 hours and are scheduled at least 40 hours per pay period) may qualify for a County contribution toward medical coverage.
APPLICATION SUBMISSIONS REQUIRE THE SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE BE COMPLETED.
Tentative Written Examination and Performance Exercise Date: January 24, 2013

Minimum Qualifications:
Interpreter/Translator I Training and Experience: Any combination of training and experience which would clearly demonstrate possession of the knowledge and abilities listed. Completion of high school, coupled with a native knowledge of one or more specified languages, or an equivalent combination of education and experience is recommended.
License: Possession of a valid driver’s license at the appropriate level including special endorsements, as required by the State of California, may be required depending upon assignment to perform the essential job functions of the position.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Knowledge of: English and other language syntax, grammar, spelling, punctuation, and terms.
Ability to: retain and quickly interpret/translate information into English from one or more specified languages, and vice versa, in an accurate, clear, concise, and understandable manner to individuals with various educational and social backgrounds; accurately interpret/translate idioms and other peculiar language characteristics of a particular language; understand and carry out written and oral instructions; and establish and maintain harmonious work relationships with employees and the public.
Willingness to: work with persons in a variety of environmental settings such as an acute care hospital, detention facility, mental health facility, detox center, welfare department, residence, and /or business office may be required; work days, evenings, nights, weekends and/or holidays may be required.

Selection Procedure:
The information contained in the application and responses to the supplemental questions will be evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the employment process. Applicants should list all employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application and be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions. You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, please list each position separately. Failure to comply with these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification.
For more detailed information about examination steps and the hiring process, you are encouraged to go to http://hr.sonoma-county.org/content.aspx?sid=1024&id=1464 and review the Hiring Process Overview.
Please complete the required supplemental questionnaire.

1. An Application and Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal (pass/not pass) will be conducted to evaluate each applicant's combination of educational coursework, training, experience, knowledge, and abilities which relate to this position to ensure satisfaction of the minimum qualifications for this position.
2. A multiple-choice, Written Examination and a Performance Exercise (pass/not pass) will be administered as tools to assess bilingual fluency in Spanish and English. The Performance Exercise may consist of a written translation exercise in Spanish and English. Candidates who pass this examination will be placed on an Extra-help employment list and referred to the department. The department may contact candidates from the employment list who possess the most appropriate job-related qualifications for further consideration.
Tentative Written Examination and Performance Exercise Date: January 24, 2013

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

A background investigation may be required prior to employment. Candidates referred to departments for a selection interview are typically required to sign authorization and release forms enabling such an investigation. Failure to sign prescribed forms will result in the candidate not being considered further for that vacancy. Reference information will not be made available to applicants.
Additionally, a pre-employment medical examination, including a drug screening, will be required prior to employment.
HOW TO APPLY

Applications are accepted on-line at www.yourpath2sonomacounty.org . Paper applications may be submitted by person, fax (707-565-3770), email, or through the mail. All applications and appropriate supplemental information as outlined in the job bulletin must be RECEIVED by the time and date specified on the first page of this job announcement. Applications received after the recruitment closes will not be accepted.
The County of Sonoma is committed to a policy and actively pursues a program of equal employment and non-discrimination. More information can be found at: http://hr.sonoma-county.org/content.aspx?sid=1024&id=1304
HR Analyst: SK
HR Technician: TK

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