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Dallas, TX (currently remote/hybrid)

HRI seeks a passionate human rights advocate to join our team as a Spanish Language Fellow. This position is for a one-year commitment with a possibility of extension if funding is obtained. The Language Fellow must have written and verbal fluency in Spanish and English to translate and interpret for HRI clients, staff, and volunteers (pro bono attorneys, doctors, counselors). Translations could include identification documents, legal affidavits, and internal documents. Interpretations could include meetings with pro bono attorneys, court preparation sessions, and advocacy events.

The Spanish Language Fellow will display cultural competency and sensitivity in assisting and providing trauma-informed services. Services are provided specifically to clients that are low socioeconomic, monolingual Spanish speakers, and limited-English-proficient. Due to the nature of trauma of this work, trauma training will be provided by HRI.

About HRI

For the past 20 years, HRI has provided legal and critical social services for courageous and resilient immigrant survivors of human rights abuses from all over the world. HRI has a budget of approximately $1.475M, funded primarily through private-sector giving. We use the Consultation and Proximity (CAP) and MOCHA models for individual and programmatic decision-making. We conduct much of our organizational decision-making through staff-led committee recommendations and consensus processes, which often include thinking periods, opportunity for written comment, anonymous polling, and facilitated discussion. HRI is in the midst of an organizational transformation and growth process, which began in Spring 2021 with an all-staff participatory budgeting process and staff-led development of a transparent, equitable compensation structure, and continues in coming months as a strategic planning process and internally-focused race equity work.

HRI is currently following a safety protocol due to COVID-19. For more information about how this impacts HRI staff, please click here. HRI requires employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 as defined by the CDC, subject to applicable, verified accommodation requests.

Fellow Responsibilities

Translation (40%)

  • Translate documents into English and Spanish for HRI clients, volunteers, and staff.

  • Ensure that the meaning and context of translated documents are maintained.

  • Create glossaries or dictionaries of commonly used terms and words.

  • Create templates of various identification documents (e.g., birth certificates).

    Interpretation (40%)

    • Support HRI clients, volunteers, and staff with one to one and group meeting interpretations.

    • Provide interpretations for client appointments with legal representatives and mental health counselors.

    • Provide consecutive interpretation in-person and virtually.

    • Ensure that communication conveys original meaning and tone.

      Administrative (10%)

      • Lead trainings for bilingual volunteers.

      • Work with HRI volunteers and interns.

      • Assist the Volunteer Director with filing, tracking, and organizing documents.

      • Serve on organizational committees to support organizational policy and decision-

        making.

      • Maintain alliances with universities, community groups, and other organizations.

      • Participate in HRI’s fundraising efforts.

      • Speak to various groups about HRI.

        Qualifications

        Essential Job Qualifications:

  • Education requirement: High School diploma or equivalent.

  • Bilingual Spanish and English language skills are required.

    o Written and verbal fluency

  • No prior experience with interpretation and translation required.

  • Able to translate information precisely and accurately from English to Spanish.

  • Skilled at communicating with cultural sensitivity.

  • Ability to communicate efficiently with all ages.

  • Ability to collaborate with people form diverse cultural backgrounds/education.

  • Organized, flexible, able to multi-task, and ability to manage a high workload with

    time-management skills.

  • Ability to address complex interpretation and translation problems strategically

    utilizing a variety of approaches, including technology, networking, and consulting

    with teams.

  • Strong public speaking skills.

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

  • Proficiency using Microsoft Office suite products and commitment to learn and use cloud-based case management software/CRM/other.

• Committed to equity, racial justice, authentic communications, standing up for impacted communities, and continual learning.

Preferred Job Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in translation and interpretation.

  • Certificate in interpretation or translation (e.g., ATA).

  • Knowledge of Latin American dialects.

  • Highly proficient typing skills.

  • Able to perform simultaneous interpretation.

  • Volunteer translation and interpretation experience.

    Salary and Benefits

    The position is a full-time exempt position. Salary range is $51,000-$55,000, commensurate with experience and in accordance with HRI’s salary scale. Benefits include employer-paid health care, PTO (accrues on 1/1 and will be prorated for date of hire), and other benefits.

    Physical Demands

    • Able to work on a computer, including sitting at a desk, for extended periods of time. Able to read a computer screen. Manual dexterity to operate a keyboard.

    • Able to speak clearly on the phone and in person.

    • Able to occasionally lift objects weighing up to 10 pounds.

      Application Instructions

      To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and a list of at least three professional references to Layne Faulkner at Lfaulkner@hrionline.org. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

      Human Rights Initiative of North Texas is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, socioeconomic status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, disability, marital status, or veteran status. Candidates from immigrant, global majority, and diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. We are a fair chance employer.

A criminal background check will be conducted prior to finalizing an offer of employment.

Internships

Human Rights Initiative of North Texas offers competitive Spring, Summer, and Fall internships for graduate and undergraduate interns depending on need. Summer 2022 internships are available now.



Application Instructions:

Qualified applicants please submit your resume, writing samples, and a tailored cover letter specifying interest to Layne Faulkner at Lfaulkner@hrionline.org. No phone calls will be accepted. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis and this position may close at any time after a candidate has been identified.


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