Language Specialist

US Government, Department of Justice

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Job Grade: 12
Total Openings: 1

Duties:

The Incumbent will perform the following duties: Prepare certified transcriptions/translations of post-arrest interviews, intercepted phone calls, body-wire recordings, Port-of-Entry (POE) videos, immigration court proceedings, jail calls, and recorded witness interviews in a fast-paced and challenging environment; Provide Spanish/English and English/Spanish interpretation as needed in criminal and civil matters to include debriefs, proffers, depositions, Grand Jury proceedings, interpreting in trial for U.S. Attorney witnesses, telephonic interpreting, material witness interviews, and meetings with high-level foreign government officials and Assistant United States Attorney’s (AUSAs); Prepare certified translations from Spanish to English and English to Spanish of court documents; law enforcement reports; accounting/financial documentations; vital records, forensic reports – including autopsies, lab reports; medical reports, etc.; text messages; prison records; treaties, statutes and regulations; high level, very formal official government documents; publications, etc. within tight deadlines; Review and evaluate transcriptions/translations and translations done by opposing counsel; Testify in federal court when challenges are presented to certified transcriptions or translation presented as evidence; Provide sight translations to AUSAs of documentation received by the office; and Assist in administrative duties within the Interpreter Section as needed.

Qualifications:

Applicants must meet qualification standards as specified in the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions Operating Manual as follows: GS-12: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level. Specialized experience is defined as experience involving expert translations and interpretations from live, recorded and written material without regard to the level of difficulty, subject matter, terminology, dialogue, idioms, colloquialisms, or degrees of inflection from Spanish to English and from English to Spanish. Examples of specialized experience may include: interpreting at legal conferences that may include attorneys, defendants, and/or witnesses in which agreements are negotiated, preparing Spanish-speaking witnesses for trials, preparing certified transcription/translations and translations of court documents, law enforcement reports, etc., testifying in federal court when challenges are presented to the certified transcription or translation presented as evidence, providing sight translation to attorneys, and providing Spanish/English and English/Spanish interpretations needed in criminal and civil matters. Selective Placement Factor(s): A selective placement factor is determined to be essential for successful performance in this position. Those candidates who do not meet the following selective placement factor will be rated “not qualified” for the position. Selective Placement Factor: Must be a Federally Certified Court Interpreter by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts in the Spanish language. You must include a copy of your certification with your application package. Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)- The ICTAP provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in the announcement; and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well-qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and receive a score of 85 or better on established ranking criteria. You must provide proof of eligibility to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form. Additional information about ICTAP eligibility is at: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/. Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)-The CTAP provides eligible surplus and displaced competitive service employees in the Department of Justice with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your Department of Justice component has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your CTAP eligibility, 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and receive a score of 85 or better on established ranking criteria. You must provide a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility with your application. Additional information about CTAP eligibility is at: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/.

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