The person selected shall be contracted to serve as a translator for the Seminole Tribe of Florida’s Tribal Court. The translator shall be the individual listening to, understanding, and translating spoken or written statements from the English language to the Miccosukee and/or Creek language, and vice versa, in order to assist Tribal members and general public during court proceedings. This position is a contract position and will provide services at the request of the Seminole Court Clerk of Court.
The contracted translator will provided the following services to the Tribal Court:
Listens to, understands, and translates spoken or written statements from the English language to the Miccosukee and/or Creek language and vice versa. Interprets concepts and ideas between languages.
Serves as a translator in circumstances where Tribal Members must communicate with sources who do not understand the Tribal language during court proceedings. Translates both legal terminology and colloquial language.
Interprets languages at court proceedings and other meetings such as attorney-client meetings, preliminary hearings, arraignments, depositions, and trials and act as official translator to mediate discussions.
Reads aloud documents in a language other than that in which they were written, as required.
Shall translate court and other documents, such as briefings, written decisions and other legal documents from the English language to the Miccosukee and/or Creek language, as required.
Adheres to the Seminole Tribe of Florida laws, its standards of conduct for non-judicial employees, and departmental policies and procedures of the STOF Court System.
KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES AND SKILL
Knowledge of Seminole Tribe of Florida’s culture, history and organizational structure.
Considerable knowledge of Seminole Tribe of Florida’s community resources.
General knowledge of legal terminology and court proceedings. Training will be available.
Ability to exercise tact and diplomacy when interacting with Tribal Members, staff and Court members. Must remain neutral and maintain the confidentiality of those cases in which the services are provided.
Ability to work under pressure and stressful environment.
Ability to multitask and to focus on listening, understanding and interpreting at the same time.
Ability to translate correspondence.
Ability to understand verbal and written instructions.
Ability to serve the Tribal Community, general public and fellow employees with honesty and integrity.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the general public, Tribal Members, co-workers, and STOF’s officials.
Prior experience serving as translator or serving the Tribal Community, with emphasis in customer service or experience working with general public is preferred. Knowledge of legal terminology and court proceedings is beneficial. Knowledge and ability to fluently speak, read and write the Creek and/or Miccosukee language is required. Ability to focus on listening, understanding and interpreting is required. Demonstrate excellent organizational and interpersonal skills. Demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills. Being a member of the Seminole Tribe of Florida is preferred. Must have the ability to travel and work a flexible schedule including evenings, weekends, and holidays.