Chinese Translation Team Leader (13108)

Board of Education of City of New York New York, NY
Position Summary: The Translation and Interpretation Unit of the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) is hiring a Chinese Translation Team Leader to provide guidance and recommendations on all issues pertaining to the Chinese language related to communications produced by the NYCDOE. While the daily focus will be on written documents, the position may also require overseeing the provision of Chinese interpretation services as a secondary function. Performs related work.

Reports to: Associate Director of Translation Services

Direct Reports: Chinese Translators

Key Relationships: Associate Director of Translation Services, DOE Chinese Translators, external Chinese language providers, Office of Communications and External Affairs, and DOE offices who publish parent-facing communications.


* Implement policies, systems, and protocols to ensure Chinese language cohesiveness throughout all translated DOE documents.

* Lead the Chinese Translation Team to ensure quality control with the consistent use of standardized terminology and style guides.

* Engage and work with the DOE's vendors to ensure proper management of Chinese term bases and style guides, and identify mechanisms to improve the overall quality and consistency of translated DOE documents produced by vendors.

* Determine appropriate translations of critical DOE terms, using appropriate and reputable language resources, with an understanding of the intended target population and taking graphic/media factors into consideration.

* Serve as the final reviewer of all key translated DOE documents into Chinese, both from the Chinese Translation Team and DOE vendors. This may include bilingual editing (i.e., revision), monolingual editing (i.e., review), or both, depending on the document.

* Translate DOE documents from English to Chinese, as needed.

* Represent the T&I Unit at community meetings and other public-facing events in all matters related to the culture and the language of the team.

* Oversee the provision of Chinese interpretation services to ensure vendor quality.

Qualification Requirements:


* A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college and two (2) years of experience in community work or community centered activities in an area related to the duties described above; or

* High school graduation or equivalent and six (6) years of experience in community work or community centered activities in an area related to the duties as described above; or

* Education and/or experience which is equivalent to "1" or "2" above. However, all candidates must have at least one (1) year of experience as described in "1" above.


* Familiarity with the New York City public school system.

* Two or more years of experience as a Chinese translator and copy editor.

* Ability to function and meet aggressive deadlines in a fast-paced environment.

* Strong logistical and long-term planning experience.

* Ability to lead a group and create a collaborative setting

* Prior success in customer service, or other problem-solving experience.

* Excellent communication, writing, interpersonal, problem-solving, and organizational skills.

* Strong Microsoft Office skills in Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.

* Knowledge of translation memory software.

* Provide simultaneous and consecutive English to Chinese interpretation.

* Internal candidates preferred.

Salary: $68,000+

Please include a resume and cover letter with your application.

Applications will be accepted through May 28, 2018 until 3:00 p.m.

NOTE: The filling of all positions is subject to budget availability and/or grant funding.


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