SPANISH-LANGUAGE INTERPRETER /ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT (HOUSING)

 

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The Law Foundation of Silicon Valley advances the rights of underrepresented individuals and families in our diverse community through legal services, strategic advocacy, and educational outreach. Now with over 90 employees, the Law Foundation is the largest provider of free legal services in the South Bay. Located in downtown San Jose, the Law Foundation is dynamic interesting place to work. We pride ourselves on fostering a work environment that is motivating, collaborative and fun, with plenty of opportunities for professional growth. We are working towards a race – conscious legal services practice.

 

JOB DESCRIPTION

The Law Foundation of Silicon Valley is seeking a full-time interpreter/administrative assistance for its Housing Department. The Law Foundation is focused on the prevention of displacement of low-income individuals and communities of color through both direct legal services, including unlawful detainer defense, and system change work, including impact litigation and policy advocacy.

The main job of the Interpreter/Administrative Assistant will be to support Attorneys, Advocates, and Social Workers with interpretation and translation of legal documents.  The interpreter will work in fast-paced environment with individuals from multiple backgrounds, and abilities, and will translate during client interviews.  The interpreter may be asked to help translate during court appearances, to help attorneys communicate with clients.  The interpreter may be asked to help interpret during outreaches.   The interpreter will also translate documents such as letters, court documents, brochures, and other documents from English to Spanish.  The interpreter will have strong skills in navigating clients that are in crisis and facing homelessness.  The interpreter may be asked to do other administrative tasks.

 

Primary Duties

  • Interpret during phone and in-person client interviews;
  • Interpret during intake calls;
  • Translate legal documents such as letters, court documents, and brochures;
  • Interpret communications between the attorney and client during court appearances;
  • Interpret during community meetings and outreaches;
  • Other administrative tasks such as gathering documents, case organization and filing or assistance with grant reporting.

 

Desired Qualifications

  • Bi-lingual in English and Spanish is required
  • Strong interviewing skills and the desire to interact with many people on a daily basis
  • Experience with or general knowledge of issues affecting housing
  • Understanding of legal concepts and materials
  • Handling of detail-oriented administrative tasks
  • Ability to interact professionally with office staff, clients, court staff and community partners
  • Function independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to be flexible, multi-task and take direction from multiple sources
  • Experience working with individuals from multi-ethnic communities
  • Experience using Microsoft Office:  Access, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, Word
  • California Driver’s License preferred, good driving record

 

physical requirements:

  • Frequent use of computer keyboard
  • Use of office equipment, such as copier, printer, and fax

 

COMPENSATION

Salary scale starts at $26.10/hour; compensation based on comparable experience. All compensation determined by the wage table of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement between SEIU Local 521 and LFSV.  Excellent benefits provided, including paid holidays, vacation, health insurance and 401(k). More information regarding the Law Foundation is available on our website: www.lawfoundation.org.

 

REMOTE WORK POLICY

Due to COVID-19, the Law Foundation is primarily working remotely through the end of 2021, although staff may be required to attend in-person court hearings, meetings, outreaches, and clinics.  The team is currently exploring ways to support continuing flexibility for remote work and expects that most staff will have the opportunity to work remotely for some of their work week after 2021.

 

The Law Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer. We encourage people of color, womxn, people living with disabilities, older people, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people to apply. It  is the policy of the Law Foundation to prohibit discrimination and harassment of any type and to afford equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants, without regard to  race, color, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, pregnancy, medical condition or genetic information, veteran status, national origin, disability, marital or other protected status. The Law Foundation will conform to the spirit, as well as the letter of all applicable laws and regulations.

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until position is filled. Please submit the following videomail to jobs@lawfoundation.org: (1) a resume, (2) at least three professional references, and (3) a cover letter that explains your interest and also addresses the question below.

 

In order to best serve our clients and our community, the Law Foundation is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace in which differences are acknowledged and valued. How has your personal background or experiences, professional or otherwise, prepared you to contribute to social justice, race equity and diversity among our staff?

Spanish-Language Interpreter / Administrative Assistant
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