The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Foundation of Florida seeks a Translator. The Translator works closely with the Communications Director to achieve the organization’s goal of protecting the liberties that define our democracy. This position is located in the organization’s Miami office, but includes some travel.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida is an affiliate of the national ACLU, a national public interest organization devoted to the defense of the Bill of Rights. For nearly 100 years, the ACLU has served as the nation’s primary protector of the liberties that define our democracy. The organization implements its vital civil liberties mission in all 50 states in large part through affiliate entities such as the ACLU of Florida. Operating out of four offices—Miami (main), Tampa, Pensacola, and Jacksonville—the Florida affiliate has a budget of over $8 million and 55 staff members, placing it among the larger ACLU affiliates in the nation.
The ACLU of Florida, the state’s largest civil rights and civil liberties organization, employs litigation, public policy advocacy, and public education to protect and promote a broad range of constitutional values and individual rights, such as freedom of speech, racial justice, right to privacy, religious liberty, criminal justice reform, voting rights, reproductive rights, LGBT rights, disability rights, and immigrants’ rights. The ACLU of Florida litigates a broad range of complex constitutional cases in federal and state courts through direct representation, filing amicus briefs, and submitting administrative complaints to state and federal agencies.
The Translator is a staff position within the Affiliate’s Communications Department. The position reports to the Director of Communications. The ACLU of Florida’s Communications Department leads the media and digital communications for the organization. The department works to drive conversations around civil rights and civil liberties and enhance public understanding and support for our issues. We accomplish this by working with high-impact media, launching multimedia advocacy campaigns, releasing reports and research, and running the organization’s websites and digital channels.
The Translator will interpret written and audio pieces in different languages, making sure to maintain their original meaning, format and tone. The Translator will be responsible for reading and understanding the context of given material, translating that material, and proofreading finished pieces of work. To be successful in this role, you should have a keen eye for detail and be fluent in at least two languages in addition to your native language. The Translator will provide ready-to-use translated content that helps us reach multiple audiences in Florida.
- Read given material and research industry-specific terminology.
- Convert text and audio recordings from one language to one or more others.
- Ensure translated content conveys original meaning and tone.
- Prepare subtitles for videos and online presentations.
- Cross-reference specialized dictionaries and translation tools to check quality of translation.
- Proofread translated texts for grammar, spelling and punctuation accuracy.
- Follow up with internal team to ensure translation meets their needs.
- Edit content with an eye toward maintaining its original format (e.g. font and structure).
- Assist the Communications Department with other tasks, including writing and research as needed.
While no one person will have all the qualities enumerated below, the successful candidate will bring many of the following qualifications and attributes:
- BS or BA in Translation, Interpreting, Linguistics or similar field.
- Proven work experience as a Translator, Interpreter or similar role.
- Fluency in three languages preferred. Fluency in English is required, and fluency in either Spanish or Creole is strongly preferred.
- Excellent proofreading skills with the ability to identify grammar, spelling and punctuation errors.
- Experience interpreting during live or in-person events, such as rallies and press conferences.
- Familiarity with translation software.
- Experience with Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat;.
- Experience with Adobe InDesign and Adobe Photoshop a plus, but not required.
- Additional certification in Linguistics is a plus, but not required.
- Unwavering commitment to the mission and goals of the ACLU, including a demonstrated commitment to equity and racial justice.
Compensation will be commensurate with experience, within the range of $52,000 - $70,000. The ACLU of Florida provides excellent benefits, including health and dental insurance with generous vacation, holiday and sick leave policies, as well as a Defined Contribution 401K Retirement Plan.
Please send cover letter, resume, by email to [email protected]. All inquiries should include Translator in the subject line and all attachments should be in Microsoft Word or PDF format.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please indicate where you learned of this job posting. No phone calls, please.
This job description provides a general but not comprehensive list of the essential responsibilities and qualifications required. It does not represent a contract of employment. The ACLU of Florida reserves the right to change the job description and/or posting at any time without advance notice.
The ACLU of Florida is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU of Florida encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, or veteran status. We encourage formerly incarcerated individuals to apply. If selected for an interview, please inquire if financial assistance is needed in order to attend.
The ACLU of Florida undertakes affirmative action strategies in its recruitment and employment efforts to assure that persons with disabilities have full opportunities for employment in all positions. Fluency in Spanish and Creole is preferred but not required.