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POSITION ANNOUCEMENT:

The Translation and Interpretation Department of Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc. — the Community Defender Organization for the Southern District of California — seeks applicants for a full-time staff position. An eligible applicant must be qualified by the Administrative Office of the United States Courts as a Certified Court Interpreter for Spanish/English proceedings. Salary: Salary will be commensurate with experience. The position does include employee benefits including health and life insurance as well as a 401k plan. Salary is payable only by Electronic Funds Transfer (direct deposit). All positions are at will and are subject to the availability of funds. Employment is subject to a satisfactory background investigation. All education, experience, training and certifications will be verified. This is a full-time position with salary based upon experience and in accord with administrative guidelines currently yielding from JSP 9/1 $59,802 to JSP 14/1 $121,863.

 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Interprets in simultaneous and consecutive modes at all stages of a criminal
defense case for defendants, witnesses and attorneys in office, jail and courthouse settings;
Translates documents written in colloquial, legal, official, scientific and technical language;
Accurately transcribes the interpretation of evidentiary recordings, including law enforcement interviews and wiretaps; Certifies and testifies to the accuracy of evidence translated or interpreted by other parties;
Develops professional expertise and remains impartial and neutral in providing translation and interpretation services.

Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. Selection of position will be based solely on merit without regard to race, color, religion, religious creed (including religious dress and religious grooming), sex (including pregnancy, perceived pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or related medical conditions), gender, gender identity (including transgender identity and transitioning), gender expression and sex stereotyping, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, physical or mental disability, legally protected medical condition or information (including genetic information), family care or medical leave status, military caregiver status, military status, veteran status, marital status, domestic partner status, sexual orientation, status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking, enrollment in a public assistance program, engaging in protected communications regarding employee wages, requesting a reasonable accommodation on the basis of disability or bona fide religious belief or practice, or any other basis protected by local, state, or federal laws.

HOW TO APPLY: Candidates should email a presentation letter as well as a résumé listing years of general translation and interpretation experience and years of specialized court interpretation experience to InterpreterApp@fdsdi.com, with the following subject line: FDSDI-2021, followed by the applicant’s full name.

POSITION OPEN UNTIL FILLED.
FEDERAL DEFENDERS OF SAN DIEGO, INC. IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER 

San Diego and El Centro Branch: The Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc., (FDSDI) is accepting applications to fill more than one (1) position for full-time Assistant Paralegal, at more than one (1) branch in our San Diego and/or El Centro offices. FDSDI is the community defender organization for the Southern District of California (San Diego and Imperial Counties). FDSDI operates under authority of Title 18, United States Code, Section 3006A(g)(2)(A), to provide federal criminal defense services by court appointment to individuals unable to afford counsel. FDSDI is a private, non-profit corporation and not civil service or federal employers.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES: The Assistant Paralegal(s) provide support services to three or more staff attorneys. General duties include, but are not limited to, assisting with case preparation, organization, and file management; preparing legal documents and case-related correspondence; proofreading and editing; client contact including receiving and directing calls; transcription; maintaining internal calendars; communications with clients/families, court personnel, and the public. Duties may also include verifying citations and preparing legal references; organizing and indexing discovery; assisting with litigation support services using advanced software programs; locating and retrieving documents, records, and information utilizing computer-assisted legal research tools.

POSITION REQUIREMENTS: Applicant must be a high school graduate or equivalent, with a minimum of three years general experience and two years specialized experience. Appellate and criminal law experience with proficiency in e-filing procedures in the federal court system and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals is preferred. Computer literacy and proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and Adobe Acrobat is required. Applicants must be organized, dependable, detail oriented, and have the ability to handle multiple tasks and work well under pressure. Spanish speaker not required but preferred. 

SALARY/BENEFITS: Salary will be commensurate with experience. This position includes health, dental, and vision insurance, life insurance, and 401k. Salary is payable only by direct deposit. All positions are at-will and are subject to the availability of funds. Employment is subject to a satisfactory background investigation. All education, experience, training, and certifications will be verified.

HOW TO APPLY: Qualified persons may apply by sending a letter of interest and resume to: Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc., ATTN: Supervisory Administrative Assistant, 225 Broadway, Suite 900, San Diego, CA 92101-5008; E-mail: CAS_Employment@fd.org. No phone calls please. Open until filled.

Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. Selection of position will be based solely on merit without regard to race, color, religion, religious creed (including religious dress and religious grooming), sex (including pregnancy, perceived pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or related medical conditions), gender, gender identity (including transgender identity and transitioning), gender expression and sex stereotyping, national origin, ancestry,
citizenship, age, physical or mental disability, legally protected medical condition or information (including genetic information), family care or medical leave status, military caregiver status, military status, veteran status, marital status, domestic partner status, sexual orientation, status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking, enrollment in a public assistance program, engaging in protected communications regarding employee wages, requesting a reasonable accommodation on the basis of disability or bona fide religious belief or practice, or any other basis protected by local, state, or federal laws.

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