Language Justice Coordinator

Job Title: Language Justice Coordinator

Department: Cultural Strategy

Location: Location may vary

Hours: Variable up to 20 hours per week, may include nights and weekends

Salary: $25.00- $30.00 per hour, this is a part- time position (with the possibility of expanded hours in 2023)

Description

The mission of the Chisholm Legacy Project (TCLP) is rooted in a Just Transition Framework. The project serves as a vehicle to connect Black communities on the frontlines of climate justice with resources to traverse the path from vision to strategy to action plan to implementation to transformation.

The Language Justice (LJ) Coordinator will be a core part of assisting TCLP with coordination, and program support, working with the Cultural Strategy Manager with multilingual communication and outreach. The LJ Coordinator will help facilitate communication between members of our community, enabling the full participation of our staff across languages, cultures, and traditions. They will promote language as a tool for engagement, mobilization, and empowerment.

The LJ Coordinator participates as a member of the Language Justice team (LJ team) and coordinates its activities, The LJ coordinator will actively coach staff and hired interpreters to ensure that they have the resources they need to translate and/or interpret. Part of the LJ team is a group of external interpreters, and Cultural Strategy manager who provide interpretation and translation services to be able to bring expertise to our language justice work. As needed, the LJ Coordinator will provide translation of short written materials and be able to step into interpretation for in-field training, staff meetings and/or team building activities. They provide administrative and planning support for language justice and access programming offered by The Chisholm Legacy Project and lead needed language justice best practices and other relevant activities. This position reports to the Cultural Strategy Manager. The ideal team member is idealistic yet practical, maintains a positive attitude, is racially and culturally sensitive and can adapt to changes and setbacks.

Essential Functions

The essential functions or duties listed below are intended as illustrations of the several types of work that may be performed.

  • Assist with short, quick-turnaround translations and ad-hoc interpreting.
  • Organize and coordinate Language Justice interpretation and translation needs according to workflows from staff and hired LJ workers and keep detailed records
  • Assign and manage translation and interpretation workflows.
  • Assess and propose tailored LJ practices that address linguistic needs.
  • Coordinate and manage a team of LJ Workers, interpreters, and Translators, and/or Consultants for virtual and in person events.
  • Build, support and maintain a network and relationships of interpreters and translators.
  • Update LJ and access checklist and interpreter/translator directory
  • Provide administrative and hospitality support for activities related to organizational culture and language justice activities
  • Work with HR department to establish LJ protocol and staff orientation.
  • Create LJ materials and a material organization system for staff and hire LJ workers (presentations, planning manual and systems, best practices guides, and trainings).
  • Organize and coordinate internal and rented interpretation equipment.
  • Monitor changing language justice landscape and propose improvements and updates.
  • Conduct LJ introductions and instructions for remote and in person meetings.
  • Cultivate and empower staff leadership in creating multilingual spaces.

Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent.
  • Three (3) years of relevant experience
    • Trained in an interpretation certification program, Interpreting for Social justice, or equivalent.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Bi-lingual in Portuguese, Spanish, French, Arabic, (both written and spoken) and ASL preferred.
  • Skill, interest, and commitment in doing LJ and administrative work.
  • Experience working with remote staff and Interpreters.
  • Willingness to work a flexible schedule.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Knowledge:

  • Familiarity of Environmental justice, climate justice, Black liberation movement work including understanding of diverse cultures and languages spoken within the Afro-descendant/ African diaspora.
  • Proficiency in use of technology such as laptop computers, smart phones, and tablets.
  • Proficiency with computer operations and programs, specifically Google Suite and interpreting for Zoom or other relevant supporting technology like conference call lines, etc.
  • Knowledge of MS Office products which include Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Knowledge about other accessibility technology, functions, and services (Closed captions, screen reading, etc.)

Skills:

  • Strong problem solving and interpersonal skills.
  • Must be organized and detail-oriented and able to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Eagerness to apply bilingual abilities to create multilingual spaces that honor diverse communities and cultures
  • Passion for social justice and strong commitment to TCLP’s mission and values of equity and black liberation.
  • Training or experience in safety, cultural sensitivity, community outreach and organizing, and coalition building.

Abilities:

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
    Ability to communicate effectively and efficiently verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to track multiple projects simultaneously
  • Ability to participate in a work environment of mutual respect, team building, and collaboration
  • Ability to rapidly acquire a good working knowledge of the COVID-19 virus and the current emergency.

Preferred qualifications

  • Experience with Environmental Justice, Climate justice, and Just Transition
  • Experience working with immigrant people, multi-lingual communities, people with disabilities
  • Certificate of teaching ESL or Spanish as a second language or equivalent experience with another language
  • Translation and/or interpretation credentials
  • Trained in or experienced in immersion instruction (teaching in target language)
  • Flexible schedule, ability to shift days/hours working with advance notice

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, The Chisholm Legacy Project is committed to creating an inclusive workplace that respects and values diversity of cultural, ethnic, and experiential backgrounds. We welcome applicants of all races, ethnicities, national origins, genders (regardless of pregnancy), and sexual orientations, as well as differently abled people.

The Chisholm Legacy Project COVID Policy

Although an offer of employment and continued employment is not contingent upon a candidate being fully vaccinated, we are committed to following all health department guidelines and contractual requirements associated with venues as well as internal TCLP travel protocols where Chisholm events may be held. Therefore, those who are unvaccinated may be limited in their ability to participate in staff retreats, in-person staff meetings, conferences, and meetings with certain organizations, etc.

Interested in this position?

Apply online at Idealist.org