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Repost - Contractual

Recruitment #23-003465-0007



As a State agency, Maryland Office of the Public Defender (MOPD) is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. MOPD is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, physical or mental disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status or genetic information.

All applicants must be able to communicate with employees and vendors and possess the ability to complete tasks in a fast-paced work environment. Applicants must be able to multitask, and travel to various courtrooms and office environments throughout the state. MOPD is further committed to providing equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs and activities by modifying or adjusting the job application process or the job or work environment to make reasonable accommodations to the known applicant or employee to enable the applicant or employee be considered for the position they desire; to perform the essential functions of the position in question; or to enjoy equal benefits and privileges of employment as are enjoyed by other similarly situated employees without disabilities, unless the accommodation imposes an undue hardship. Applicants must be able to operate a computer, cell phone and other office equipment. Applicants must have access to a motor vehicle or be able to navigate public transportation. If a reasonable accommodation is needed, please contact Tawanda Jackson, Human Resources Supervisor, 410-767-8503 

The Office of the Public Defender is seeking a Bilingual Interpreter who is detailed oriented person with experience working with arrested persons, attorneys, law enforcement and courtroom personnel to fill a full time Bilingual Interpreter vacancy available in our Upper Marlboro, Maryland office.   The Bilingual Translator interprets and translates in both consecutive and simultaneous modes from English to another language for clients and agency staff.  Interviews clients in need of State services either in person or via telephone and interprets and translates verbal information. Translates informational brochures, flyers, pamphlets, or other written materials from English to another language.  Interprets and translates a variety of information, such as medical or financial information, for clients and agency staff. Communicates services provided by agency to non-English speaking members of the community either in person or via telephone.  Bilingual skills are required for this position.  Applicants must be able to speak, read and write proficiently in both Spanish and English.




14735 Main Street, Suite 272-B, Courthouse, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772

Main Purpose of Job

An Interviewer/Translator is the full performance level of work interpreting between spoken English and another language in both consecutive and simultaneous modes in a variety of settings in local health departments or State facilities. Employees in this classification interview clients in need of State services and produce translations between English and another language in a variety of forms, documents, reports, and correspondence. Employees in this classification interpret and translate with a high degree of accuracy as these interactions could cause misinterpretations or mistranslations with adverse consequences. Employees in this classification do not supervise other positions. Employees in this classification receive general supervision from a health professional, administrator or program-level manager. The work may require that employees travel off-site to provide translation services, such as community fairs or home visitations.


Education:   Graduation from an accredited high school or possession of a high school equivalency certificate.

Experience: Six months of experience providing formal interpretation and translation services between English and a second language.  Formal interpretation services may include documented work as a volunteer interpreter for a nonprofit, human service or faith-based organization.


1. Candidates may substitute additional experience interpreting and translating between English and a second language on a year-for-year basis for the required education.

2. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a non-commissioned officer in Linguist or Language Capability classifications or Linguist or Language Capability specialty codes in the Linguistic field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience.


Proficiency in data entry, strong communication skills and experience working in a fast-paced retail or office environment.  Customer service experience and a strong interest in working with indigent defendants and their families. 


Bilingual skills are required for this position.  Applicants must be able to speak, read and write proficiently in both Spanish and English.


Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator’s license valid in the State of Maryland.


Please make sure that you provide sufficient information on your application to show that you meet the qualifications for this recruitment.  All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date. We will not consider information submitted after this date. Successful candidates will be ranked as Best Qualified, Better Qualified, or Qualified and placed on the eligible (employment) list for at least one year.


The examination will consist of a rating of your education, training and experience related to the requirements of the position.  You may be required to complete a qualifications supplement, or the rating may be based on your application.  Therefore, it is important that you provide complete and accurate information on your application.  Report all experience and education that is related to this position.


Contractual employees who work for an agency covered under the State Employee and Retiree Health and Welfare Benefits Program, have a current employment contract and work 30 or more hours a week (or on average 130 hours per month) may be eligible for subsidized health benefits coverage for themselves and their dependents. As a contractual employee, you will be responsible for paying 25% of the premiums for your medical and prescription coverage, including any eligible dependents you have enrolled. The State of Maryland will subsidize the remaining 75% of the cost for these benefits. You can also elect to enroll in dental coverage, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, and life insurance, but will be responsible to pay the full premium for these benefits.


Leave may be granted to a contractual employee who has worked 120 days in a 12-month period. This leave accrues at a rate of one hour for every 30 hours worked, not to exceed 40 hours per calendar year.


Online Applications Preferred.  Please fax all paper applications and questionnaires to (410) 333-2260.

Inquiries regarding applications and submitting paper applications can be directed to: Office of the Public Defender, Human Resources Division, 6 Saint Paul Street, Suite 1304, Baltimore, MD 21202; or by calling (410) 767-8500, toll free: 877-430-5187; TTY users call Maryland Relay Service 800-735-2258.  Please be sure to include your name, identification number (Easy ID#) and job announcement number on any documentation to ensure timely processing.


A paper copy of the MD State application form and questionnaire can be downloaded from the link below.


As an Equal Opportunity Employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity.

Click on a link below to apply for this position:

Fill out the Supplemental Questionnaire and Application NOW using the Internet. Apply Online
View and print the Supplemental Questionnaire. This recruitment requires completion of a supplemental questionnaire. You may view and print the supplemental questionnaire here.
Apply via Paper Application. You may also download and complete the Paper Application here.

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