Translator, GG-1040-12, Census-DOC-TW

Washington D.C.
Jan 21, 2019
Jan 21, 2019
Full Time

Not required

Relocation expenses reimbursed Yes Relocation expenses may be paid.

  • U.S. citizen.
  • Suitable for Federal employment.
  • Time-in-grade requirements must be met by the announcement closing date.
  • Registered for Selective Service, if applicable. (
  • You may be required to complete a financial disclosure (OGE-450).
  • Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

    This position may be filled as a competitive temporary promotion opportunity not to exceed (NTE) 1 year or 09/26/2020 by a current career or career-conditional Department of Commerce employee. At the conclusion of the temporary promotion, the employee will return to their position of record.

    This position may be filled as a temporary appointment, initial appointment is not to exceed (NTE) 1 year or 09/26/2020 whichever comes first with the possibility of extension. 

    A trial period may be required.

    This position is ELIGIBLE for telework; additional criteria will be required (e.g., supervisory approval).

    This is a BARGAINING unit position.

    Relocation expenses may be paid.

    Specialized Experience: For the GG-12, you must have one year of experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-11 in the Federal service. Experience for this position includes: working as a professional translator from English into Spanish, translating surveys and survey materials, working as a member of a translation team reviewing or editing translations, researching terminology, and experience using SDL Trados or a similar translation memory tool.

    Education cannot be substituted for experience at this grade level.

    Selective Placement Factor:
    You must have demonstrated the ability to converse and complete professional, written translations from Spanish into English and from English into Spanish. Your translations must accurately reflect the intent and meaning of the original material (this requirement must be supported in the submitted resume).

    Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

    The following links provide information on various hiring authorities that may enable you to apply through merit assignment procedures, or be eligible for a non-competitive appointment.

    The Department of Commerce provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Human Resources Office. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. TTY users can contact the Human Resources Office via the Federal Relay Service, 1-800-877-8339.

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    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    Your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation will be reviewed to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the job opportunity announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire (True/False, Yes/No, Multiple Choice questions). Your resume and/or optional cover letter must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered. The best-qualified candidates will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.

    If you are invited for an interview, you will be required to provide an English into Spanish translation sample.
    The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response:

    • Knowledge of both Spanish and English sufficient to render Spanish translations with correct grammar, syntax, and spelling. 
    • Knowledge of Spanish translation related to survey materials sufficient to accurately identify potential translation challenges in survey translation and suggest appropriate solutions. 
    • Knowledge of how to properly document and review Spanish translation errors and provide feedback to less experienced translators. 
    • Ability to research and formally document Spanish terminology for concept-based equivalency in another language.
    • Ability to work effectively as a translator with SDL Trados or a similar translation memory tool.

    We recommend that you preview the online questions for this announcement before you start the application process.

    To preview questions please click here.

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    Drug test required No

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