*Please note that our physical office is currently closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic but we continue to provide our services remotely. In September, we may reopen our physical office on a limited capacity so some of the consults may take place in our downtown office.
The Rian Immigrant Center is seeking volunteer interpreters fluent in Haitian Creole and English to assist the legal services team in their work with the Haitian community. Over the next eighteen months, Rian attorneys will be helping clients file applications for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and are in need of interpreters to assist them in doing so. Volunteers will be asked to provide their availability to better aid Rian’s attorneys in their efforts. All interpretation work will occur on weekdays during normal business hours. Currently there are immediate and ongoing opportunities available for volunteers with a fluency in oral interpretation and/or written translation for Haitian Creole.
The assistance of Haitian-Creole interpreters is essential to assist us in providing assistance to as many Haitian clients as possible with their TPS applications. Interpreters will assist attorneys while they meet with applicants. Interpreters should be fluent or native in Haitian-Creole. This is an ideal opportunity for someone interested in using their language skills to help serve in their community, but do not have a lot of time to regularly volunteer. You will be helping to empower immigrants and refugees by supporting our nonprofit legal services team.
TIME COMMITMENT: Between Monday and Friday, 9am-5pm. No evening or weekend availability required.
DATES: We will need volunteers from end of August – February 2023 – please apply now if interested
IN PERSON/REMOTE: Remote opportunity with possible in-person opportunities starting in the Fall (in person is not required if volunteer is unable to come to the office)
- Interpreting for attorneys and DOJ Accredited Representative staff in live 3-way telephone calls with clients, or participating on-camera in video conference meetings (such as Ring Central, Zoom, Google Meet, etc)
- Calling current and potential clients to schedule appointments, gather basic information
- Bilingual (required) in Haitian Creole and English
- Must have access to a home computer, reliable internet and privacy for sensitive conversations if providing live oral interpretation
- Excellent verbal and written communication
- Experience with immigrant/refugee population preferred but not required
REPORTS TO: Legal Services Team
HOW TO APPLY:
Please email your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please also complete our online application form found here: https://fs24.formsite.com/koboyleiicenterorg/form1/index.html
The Rian Immigrant Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages candidates of diverse backgrounds and languages to apply.
ABOUT THE RIAN IMMIGRANT CENTER (formerly the Irish International Immigrant Center)
We empower over 3,500 immigrants and refugees annually from more than 120 countries by providing the legal, wellness and educational support they need to build successful lives. Building on our Irish roots of welcoming others and social justice, we help newcomers find community, and we stand up for immigration policies that are humane and just. America is a nation of immigrants, and despite the current political climate, we are proud to continue the tradition of welcoming immigrants to this country and working together to create a better future for all.
Our vision is of a society where all people are welcomed and valued and enjoy equal opportunities and protections. Rooted in the Irish tradition of hospitality, we work to create a safe and welcoming place for people from around the world who come to our Center.
For more information on the Rian Immigrant Center, please visit www.riancenter.org
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