Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: G0027 / Translator/Interpreter
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Non-Exempt
Grade: 10

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Under general supervision, translates documents and other material from one language to another; and/or translates spoken passages from one language to another during seminars, symposia, teleconferences, and/or meetings. Expresses either approximate or exact translation, depending upon the nature of the occasion. May specialize in a specific subject area.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Reads and rewrites technical documents in specified language, following established rules pertaining to factors such as word meanings, sentence structure, grammar, punctuation, and mechanics.
  2. Serves as interpreter at seminars, speeches, meetings, teleconferences, and symposia, providing consecutive or simultaneous translation between languages.
  3. Listens to complete statements in one language, translates to second, and translates responses from second into first language; expresses either approximate or exact translation, depending on nature of occasion.
  4. In simultaneous interpreting, renders oral translation of material at time it is being spoken.
  5. Receives briefing or prepares through reading and study on subject to be discussed prior to interpreting session.
  6. May participate in establishing specialized contacts for the university.
  7. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree; at least 1 year of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Fluency in relevant foreign language(s).
  • Ability to read and write.
  • Foreign language(s) written translation skills.
  • Listening skills.
  • Technical writing skills.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • No or very limited physical effort required.
  • No or very limited exposure to physical risk.
  • Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 03/20/2017