Michigan Legal Help - Part Time Spanish Translator

Date Posted: 
Monday, March 19, 2018 - 10:15am

The Michigan Legal Help Program (MLHP), offices located in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti, Michigan, helps people who have to handle simple civil legal problems without a lawyer. One primary product of the MLHP is MichiganLegalHelp.org, an interactive, statewide website that provides legal information tools and referrals to self-represented litigants.  Legal information tools includes Articles, Common Questions and Do-It-Yourself tools, utilizing A2J Author and HotDocs, which enable litigants to complete their own legal forms. MLHP received the NLADA’s Innovations in Equal Justice Award in 2015, and the MSBF’s Access to Justice Award in 2017. MLHP also maintains a mirror site in Spanish, AyudaLegaldeMichigan.org.


Job Description: MLHP is seeking a part-time (up to 10-15 hours/week) Spanish translator to work with us for approximately 6 months, from April 2018 – October 2018; there is a possibility that this position will be extended. Primary responsibilities include reviewing edits to material on the MLH website and translating those changes for Ayuda, in line with MLHP’s plain language format and already-existing translation standards (standard language choices, voice, etc.). Additional duties will include testing Spanish language Do-It-Yourself Tools to ensure they produce the same language and results as the English versions of these tools. Work can be done in our office in Ann Arbor, or can be done remotely with regular in-person meetings.


Qualifications: Excellent written communication skills in English and Spanish are required. An Associate’s Degree or commensurate educational and professional experience is required.  Professional experience and certification as a translator is preferred.  Candidates must be detail-oriented, self-motivated, organized, and be independent workers capable of excellent communication, able to effectively manage multiple tasks, set priorities, and meet all deadlines.

Salary/Benefits: This is a part-time (10-15 hours/week) position expected to last through October 2018 with the possibility of an extension based on our resources.  The position pays $15/hour. MI PLP, LLC is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage women, minorities, and persons with disabilities to apply. 

Apply by email with “Spanish Translator” in the subject line. Send a cover letter that highlights your qualifications and includes a description of your level of written Spanish competency, your current resume, and a list of three professional references to Angela Tripp, Director, MLHP via Amy Ciardiello at aciardiello@mplp.org.


Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis with priority given to those received by March 23, 2018.