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Job Title:Translator (Spanish)

Department:Department Of State

Agency:Department of State - Agency Wide

Job Announcement Number:AN825390

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$57,408.00 to $89,450.00 / Per Year


Monday, February 11, 2013 to Monday, February 25, 2013




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


As a Translator in the Romance Branch, Translating Division, Office of Language Services, you will prepare written diplomatic, legal, trade, financial, and other translations from English into Spanish.  You will translate in a variety of formats, including word processing, briefing slides, spreadsheets, websites, film captions, treaties, and other international agreements. 

For purposes of this vacancy announcement, the original (source) material is written English, and the new (target) material will be written in Spanish. The translator is a highly skilled and native writer of Spanish who turns written English documents into written Spanish documents.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.


  • U.S. Citizenship.
  • Suitability for Federal employment determined by background investigation.
  • One-year probationary period may be required.
  • Obtain/Maintain Top Secret Clearance.
  • Random Drug Test.
  • Relocation Expenses will not be paid.


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  • Prepares documents using proper Spanish terminology for International documents.
  • Translates a wide variety of written documents into Spanish from English.
  • Researches terminology encountered in translation assignments using printed dictionaries, online glossaries, terminology databases, Internet search engines and consultation with colleagues and subject matter experts.
  • Translates documents to produce summaries of their contents, often with minimal advance preparation.
  • Self-reviews own translations to ensure accuracy, completeness, grammar, spelling, formatting, and appropriate terminology from English to Spanish.



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You must possess the following Selective Placement Factor Requirement for both the Translator GS-11 and GS-12 positions:


You must have professional experience translating written documents from English to Spanish.


In addition to the Selective Placement Requirement above you must also possess the following to qualify for the GS-11:


At least one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-09 level in the Federal service, including providing written translation of technical documents involving a variety of academic disciplines such as diplomatic correspondence, treaty texts, financial, legal and scientific documents to be disbursed in Spanish translations; and resolving linguistic problems.

Possess a PhD or equivalent doctoral degree in Spanish from an English-speaking college or university or English from a college or university in a Spanish-speaking country, or translating or interpreting where English and Spanish were prerequisites; OR 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree; OR LL.M., if related. (Education must be obtained from an accredited college or university). (Transcripts required)

Possess a combination of specialized experience and graduate education that, when combined, equal 100% of the total requirement. (Only graduate education in excess of the first two years may be used in this calculation.) (Transcripts required)

In addition to the Selective Placement Requirement above you must also possess the following to qualify for the GS-12:


At least one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-11 level in the Federal service, including providing written translation of a wide range of diplomatic correspondence, treaty texts, financial, legal and/or scientific documents resolving and advising on linguistic issues through extensive research to identify and clarify obscure terminology; reviewing translated documents for accuracy; and providing corrective action.

If education is a basic requirement or you are qualifying all or in part based on your education, you must submit transcripts (official or unofficial).  Failure to submit transcripts may result in an ineligible rating.

Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program.  For further information, click on foreign education.

All qualification requirements must be met by midnight (Eastern Time) on the closing date of this vacancy announcement.


Applicants may be required to take a written translation test during the interview phase.


Once the job opportunity announcement closes, your résumé and supporting documents will be reviewed and evaluated against your assessment questionnaire responses to determine whether you are qualified for this position. If a determination is made that you have inflated your responses, you may lose consideration. Be sure to carefully follow all instructions; errors or omissions may affect your consideration for this position.


Eligible candidates will be assigned to one of the following quality categories: Highly Qualified, Well Qualified and Qualified. Candidates in the highest quality category will be referred to the hiring agency.


Application of Veterans' Preference: Under Category Rating procedures, veteran preference eligibles will receive selection consideration before non-preference eligibles within each quality category.


The assessment questionnaire is designed to measure the following competencies that are required for this position:

·         Technical Expertise in English and Spanish Translations 

·         Analytical Skills

·         Oral Communication

·         Written Communication



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Veterans' Preference: If you are a veteran claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member Copy 4) or an official statement from your command if currently on active duty. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, in addition to the DD-214, you must also submit a Standard Form 15 (Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference) and the required supporting documents listed on that form.  For more information on veterans' preference see

Career Transition Program: This program applies to Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed, or employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service.  To receive selection priority for this position, you must: 1) meet eligibility criteria for CTAP or ICTAP; 2) be rated well-qualified for the position; and 3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility. Well-Qualified includes those applicants whose knowledge, skills, and abilities clearly exceed the minimum qualification requirements for the position. For information on eligibility criteria and required documentation, go to:


Selective Service: The Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that all male applicants born after 12/31/59 who are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, be registered or they are not eligible for appointment to this position. For further information concerning Selective Service requirements, go to:


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Click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Follow the prompts to complete the on-line assessment questionnaire. Be sure to click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

Note: To return to your saved application materials, log in at: and click on Vacancy ID:  825390.


If you cannot apply online, you will need to:

1) Print the instructions and questionnaire by clicking View Occupational Questionnaire.

2) Print the 1203FX form to record your responses to the questionnaire.

3) Fax the completed 1203FX (all 6 pages but do not include a Cover Page for this document) to:  1-478-757-3144.

4) Print the Fax Cover Page and include with any supporting documents you fax (e.g., résumé, transcripts, veterans documentation, etc.) to the same fax number above.


Do not complete steps 1-4 above if you are applying on-line.


  • Your Résumé (if you submit a personally developed résumé, curriculum vitae, or any other written format, be sure to include a detailed description of your job-related qualifications, beginning/ending dates, and hours worked per week, for each paid and non-paid position you included).
  • Completed Assessment Questionnaire


Other Supporting Documents: (only submit if applicable to you)


  • Veterans' Preference documentation (e.g., DD-214 Member Copy 4, SF-15, VA letter, etc.)
  • CTAP/ICTAP documentation
  • College transcripts if qualifying all or in part based on your education.  You may submit official, unofficial, or a self-certified list of course titles, grades earned, completion dates, and number of semester or quarter hours earned.


Mid-Atlantic Services Branch
Phone: (757)441-6765
Agency Information:
Mid Atlantic Svc Branch Norfolk
OPM Federal Building
200 Granby Street
Suite 500
Norfolk, VA


You will be notified on the outcome of your application once a list of candidates has been sent to the hiring manager for employment consideration.

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