Medical Interpreter

  • Contra Costa County, CA
  • Martinez, California
  • Jul 01, 2020
Full Time Clerical and Administrative Support Public Health
  • Salary: $55,788.72 - $67,811.52 Annually USD

Job Description

The Position

Bargaining Unit: Local856 - Health Services Unit

The Contra Costa County Health Services Department is recruiting to fill several permanent full-time Medical Interpreter vacancies in the Health Care Interpreter Network (HCIN), located in Martinez, California. Currently, the Department is seeking bi-lingual candidates to fill Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Vietnamese, Dari, Farsi, Punjabi, American Sign Language and Arabic Medical Interpreter vacancies.

Under general direction, incumbents provide medical interpretation, in target languages or American Sign Language, for patients and their family members either face-to-face, or by telephone or video during encounters with medical providers and/or other medical support personnel. Medical interpretation services are provided for clients and patients of Contra Costa Health Services including Contra Costa Regional Medical Center and its Health Centers, the Appointment Unit, and Financial Counseling as well as for clients and patients of various other hospitals and medical centers and clinics on the HCIN network, and on other related national networks.

Future vacancies for different languages may become available, bi-lingual candidates fluent in other language(s) are encouraged to apply.

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The eligible list established from this recruitment may remain in effect for six (6)months.

Typical Tasks
  • Orally Interprets information related to medical procedures, diagnostic information, and medical education and instructions between patients, clients, medical providers, clinical staff in target language and in English
  • Clarifies meaning and verifies patient's understanding of conveyed medical information
  • Provides education, support, and clarification to medical providers and clinical staff on culturally specific values and practices as they relate to the health care encounter
  • Verify the accuracy of medical and technical terms and terminology
  • Maintain confidentiality of patient/client information according to established Departmental guidelines
  • Participate in training and continuing education to facilitate professional development.
  • Assist others in the use of the HCIN system
  • Provide and promote excellent customer service for all internal and external customers

Minimum Qualifications

Experience: Six (6) months of full time, or its equivalent, professional experience working as a Medical Interpreter.

Education: Completion of at least 40 hours of an approved Medical Interpreter training program.

Note: Incumbents will be required to pass the Language Line Interpreter Skills Test and complete 40 hours of Health Care Interpreter Network (HCIN) approved medical interpreter training within nine months of appointment.

Other Requirements: A background investigation/fingerprint and/or physical exam may be required prior to the start of employment.


Selection Process

1. Application Filing: All applicants must apply on-line at and submit the information as indicated on the job announcement by the final filing date.

2. Application Evaluation: Depending on the number of applications received, an Application Evaluation Board may be convened to evaluate and select the best-qualified candidates for invitation to the next phase of the examination.

3. Training and Experience Evaluation: Consists of an evaluation of each candidate's relevant education, training and/or experience as presented on the application and supplemental questionnaire (Weighted 100%).

The examination steps noted above may be changed in accordance with the County's Personnel Management Regulations and accepted selection practices.

After you receive a conditional job offer, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you have received a conditional job offer. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances. Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with Contra Costa County. If you accept a conditional job offer, the Human Resources department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

All Contra Costa County employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law. Employment with the County requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.

It is the policy of Contra Costa County to consider all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identify, gender expression, marital status, ancestry, medical condition, genetic information, military or veteran status, or other protected category under the law.

Job Address

Martinez, California United States View Map