Remote/In-Person, On-Call Interpreter

Full Time

Website HIAS Pennsylvania

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Job Title: Remote/In-Person, On-Call Interpreter

Status: Independent Contractor (W9)

Compensation: $30/hour with certification/certificate of completion of interpreter training*

$25/hour without certification/certificate of completion of interpreter training*

(*Community, Medical, or Court Interpreter Training)

Application Deadline: Applications will remain open until the position is filled


HIAS Pennsylvania supports low-income immigrants of all backgrounds as they build new lives in our community. Through immigration legal services and an array of social services, we work to address their needs, defend their rights, and advocate for their equitable inclusion in American society.

Summary of Position:

HIAS Pennsylvania (HIAS PA) supports refugees, asylees, and other immigrants who have been persecuted due to race, religion, nationality, membership in a social group or political opinion, displaced from their home countries, and approved to live and work in the US. The interpreter will work closely with either the Social Services Division or the Legal Services Division. The Social Services Division has four programs including: the Reception and Placement program providing resettlement services to newly arrived refugees up to 90 days upon arrival; employment services supporting refugees in finding their first job and entering the workforce in the U.S.; the Immigrant Health and Wellness program providing intensive case management, group programming, and health navigation; and the education program providing ESL classes and youth programming for newly arrived refugees and asylees. The Legal Services Division works with both HIAS PA attorneys and representatives, as well as with pro bono attorneys who work at or are retired from law firms, businesses, educational institutions, and other organizations.

We are seeking qualified interpreters who can work with us remotely and/or in-person as a contract interpreter on an on-call basis.

The interpreters will interpret consecutively and assist HIAS PA staff and clients during client intake/assessment, service planning, case management services, cultural orientation sessions, trainings, appointments, meetings, or community/cultural events. We need interpreters for the following languages:

American Sign Language (ASL)


Arabic (Iraqi, Levantine, Sudanese)



Haitian Creole













  • Fluent in both English and one (or more) of the specified languages above
  • Certified interpreters or those with a certificate of professional interpreter training preferred
  • Has strong linguistic and interpreting skills; able to interpret with highest degree of accuracy and completeness
  • Has strong cultural awareness and competencies
  • Understands and abides by policies on confidentiality and interpreter ethical standards
  • Available to interpret remotely and/or in-person
  • Available on one or more weekdays during business hours (between 9am to 5pm, EST)
  • Has access to a laptop and video conferencing platforms (e.g. Zoom, Google Meet, Teams, etc.)

How to Apply:

Please send a cover letter and resume in PDF format to Gabriela Rodriguez. No phone call, please.

Non-discrimination statement: HIAS Pennsylvania is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against anyone on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, or beliefs.

Qualified applicants who represent minority and marginalized groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Benefits: This is an exempt position; the salary is commensurate with experience. The employment package includes comprehensive health care insurance coverage, 403(b) employer contribution retirement account, and very generous paid holiday leave and vacation provisions. Diverse candidates are encouraged to apply.

Compliance Statement: In the performance of their functions as detailed in the position description employees have an obligation to avoid ethical, legal, financial, and other conflicts of interest to ensure that their actions and outside activities do not conflict with their primary employment responsibilities at the agency. Employees are also expected to understand and be in compliance with applicable laws and agency policies.

HIAS PA is working remotely for the foreseeable future but under normal circumstances, HIAS Pennsylvania is a fast-paced environment. There is considerable traffic in the office and the work environment has a moderate amount of noise. The office functions as a team and staff members are asked to work both independently and collaboratively.

Job Types: Part-time, Contract

Pay: $25.00 – $30.00 per hour


  • On call

COVID-19 considerations:
All employees, customers and visitors, are required to wear masks when at HIAS Pennsylvania facility. Exceptions for medical/religious are accepted based on the documents.

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • Philadelphia, PA: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Preferred)


  • multiple languages (Preferred)

Work Location: Multiple Locations