University of Washington
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Four-Year Institution
MEDICAL INTERPRETER 1 - OROMO AND AMHARIC INTERPRETER (FULL-TIME, DAYS) Req #:201470Department:HARBORVIEW MEDICAL CENTER - INTERPRETER SERVICESJob Location: Harborview Medical Center Posting Date:03/28/2022 Closing Info:Open Until Filled Salary: $3,683 - $5,063 per month Union Position:YesShift:First Shift Notes:As an employee you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here. A higher degree of healthcare.

All across UW Medicine, our employees collaborate to perform the highest quality work with integrity and compassion and to create a respectful, welcoming environment where every patient, family, student and colleague is valued and honored.

As the region's only Level I Trauma center, Harborview Medical Center is well known for innovations and excellence in trauma care and its centers of emphasis:? Trauma, Burn, Neurosciences, AIDS/STD, Center for Advanced Reconstruction and Rehabilitation (CARER), and mentally-and medically- vulnerable populations. Harborview employees are committed to the vital role the institution plays in the immediate community, as well as the entire Northwest region.

Challenge. Collaboration. Compassion. Become part of our team, and join our mission to make life healthier for everyone in our community.

HMC INTERPRETER SERVICES has an outstanding opportunity for a full-time, day shift, MEDICAL INTERPRETER 1 - OROMO OR AMHARIC INTERPRETER. This individual performs interpretation services to patients who have limited English skills, enabling the patient(s) to access medical care. The Medical Interpreter will provide spoken language interpretation to patients, medical providers, and staff, which includes sight translation, consecutive and simultaneous interpretation.


  • Provides interpretation for target languages.
  • Provides sight translation in the presence of provider and/or other medical staff.
  • Provides accurate rendition of a written text in one language to an oral message in another language.
  • Provides spoken language interpretation, in person, by telephone or video to:
    - Transmit information accurately between patient and provider or staff
    - Encourage direct communication between patient and provider or staff
    - Manage complexity of cross-cultural encounter
    - Utilize/integrate ethical practice to guide behavior in all interpretation
  • Follows the Interpreter Services Department Standards of Practice.
  • Consults with provider prior to encounter.
  • Assesses patients’ interpretation needs.
  • Explains and clarifies cultural behaviors.
  • Acts as an advocate for the patient/family through such activities as assisting with locating appropriate staff to address concerns, and safeguarding patient’s privacy and confidentiality.
  • Demonstrates an atmosphere/attitude of respect for human dignity and the uniqueness of each person encountered in the clinic/unit setting.
  • Other duties as assigned


    High school graduation or equivalent AND three years of interpretation experience with two years interpretation experience in a clinic or hospital setting AND Washington State Department of Social and Health Services certification or qualification; AND/OR equivalent experience/education

    UW Medicine includes Harborview Medical Center, UW Medical Center - Montlake, UW Medical Center - Northwest, Valley Medical Center, UW Neighborhood Clinics, UW Physicians, UW School of Medicine, and Airlift Northwest.
    Applicants considered for this position will be required to disclose if they are the subject of any substantiated findings or current investigations related to sexual misconduct at their current employment and past employment. Disclosure is required under Washington state law.

    Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

    The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral. The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral.

    The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

    To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 or [email protected].


    Governor Inslee's Proclamation 21-14.2 requires employees of higher education and healthcare institutions to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless a medical or religious exemption is approved. Being fully vaccinated means that an individual is at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. As a condition of employment, newly hired employees will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination. View the Final candidate guide to COVID-19 vaccination requirement webpage for information about the medical or religious exemption process for final candidates.

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