Swedish Medical Center Spanish Medical Interpreter II - Linguistic Services in Seattle, Washington


Swedish Medical Center is looking for a Spanish Medical Interpreter II (1.0 FTE, Days) in Linguistic Services at Swedish First Hill in Seattle, WA.

The Spanish Medical Interpreter II provides accurate and impartial on-site spoken language interpretation services requiring proficiency in oral and written English and the target language to assist Limited English Proficient (LEP) patients and SMC medical providers and personnel to ensure linguistically appropriate care. The interpreter abides by organization and department standards as well as the National Code of Ethics for Interpreting in Healthcare.

In this position you will:

  • Act as cultural broker and patient advocate where applicable

  • Spoken language interpretation (e.g. in person, via telephone or VRI -video remote interpretation)

  • Perform sight translation, oral rendition of written test in one language to another, consecutive and simultaneous interpretation

  • Translate written material and review back translation/editing as needed

  • Maintain and update personal calendar of assignments

  • Place appointment reminder calls to patients


Required qualifications for this position include:

  • High School Diploma or GED or equivalent

  • Certification or screening assessment by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) as a Medical Interpreter or equivalent

  • Minimum one (1) year of interpretation experience in a medical clinic or hospital setting required

  • Two (2) years experience in translationof English and source language as demonstrated by passing a competency exam and skills assessment

  • Knowledgeable of complex medical terminology

  • Excellent command of English and the target language, and ability to communicate with, both verbally and in writing, with patients, SMC staff and the general public utilizing courtesy, good judgment and reflecting Swedish Standards of Excellence

Preferred qualifications for this position include:

  • Bachelors Degree from an accredited school

  • Continuing education and/or training preferred in medical interpretation competencies, translation and medical terminology/phrases preferred

  • ATA certification or DSHS Translator Certification preferred

  • Three (3) or more years of interpretation experience in a medical clinic or hospital setting

  • Recent or current experience video interpreting

About the First Hill Campus:

The 697-bed tertiary-care center on the Swedish/First Hill campus is the flagship of the Swedish health-care system. Swedish/First Hill has one of the most active and advanced birthing programs in Washington state and houses a Level III neonatal intensive-care unit. More surgeries are performed each year at Swedish/First Hill than at any other facility in the region; volumes include more total joint replacements than any other medical center in the state.

We offer a full comprehensive range of benefits — see our website for details


Our Mission

Our nonprofit Mission is to improve the health and wellbeing of each person we serve. Our Vision is to demonstrate the highest-quality, best-value healthcare to all we serve.

About Us

Swedish is the largest nonprofit health care provider in the greater Seattle area. It is comprised of five hospital campuses (First Hill, Cherry Hill, Ballard, Edmonds and Issaquah); ambulatory care centers in Redmond and Mill Creek; and Swedish Medical Group a network of more than 118 primary care and specialty locations throughout the Puget Sound. Swedish employs more than 13,300 employees and 3,100 physicians and allied health professionals. Whether through physician clinics, education, research and innovation or other outreach, we’re committed to caring for the people in our region and beyond. Swedish is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Swedish does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, disability, protected veteran, military status, religion, age, creed, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law.

Schedule: Full-time

Shift: Day

Job Category: Patient Services

Location: Washington-Seattle

Work Locations: First Hill Main Bldg (WA145) 747 Broadway Seattle, 98122

Req ID: 207732