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Jamaican Patois Linguist at KACE in Chantilly, Virginia

Posted in Other 30+ days ago.

Type: Part-Time

Job Description:

Job Summary:
Linguist is responsible for performing real-time translations or sensitive material from a foreign language into English; collecting, analyzing, identifying and decoding of colloquialisms and slang terms; Extracting pertinent information and communicating that information to law enforcement agent(s). Linguist is responsible for transcribing and translating source documents and recordings from storage media, including but not limited to audiocassettes, videocassettes or digital media.


Listens to oral intercepts in English or Foreign language and provides verbal and written synopsis.  Linguist is responsible for relating all pertinent information to the Client.    

Contribute to the master list of slang words and codes (used by that particular group/organization) for the duration of the project/case. 

Maintains a voice library for the duration of the project. 

  • During inactive or low periods of activity, transcribes and translates pertinent calls assigned by their Supervisor

Produce court ready transcriptions and translations of pertinent calls following the required format

Responsible for using the various reference tools created during the project

  • Ability to transcribe and translate a minimum of 18 - 22 minutes of recorded conversation in an 8-hour day

  • Operates specialized translation equipment provided by the government to include JSI voice box, Pen-link, Comverse and other communication collection equipment used at their assigned site

  • Maintain daily log of productivity

Minimum Qualifications & Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree AND three (3) years’ experience in a professional setting OR Associate degree AND five (5) years’ experience in a professional setting OR a High School Diploma AND seven (7) years of experience.

  • Applicants selected will be subject to a Government background investigation and may need to meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.

  • Must be U.S Citizen

  • Residency requirement - 3 consecutive years in the last 5 years

  • Available to work 32 hours per week.

  • Available to work the required shift hours.

  • Knowledge of source language colloquial terms and expressions.

  • Knowledgeable in SMS language, Social Media and Webchat.

  • Demonstrates excellent verbal and written skills in both the source and target language, including correct and accurate grammar, punctuation, and spelling. 

  • Must be able to meet contract requirement of a score a of 3 or better on a third-party Language Assessment (Listening/Speaking/Reading/Writing) in Spanish and English

  • Must possess excellent verbal and written skills in both the source and target language, including correct and accurate grammar, punctuation, and spelling.

  • Must possess strong computer skills in MS Office, including Microsoft Word and Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.

  • Must be able to work under pressure, in a fast-paced environment and be able to communicate effectively with management and law enforcement personnel.

  • Requires the ability to prioritize, have effective time management skills, meet stringent deadlines, balance multiple tasks and work in a team environment. 

  • Ability to take technical direction and feedback from various sources

  • Ability to translate/transcribe 18-22 minutes of recorded conversation in an 8/hour day when performing Linguist duties.

  • Must type 45 words per minute.

Physical Requirements/Working Conditions:

Take into account the position at hand (i.e., lifting, pushing and pulling won’t be very necessary).  Percentages should be modified to reflect necessity for each position.

Standing/Walking/Mobility:  Must have mobility to attend meeting with other managers and employees.

Climbing/Stooping/Kneeling:  0% - 10% of the time.

Lifting/Pulling/Pushing:  0% - 10% of the time.

Fingering/Grasping/Feeling:  Must be able to write, type and use a telephone system 100% of the time.

Sitting:  Sitting for prolonged and extended periods of time while monitoring live or taped calls.  Ability to leave desk may be restricted when handling live monitoring and translating of calls.

Our COVID-19 Response

The health and safety of our employees, partners, and customers is our priority. We have implemented workplace safety protocols and constantly monitor the evolving situation to adjust our COVID-19 response as needed. Additionally, as a federal contractor, we have policies from certain customers that require personnel working onsite to be fully vaccinated or regularly provide negative COVID-19 test results.

For more information about the company please visit our website at

KACE is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

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