In-House Translator Position in the Chicago Area

As our dear readers know, we write mainly about linguists who are also entrepreneurs and run their own businesses. However, running a business is difficult (if it were easy, everyone would do it). Hence, working as an in-house translator is a nice alternative (Judy is a recovering in-house translation department manager). Unfortunately, these positions are relatively rare. We just received this posting from our colleague Melissa Ramer, who is the translation manager at the agency in question, Valtera, which is located in the Chicago area.  We asked Melissa to give us a ballpark salary figure -- with the goal of minimizing time wasted for both applicant and hiring agency -- but her HR folks would only say that "salary is commensurate with experience." We are happy to make this information available to our readers, but we have no further information than what is listed below and we are in no way affiliated with the employer (nor do we know, unfortunately, whether it's a great place to work or not). Good luck!

WHO WE ARE:  For more than 30 years, Valtera has provided private and public sector employers with solutions to human resource management needs. We specialize in surveys associated with assessment and selection processes, organizational diagnostics, performance management, and service quality. As a leader in the industry, Valtera is able to attract and retain distinguished and talented professionals who address the unique business needs of each client. Visit for more information.

OUR CULTURE:  Our employees work collaboratively on teams. We are personally and professionally driven to provide the highest level of service to our clients and are willing to invest personal discretionary efforts to achieve this result. We demonstrate the highest standards of ethics and integrity in every transaction. In exchange for this commitment, our employees receive a competitive salary and generous benefit package.

THE OPPORTUNITY:  We are seeking a talented individual to join our Translation Department. The translation department works with both internal and external clients on large-scale, multi-lingual projects. Tasks include translation, proofreading of translations, managing translation projects, and all associated administrative tasks.

  • Bachelor’s degree in Spanish, Translation studies, or equivalent (Master’s degree a plus)
  • Demonstrated translation experience
  • At least one year in a professional work environment
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office including Word, Access, and Excel (Translation software knowledge a plus)
  • Excellent reading and writing skills in English and Spanish (Additional languages a plus)

Typical success factors for this role include:
·         Managing multiple processes simultaneously and independently
·         Developing and managing project timelines
·         Creating, tracking, and analyzing project information
·         Superior customer service
·         Strong communication and interpersonal skills

This is a full-time, on-site position. No freelance or contractor responses, please. No relocation services are provided.

HOW TO APPLY:  Please submit resume and cover letter with salary expectation via email to Please include “Translator position” in the subject line.


Unknown on February 28, 2011 at 11:30 AM said...

Hello, all: I wanted to let you know that this position has been filled. Thanks, Judy, for posting it here!

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