Non-Clinical Careers at Lifespan

Interpreter - Spanish Job

Job Number: RIH17281

Job Title: Spanish Interpreter - Per Diem

Department: Interpreter Services - 1013119

Facility: Rhode Island Hospital

Location: Providence, RI

Demonstrated knowledge and skills necessary to provide care to patients with consideration of aging processes, human development stages and cultural patterns in each step of the care process.

Associate Degree in any area related to science or human services or its equivalent level of experience. Fluency and proficiency in both English and target Foreign language. Able to accurately interpret and translate verbal and written. Must have Medical Interpreter Training Program Certificate. Requires proficiency in Medical Terminology in English and a Foreign Language in order to interpret and translate accurately. Requires interpersonal and communication skills to deal effectively with medical providers treating patients and their families in situations that may be difficult and highly emotional for both parties. Requires the ability to interview, assess and train student interpreters and, when needed, to act as a liaison for RIH for educational purposes in schools and other community agencies/institutions (i.e.: Brown University Interpreter Aide Program). Provides support to student interpreters. Requires the knowledge, sensitivity, and ability to bridge ethnic values, cultural beliefs and behaviors with American Medical Practices. Responsible to ensure that a language barrier does not prevent the provision of Quality Medical Care. Sign Language interpreters require certification and or license.


Minimum of one to two years’ of formal Medical Interpreting.


Works in a normal office environment with significant exposure to patient care environment.

Under general supervision of the Manager Interpreter Services & Information Desk or designee, and in accordance with established policies and procedures, the Medical Interpreter provides both oral and written foreign language interpretation services to non-English speaking patients and employees. Explains hospital policies and procedures and provides assistance to patients who have limited English proficiency. All essential functions performed in this position reflect the age specific needs of the patients. Sign Language Interpreters are also provided for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Patients and their families.

EEO/AA Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, disability, veteran status or national origin. VEVRAA Federal Contractor.