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Interpreter (Knox Co./Knoxville)



Location: Knox Co./Knoxville

SUMMARY: An interpreter fluent in Spanish to assist an interdisciplinary team of healthcare providers to facilitate understanding in communications between people who speak different languages in a health care facility.

RESPONSIBILITIES include the following: 

The following duties are normal for this job. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.

  • Interprets the spoken word (Spanish) and translate written materials for the non-English speaking client including patients, family members, and significant others.
  • Assistances by interpreting consent forms and any other patient related information.
  • Interpreter shall keep all patient information confidential and will not disclose to anyone any information learned during the performances of their duties.
  • Interpreter shall interpret everything the speaker says without changing the meaning and does not make any additions, deletions, or alterations to how or what is said.
  • Interpreter shall introduce themselves to all parties and explain their role.
  • Must avoid getting personally involved with the people for whom they are interpret and keep relationship with patient on a professional level at all time.
  • Assist with patient referrals
  • Other duties as assigned.


 • Adhere to dress code, appearance is neat and clean.
 • Always maintain patient confidentiality.
 • Report to work on time and as scheduled. Consistent and regular attendance is an essential function of this position.
 • Wear identification while on duty.
 • Always represent the organization in a positive and professional manner.
 • Comply with all organizational policies and standards regarding ethical business practices.  
 • Participate in performance improvement and continuous quality improvement activities.
 • Attend regular staff meetings and in-services as needed.  


Education/Experience: High school diploma or equivalent. One-year experience as an interpreter in a medical clinic setting preferred. 

Ability to demonstrate fluency by passing a Language Assessment administered by CHS Language Services vendor is required.


  • Must have the ability to read, write and converse fluently in the Spanish language and in English.
  • Ability to speak read and write in Russian or Bundoran is a plus.
  • Must possess excellent listening and communication skills.
  • Must have the ability to interact with patients of all cultural diversities.
  • Good phone and customer services skills.
  • To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Work Processing software, Electronic Medical Records software, and Spreadsheet design software.

This job description is not an employment agreement or contract. Management has the exclusive right to alter this job description at any time without notice.

Cherokee Health Systems provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, or genetics.  

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