Requisition ID R12271

Language Technology Specialist
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We are seeking full-time and volunteer professional Language Technology Specialists. If you're tech-savvy and have a basic understanding of language tools, this position will allow you to assist in implementation, troubleshooting, and user support. No formal linguistics training required.

A Language Technology Specialist is responsible for installing and configuring software to facilitate language and translation work. They are knowledgeable in the tools to accelerate language-based development in under-resourced language communities, and assist language workers in applying the right technologies for their tasks.

Job Description


Major Responsibilities

  • Provide basic leadership and support in the language technology domain within the area of assignment
  • Assist in the implementation and basic training of language technology tools
  • Promote best practices in the installation and setup of language technology tools

Minor Responsibilities

  • Basic understanding of language fieldwork and the practices of linguists, translators and literacy work
  • Proficiency in installing and configuring recommended translation and lexical database software
  • Basic knowledge of computer safety measures such as backup and antivirus
  • Be available to travel for international training events and workshops
  • Be available to travel to meet with the larger department team at least once per year
  • Be available to travel biennially to the Language Technology Conference
  • Participate in professional conferences and meetings

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to evaluate and configure language technology solutions.
  • Strong interpersonal and consulting skills, with a focus on cross-cultural understanding.
  • Good organizational skills
  • The ability to make decisions in a timely manner
  • The ability to generate multiple solutions to the problem
  • The ability to quickly pick up technical concepts
  • The ability to work both with a team and independently, and to multitask effectively

Education and Experience:

Language Technology Specialists should have basic training or experience in the installation and use of language technology tools. Bachelor’s degree in computer science, communications, or equivalent work experience is preferred, but we care more for a heart and mind that are always learning.

Training and Orientation:

Will complete the initial IT Software Department training program and relevant portions of IT Orientation. The consultant will attend an annual Language Technology Consultant training course. Ongoing mentorship from an existing Language Technology Consultant.

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About SIL

Dallas, TX - Founded in 1934

SIL is a global, faith-based nonprofit that works with local communities around the world to develop language solutions that expand possibilities for a better life.

Our faith inspires and informs our commitment to expand possibilities for people to thrive. We believe all people are created by God and given language as a means for flourishing. Through language, we understand who we are, experience relationships and explore life’s most important questions.