External job announcement (internal applicants welcome)
Position: Chief Language Officer
Reports to: Chief Knowledge Officer
Classification: Unpaid internship
Founded in the philosophical works of the distinguished Prof. Richard Buckminster Fuller, original designer of Tokyo Tower (among many, many other things) the mission of the Tokyo Global Engineering Corporation (“TGEC”) is to apply currently accepted scientific principles to the design of projects that cannot be implemented until the emergence of a global state. Headquartered in the North Aoyama Ward of Tokyo, TGEC has “employees” around the world, with well-educated persons, such as university professors, as the organization’s advisors, and learners, such as university students, as the laborers. None are remunerated, nor do they feign unremunerative intent. TGEC has two divisions, and two corporate boards: the Operations Division and the Support Division, and the Board of Investors and the Board of Advisors. Within the Operations Division exist the following departments: Bioengineering, Nanoengineering, Civil Engineering, Space Engineering, Global Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, Systems Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Structural Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, and Communication Engineering. Within the Support Division are the following bureaus: Art, Business Development, Communication, Diversity, Econometrics, Editing, Employment, Finance, General Counsel, Grants, Health, Information, Knowledge, Networking, Philanthropy, Procurement, Reputation, Scheduling, Strategy, Threat Analysis, Translation, and Workforce Education.
TGEC seeks an inspiring, collaborative, and innovative linguist to become its next Chief Language Officer (CLAO). The successful candidate will be committed to the Corporation’s mission and will serve as the leader of its translation bureau. Working in partnership with the Chief Knowledge Officer, the CLAO will be an integral member of the organization’s leadership team and will be responsible for bringing the organization to the forefront of communication.
As TGEC prepares to expand to all of the world’s ten most populated cities in 2017, this is a prime opportunity for the CLAO to be the principal architect of a growing corporate language-translation program. The CLAO will build on existing translation efforts and aggressively pursue new opportunities for translation in support of the Corporation’s mission, vision, and strategic plan.
Essential job accountabilities:
The incumbent of this position directs the mission and oversees the work of the Translation Branch. Duties include, but are not limited to the following:
• Arranges interpretation, where necessary, for internal and external stakeholders in a wide variety of settings, such as staff meetings, private meetings, performance evaluations, personnel grievances, employee-assistance-program sessions, seminars, and training programs).
• Arranges interpretation, where necessary, of highly specialized, legal, research, computer, medical, and engineering terminology.
• Manages the Corporation’s translation process effectively and transparently.
• Corrects and discusses oral and written translation assignments, analyzes errors, determines their underlying cause and provides remediation.
Monitors the Corporation’s translators’ progress and keeps executives appraised of the Translation Branch’s achievements.
• Collaborates with the Chief Employment Officer to identify and recognize languages of all members of the Corporation, and actively seeks their participation in the translation process.
• Collaborates with the Chief Workforce Education Officer to coordinate and schedule skill maintenance and proficiency-development training of incumbent translators in accordance with individual needs and requirements. This includes short-term language instruction requiring expertise not readily available to the Corporation.
• Collaborates with the Chief Diversity Officer to assists supervisors, managers, and deaf, deaf-blind and hard-of-hearing employees in accessing technology to facilitate communication and accessibility.
• Collaborates with the Chief Innovation Officer to keep an eye out for radical and breakthrough innovation in translation technologies.
• Identifies new Board prospects who are multilingual and have an affinity for the mission and programs of TGEC, with an eye towards building the TGEC network, including and especially by assisting TGEC’s Chief Networking Officer.
• Supervises a team of translators, the majority of whom are located around the world. All communicate using English, and no knowledge of the Japanese language is required of the CLAO.
• Develops and sustains relationships with other corporate language officers and partner organizations.
• Maintains a flexible leadership style that empowers translators through active communication and delegation, and that promotes intra- and inter-departmental teamwork.
• Embraces diversity as a strategic advantage.
Knowledge, skills, and abilities:
The ideal candidate will possess exceptional translations skills, and equally outstanding oral and written communication skills. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated exceptional translation experience in an organization of similar or larger size, or equivalent experience in another field, along with the following additional experience and attributes:
• Undergraduate degree preferred; graduate degree in foreign language education, linguistics, language (English included), literature, translation and interpretation, cross-cultural studies, or a related field strongly desired
• Experience managing a translation program at a senior level within a large, complex government or corporate enterprise
• Ability to implement and manage translation tools in a large, complex government or corporate enterprise
• Intense desire to lead and innovate
• Demonstrated ability to build, supervise, and motivate teams and individuals in a collaborative manner
• Remarkable communication savvy, with excellent computer skills
Please complete a TGEC Form 1, Application for Employment, which can be obtained from TGEC’s Employment Branch at the e-mail address featured on the “Careers” webpage. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. TGEC offers this position as a highly competitive unpaid internship. TGEC does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of anything that otherwise lands the worst of corporations in court, and prides itself in its pointedly anti-discriminatory policies, while demanding the same of all its employees. All persons that believe themselves capable of performing all of the tasks outlined in this announcement should apply without delay.
Qualified applicants will be evaluated by the TGEC Employment Branch’s rating panel to determine the most qualified applicants and will be based upon the degree to which qualified applicants meet the preferred qualifications. The rating panel will refer the top applicants to the selecting official for consideration.
Please follow all instructions very carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.