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Translator and Reviser

Job Information
Author pmnationtalk
Date November 3, 2017
Type Full Time
Company Mental Health Commission of Canada
Location Ottawa, ON
Category Miscellaneous
Client Mental Health Commission of Canada
Contact Information

Translator and Reviser

Reports To: Manager, Marketing
Status: Permanent, Full-Time
Location: Ottawa, Ontario
Application Deadline: November 17, 2017. Interviews may be held prior to application deadline.


The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) is a non-profit organization created to focus national attention on mental health issues and to work to improve the health and social outcomes of people living with mental health problems and illnesses.

The Commission’s mandate for the first 10 years was to develop a Mental Health Strategy for Canada; to implement a ten-year Anti-Stigma/Anti-Discrimination program; to create a Knowledge Exchange Centre for the mental health field and to address homelessness in the context of mental health problems. It is currently working with the Federal Government to determine its mandate taking us to 2027.

The Commission has recently begun a strategic planning process to guide its work over the coming years. One aspect of its future is to create a Mental Health Action Plan building on the Mental Health Strategy for Canada. Other priorities will be to further its anti-stigma and anti-discrimination efforts and workplace mental health. Suicide prevention is also likely to be a major focus.

The Mental Health Commission’s head office is located in Ottawa, Ontario.


The Mental Health Commission of Canada is currently seeking a French-English translator and reviser who will report to the Marketing Manager. The role requires extraordinary attention to detail and a strong belief in the value and quality of language. Responsibilities will include reading original material/documents and translating in French, researching phraseology to determine correct translations, with respect to specific mental health language; and liaising with clients and coworkers to discuss translation requirements and any unclear points. The Translator and Reviser is also expected to provide sound advice to Public Affairs, management and co-workers on how to effectively manage and interpret translated material and consult with clients, management and co-workers when translating specialized areas of information.


  • Read original material/documents and translate in French; ensuring the content, meaning and feeling of the original/source text is retained in the translation.
  • Prioritize and manage all internal requests for translation, and subsequent revisions and proofreading of texts
  • Coordinate the work of external translators, when required, and ensure consistency and quality of the service provided.
  • Ensure translated documents are delivered in a timely manner, and that deadline and budget are met.
  • Identify and resolve any conflicts related to the meanings of words, phrases or concepts when translating between languages
  • Proofread, revise and edit final translated versions to ensure that terms and terminology remain consistent throughout the translation and respect the mental health appropriate language.
  • Prioritize and manage all internal requests for translation, and subsequent revisions and proofreading of texts
  • Ensure that all translation/revising requirements are included in project work back schedules
  • Liaise with and manage outside translation services Prepare memos, PPTs and correspondence in French, when required
  • Must be attentive of different knowledge-providing sources like policy documents, dictionaries, thesaurus
  • Compile terminology and information about the content and context of information to be translated, including technical/medical terms
  • Use available resources (ie. Tradus) to determine correct translations
  • Liaise with coworkers to discuss translation requirements and any unclear points.
  • Provide sound advice to management and coworkers on how to effectively manage and interpret translated material
  • Consult with clients, management and coworkers when translating specialized areas of information and retain and develop specialized knowledge.
  • Follow ethical codes that protect the confidentiality of information.
  • Other duties shall be assigned as required.
  • Assist writing memos, reports, and letters
  • Undertake other projects and assignments as required


  • Advanced time management, planning and organizational skills;
  • Advanced communication skills (French and English), both verbal and written
  • Strong interpersonal skills to interact with internal staff and external clients
  • Excellent knowledge of office practices, procedures and standards
  • Advanced proficiency in MS Word, MS Excel, PowerPoint, Basecamp and Outlook
  • Proactively determines priorities and organizes work flow
  • Flexible to ensure deliverables are met in an environment of changing/conflicting priorities and deadlines
  • Ability to multi-task within a fast-paced environment
  • Works independently with minimal supervision and within a team
  • Adaptable and has a keen interest in keeping current in field of work
  • Creative and solutions-driven
  • Complete knowledge of the English and French languages with the ability to write appropriately/professionally in each.
  • Should be aware of different styles of writing and principles of editing in both English and French.
  • Must know the sentence structure of indirect speech and different figures of speech in the source language like hyperbole, irony and meiosis.
  • Strong verbal communication skills in French and English


  • Bachelor’s Degree (B.A.) in English-French Translation or an equivalent study
  • Five years of experience in English-French Translation
  • ATIO and/or CTTIC certification
  • Interest in mental health issues is an asset
  • Fluency in both official languages is required


Values and Ethics
Respectful of Diversity
Continuous Learning
Results Management
Teamwork and Cooperation
Oral/Written Communication
Health, Safety and Wellness (Physical and Psychological)
See Commission Competency Framework – Employee Level, Organizational and Core for details.


  • Moderate periods of time spent in meeting type settings
  • Extended visual requirements (5 plus hours) due to computer related work
  • Extended periods of time spent in sitting position (computer work, meetings etc. 5 plus hours)
  • High requirement for multi-tasking and effectively dividing attention to numerous duties and responsibilities
  • High degree of concentration required
  • Highly attentive to details
  • Low level exposure to extended travel requirements (up to 5% and greater at times) and extension of work day beyond 7.5 hours
  • High analytical and interpretive requirements
  • Must be comfortable working in open space environments


  • Continuously deadline driven requirements
  • High level of multitasking
  • Moderate to high level exposure to stress resulting from complex interactions, stakeholder relations, and output requirements.
  • High level requirement to maintain concentration for extended periods of time to maximize stakeholder engagement, perform situational strategic analysis and interpretation of data and minimize errors.
  • Capacity to effectively organize and prioritize own work.
  • High degree of emotional intelligence required to develop and maintain good relationships, communicate clearly, influence and inspire others, work well in a team, and manage conflict.
  • Responsive to possible rapid changes in priorities;
  • Adaptable to change (organizational and environmental)
  • Performance goals and objectives are established yearly and regularly reviewed.

The Mental Health Commission of Canada is committed to diversity in the workplace and workplace well-being. As such, applications from individuals from diverse backgrounds such as: First Nations, Inuit, and Métis, members of a visible minority group and those with lived experience of mental health problems or illnesses are welcomed and encouraged.

The Mental Health Commission of Canada welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

Accessible formats and communication supports for applicants are available upon request by contacting Human Resources at

Please apply for this position on our website at:

While we appreciate all applications, only those selected for interviews will be contacted

*For French applications only*

To apply for this position, please forward your cover letter and resume (in MS Word or Adobe PDF format only) to: by November 17, 2017

Please include your name and position you’re applying for in the subject line.

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