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Council Member Application

The Secretary of State is recruiting members to the nonpartisan Translation Advisory Council. To be eligible, applicants must be a resident of Oregon and will serve at least two years. There are two types of members, at-large members and translator members. 

  • At-large members bring lived experience and civic service in one or more of the respective communities served by voter pamphlet translations. 
  • Translator members bring lived experience and proficiency in English and one of the current Council languages or anticipated Council languages. 

Potential applicants should review the About the Council web page and Frequently Asked Questions.

Optional Supplemental Application Materials 

All applicants may submit optional supplemental materials with an application. For competitive review, we encourage translator member applicants to submit optional proof of proficiency in reading and writing English and one of the Council languages or anticipated languages. For example, materials might include: 

  1. A copy of the American Translator Association certification; or 
  2. A copy of an Oregon Federal, or other state Court Interpreter certification; or 
  3. A copy of an Oregon, Federal, or other state Healthcare Interpreter certification; or 
  4. A sample of translation work, including both the English and translated texts; or 
  5. A copy of a diploma or unofficial transcript for a bachelor’s degree or higher in related studies; or an international equivalent 
  6. Proof of paid or volunteer experience providing translation services. 

Do you have questions? Contact the Elections Division at or call 971-358-3075.