Translation Coordinator (Freelance Contractor)

Position details: 

We’re the Canada people; we offer programs that you can use to explore, learn and reflect on our history, and what it means to be Canadian. We reach more than 19 million Canadians annually. Everything our not-for-profit organization provides is in both official languages and usually for free. You can find our programs and content in venues including schools, public places, on television, trains, planes - and online everywhere. To learn more visit

The Translation Coordinator for The Canadian Encyclopedia will be an individual who is passionate about Historica Canada’s work, is a motivated self-starter who is able to work independently to achieve deliverables in a timely fashion. The successful candidate is bilingual (English and French), detail oriented, and capable of handling a high volume of material.

The responsibilities of the Translation Coordinator may include:

  • Prepare the Encyclopedia’s weekly load of new and updated texts for full and partial translation and assign them to an existing network of translators — approximately 20 articles of varying length per week (French to English and English to French);
  • Translate 3 to 5 short texts per week (mostly English to French);
  • Receive and assess the quality and completeness of translations filed by translators — approximately 20 articles of varying length per week;
  • Upload and publish reviewed translations through the Encyclopedia’s content management system (CMS);
  • Track progress in the Encyclopedia’s filing system
  • Provide the Encyclopedia’s Managing Editor with regular updates regarding workflow;
  • Work from their own office, but to an agreed-upon weekly schedule that includes at least partial availability during normal business hours (EST/EDT).


  • Bilingualism (English and French) required;
  • A degree in Translation, French, Linguistics, or equivalent;
  • Excellent communications skills, including writing and editing in French and English;
  • Excellent attention to detail;
  • Ability to multi-task on a fast-paced project;
  • Knowledge of online media and experience with online publishing tools and html;
  • Editorial experience an asset.

This is a 3-month freelance contract position beginning on April 1, 2020, with the possibility of extension. The contractor will work for 20 hours per week at a rate of $25 an hour inclusive of any and all taxes and payroll deductions, if applicable. Invoices are expected to be submitted on a weekly basis and will be paid to the successful candidate within 30 days of receipt.

Please submit your resume and cover letter in a single PDF or Microsoft Word document with your full name and the position as the file name.

Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. Interviews may be arranged before the deadline. Interested candidates should submit their application no later than February 24, 2020 5:00 PM EST to Please refer to this posting in the subject line. Successful candidates will be contacted directly. Phone calls or solicitations from agencies and candidates will not be accepted.

All candidates who indicate fluency in French will undertake a French language assessment (written and verbal) as part of the selection process.

Historica Canada is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, or veteran status.

Historica 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.

This job description indicates the general nature and level of work expected. It is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities required by the incumbent. Incumbent may be asked to perform other duties as required.


Application closing date: 
Monday, February 24, 2020 - 17:00