EDD Hiring Language Access Officer

Hello Members,

We have been contacted by the EDD concerning an opening for a language services coordinator for their offices. This may be of interest to some of you, or other colleagues we work in the language field and are interested in exploring other possibilities besides the courts. 

From: "Repicky, [email protected]" <[email protected]>
Subject: EDD Hiring Language Access Officer
Date: January 7, 2022 at 1:32:30 PM PST
To: "Repicky, [email protected]" <[email protected]>

Good afternoon,

California’s Employment Development Department (EDD) is pleased to announce that it is recruiting for a new senior level Language Access Officer (LAO), who will be responsible for leading the agency’s multilingual access services.  To apply, please complete the required job packet by February 3, 2022

With new dedicated state funding, EDD is creating a language access unit directed by the LAO to expand multilingual services across all the Department’s services and programs.  The mission of the new unit is to provide quality translation and interpreter services to the Department’s limited or non-English speaking customers in order for them to have equal access to services and benefits that the Department oversees. Under the administrative direction of the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Officer and the support of the Department’s senior leadership, the LAO is responsible for establishing, monitoring, and overseeing the Department language access services and efforts.  

The LAO will have broad leadership responsibilities over EDD’s multilingual access services, which will include: 

  • Developing and implementing policies and procedures to ensure equal access to the Department’s services and programs, including the Unemployment Insurance, Disability Insurance and Paid Family Leave programs.
  • Conducting research and monitoring to determine the Department’s accessibility needs to comply with federal and state laws, and develop and implement plans to address those language access needs, including the Department’s new language access services required by AB 138 and its Language Access Plan.
  • Exercising supervision over the performance of the new language access unit’s professional, technical, and administrative staff and over the provision of third-party vendor translation and interpreter services.   
  • Leading the Department’s community engagement activities with linguistically marginalized communities to solicit their feedback and best practices, and effectively promote the Department’s programs with targeted communities.  
  • Leading the creation and implementation of a Multilingual Access Advisory Board comprised of community stakeholders, and oversee and administer a new $2 million CBO grant program to fund multilingual outreach and education activities.
  • Providing technical assistance and develop Department staff trainings and other educational activities administered by the multilingual access unit to expand culturally appropriate interpretive and translation services and projects across the Department.
  • Developing reports to the Legislature on the status of the Department’s multilingual access services and other activities responding to legislative inquiries and assisting in the Department’s communications and public engagement activities.  

EDD is seeking strong applicants with relevant experience for this senior leadership position, including those who have worked with linguistically marginalized communities.  For more information about the position and hiring process, please email the EDD recruitment team at[email protected], or visit  CalHR's "State Hiring Workshops" 3-part YouTube videos for advice on writing a strong Statement of Qualifications and for tutorials related to job application processes with the State of California: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGISnO8yHUo.

Please help spread the word among your networks to promote this exciting new position to ensure that all California’s workers (including the one in five Californians who are limited English proficient) have fair and equal access to EDD’s programs and services.   Thank you.

Brendan Repicky
Stakeholder Liaison
[email protected]
State of California
Employment Development Department
PO Box 826880, Sacramento, CA 95814


Michael Ferreira
CFI President