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University of Michigan Ann Arbor Part-time

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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific skills and experience that directly relate to this position.


The Reckoning Project @ WCEE is looking for a translator and proofreader to prepare summaries of testimonies collected from the victims of Russia’s war in Ukraine for qualitative and legal analysis.

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.


  • Proofread and edit English-language summaries of war victims’ testimonies to improve readability and correct errors in spelling, punctuation, and grammar.
  • Verify terminology, correct false cognates, and edit for comprehension.
  • Use contextual knowledge of Ukraine to enhance the quality of proofread texts
  • Work with source files in the original language (Ukrainian or Russian) to ensure the correctness of the translation
  • Work with other members of the Translation and Proofreading Team and assist the Translation and Proofreading Team Supervisor with any related tasks
  • Maintain a tracking log of translation activities and arising issues
  • Adhere to established deadlines and ensure timely updates
  • Stay informed about of the Project’s goals, policies, and structure
  • Comply with confidentiality requirements established by the Project
  • Provide regular updates to and maintain contact with the Research Project Coordinator

Required Qualifications*

  • Native speaker of English
  • Advanced English editing, proofreading, and writing skills
  • Advanced knowledge of Russian and Ukrainian languages (Advanced ACTFL, C1 CEFR)
  • Previous experience with translation and proofreading
  • Proficiency in MS Word and Excel as well as Google Docs and Sheets
  • Ability to work with strict deadlines
  • Ability to work with materials that may include detailed descriptions of violence

Desired Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree in English, communications, or related field
  • Major or minor in Slavic, Ukrainian, or Russian
  • Previous experience working with a team as part of a project
  • Experience working with potentially traumatizing and sensitive content

Work Schedule

This is a temporary part-time position with flexible hours. The workload and the duration of the position will depend on the needs of the Project. The workload will not exceed 20 hours per week.

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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