Careers with Tennessee Foreign Language Institute

Established in 1986, Tennessee Foreign Language Institute (TFLI) has helped the citizens and businesses of Tennessee reach their linguistic goals through language classes, professional development, interpretation, and translation. We are always looking for vibrant, considerate professionals to support our clients’ needs.

Interested in joining our dedicated team of language professionals? Read below to learn more about how you can get involved.

Freelance Interpreters and Translators

Put your language talents to work on your schedule.

Our interpreters and translators work with us remotely on a contract (“freelance”) basis. They choose which assignments to accept and are paid by assignment. Flexible scheduling makes it possible to balance working as an interpreter or translator with many of life’s commitments.

Freelance interpreters and translators are vital to the success of our agency. They are often the face and voice of TFLI; whether it is through in-person interaction within Tennessee’s communities or the written word. That’s why we are dedicated to ensuring the success of our interpreters and translators through timely feedback, fair pay, training opportunities, and friendly support staff.


TFLI interpreters and translators are expected to possess relevant education, training, and experience to handle a wide variety of assignments requiring specific vocabularies and skills. Our interpreters are timely, organized, able to navigate unfamiliar/complex situations, and lifelong learners.

Our most successful interpreters and translators are trained professionals who respond promptly to calls and emails, are willing to learn new technology, open to constructive feedback, incorporate new skills and feedback into assignments, and excellent communicators.

Interpreters must have reliable transportation to get to assignments on time.

Translators must be based in the USA.

To Apply:

Interpreters, please email resume, cover letter, and two professional reference to . Please include “Interpretation Resume” and the language you speak in the subject line.

Translators, please email resume, cover letter, two professional references, and 1-2 samples of your work to . Please include “Translation Resume” and the language you speak in the subject line.

Part-Time Foreign Language Instructors

Help others discover new worlds through language.

Foreign language instructors work with TFLI on a part-time basis. They may teach either group classes during our regularly-scheduled terms or private classes. We always work with our instructors to ensure class schedules suit their needs and it is always the instructor’s choice whether or not to teach a class. TFLI primarily teaches adult students but we occasionally work with children through private instruction or schools.

Foreign language classes are where it all started for TFLI so our part time instructors are truly the heartbeat of our organization. We are dedicated to ensuring their success through on-going training, regular feedback, flexible scheduling, fair pay, and friendly support staff.


TFLI part-time language instructors are expected to possess relevant education, training, and experience to teach adult learners in an engaging, progressive, results-oriented classroom. Our instructors are timely, organized, open to new teaching methods, and lifelong learners. We have a strong preference for instructors with training specific to language instruction.

Our most successful instructors are enthusiastic, dedicated, trained language professionals who put TFLI’s preferred teaching methods into practice, respond promptly to calls and emails, are willing to learn new technology, open to constructive feedback, incorporate new skills and feedback into lesson plans, and are excellent communicators.

To Apply:

Please email resume, including language proficiency level*, to . Please include “FL Resume” and the language you aim to teach in the subject line.

Applicants will be provided instructions and asked to submit a lesson plan. The remainder of the application process includes teaching a demo lesson and an conversation about teaching methodologies.

*Language proficiency level should be indicated by ACTFL, CEFR, or other equivalent level or certification. If you have not taken a proficiency exam, please list in detail your ability to use the language. For example, “I can have basic conversations about daily activities and I can tell a story occurring in the past, present, or future using correct grammar.” or “I can have advanced conversations about complex and abstract subjects. I am able to state my opinion, entertain the opinion of others, and offer rebuttal.” Do NOT just say, for example, “intermediate” or “fluent.”

In-House Team

TFLI hires full-time and part-time employees as administrative staff to support our students, teachers, interpreters, translators, and clients. Our administrative staff is a well-rounded team of courteous, friendly, dynamic individuals with a wide variety of backgrounds and experience, representing many languages and cultures.  In addition to professional qualifications, individuals interested in working with TFLI must possess a heart for public service and willingness to learn.

Why work at TFLI?

At Tennessee Foreign Language Institute, we offer a friendly, collaborative, multi-cultural work experience. We value the contributions and enthusiasm of all of our team members and ensure they know they are appreciated for helping us to excel. We do this by providing:

  • Professional Development Opportunities
  • Fair Pay and opportunities for increases
  • A cooperative work environment
  • Family-friendly policies and flexible scheduling

Additionally, as employees of the State of Tennessee, those hired to TFLI full-time are eligible for the following state benefits:

  • Paid vacation and holidays
  • 401K + matching
  • Group medical, dental, vision, and life insurance options
  • Higher education through the State of Tennessee employee fee waiver program
  • State of Tennessee pension upon 5+ years of full-time service

Current Openings

Assistant Project Manager, Nashville, ITS Staff

Position Description – Responsibilities and Requirements:

The Tennessee Foreign Language Institute is seeking an Assistant Project Manager to join its Interpretation and Translation Services Department (ITS Dept.).

This employee serves as the point of contact for all aspects and each type of project in the ITS Dept. He/she will:

1.    Communicatewith the client(s) about project specifications, such as timelines and deadlines, target audience, desired delivery method, and supporting documentation.

2.    Engage and coordinate the participation of translators and/or interpreters for each assignment, using established criteria and procedures.

3.    Use online and customized databases to track, monitor and ensure quality in work products, fulfillment of deadlines, and adherence to contracts.

4.    Organize client invoices and contractor payment documentation using appropriate paperwork and online forms, and have them ready for processing by the financial department.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs)

1.    College degree related to business project management, and/or emphasis/focus on linguistics and applied research.

2.    Experience in project coordination or call center activities, or as team member in a Project Management Office (PMO).

3.    Sensitivity to and knowledge of inter-lingual/multicultural issues.

4.    English proficiency with high competence and efficiency to proofread/edit technical and non-technical material.

5.     Attention to quality and detail in a project-based environment.

6.     Ability to multi-task, organize, prioritize and problem-solve simultaneous and consecutive projects.

7.     Computer skills – word processing, formatting of documents under entire MS Office suite, previous work with Access databases required.

8.     Communication and people skills: charisma, diplomacy, patience, empathy.

Additional duties may include:

a.    Preparing reports on monthly or quarterly activities of the department, or related to the development of new translation/interpretation initiatives.

b.     Occasional pre-arranged hours assisting with TFLI special events, workshops and meetings.

Work Schedule:
This position is full-time: 37.5 hours/week. Hiring directly linked to department funding, anticipating 12-month duration and with possibility of renewal/extension.

Salary: commensurate with experience and readiness to join a high-performance team.

Job Type: Full-time

Contact Information and Procedure: Please e-mail a cover letter addressing KSAs and experience, plus your resume and a list of 2-3 professional references to, or via regular mail to the address further below, or by fax to the number provided.

All applications must be received by January 15, 2018.

Cesar Muedas, ITS Director, 220 French Landing Drive, TFLI, Suite 1-B ATTN: APM Position – ITS Nashville, TN 37243
Phone: (615) 741-7579 x109
Fax: (615) 253-5488

English Programs Administrative Assistant, Nashville, ESL Staff

Reports to: Assistant Director of English Programs

Overall Responsibility: Provide direct support for the department through database record management, off-site student testing, on-site student testing, client and student services, teacher support, administrative tasks, social media accounts, and other tasks assigned.

Key areas of responsibility:
-Answer phones, take messages, respond to general inquiry emails
-Input payroll, invoices, and other reimbursements
-Database entry ad quarterly reports (including the management of student records and communication with community partners)
-Running/Updating relevant social media accounts (snapchat, twitter, Instagram, ETC)
-Setting class schedules, teacher placement, and maintaining enrollment records
-Testing (both on and off site) assistant will need to utilize their own transportation. Travel may be eligible for reimbursement.
-Engaging in communication with students
-Maintenance of the mobile classroom (gas, supplies, etc.)

-Experience with refugee and immigrant communities
-Previous administrative experience
-Detail oriented, organized
-Proficiency with various social media platforms, including bu not limited to Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat
-Self-starting, Self regulating, goal oriented attitude
Conversational proficiency in Spanish preferred
-Comfortable driving large vehicle (i.e. our mobile ESL classroom)

Hours: Flexible scheduling, 15-29 hours a week, M-TH 10-4, Sat 8:30-12:30

Salary: Negotiable, commensurate with experience. Position is part time, hourly employee

Job Type: Part-time
Contact Information and Procedure: Please email cover letter and resume detailing relevant education and experience to Position will remain open until filled.

Mo Silvera

220 French Landing Drive Nashville , TN 37243
Phone: (615) 741-7579 x110