Under the general supervision of the Associate Director and in collaboration with the Interpreter Coordinator, the American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreter, (UCP 7) provides interpreting and transliterating services for deaf and hard of hearing consumers (e.g., students, faculty, staff, parents, visitors, etc.) at the University of Connecticut in a variety of settings, which may include classrooms, field trips, seminars, counseling sessions, research labs, club meetings, conferences, athletic events, press conferences, faculty/staff meetings, committee meetings, extracurricular activities and other University settings.
The American Sign Language interpreter must be able to listen to another person’s words, inflections, and intent and simultaneously render them into the visual language of signs using the mode of communication preferred by the deaf or hard of hearing consumer. The interpreter must also be able to comprehend the signs, inflections, and intent of the deaf or hard of hearing consumer and simultaneously articulate them. The American Sign Language interpreter must be able to adjust to a broad range of consumer preferences for interpretation and be able to function in a multicultural environment. The incumbent will be expected to work irregular, flexible hours including nights and weekends. When not scheduled to interpret, the incumbent will use work time to prepare for scheduled assignments and provide administrative assistance to the Interpreter Coordinator.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Facilitates communication through the use of American Sign Language and spoken English within social, academic and University business settings including but not limited to direct conversations, class instruction, lectures, tests, seminars, academic related lab rotations, field trips, staff/faculty meetings, committee meetings, press conferences, etc.
- Maintains confidentiality of all assignment-related information and adheres to industry code of ethics.
- Accepts assignments using discretion with regard to skill, setting, and the individuals involved; functions in a manner appropriate to each interpreted situation, demonstrating professional appearance, conduct, and promptness.
- Prepares for demanding course material by reading course materials, learning frequently used vocabulary, developing new signs in consultation and collaboration with deaf and hard of hearing consumers as necessary.
- May team interpret as necessary to maintain the interpreter’s physical safety and/or to ensure fluent interpretation with minimal errors.
- Assists the Center for Students with Disabilities’ (CSD) leadership in the development of policies and procedures for deaf and hard-of-hearing students.
- Keeps abreast of new developments in the field through attendance at workshops, seminars, conferences, and training sessions and through interaction with professional colleagues.
- Assists the Interpreter Coordinator with identifying and evaluating additional qualified interpreters as needed.
- Maintains professional memberships and certifications in the field.
- Serves as an authoritative resource to students, parents, the public and the University community (e.g., faculty, staff, administrators) regarding interpreting services and providing visual access to deaf and hard-of-hearing students.
- Performs special projects as needed or assigned by the Associate Director or Interpreter Coordinator when interpreting duties are slower.
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of experience and training.
- One to two years’ experience interpreting in a University setting (graduate level coursework preferred).
- Must possess at least ONE of the following credentials or equivalent:
- Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) Certification:
- Certificate of Interpreting (CI), or
- National Interpreter Certification (NIC), or
- Comprehensive Skills Certificate (CSC)
- National Association of the Deaf (NAD) Interpreter Certification Program:
- Certificate of Competence Level IV (Advanced), or
- Certificate of Competence Level V (Master)
- Excellent interpersonal skills, written and oral communication techniques, organizational skills and the ability to work independently and with a team without close supervision.
- Demonstrated ability to deal effectively with students, faculty, staff, the public and external agencies.
- Willingness to work irregular and flexible hours including nights and weekends.
- Knowledge of cultural issues related to constituency to be served.
Salary is commensurate with experience. This is a full-time, 12-month position with an anticipated start date in July 15, 2017. This is an end-date position subject to renewal based upon funding.
Interested parties must submit a cover letter, resume, and a list of three (3) professional references. Screening of applicants will begin immediately. Employment of the successful candidate will be contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. (Search 2017558)
This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on June 9, 2017.
All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics, which may be found at http://www.ct.gov/ethics/site/default.asp.
The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.