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Interpreter/Transliterator Senior Duties and Responsibilities

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Purpose of Classification:

Performs simultaneous interpreting and transliterating duties for deaf and hearing and/or hearing impaired individuals in fast paced, highly technical settings.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is the second in a series of two classifications and is distinguished from the Interpreter/Transliterator in that Interpreter/Transliterator Seniors are placed in environments that require more fast paced, autonomous decision making in appropriate course of action to satisfy the demands of the assignment. Individuals in the senior classification primarily work in the most demanding settings with graduate students, faculty, staff and academic departments. Interpreter/Transliterator Seniors also act as lead interpreters and take on the role of mentor to individuals in the Interpreter/Transliterator position.

Examples of Duties:

  • Interprets/transliterates for graduate students in the classroom and for classroom related activities.
  • Interprets/transliterates for faculty and staff.
  • Interprets/transliterates in University legal and medical settings.
  • Acts as a mentor/lead interpreter to individuals in the Interpreter/Transliterator position.
  • Develops technical sign materials in preparation for classroom and classroom activities and may be required to respond extemporaneously in differing academic disciplines.
  • Performs independent needs assessment regarding cultural and language variables in order to determine the most appropriate interpreting methods and strategies to employ.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge and skill with various methods of expressive and voice interpreting/transliterating and their appropriate applications (Simultaneous, Consecutive, Manually Coded English, Pidgin Signed English/Contact Varieties, American Sign Language).
  • Knowledge of the ethical standards set forth by the National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Incorporated.
  • Knowledge of standard practices in interpreting/transliterating at the post secondary level.
  • Knowledge of cultural aspects of Deafness and cross-cultural mediation.
  • Skill in managing highly technical, fast paced assignments where decision-making time is at a minimum.

Minimum Qualifications:

Associate's degree from an accredited American Sign Language interpreting program AND Two years of experience interpreting at the post secondary level; OR, Possession of the Certificate of Interpreting (CI) or the Certificate of Transliteration (CT) from the National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, or level IV certification from the National Association for the Deaf (NAD) AND Ttwo years of experience interpreting at the post secondary level; OR, Any equivalent combination of education and/or experience from which comparable knowledge, skills, and abilities have been achieved.


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