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Interpreter/Transliterator Senior Duties and Responsibilities

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Purpose of Classification:

Under direction, performs work of considerable difficulty in developing, monitoring and supervising a comprehensive service of interpreter/transliterators, oral interpreters, real time captioners, C-Print operators, and any other communication resource needed to accommodate Deaf/hearing impaired students who are qualified to receive interpreter/transliterator services.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is a unique job and not part of a classification.

Examples of Duties:

  • Supervises scheduling of appropriate interpreter/transliteration and/or other services for qualified students who are Deaf or hearing impaired. Services may include, but are not limited to interpreter/transliteration for lectures, discussion sessions, lab classes, faculty/staff meetings, and institute-related activities, OR, an appropriate substitute accommodation such as oral interpreting, real time captioning or C-print, as needed, when assigned interpreters cannot be available.
  • Responsible for the recruiting, selection and hiring of qualified American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter/transliterators, oral interpreters, real time captioners, C-print operators, and any other communication resource available, according to University policies and procedures for recruitment, hiring, Affirmative Action, and Fair Labor Standards Act.
  • Hires, coaches, reviews, supervises and terminates asigned employees, or makes suggestions and recommendations that are given particular weight reagrding the employment status of assigned employees.
  • Develops close working relationships with other departmental staff.
  • Coordinates a professional development training (e.g., workshops in oral interpreting, technical sign development, mentoring, cued speech) to increase the skills of the interpreter/transliterator staff.
  • Develops and recommends service goals, objectives, policies, and procedures regarding internal management of the interpreter/transliterator program and oversees development of the Interpreter/Transliterator Section for the DRS Staff Handbook.
  • Responds, as appropriate, in writing to inquiries, complaints or problems, and, with supervisory support, makes necessary adjustments to ensure appropriate service provision.
  • Provides technical assistance and campus-wide consultation for departments, faculty, and staff regarding interpreting/transliterating, American Sign Language, real time captioning, C-Print, oral interpreting, and cued speech.
  • Prepares administrative and statistical reports (e.g., total hours of interpreting provided for each student, annual unit report, and DES/Rehabilitation Services quarterly reports); monitors interpreter utilization data; reviews agency billings; reviews and evaluate unit documentation in department databases and personnel records.
  • Researches local, state and national organizations regarding information on interpreter/transliterating and related topics.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of issues and terminology of interpreter/transliterator profession
  • Skill in coordinating and prioritizing the work activities of self and others
  • Knowledge of supervisory practices and principles
  • Skill in the English language, vocabulary, and written and verbal communication.
  • Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships
  • National RID Certification in American Sign Language

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree in Rehabilitation, Education, Psychology or a related field and three years of directly related interpreting/transliterating experience, which includes one year of supervisory experience; OR, Seven years of directly related interpreting/transliterating experience which includes one year of supervisory experience; OR, Any equivalent combination of education and/or experience from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved. National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc. (RID) Certification.


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