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Interpreter IV

The University of Arizona
Job Location:
Tucson, 85724
Disability and Accessibility Services

Posting Number: req19809

Department: Disability Resource Center

Location: Main Campus

Address: 1224 E Lowell Street, Tucson, AZ 85721 USA

Position Highlights

The Staff ASL Interpreter's main role is to interpret and transliterate for Deaf, DeafBlind, and/or hard of hearing in various fast-paced and technical settings within academia. In addition to supporting designated staff member(s) with student, staff and campus meetings or presentations, the Staff Interpreter provides communication access in other campus-related activities such as classroom settings, student activities or meetings, college or department meetings and activities, and campus-wide events.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

Essential Responsibilities/Duties  

  • Interprets/transliterates for designated employee(s) and Deaf campus community including faculty, staff, students, and campus visitors. 
  • The Staff ASL Interpreter works across various settings, including meetings with students, campus staff, and visitors, classroom activities, college-sponsored events, department meetings, and high-profile occasions like press conferences, campus conferences, and graduation ceremonies.
  • Required to work flexible hours, which may include early mornings, evenings, and weekends, to provide access for campus activities and events.
  • Evaluates skills of ancillary interpreters and mentors new professionals.
  • Collaborates with campus colleagues to create accessible educational materials and event experiences.
  • Develops and compiles training manuals, aids, and technical sign materials.
  • Follows and maintains strict confidentiality in all interactions following the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) and Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) Code of Ethics standards.
  • Conducts independent assessments of cultural and language factors to select suitable interpreting methods and strategies.

Knowledge and Skills Required: 

  • Knowledge of the ethical standards set by the NAD and RID.  
  • Knowledge and skill with various methods of expressive and voice interpreting/transliterating for communication access with Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing consumers.
  • Stays updated on best practices and trends in ASL/Interpreting services for a campus-wide environment. 
  • 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. 
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing.  
  • Knowledge of interpreting/transliterating at the postsecondary level and platform interpreting techniques. Examples include:
  • Advanced or highly complex classes requiring rapid interaction and specialized vocabulary.
  • Discussion situations with advanced topics requiring sign-to-voice and voice-to-sign translations.
  • Complex interpreting situations like conferences, workshops, and seminars with multiple consumers served simultaneously.
  • Knowledge of working with Deaf with multiple disabilities and neurodivergent.
  • Knowledge of intersectionality in the Deaf community.
  • Familiarity with specialized vocabulary and techniques for professional and technical subjects.
  • Ability to perform in highly interactive situations such as discussion, workshops, seminars, and platform settings, and handle unique subject matter, theories, and terminology and team with interpreters and/or real-time captioners. 

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree and
    minimum of 8 years of relevant work experience; OR,
  • 12 years of equivalent
    advanced learning attained through professional level experience required;
  • Any equivalent
    combination of experience, training and/or education.
  • Possession of a national
    certification of interpreting from the Registry of Interpreters for the
    Deaf (RID), or Board for Evaluation of Interpreter (BEI).
  • Possession, or qualified
    to possess, a valid Interpreter Generalist license issued by the state of
  • Required to work flexible hours, which may include early mornings, evenings, and weekends, to provide access for campus activities and events. 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with various methods of expressive and voice interpreting/transliterating.
  • Experience with ethical standards set forth by the National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Incorporated.
  • Experience with standard practices in interpreting/transliterating at the postsecondary level.
  • Experience with cultural aspects of deafness and cross-cultural mediation.
  • Experience in managing highly technical, fast paced assignments where decision making time is at a minimum.
  • Experience with communicating effectively orally and in writing.

FLSA: Non-Exempt

Full Time/Part Time: Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week: 40

Job FTE: 1.0

Work Calendar: Fiscal

Job Category: Communication and Marketing

Benefits Eligible: Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay: $36.32 - $47.22

Compensation Type: hourly rate



Compensation Guidance

The Rate of Pay Field represents the University of Arizona's good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting. The University considers several factors when extending an offer, including but not limited to, the role and associated responsibilities, a candidate's work experience, education/training, key skills, and internal equity.

The Grade Range Minimum, Midpoint, and Maximum Fields listed below represent a full range of career compensation growth over time in this position and grade. Each unit typically sets starting pay between minimum and midpoint upon hire. The university offers compensation growth opportunities within its career architecture. To learn more about compensation, please review our Applicant Compensation Guide and our Total Rewards Calculator.

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Job Family

Communication Access

Job Function

Communications & Marketing

Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Number of Vacancies: 1

Contact Information for Candidates

Belen Chavez,

Open Until Filled: Yes

Documents Needed to Apply: Resume and Cover Letter

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As a Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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