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Designated Interpreter

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

Posting Number: req12204

Department: Disability Psychoeduc Studies

Location: Main Campus

Address: Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights

The College of Education has an opening for a part-time ASL-English Interpreter to interpret for faculty.
We seek an interpreter highly competent in ASL and spoken English, proficient in performing technical and academic interpretations (including platform/conference presentations); demonstrates strict adherence to the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) Code of Professional Conduct in ASL, knowledgeable of cultural diversity, cultural terminology, anthropology, and best practices, and committed to ongoing development.

Interpreting in this role will include translating and/or interpreting for a faculty as needed, during interactions with administration, faculty, staff, students, members of the public, research participants and collaborators. Examples of settings where interpreting may occur:

* Research meetings/related activities;

* Outdoors in remote, natural environments;

* Department/program activities, one-on-one with faculty or students;

* Classroom or related activities;

* Sponsored events;

* Other locations as needed

The successful candidate functioning in the interpreting role will provide interpreting services onsite in Tucson, and at times throughout the southwest. Incumbent will be required to take IRB procedure (i.e., Conflict of Interest, Native American Research, confidentiality, and Human subject training).

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; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

  • Translate and/or interprets communication between hearing and non-hearing people using American Sign Language (ASL)/English in a variety of academic and research settings and/or other methods of expressive and voice interpreting/transliterating.
  • Provides interpreting and transliterating services for prospective students, students, faculty, staff and/or other community members as part of the university sponsored events.
  • Facilitates effective communication between two parties that do not speak a similar language by converting one spoken written language to another.
  • Interpreters adhere to standards of confidential communication; will need to make translation choices and cultural adjustments as needed.
  • Prepare for interpreting assignments by staying current on faculty research agenda and other relevant publications.
  • Establish and maintain a positive and supportive working relationship with co-workers and supervisor.
  • Reads through or listens to material in one language, ascertains understanding of the meaning and context of that material, and converts it into a second language, making sure to preserve the original meaning.
  • Work is performed with moderate guidance. Some work may be reviewed for soundness of judgment, accuracy, and alignment with overall objectives.
  • Have valid driver's license.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs)

  • Knowledge of cultural diversity, and cultural terminology
  • Possess an advanced English proficiency skills (written and spoken)
  • Skilled in American Sign Language (ASL) and spoken English, proficient in performing technical and academic interpretations (including platform/conference presentations)
  • Knowledge of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) Code of Professional Conduct in American Sign Language (ASL)
  • Knowledge of basic first aid/CPR
  • Knowledge or experience in linguistics with the field of anthropology or social science specialty

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent advanced learning attained through professional level experience required.
  • Minimum of 3 years of relevant work experience is required.
  • Must be able to work a flexible schedule including summers, evenings and/or weekends.
  • Ability to drive according to the UniversityFleet Safety Policy.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Five or more years of full-time experience interpreting in professional and/or academic settings as a designated interpreter with Deaf professionals/academics.
  • Experience working within diverse educational, language, and cultural settings.
  • Experience in American Sign Language Proficiency Interview (ASLPI) (level 4 or higher) OR Sign Language Proficiency Interview (SLPI: ASL) (Advanced/Advanced Plus or higher rating).
  • Experience in the field of anthropology or social science specialty.
  • Master's degree in related fields.

FLSA: Non-Exempt

Full Time/Part Time: Part Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week: 30

Job FTE: 0.75

Work Calendar: Fiscal

Job Category: Communication and Marketing

Benefits Eligible: Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay: $28.37 - DOE

Compensation Type: hourly rate



Career Stream and Level


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

Melanie McKay Cody

Open Until Filled: Yes

Documents Needed to Apply: Resume, Cover Letter, and One Additional Document

Special Instructions to Applicant

Provide a written diversity statement and discuss it during the scheduled interview.

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 an 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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