Job: University of Northern Colorado – Interpreter

Logo of University of Northern Colorado - UNCDepartment of American Sign Language & Interpreting Studies
McKee 114 – Box 106 • Greeley, CO 80639 • unco.edu/cebs/asl-interpreting

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT

Position Title:

ASL-English Staff Interpreter

Position Number: 

E99208

This position will function as an American Sign Language Interpreter for the University of Northern Colorado main campus located in Greeley, CO. Initial responsibilities will include a dual role of the provision of ASL-English interpretation for students within the Disability Support Services (DSS) program and for faculty/staff within the American Sign Language and Interpreting Studies (ASLIS) department. The individual in this position will provide the highest quality ASL-English interpreting services for communication between those who do not know ASLand students, faculty and staff who are deaf or hard of hearing and use ASL. This is a 50% appointment that includes a full benefit package.

Job Summary/Basic Function:

Responsibilities within DSS:

DSS collaborates with the University in its commitment to recognize disability as a valued aspect of diversity and to embrace access to the University of Northern Colorado community as a matter of equity and inclusion. The office provides the University with resources, education, and direct services to design a more welcoming and inclusive environment. Disability Support Services values a positive student-centered approach to academic accommodations characterized by self-advocacy, equity, student learning and universal design of instruction. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act serves as a guide for accommodation decisions.

  • This position provides communication access and related support to students who are deaf and hard of hearing.
  • This position assists in interpreting for university events such as Commencement, faculty/student meetings and student activities when requested.
  • Like all DSSstaff, the position ensures consistency and compliance with policies and procedures.
  • In the event of an absence of the Interpreter Coordinator, this position may assist DSSin the coordination of ASLservices by assigning and matching interpreters to students according to individual needs and providing evaluation of services.
  • Provides administrative support within the DSSprogram, related to interpreting services, as required in the absence of the Interpreter Coordinator or as requested by the Interpreter Coordinator.
  • The Half-time Staff Interpreter position is a 12-month, .5 FTEposition and provides interpreting services under the guidance of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act.
  • The Interpreter Coordinator will be a work leader to oversee the direct work activities of the Staff Interpreter.
  • This position is supervised by the DSSDirector.

Responsibilities within ASLIS:

  • The half-time interpreter within the Department of American Sign Language and Interpreting Studies (ASLIS) will provide interpretation to facilitate integration of the ASLfaculty and staff into the life of the department, the college, and the campus community.
  • Provides interpretation that facilitates access for program Faculty and Staff to the opportunities, offerings and culture of the university community.
  • Provides interpretation that facilitates communication for non-deaf members of the UNCcommunity to clearly interact with deaf and hard of hearing faculty and staff.
  • Interprets various assignments including: departmental meetings, meetings between faculty and staff, meetings between faculty/staff and students, communication assistance in classes, University workshops or events that occur throughout the year, and other responsibilities as requested and approved through the DSSoffice and the ASLISdepartment.
  • The Half-time Staff Interpreter position is a 12-month, .5 FTEposition provides interpreting services under the guidance of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act.
  • The Director of ASLISwill be a work leader to oversee the direct work activities of the Staff Interpreter.
  • This position is supervised by the DSSDirector.

 Minimum Qualifications:

  • This position requires a Bachelor’s Degree in ASL-Interpreting Studies, Human Services, Special Education, Deaf Education, Disability Services or related field. Master’s Degree Preferred.
  • National Interpreter Certification (NIC) or equivalent RIDrecognized credential is required.
  • Three (3) years experience in a post-secondary setting working with students, faculty and staff or other technical or community based settings.
  • Experience working with people with disabilities.
  • Excellent verbal and communication skills.
  • Knowledge and experience working with persons of diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds.
  • The individual must have a working knowledge of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.

Preferred Qualifications:

The scheduling process for these legally mandated accommodations is quite complex and requires prior experience or skill. This position must understand the needs of students, staff and faculty who use interpreting for communication access. The ability to communicate with consumers in sign language is essential. The interpreter must be able to access and adapt to the communication needs of the consumer. An understanding of the post-secondary environment is necessary to ensure appropriate provision of services. Three to five years (3-5) of experience as an interpreter and as a scheduler of interpreters for individuals who are deaf/hard of hearing is highly recommended.

National Interpreter Certification (NIC) and/or other certifications currently recognized by the Registry of Interpreters of the Deaf (RID), which could include National Association of the Deaf (NAD) credentials, is required. Each RID credential has unique requirements that must be completed before it can be awarded. Some certifications involve passing a series of exams and others involve submitting documentation of training and experience. This position requires this certification along with experience in a post-secondary setting or experience interpreting for adults in a comparable setting.

The candidate should have experience and/or formal training in ASL-English Interpreting, Deaf Education, and Deaf culture. Knowledge of assistive/adaptive technology for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing is highly recommended.

The Staff Interpreter position requires strong communication and interpersonal skills as well as the ability to problem solve and coordinate services in an unbiased fashion.

Closing Date:

Until filled

Requested Start Date:

Jan. 2, 2019

Application Materials, Contact, and Application Deadline:

Applicants must complete the online application form at the link below and attach a cover letter highlighting suitability for the position, a curriculum vitae, and transcripts.  Please include a list of three references with the names, email addresses, and telephone numbers. Screening of applications will begin immediately until position is filled. For more information or to apply to this position go the posting link: https://careers.unco.edu/postings/2379

Additional Requirements:

Satisfactory completion of a background check, educational check, and authorization to work in the United States is required after a conditional offer of employment has been made.  If a degree is required, original transcripts must be submitted within one (1) month of hire.

Contact for Questions:

Name, Title:  Sherry Schriver, Assistant
Department: Department of American Sign Language & Interpreting Studies
Phone: 970-351-1060
Email: Sherry.Schriver@unco.edu
VP:  Please email for an appointment

Salary and Benefits:

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.  Benefits may include health, life, and dental insurance, as well as a selection of several defined contribution retirement programs.  Other benefits may be available based on position.

Tuition Grants for Dependents:

Dependents and spouses of UNC Employees who are employed as .5 FTE or above are entitled to and eligible for Dependent Tuition Grants. Dependent Tuition Grants will cover in-state tuition charges and undergraduate students must register for the College Opportunity Fund to receive the grant. Further requirements may exist.

Location and Environment:

The University of Northern Colorado is a research-intensive institution enrolling 13,000+ graduate and undergraduate students. The University, founded in 1889, is located in Greeley, Colorado, which has a growing population of 80,000 and is situated an hour north of Denver and 55 miles east of the Rocky Mountains. Further information about UNC and the City of Greeley is available at http://www.unco.edu. 

Additional Information:

This position is contingent on funding from the Colorado State Legislature, approval by the Board of Trustees, and subject to the policies and regulations of the University of Northern Colorado.  Federal regulations require that the University retain all documents submitted by applicants.  Materials will not be returned or copied for applicants.

The University of Northern Colorado is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, creed, religion, sexual preference or veteran status.  For more information or issues of equity or fairness or claims of discrimination contact the UNC AA/EEO/Title IX Officer at UNC Human Resource Services, Campus Box 54, Carter Hall 2002, Greeley, CO  80639, or call 970-351-2718.