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Employment Opportunity

Position: Sign Language Interpreter I
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19 hours/week; 10 months/year
Closing Date:
July 11, 2014
Beginning Date:
August, 2014 (approximate)

This is a categorically funded assignment contingent upon year-to-year funding.

Minimum Qualifications


  • High School Diploma AND one (1) year of any combination of training and experience that demonstrates an ability to perform the duties of the position including professional level experience signing with deaf students.
  • PRE-TEST:  Successful completion of an interpreting evaluation is required.
  • Be sensitive to and understand the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability and ethnic backgrounds of community college students.


  • Some education at the post-secondary level.

General Description:

Under the direction of an assigned supervisor, provide sign language interpreter services to students who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have other communication disorders primarily for instructional classes or related instructional settings and activities. Assignments may involve technical or specialized subject matter and vocabulary. Individual assignments may vary based on the specific skills of the interpreter and the needs of students or other consumers. Specific complexity and skill factors include:

  • Type of interpreting or communication system needed i.e., See sign, ASL, etc
  • Difficulty or unique nature of the subject matter and vocabulary
  • Speed of interpreting required
  • Number of Deaf and/or Hard-of-Hearing consumers served simultaneously

Essential Functions:  

  • Interpret and translate classroom lectures simultaneously and facilitate communication between deaf and hard-of-hearing students and hearing faculty, staff, and students as related to coursework.
  • Accurately convey the meaning and spirit of the hearing speaker using American Sign Language and accurately convey verbally the meaning and spirit of the deaf or hard of hearing signer using correct English grammar.
  • Utilize resources to increase knowledge of American Sign Language, appropriate interpreting procedures, Deaf Culture, specialized vocabulary, and the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf Code of Professional Conduct.
  • Respond to student difficulties and concerns with understanding and sensitivity.
  • Attend and participate in workshops and conferences to improve and maintain interpreting skill level, and keep abreast of interpreting trends by studying specialized ASL vocabulary and other materials.
  • Read text, handouts, and dictionaries, and prepare translation of difficult-to-interpret course content.
  • Work in collaboration with the Disabled Student Services Program Assistant and other Sign Language Interpreters to collect existing technical signs, and to establish special signs and/or vocabulary for underrepresented scientific/technical terms or concepts.
  • Proctor exams as necessary.
  • Function in supportive DSS role and answer telephones; take and relay messages; provide information and assistance to students; refer students to appropriate personnel.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

Knowledge of:

  • American Sign Language and interpreting techniques.
  • Appropriate roles and individual responsibilities relating to interpreting for deaf and hard-of-hearing persons.
  • Deaf cultural values and general issues in the field of deafness.
  • Interpersonal skills using tact, patience, and courtesy.
  • Resources available to Sign Language Interpreters and Transliterators in order to improve knowledge and skills.
  • Effective oral communication.   
  • Modern office practices and procedures.

Ability to:

  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Interpret and transliterate messages spoken by hearing people into American Sign Language.
  • Interpret messages signed by deaf and hard of hearing people into English.
  • Interpret moderately technical academic material utilizing moderately proficient English and/or American Sign Language (ASL).
  • Adhere to the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf Code of Professional Conduct.
  • Assess individual situations to determine the needs of each deaf or hard-of-hearing student, such as language preferences or preferences in having comments voiced for him/her or voicing for himself/herself. Attend and participate in various workshops in order to improve interpreting/transliterating skill.
  • Communicate effectively with faculty, staff, and students with disabilities.
  • Learn a variety of routine reception and clerical procedures.
  • Learn to use the variety of assistive devices/equipment and software used to assist students with disabilities.
  • Work successfully in an interpreting team in the classroom or other campus setting.

How to Apply:   All applicants must provide the following items by the closing date in order to be considered for this recruitment.  If materials are emailed or faxed in order to meet the deadline, it is the responsibility of the candidate to send originals immediately.  Email to:, Fax 209-384-6103

1.  Obtain application from the Office of Human Resources or download from the Application Section below and complete the entire form.
2.  Letter of interest addressing your qualifications for the position
3.  Resume

It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all required materials are in the Human Resources Office on the filing deadline.  Incomplete application packets will not be considered.

Application for Download

Classified Position Application [Word Doc 206k]
This application may be downloaded, saved to disk, and filled out using Microsoft Word 97 or higher. You may navigate the application blank by tabbing from field to field or pointing and clicking with the mouse. The blanks where information is to be filled in are non-printing characters. If there are additional pages in your application because of the information you included, that is OK.

All materials submitted in your application file become District property and will not be returned to you.  Please send to:

Cathy Harris, HR Analyst, Office of Human Resources, Merced College, 3600 M Street, Merced, CA  95348-2898       

Individuals with disabilities may request any needed accommodation to participate in the application process.  Please submit your request with your application to the Human Resources Office.

Interview Information: Those applicants deemed most qualified for the position will be invited to appear for oral interviews before a screening committee.  Finalist interviews with district administrators may follow.  A limited number of candidates will be invited to interviews.  Expenses for travel and accommodations will be the responsibility of the candidates.

Employee Benefits: Paid sick leave and holidays.

Condition of EmploymentThe selected candidate must be fingerprinted and tested for tuberculosis at his/her own expense prior to the start of employment.  The Immigration Reform Act of 1986 requires verification of the right to work in the United States. Applicant must be able to perform essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodations. All classified employees, as a condition of employment, must become members of California School Employees Association or pay a representation fee in an equal amount to a charity agreeable to CSEA. All offers of employment are subject to approval by the Board of Trustees. 

An Equal Opportunity Employer