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ASL Interpreter

Loras College, Dubuque, IA

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This is a full-time position, working 9 months per year at 40 hours per week.


Provides sign language interpreting/transliterating services for deaf and hard of hearing students in lecture and lab classes, exams, discussions and related activities. The Sign Language Interpreter accepts responsibility for knowledge of and adherence to the ethics of interpreting and the role of the interpreter. The job requires fluency in English and American Sign Language; and a high degree of mental concentration, which is directly correlated to the level of class difficulty.


Reasonable Accommodations Statement

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable Accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Essential Functions Statement(s)

  • Provides in-class interpretation and transliteration services using sign language communication for deaf and hard of hearing students in college classes and/or laboratories which may require presentation and exchange of highly complex and technical information.
  • Assesses student needs and the interpreting situation before and during assignments and makes adjustments as needed.
  • Interprets from deaf and hard of hearing students’ contributions, reports, or discussions to the instructor and to the class; and interprets deaf and hard of hearing students’ questions directed to the instructor.
  • Establishes and maintains a good working relationship with students, staff and/or off-site agencies as may be required by the assignment.
  • Assists with providing for the deaf and hard of hearing student’s communication needs, including assessing and adjusting lighting, seating arrangements and access to visual aides.
  • Preps for classes by reading and becoming familiar with technical vocabulary and content.
  • Stays abreast of new developments and techniques in the interpretation field by attending workshops and conferences and reviewing current literature, legislation and technology.
  • Assists with projects, events and programming in the Lynch Learning Center and other areas on campus as needed.
  • Other related duties as assigned.


Competency Statement(s)

  • Accountability - Ability to accept responsibility and account for his/her actions.
  • Adaptability - Ability to adapt to change in the workplace.
  • Analytical Skills - Ability to use thinking and reasoning to solve a problem.
  • Applied Learning - Ability to participate in needed learning activities in a way that makes the most of the learning experience.
  • Coaching and Development - Ability to provide guidance and feedback to help others strengthen specific knowledge/skill areas.
  • Communication, Oral - Ability to communicate effectively with others using the spoken word.
  • Communication, Written - Ability to communicate in writing clearly and concisely.
  • Conceptual Thinking - Ability to think in terms of abstract ideas.
  • Customer Oriented - Ability to take care of the customers’ needs while following company procedures.
  • Detail Oriented - Ability to pay attention to the minute details of a project or task.
  • Energetic - Ability to work at a sustained pace and produce quality work.
  • Ethical - Ability to demonstrate conduct conforming to a set of values and accepted standards.
  • Goal Oriented - Ability to focus on a goal and obtain a pre-determined result.
  • Initiative - Ability to make decisions or take actions to solve a problem or reach a goal.
  • Interpersonal - Ability to get along well with a variety of personalities and individuals.
  • Judgment - The ability to formulate a sound decision using the available information.
  • Management Skills - Ability to organize and direct oneself and effectively supervise others.
  • Organized - Possessing the trait of being organized or following a systematic method of performing a task.
  • Relationship Building - Ability to effectively build relationships with customers and co-workers.

Education and Experience:

  1. Completion of an accredited Interpreter Training Program or related Associates Degree is required.
  2. RID Certification or other nationally recognized Certification. 
  3. Experience performing the duties of the job may substitute for the educational requirement on a year-for-year basis.
  4. Demonstrated skill in a range of sign language systems.
  5. A minimum of three years of documented interpreting experience of which at least two must be interpreting at the secondary or post-secondary level.


Other Requirements: Skilled in the use of a personal computer and Microsoft Office Suite. Strong organizational and interpersonal skills. Ability to listen and respond to student concerns. Proactive, creative, responsible, able to learn rapidly, detail-oriented and able to work with minimum of supervision. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with faculty, staff, students, colleagues and other constituencies. Ability to connect the value of disability-related activities to the mission of the College.

EOE. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

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Job Details

Req Num 06/21/2018
ID 523205
Dubuque, IA
Positions 1
Full Time
Pay --
Health Insurance
Dental Insurance
Life Insurance
Retirement Plan
Paid Vacation
Paid Sick Leave
Paid Holidays
Tuition Reimbursement

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Years of Experience 2-5 Years
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