DRES Employment Opportunities
Interpreter for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Division of Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES)
College of Applied Health Sciences
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
The Division of Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES) within the College of Applied Health Sciences (AHS) seeks a full-time (9-month) Interpreter for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. This position will provide services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing at the University of Illinois by interpreting simultaneously from English into sign language, as well as from sign language into English, for classroom lectures and/or other presentations and events on campus. The Interpreter also coordinates and/or manages other interpreters and/or services or projects to ensure that professional and quality interpreting services are being provided for the university.
The University of Illinois is a world leader in research, teaching, and public engagement. We serve the state, the nation, and the world by creating knowledge, preparing students for lives of impact, and addressing critical societal needs through the transfer and application of knowledge. Illinois is the place where we embrace difference. We embrace it because we value it. Illinois was the first in the nation (1949) to provide post-secondary services for students with disabilities. Illinois is especially interested in candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the Illinois community. In its 2019 rankings, Illinois was the #13 public university among America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News and World Report. With over 33,000 undergraduates and 15,000 graduate students, Illinois is a vibrant campus community with outstanding research and teaching facilities.
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Location: The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is located approximately 120 miles south of Chicago in a metropolitan area of approximately 232,000 people. Urbana-Champaign is a ‘micro-urban’ community. It is conveniently located between Chicago, Indianapolis and St. Louis and has its own airport and train service. Combining natural Midwest beauty and cultural resources typically found in much larger metropolitan areas, Urbana-Champaign is friendly, livable, easy to navigate, affordable, and has excellent public school systems. There is a ‘work-life’ balance here that gives University members ample time for both professional and personal pursuits devoid of the hassles of large city life. The dual Champaign and Urbana downtown areas have grown into vibrant public spaces and entertainment districts over the past two decades.
PRIMARY POSITION FUNCTION/ SUMMARY:
The Interpreter provides services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing at the University of Illinois by interpreting simultaneously from English into sign language, as well as from sign language into English, for classroom lectures and/or other presentations and events on campus.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Interpret classroom lectures, presentations and other campus events and meetings for students, staff, faculty and visitors who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing as those accommodations relate to communication access, including the provision of on-site or remote sign language interpretation, on-site or remote speech-to-text services, and other assistive technology as appropriate, always maintaining confidentiality.
- Fill in as needed for campus events and last minute cancellations if possible. Schedule and coordinate interpreter work assignments and coverage for classes, meetings, field trips and other special events, meetings and situations.
- Obtain and review related materials prior to providing interpreting services.
- Coordinate with Senior Interpreters/DRES Access Specialist on special short or ongoing projects that require special planning, coordination and supervision as assigned, including but not limited to conferences, musical performances, theater, etc.
- Interact with faculty, staff, students and guests to resolve problems as needed.
- Participate in monthly interpreter staff meetings.
1. High School graduation or GED
2A. For public school pre K-12 Educational Interpreters, statement of "approval" from the Illinois State Board of Education which shall be identified as valid for sign language interpreting: Pursuant to 23 IL Administrative Code Section 25.550 "including Interim Approval".
2B. For post-secondary education, Interpreters must show proof of current licensure at the Intermediate Proficiency level or higher as specified in Section 1515.90 of the Interpreter for the Deaf Act of 2007 Rules.
As required by the position to be filled, education, training and/or work experience in an area of specialization inherent to the position may be required to meet credential requirements #2A or #2B above.
Current licensure at the Intermediate Proficiency level or higher as specified in Section 1515.90 of the Interpreter for the Deaf Act of 2007 Rules is required for this position.
Successful Candidates will have:
- Skill in simultaneous translation from English to the sign language modes of communication preferred by Deaf and Hard of Hearing person(s) and from sign language to English. The ability to adjust to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing’s person’s language preference.
- Skill in giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times. Skill in talking to others to communicate information and ideas so that others will understand.
- Ability to learn to use special or technical signs employed in an educational setting. Ability to learn new information quickly and have the ability to shift between different work environments and content.
- The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted. The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch and other sources). The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and accurately organize information clearly.
- Ability to proficiently use Microsoft Office products.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and the demonstrated ability to work effectively with students, faculty, staff and other individuals and groups in a campus setting, providing exemplary service while exercising discretion, maintaining confidentiality, and following the Interpreter Code of Ethics.
- The ability to remain calm and handle high stress when interpreter mishaps or problems arise at the last minute.
SALARY AND APPOINTMENT INFORMATION:
This is a full-time Civil Service Interpreter for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing position appointed on a 9-month service basis. The start date is to be determined. Salary is commensurate with experience.
Apply for this position using the “Apply for Position” button. If you have not applied before, you must create your candidate profile here. If you already have a profile, you will be redirected to that existing profile via email notification. To complete the application process:
- Submit the Staff Vacancy Application.
- Submit the Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability forms.
- Upload your cover letter, resume (months and years of employment must be included), license, and academic credentials (unofficial transcripts or diploma may be acceptable) and names/contact information for three professional references.
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