Sign Language Interpreter I - Short Term
Kern Community College District
Disabled Student Programs & Services
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 involving standard complexity; may tutor
students who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Three Class titles are defined within the Interpreter series.
Movement to a higher class and/or skill level within the
Interpreter series is based on the duties, skills, education,
training, certifications, and experience of the incumbent.
Interpreters possessing higher levels of skills typically are
assigned more complex and advanced level interpreting
Under general supervision, the Interpreter I provides interpreting
services to facilitate communication most often in a classroom 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;
- Difficulty or unique nature of the subject matter and
- Speed of interpreting required; and,
- Number of Deaf and/or Hard-of-Hearing consumers served
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
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
Observe and team with other interpreters, and receive mentorship
from higher level interpreters and/or the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Respond to student difficulties and concerns with understanding and
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
May read text, handouts, and dictionaries, and prepare translation
of difficult-to-interpret course content.
Work in collaboration with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services
Coordinator and other Sign Language Interpreters to collect
existing technical signs, and to establish special signs and/or
vocabulary for underrepresented scientific/technical terms or
May proctor exams as necessary.
May answer telephones; take and relay messages; provide information
and assistance to students; refer students to appropriate
Perform related duties as assigned.
Any combination equivalent to: Graduation
from an Interpreter Training Program (ITP) or equivalent or
Associate of Art's Degree in American Sign Language, Interpreting,
or a related field and one (1) academic year of paid experience
interpreting for the Deaf and hard of hearing utilizing both
receptive and expressive interpreting.
Successful completion of an interpreting evaluation is
Knowledge and Abilities
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
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.
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
Interpret moderately technical academic material utilizing
moderately proficient English and/or American Sign Language (ASL),
used in classes as business, mathematics, and upper level English,
on District's skills performance evaluation examination.
Adhere to the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf Code of
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
Attend and participate in various workshops in order to improve
Communicate effectively with faculty, staff, and students with
Learn a variety of routine reception and clerical procedures.
Learn to use the variety of assistive devices/equipment used to
assist students with disabilities.
Work successfully in an interpreting team in the classroom or other
INSTRUCTIONS:First Review of
Applications: Complete application packets will be
accepted until the position is filled. The College reserves the
right to extend time limits or re-initiate the
recruitment/selection process at any point.
Completed application packet must
It is the applicant's responsibility to redact (or remove) any
personal information from all documents prior to uploading. This
includes Social Security Numbers, Date of Birth, and any photos of
- Completed Online Application for Employment form
- Current resume
- Letter of interest (Cover Letter)
- Copy of legible transcripts, if applicable
- List of five (5) professional references - Listed on
Foreign Degree: Applicants with foreign degrees from colleges or
universities outside of the United States must have their
coursework evaluated by a professional association that is a member
of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services
(NACES) or Academic Credentials Evaluation Institute, INC. (ACEI).
A copy of the evaluation must be submitted with your on-line
Applicants who require reasonable accommodation to participate in
the selection process should contact Human Resources to make the
necessary arrangements. EEO Plan
2018-2021 (Download PDF reader) (Download PDF reader)
District is strongly committed to achieving staff diversity and the
principles of equal employment opportunity. The District encourages
a diverse pool of applicants and does not discriminate on the basis
of national origin, religion, age, gender, gender identity, gender
expression, race or ethnicity, color, medical condition, genetic
information, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, physical
or mental disability, pregnancy, or because he/she is perceived to
have one or more of the foregoing characteristics, or based on
association with a person or group with one or more of these actual
or perceived characteristics or any other characteristic protected
by federal, state or local law, in any of its policies, procedures
or practices._ Discrimination
Free Work Environment
District does not provide sponsorship for authorization to work in
the United States. Work authorization should be established at the
time of application submission.
All applicants must apply online at https://www.schooljobs.com/careers/kccd/jobs/3695086/sign-language-interpreter-i-short-term-temporary-hourly
Emails will not be accepted.