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ASL Staff Interpreter (10-month position)

Aurora University
Aurora, Illinois, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
May 17, 2024

Aurora University (AU) is committed to the transformative power of learning by creating a student-centered environment and an equity of experience and opportunity, to ensure that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel welcome and included. Our culture of collaboration, generosity, and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty, and staff.

AU is grounded in the transformative opportunity it provides to a diverse student body. As a private university with a public mission and a commitment to making a difference in peoples’ lives, AU has a long history of resilience and of providing access to an education that values innovation, focuses on continuous improvement, and has a positive impact on the communities we serve. We are proud of our service to and economic impact on the state of Illinois, where over 80% of our students stay to live and work, where 90% of our students come from, and where we foster strong community partnerships to develop the workforce in areas such as nursing, education, business, technology, and social work.

We are looking for passionate and purposeful individuals who represent the full diversity of Aurora and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, ability, identity, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at AU, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative, and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice requiring broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students, and community partners.

At AU we believe that continuous learning is a fundamental part of working life, and our goal is for all colleagues on our campus to feel supported and equipped to realize their full potential. We actively support our community by providing all employees with opportunities to engage in professional development activities, as well as a range of tuition and employee benefits that can be found here .

Position Purpose:

The ASL Staff Interpreter supports d/Deaf and Hard of Hearing students, faculty, and staff on campus through ASL interpreting, CART (communication access real-time translation), and other related services. This position reports to the Disability Accommodations Director.

Core Competencies:

  • Represents Aurora University in the most positive manner with prospective, former and current students, clients, suppliers, and the community we serve. Interacts effectively with a diverse group of faculty, staff, students and other customers of our service, learns and uses operating practices of the department and Aurora University.
  • Upholds the Mission Statement:Aurora University is an inclusive community dedicated to the transformative power of learning. As a teaching-centered institution, we encourage undergraduate and graduate students to discover what it takes to build meaningful and examined lives. We empower our students to achieve lasting personal and professional success.
  • Handles all information with tact and discretion and recognizes the confidential nature of university business.
  • Supports learning through performance of essential job functions and performing other duties and functions as necessary or as assigned.

  • Essential Job Functions:

  • Interpret classroom lectures, presentations, meetings, laboratories, and a variety of settings for orientations, meetings, counseling appointments, assessment testing, field trips, professional development, human resource matters, and other campus events for students, staff, faculty, and visitors who are d/Deaf or Hard of Hearing, including providing on-site or remote sign language interpretation. This includes flexibility for last-minute requests or substitutions as needed to ensure maximum coverage across the university. Effectively, accurately, and impartially translate the thought, intent, and spirit of a conversation or dialogue, while maintaining professional and ethical standards regarding the privacy of all participants and the confidentiality of information exchanged in interpreting situations.
  • Assist with scheduling assignments and coordinating coverage for ASL interpreting and CART and other related services. Compile, prepare, and maintain records or reports such as interpreter/student schedules as needed. Coordinate with the Disability Accommodations Director, and other campus colleagues, on projects that require special planning, coordination, and supervision as assigned, including but not limited to athletics, conferences, musical performances, theater, etc.
  • Consult with faculty to identify potential problems that could inhibit the effective provision of interpreting services; advise faculty on uses of technology and how to communicate with d/Deaf or Hard of Hearing students to convey course content; explain student rights and responsibilities in accordance with university rules and regulations.
  • Provide interpreting services for high profile Aurora University events, such as commencement ceremonies, presidential and provost speeches, video-posts, etc. In general, these events will be identified by the Academic Leadership Team (ALT).
  • Follow appropriate ethical codes and processes for addressing situations observed or experienced in the course of interpreting assignments; advocate for d/Deaf and Hard of Hearing students, faculty, and staff across campus. Educate the campus community on supporting and engaging with d/Deaf and Hard of Hearing persons.
  • Professionally represent Aurora University and uphold the university's core values: integrity, citizenship, continuous learning, and excellence.
  • Prepare to provide services by obtaining and examining relevant materials, including review or acquisition of appropriate vocabulary (both ASL and English). Continually expand relevant domain knowledge and engage in regular professional development.
  • Participate in team interpreting as required.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

  • Essential Job Requirements:

    • Bachelor’s degree. Interpreter must be currently certified with a State of Illinois Interpreter for the deaf license at the intermediate proficiency level as listed under Section 1515.50 of the Interpreter for the Deaf Licensure Act of 2007.
    • Strong problem-solving, interpersonal skills, sound decision making and conflict resolution skills.
    • Strong attention to detail, self-motivated, and excellent organizational skills.
    • Possess a positive attitude.
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
    Physical Requirements:
    • Ability to sit or stand at desk.
    • Ability to move about campus.
    • Ability to bend, stoop, use stairs, and lift up to 25 pounds.
    • Ability to use computer and general office equipment.
    Benefit-eligible positions offer excellent benefits including health, dental, life, vision, long term disability, a 403(b) retirement plan through TIAA, and tuition remission.

    To apply, please send resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references including name, telephone, and email address.

    Aurora University
    Human Resources
    347 South Gladstone Ave
    Aurora, IL 60506 - email

    Aurora University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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