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Sign Language Interpreter

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, Wisconsin, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Jun 12, 2024

Pay is commensurate with certification, education, and experience.

Job Summary:

The McBurney Disability Resource Center is looking for candidates to work as part of a Designated Interpreter pool. Based on interpreting needs, there may be consistent, weekly hours or there may be as-needed/sub hours offered. This interpreter position is mostly remote with occasional on-campus work at UW-Madison and will provide sign language interpreting for a Deaf professional working in the McBurney Center.

In this unique position, the interpreter will work closely with the deaf professional in the process of providing interpretation services (ASL to English and English to ASL) to achieve optimal communication access for the deaf professional and hearing campus members in varied interactions including but not limited to individual meetings with students/faculty/co-workers, staff meetings, and institutional events. Events may be presented and/or attended by the deaf professional.

Responsibilities: Provides American Sign Language or Signed English interpretation services for deaf and hearing campus community members for advanced, complex, or varied interactions at the institution, including but not limited to academic situations, employment meetings, and institutional events.
  • 10% Prepares for interpreting requests by utilizing provided preparation materials, researching outside sources, and communicating with colleagues
  • 90% Interprets or transliterates for advanced or technically complex academic content or institutional events that include sensitive or high impact requests utilizing ethical analysis to determine optimal options in interpreting situations
  • Prepares for interpreting requests by utilizing provided preparation materials, collaborating with the deaf consumer/professional, and researching outside sources as appropriate.
  • Interprets for deaf professional in scheduled individual meetings with students/faculty/co-workers, staff meetings, and institutional events with the goal of providing effective communication for the participants.
  • Ability to interpret back-to-back meetings with short breaks in between.
  • 25% of scheduled time, interpreter will be on-call to interpret for deaf professional in last-minute individual meetings, staff meetings, and events.
  • Maintains high level of professionalism including respect for consumer's autonomy and confidentiality at all times and with all parties on/off campus.
  • Seeks to continually improve quality of interpreting services (collaboration with deaf professional, continuing education development opportunities, etc.).
Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion


High school diploma/equivalent


- In-depth knowledge, fluency, and natural use of ASL including but not limited to grammatical structure, prosody, and visual nature. As demonstrated in ASL cover letter video.

- Collaborative and open approach to working with deaf professional to ensure effective communication.

- Reliable technology (Internet, camera, background, speakers, microphone, etc.) for remote interpreting through various platforms including Zoom in an easily visual accessible manner.

- Possess or ability to obtain Wisconsin Sign Language Interpreter State License.

- Experience working with non-traditional signers, other signed languages, and/or linguistics background.

- Basic knowledge of accommodations and respective disability diagnoses common in postsecondary education.

Work Schedule:

Regular Business Hours: outside business hours may be needed occasionally, depending on the department's needs.

Work Type:

It is anticipated this position will be remote and requires work be performed at an offsite, non-campus work location.

Appointment Type, Duration:

Terminal appointment.
This position has the possibility to be extended based on need and/or funding.

Additional Information:

The McBurney Disability Resource Center is the office for students with disabilities and classroom accommodations on the UW-Madison campus. As part of the student accommodation process, we work collaboratively with students, instructors, and campus partners to provide and support effective academic accommodations and access to campus as a whole.

McBurney Disability Resource Center is part of Student Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, led by the vice chancellor for student affairs. Our staff is dedicated to serving students and to helping them succeed in and out of the classroom in areas including health and well-being, identity and inclusion, leadership and engagement, and student advocacy. Student Affairs includes departments led by the dean of students; departments that provide identity-based spaces and leadership resources; the Wisconsin Union; University Health Services; and University Recreation and Wellbeing.

Please note that successful applicants are responsible for ensuring their eligibility to work in the United States (i.e. a citizen or national of the United States, a lawful permanent resident, a foreign national authorized to work in the United States without the need of an employer sponsorship) on or before the effective date of appointment.

How to Apply:

Please click on the "" button to start the application process. As part of the application process, you will be required to upload a current resume, a cover letter in American Sign Language addressing your experience and qualifications related to this position, and a list with the contact information of at least three professional references. The application must be completed and submitted by the deadline to be considered for this position.


Angel Cartagena
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1. See RELAY_SERVICE for further information.

Official Title:

Sign Language Interpreter(EI007)



Employment Class:

Temporary Employment

Job Number:


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