Student Disability Services at the Universityof Tennessee, Knoxville invites applications and nominations for the positionof Sign Language Interpreter. This is a non-exempt, 12-month, full-time,non-tenure track staff position.
The University: TheUniversity of Tennessee, Knoxville, is the state’s flagship researchinstitution, a campus of choice for outstanding undergraduates, and a premiergraduate institution. Enrolling 28,000 students, the campus is located in thefoothills of the Great Smoky Mountains and beautiful East Tennessee. As aland-grant university, it is committed to excellence in learning, scholarship,and engagement. In all its activities, the university aims to advance thefrontiers of human knowledge, enrich, and elevate society. The universityvalues intellectual curiosity, pursuit ofknowledge, and academic freedom and integrity.
The Division: TheDivision of Student Life is comprised of nearly 500 staff that serve ourstudents through 22 departments and functions. Staff are actively engaged in the lives of our students, living andlearning with them in our residence halls, student union, and other campus environments.The Division seeks candidates willing to engage, challenge, and support ourstudents through intentional programs and services. In addition, we seekcolleagues that are committed to teamwork and have a palpable passion forworking with and serving all students.
The Department: The mission of StudentDisability Services (SDS) is to partner with the campus community in creatingequitable access to eligible students while promoting disability-inclusivediversity.Staff is comprised of 22professional and administrative employees including two liaisons to satellitecampuses.
The Position: Under the general guidance of the Coordinator for Interpreting and Speech-to-Text Services inStudent Disability Services, this position facilitates communication accessthrough sign language interpretation for students who are Deaf or Hard ofHearing to ensure equal access to programs, and activities.
INTERPRETING:Provide interpreting/transliterating services for individuals with hearingdisabilities in courses provided by the University includingundergraduate,graduate, and PhD levelclasses as well as University-sponsored activities (i.e. class field trips,advising, student/professor meetings, graduation, Counseling Center/HealthClinic/legal clinic appointments, etc.); Listen to lectures/discussions, assessthe information provided, find the meaning of the message and organize theconcepts; Deliver the interpreted message to the consumer in a cultural andlinguistic equivalence, while monitoring for comprehension and feedback; Workas team with second interpreter, when required, alternating interpreting dutiesto reduce mental/physical fatigue and provide feedback, correction, and supportwhile on assignment. Troubleshoot any issues that arise in the classroom andnotify the Coordinator of issues as soon as possible.Must use independent judgment to ensureaccess and resolve problems in the moment.
INTERPRETING PREPARATION: Prepare forassignments by reviewing course information to learn vocabulary, technicalterminology, concepts to be covered, and the instructor's method (i.e. usinggroup work, outside assignments, in-class writing, etc.); Read and analyzeundergraduate/graduate/PhD level textbooks, course materials, articles andother pertinent information prior to class;Document preparation work thoroughly; Work with a team member to discussuse of appropriate signs or sign strings in the classroom.
Professionalism: Adhere to the NationalAssociation of the Deaf (NAD) - Registry of Interpreter's for the Deaf (RID)Code of Professional Conduct. Adhere to professional standards set forth byRID. Maintain compliance with federal and state mandates regardingaccommodations of students with disabilities.
Miscellaneous Duties: Act as the liaison forStudent Disability Services, and interact with faculty, staff, students and theUniversity community. Maintain positive professional relationships with allconstituents. Support the function of Student Disability Services and performother duties as assigned.
Education: Bachelor’s Degree
Experience:Three years of professional interpretingexperience
Knowledge of Deaf culture and the process of interpretation; Ability toutilize a variety of sign language systems in order to interpret voice to signand sign to voice in an academic setting; Demonstrated knowledge of NAD-RID'sCode of Professional Conduct. Excellent listening skills and demonstratedability to identify essential components of orally presented information.Knowledge of academic vocabulary. Ability to maintain professional boundarieswith all constituents with SDS including faculty, staff, patrons and students.Ability to adapt to a flexible schedule based on the needs of thestudents.Ability to work comfortably inan academic setting with diverse populations. Demonstrated working knowledge ofSection 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 508 of the Americanswith Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, the Family Educational Rights and PrivacyAct (FERPA) and other appropriate laws pertaining to higher education anddisability.
Certification:Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) or other nationally recognizedcertification.
Salary:Pay Grade 35. The salary for this position iscommensurate with experience and other qualifications and is accompanied by astandard university benefits package.
Application Process: A reviewof all applications will begin immediately and will continue until position is filled. It is anticipated that thesuccessful candidate will begin this role on August 3, 2020. For fullconsideration, applicants must electronically submit a resume,and the names, addresses and phone numbers of three professional references. Allmaterials for the position should be submitted through the University ofTennessee Human Resources application system, which can be found at https://hr.utk.edu/staff-positions/.
Allqualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment andadmissions without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex,pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physicalor mental disability, or covered veteran status.
Eligibilityand other terms and conditions of employment benefits at The University ofTennessee are governed by laws and regulations of the State of Tennessee, andthis non-discrimination statement is intended to be consistent with those lawsand regulations.
Inaccordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964,Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the RehabilitationAct of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, The University ofTennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis ofrace, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and thispolicy extends to employment by the University.
Inquiriesand charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, and national origin), TitleIX (sex), Section 504 (disability), ADA (disability), Age Discrimination inEmployment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directedto the Office of Equity and Diversity (OED), 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville,TN37996-3560, telephone (865)974-2498.Requests for accommodation ofa disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equityand Diversity.
Job: Other Tech/Para-Professional
Primary Location: US-Tennessee-Knoxville
Organization: Disability Services
Education Level: Full-time
Job Posting: Jul 17, 2020, 12:26:39 PM
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