Hourly Interpreter/Realtime Captioner (Continuous Recruitment)
California State University, Fresno - Fresno, CA

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Job ID: 11629
Salary $16.20 - $40.00 per hour -- Interpreter
$40.00 - $60.00 per hour -- Realtime Captionist

Position Summary
Sign Language Interpreters hired through the office of Services for Students with Disabilities provide interpreting services for students and/or faculty who are deaf or hard of hearing in a variety of university settings: course classrooms, study groups, student activities and events, meetings with professors and student services personnel. Interpreters may also be asked to interpret for university functions, workshops, lectures and performances and commencement ceremonies.

Realtime Captioners (RTC) provide communication access realtime translating services (CART) to Deaf or Hard-of Hearing and/or other students with disabilities. The RTC facilitates interactive communication between the student and others through the use of court reporting methods, a steno machine, realtime technology software, and a laptop computer to create realtime word-for-word text of spoken English.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Interpreter I

Knowledge of the:
  • process of interpretation, ASL and/or an English sign system as required by the student or faculty for the assignment
  • methods and techniques used in communicating with Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing consumers
  • registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) Code of Professional Conduct
  • vocabulary used in the courses to which the Interpreter is assigned, and a demonstrated knowledge of Deaf Culture
Ability to:
  • hear spoken English and use ASL, Signed English, and/or another sign system and spoken English at a speed required by the assignment, e.g., classroom, conference, and/or one-on-
one meeting
  • work with students or faculty members from diverse backgrounds.
Interpreter II
  • Thorough knowledge of the interpreting process
  • Demonstrated understanding of the special communication needs of Deaf and Hard-of-
Hearing consumers
  • Comprehensive understanding of Deaf Culture
  • Working knowledge of platform interpreting techniques
  • Working knowledge of the vocabulary, terminology, and basic information in a
variety of subjects
  • Specific knowledge of specialized vocabulary and techniques used in interpreting
professional and technical subject matter

Ability to:
  • interpret effectively at a level that requires using unique terminology and language
  • effectively shift between ASL, or a sign system to spoken English and vice versa in highly interactive situations, such as discussions, workshops, seminars and platform settings.
  • interpret difficult and complex terms, concepts, ideas and emotions
  • learn unique subject matter, theories, and terminology
  • provide accurate, thorough, and comprehensive services, and be responsive to student's or faculty's communication needs and preferences.
Realtime Captioner:Knowledge of:
  • court reporting methods and theories, realtime software and technology, realtime captioning computer systems and equipment
  • industry-recognized code of ethics
  • comprehensive knowledge of the English language, including grammatical structures, syntax, spelling, vocabulary, and punctuation
  • working knowledge of the language and vocabulary used in the assigned translating situations
  • general knowledge of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Community.
Ability to:
  • caption at a minimum of 180 or more words per minute with a high level of accuracy
  • proficiently use, maintain, and troubleshoot court reporting steno equipment, realtime software, and computer systems and equipment
  • develop, maintain, and proficiently use a thorough dictionary that enables accurate and fluidtranslation
  • effectively listen for continuity, sense, and detail while translating
  • proficiently write in realtime in a conflict-free manner using punctuation and sustaining accuracy in fast-paced stressful situations
  • use advanced editing skills
  • work effectively with student consumers and maintain confidentiality.
Education and Experience

Interpreter I:
  • Graduation from an interpreter training program and/or relevant documented interpreting experience
  • Broad acquaintance with academic higher education through attendance at a post-secondary educational institution
Interpreter II:
  • Two years of relevant documented interpreting experience in a variety of settings
  • Broad acquaintance with academic higher education through attendance at or graduation from a four-year college or university
Real Time Captionist:
  • Formal training in court reporting and steno methods
  • 6 to 12 months of experience providing realtime captioning services, preferably in a higher education setting
Specialized Skills

Interpreter II- Certification:
Salary Range A: Must possess and maintain skills certification issued by the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) and/or other comparable certification recognized by the RID,such as the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) III or the Educational Interpreters Performance Assessment (EIPA) 3.0.

Salary Range B: Must possess and maintain skills certification from RID and/or other comparable certification recognized by RID, such as NAD IV or EIPA 4.0 and above.

Realtime Captioner - Certification:
Salary Range A: Must meet the typical qualifications outlined above

Salary Range B: In addition to meeting the requirements outlined above, must have two or more years of captioning experience.

Must also posess one of the following certifications:
  • State of California Certified Shorthand Reporter
  • Court Reporting Certificate of Completion
  • Possess a comparable industry certification.
Preferred Skills
Interpreter II, Salary Range A: National Interpreter Certification (NIC) Advanced, NAD IV, EIPA 4.0 is preferred.

Interpreter II, Salary Range B: NIC Master, NAD V, EIPA 5.0 is preferred.

Filing Deadline
Referrals of well qualified candidates will be made on an as needed basis to the hiring department for screening. Applications will be accepted into this pool through June 30, 2011 and will be used to fill vacancies on an as-needed basis. After June 30, 2011, a new pool will be established and interested applicants will have to reapply.

Application Procedures
An online application, a resume, and three professional references, including telephone numbers, are required. A cover letter that addresses your qualifications for the position is recommended. Full consideration will not be given to applicants who fail to complete all application requirements.

Pursuant to Executive Order 883, reasonable accommodation is to be provided upon request from an employee or applicant with disabilities, unless doing so would impose an undue hardship on the campus. What constitutes a reasonable accommodation is to be determined by the campus on a case-by-case basis after it has received the individual's request for accommodation and engaged in an interactive process. Employees or applicants requiring reasonable accommodation should contact Human Resources directly at (559) 278-2032.

How To Apply
To apply for this or any open position at Fresno State visit our online employment site at: http://jobs.fresnostate.edu.

Other Requirements
Pursuant to the requirements of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, any offer of employment is contingent upon verification of individual's eligibility to be employed in the United States.

Background investigations will be conducted, as required, depending upon the job requirements of a position. These could include, but are not limited to, processing of fingerprints through the Department of Justice and degree and license verifications. An offer of employment may or may not be extended based upon the results of these verifications.

California State University, Fresno annual security report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus, in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled Fresno State, and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to or accessible from the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, alcohol/drug use, crime prevention, reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. You can obtain a copy of this report by contacting the Campus Police Department or by accessing the following web site: http://www.csufresno.edu/police/report.htm.

Other Applicant Information
A current listing of available staff and management employment opportunities may be accessed through Fresno State JOBS at (559) 278-2360 or online at http://jobs.fresnostate.edu.

Applicants will receive confirmation of receipt of their application materials via automatic email reply.

It is the policy of the California State University to fill vacant positions represented by the California State University Employees' Union (CSUEU) with qualified applicants currently employed on the campus. Other applicants may be selected when it is necessary to meet the best interests of the campus by obtaining specialized skills and abilities not available from campus applicants.

Temporary positions filled through recruitment may be extended or converted to permanent status without a second recruitment depending on the availability of funding and the circumstances that created the vacancy. A permanent or probationary on-campus applicant selected to fill a temporary vacancy at a higher classification or skill level that expires within the stated timeframe may return to his or her previous classification, not necessarily in the same position, subject to the conditions of the appropriate bargaining agreement.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The California State University, Fresno is committed to maintaining and implementing employment policies and procedures in compliance with applicable state and federal equal employment opportunity laws and regulations. Executive Order 883 prohibits discrimination and Executive Order 927 prohibits harassment, on the basis of a protected status: race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex (including gender identity, per HR 2004-12), sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, mental disability, physical disability, medical condition and covered veteran status. Retaliation against individuals for complaining about these proscribed conduct, opposing such conduct, or participating in an investigation or proceeding involving such conduct is prohibited by both executive orders.

Further, the California State University, Fresno's statement of commitment to equal employment opportunity principles is also found in the various collective bargaining agreements.

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