Sign Language Interpreter

Job description

Position Statement:

Founded in 2005, Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC) is the 31st member of the University System of Georgia. GGC is a premier 21st century liberal arts institution accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. With a current enrollment of over 12,000 students, enrollment is projected to exceed 13,000 students in 2017, including both residential and commuter students. GGC’s innovative practices, caring culture, and extremely affordable tuition are changing the game in higher education and changing the future for students at all levels, of all ages, and from all walks of life. Gwinnett County (pop. 850,000+) is home to a variety of businesses, including organizations involved in health care, education and information technology.

Position Title:
Sign Language Interpreter

Job Category:

Disability Services - 6010700

Student Affairs

Required Documents:
Cover Letter, Resume

The Sign Language Interpreter provides sign language interpreting for students who are deaf, primarily in the classroom, and in college-wide activities as required. Additionally, the Sign Language Interpreter works in recruiting, screening, mentoring, and scheduling agencies and contracted self-employed interpreters to provide services to GGC students.


  • Provide 20+ hours of sign language interpreting per week appropriate to students' mode of communication
  • Assess students' communication mode and provide sign language appropriate for each student for best access
  • Provide interpreting to current and potential students as needed for access outside of class
  • Interpret with assigned team member as appropriate
  • Provide interpreting services for college faculty and staff as needed and available once students have been assisted
  • Assist the Director of Disability Services with selecting, evaluate and mentor independent contracted interpreters for skill and other essential factors, including professionalism and ethical practices
  • Maintain working knowledge of national credential assessments and skill levels
  • Maintain awareness of area contract interpreters and their availability for work
  • Schedule interpreters for semester assignments, special events and as substitutes
  • Provide technical assistance for access needs of students who are deaf or hard of hearing
  • Inform Coordinator of any access issues related to students who are deaf or hard of hearing
  • Assist with coordination of accessible media for college-wide use and for specific instructional purposes
  • Collaborate with the Director of Disability Services in preparing and presenting programs for current and prospective students, family members, the community, high school personnel, GGC faculty/staff about postsecondary services to students who are deaf and hard of hearing
  • Ability to work evenings, weekends, and long hours per day, as needed. May be required to cross-train for another position and/or responsibility within the college in order to provide both back-up for a department as well as to supplement resources needed during certain times of the year. While these duties may differ from those typically assigned to this position, they shall not substantially exceed the level of duties for this position
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Minimum and Preferred Qualifications:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Associate's degree from an accredited interpreter training program or nationally certified with 2+ years of experience in a post-secondary arena
  • Proficient in both signed English and ASL
  • A minimum of three (3) years of directly related job experience
  • Possess national interpreter certification through RID or the National Association of the Deaf (NAD)
  • Adherence to the RID Interpreter Code of Professional Conduct

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Working knowledge of current and former interpreter credentials awarded through the RID
  • In-depth knowledge of the RID Code of Professional Standards and its application in the postsecondary setting


  • Ability to work effectively, with minimal supervision, in a team-based environment with a diverse student body, faculty and staff
  • Computer skills necessary to conduct electronic business and communication
  • Working knowledge of disability compliance mandates as well as best practices for students who are deaf and hard of hearing
  • Ability to work evenings, weekends, and long hours per day, as needed
  • Ability to work well with a diverse student population
  • Ability to work independently as well as with others and be self-motivated

Position Disclosure:

Due to the volume of applications, applicants may not receive a reply from the College unless an applicant is selected for an interview. Review of applications will continue until positions are filled. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States and proof of eligibility will be contemporaneously required upon acceptance of an employment offer. Any resulting employment offers are contingent upon successful completion of a background investigation and credit check if applicable to the position, as determined by Georgia Gwinnett College in its sole discretion. Georgia Gwinnett College, a unit of the University System of Georgia, is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability or religion. Georgia is an open records state.

Physical Requirements

Travel may be required. Ability to lift and carry files and materials. Ability to move from one office to another office on campus. Adequate vision, hearing and manual dexterity to interact with people in person, on the phone and in writing. Applicant must be able to perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodations.

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Job No:
Posted: 2/28/2018
Application Due: 4/29/2018
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