Designated Interpreter

Apr 06, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Designated Interpreter

The College of Education at the Pennsylvania State University, University Park campus, seeks to hire a full-time designated interpreter for a member of our College community who is deaf. This designated interpreter will facilitate, support, and maximize the integration and inclusion of deaf faculty and staff within the college and university community and will support the growth and advancement of assigned faculty through positive and respectful interactions and relationships with University faculty, staff, and students, as well as visitors and other stakeholders in a variety of settings both on and off campus. The designated interpreter will provide services for the deaf member of the College of Education community by interpreting/transliterating simultaneously from English into American Sign Language, as well as from American Sign Language into English, the designated interpreter accepts responsibility for the knowledge of, and adherence to the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf(RID)/NAD (National Association of the Deaf) ethics of interpreting and the role of the interpreter, with emphasis applied to the maintaining of confidentiality as the designated interpreter may participate in College and/or University proceedings and proprietary research. This non-exempt position may require occasional evening and weekend work.

Penn State is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion with an emphasis on structurally contingent identities such as race/ethnicity, dis/ability, gender, class, sexual orientation, and national origin. We foster a culture of inclusion that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusion as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission.

Essential qualifications:
  • 2-years of experience providing interpreting services, preferably in a higher education setting and a Bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of experience and education.
  • Have and maintain certification from the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) and/or National Association of the Deaf (NAD), as well as .
  • Demonstrated experience in, and an ongoing commitment to working effectively with and across diverse communities and underrepresented groups.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Preferred background and knowledge of specialized academic language related to anthropology, linguistics, education, critical theory, and/or qualitative/ethnographic research, or demonstrated potential and interest in pursuing professional development in one or more of these areas.
  • Demonstrated experiences with or potential for implementing the Deaf Professional-Designated Interpreter model (Hauser & Hauser, 2008; Hall, Elliot & Cullen, 2019).

Essential Responsibilities and duties include:
  • Provide interpreting services to designated College of Education community member.
  • Adhere to the NAD-RID Code of Professional Conduct.
  • Prepare for assignments to ensure sufficient subject comprehension to deliver effective services.
  • This position may require occasional overtime work.
  • Stay current on issues relevant to the interpreting profession as well as issues among the cultural and linguistic communities the profession serves.
  • Follow all University policies and procedures.
  • Work actively to promote a positive and productive work environment.
  • Be an effective spokesperson for the College with others both inside and outside the College.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to professional development in interpreting best practices and content area expertise of deaf faculty member.
  • Maintain a constant and high level of confidentiality.
  • Demonstrate a substantial knowledge of issues regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Other duties as assigned which are consistent with the mission of the College.

To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references via the University's employment website (

The College of Education

The College of Education [] at Penn State was established in 1923 to deepen and extend knowledge about the formation and utilization of human capabilities. It offers resident degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels as well as an extensive outreach effort aimed at continuing professional development for educators at distant locations. The College's research program is also extensive and College faculty members secured $31 million in external support during the past three years from a wide range of national and state government agencies, private foundations, and corporations. The College's location within a large, research oriented, land-grant university provides numerous opportunities for studying education from multidisciplinary perspectives in the context of a university-wide commitment to making life better for all citizens.

The College houses four academic departments: Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education; Curriculum and Instruction; Education Policy Studies; and Learning and Performance Systems. The departments offer five undergraduate majors to more than 3,000 students and 12 graduate programs, under authority of the Graduate School, to more than 1,400 students. Recent surveys rank the Penn State College of Education among the top colleges, schools, and departments of education in the United States.

The Pennsylvania State University:

Penn State [] is a comprehensive, multi-campus research university serving all regions of the Commonwealth, as well as the nation and the world in instruction, research, and service roles that require responsiveness to and support from society's public and private sectors. As a land-grant university, Penn State has responsibility for providing a wide array of programs in the professional and technical disciplines, as well as a balanced offering of undergraduate and graduate programs in the arts and sciences. Penn State shares with other major research universities the traditional responsibilities to discover, develop, preserve, and disseminate knowledge.

University Park and State College:

The University Park campus is set in the State College metropolitan area, a university town located in Centre County in central Pennsylvania. State College has a population of approximately 42,000 residents and is within a half-day`s drive to Washington D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City, and Pittsburgh. The University Park Airport is served by three major carriers with flights to Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Chicago, and Detroit.

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Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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