Job Placement Specialist/Interpreter

Fremont, Alameda County
Apr 30, 2014
Administrative Jobs
Student Affairs, Counseling

Job Placement Specialist/Interpreter
Ohlone College

12 month, 100%, Classified Position, Categorically Funded
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, May 23, 2014 at 5:00 PM
Salary Range 35: $3794.00-$4814.00 monthly, $45,524 - $57,773 annually
This position is funded by categorical funds, and employment is subject to those funds being available.

Under general supervision of the Workability III (WA III) Coordinator and the Director of Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSPS), the Job Placement Specialist provides employment services including job development, job placement and follow-up services for individuals with disabilities, including the deaf and hard of hearing population. Uses American Sign Language (ASL) for communication with Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) counselors and interpreting for referred DOR clients. Some evening and weekend work may be required when training clients at work sites.

The ideal candidate will be able to successfully assist Workability III (WAIII) disabled clientele with their job search, including resume development, job search strategies, networking, interview preparation and job coaching. The ideal candidate must be fluent in American Sign Language and have the ability to interpret job interviews and trainings for WAIII deaf and hard-of-hearing clients. The candidate must be able to manage a case load, maintain client files, write reports, have strong computer skills and be proficient with MS Office. The ideal candidate will participate in outreach activities with local businesses to develop job opportunities for WAIII clients. Ohlone prides itself as a Learning College with the motto of “A World of Cultures United in Learning” and we are looking for staff who embrace diversity in serving students of varied backgrounds and learning styles, highly ethical, trustworthy, credible, loyal and is respectful of diverse views and opinions. The college has a firm commitment to environmental sustainability and looks to all employees to support this important goal.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES: The following duties are typical of those performed by employees in this job title; however, employees may perform other related duties.
  • Provide job development assistance and on-the-job interpreting and training to DOR clients one-on-one or in a group environment.
  • Assists DOR clients with job seeking strategies, application procedures, resume writing, interview preparation, job retention skills and provides labor market and community resource information.
  • Interpret job interviews and on-the-job training in American Sign Language for DOR clients to facilitate communication between deaf/hard of hearing individuals and hearing employers.
  • Initiates and maintains ongoing contact with local businesses, agencies and organizations to remove employment barriers and promote community integration. Give details on the benefits and employment support services provided by WA III to employers.
  • Train clients in basic on-the-job employee protocol, productivity and performance skills.
  • Monitor employment progress of consumers who secure employment positions and advises participants when job performance is not satisfactory.
  • Establish and maintain a professional working relationship with DOR staff, clients and site employers.
  • Researches internet, newspapers, agencies, local businesses, and other resources for job leads.
  • Provides WAIII program information to various businesses, schools, and chambers of commerce, and updates information as needed.
  • Prepares forms and reports related to placement activities and tracks clients’ 90 days of successful employment.
  • Maintenance of client files and monthly verbal and/or written contact with referring DOR counselors.
  • Perform related administrative duties and responsibilities as assigned.
Possession of valid driver's license

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of cultural, educational psychological and social aspects of working with Deaf people and people with other disabilities; thorough experience of English grammar, vocabulary and composition; principals of public relations and interpersonal relationships; ability to use computers to write reports and correspondence, to prepare flyers and maintain event calendars; ability to communicate in American Sign Language; experience with American Sign Language interpreting procedures, ability to collect and research information for the program and its constituents, and to make appropriate referrals; and ability to work independently; principles and methods of advising and training, skills to make group presentations; principles of public relations; computer operations, proficiency in MS Office and online programs for job search and job related operations, report preparations and office procedures; communicate clearly and concisely; establish, maintain, and foster positive working relationships with those contacted in the course of work; be sensitive to and understand the diverse academic, socio-economic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds of community college personnel, students, referred clients, and the communities served by the college ability to use computers to write reports and correspondence; skill to make group presentations; ability to advocate for our clients

Skill: Interpreting in ASL, Pidgin Signed English, and expressive and receptive finger spelling.

Ability to: monitor the progress of student workers; maintain effective working relationships with student workers, worksite employees/supervisors, college employees and managers; train, counsel, and evaluate student workers.

ILLUSTRATIVE EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: A typical way to obtain the above knowledge and skill is a combination of education and experience equivalent to:
Education: High School Diploma required. Associates Degree in Human Services or related field or Bachelor of Arts or Science degree highly desirable.

Experience: Minimum of two years of work experience, plus experience working with deaf adults/deaf community and other people with disabilities; thorough knowledge of and ability to accurately interpret from English into ASL and ASL into English.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Essential duties require the following physical abilities and work environment:

Availability: Although office hours are from Monday through Friday, if offered the job, you will be expected to work some nights and/or weekends/Holidays to offer interpreting and job coaching if the client’s work schedule requires it.

Transportation: Due to the nature of the work, the ownership of a vehicle in good working order is a requirement as you will be required to go to different businesses in different cities to offer interpreting and job coaching to clients.

Employment Information
Continuance in this position is dependent upon satisfactory evaluations and performance and continuation of funding. Funding for the Workability III grant is funded through the State Department of Rehabilitation and is expected to be renewed every three years.

  1. Medical, dental, vision, life insurance, EAP and LTD
  2. Membership in Public Employees’ Retirement System Candidates hired on or after January 1, 2013 are subject to restrictions imposed by PEPRA)
  3. Contribution to O.A.S.D.I. (Social Security)
  4. Paid vacation
  5. Paid sick leave
  6. Paid holidays and district-paid floating personal days
  7. Summer 4/10 schedule (Fridays off)
  8. Longevity pay step increase based on your years of service
  9. IRS Section 125 Flexible Medical Spending Plan
  10. 457(b) Deferred Compensation Plan (employee contributes)
  11. 403(b) Tax Shelter Annuity Plan (employee contributes)
*Benefits will be prorated for positions less than 100%

Application packets must be submitted to the Human Resources Office by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 23, 2014. The College reserves the right to modify, rescind or re-advertise this recruitment at any time.
  1. Completed Ohlone College application form. NOTE: An Ohlone Classified Application must be submitted and may be obtained from our website at
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Current Resume
  4. List of at least three Professional References including name, position, organization, phone number, email and their relationship to you.
Materials submitted with your application will be considered for this opening only. All material submitted becomes District property and will not be returned. Incomplete application packets will not be considered.

Forward your completed application and other required documents to:
Ohlone College, Human Resources Office 43600 Mission Boulevard Fremont, CA 94539, Attn: Jennifer Druley, Senior HR Specialist or

The District
The mission of Ohlone College is to serve the community by offering instruction for basic skills, career entry, university The mission of Ohlone College is to serve the community by offering instruction for basic skills, career entry, university transfer, economic development, and personal enrichment for all who can benefit from our instruction in an environment where student learning success is highly valued, supported, and continually assessed. Ohlone College is a multi-campus single college district, serving the cities of Fremont, Newark and Union City located in the southeast area of San Francisco Bay. Enrollment is 12,000 per semester. The student population and surrounding communities represent a highly diverse population. The College is named for the native population living in the area when Mission San Jose was founded. The Fremont campus is located just south of the historic Mission San Jose. The Newark Campus is located near Interstate 880 and emphasizes programs in health, environment, and technology.

Equal Opportunity Employer
Ohlone Community College believes in a close relationship among students, faculty, staff, and community. The District is strongly committed to achieving staff diversity and has made a commitment to the principles of equal opportunity. The District encourages a diverse pool of applicants and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, age, religion, marital status, disability, sexual orientation or disabled veteran status in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. The college encourages applications from all qualified applicants. If you are in need of special services, equipment, or facilities in order to apply or interview for this opening, please call the Human Resources office at: (510) 659-6088.

Conditions of Employment
Offers of employment are contingent upon Governing Board approval. Employment with Ohlone Community College is not complete or official until applicants meet all pre-employment requirements. All new employees are required to submit official transcripts and proof of freedom from tuberculosis. In addition you will be required to provide identification and employment eligibility as outlined in the federal “Immigration Reform & Control Act of 1986.” Pre-employment tests and/or medical examinations may be required. Ohlone Community College does not sponsor H1B visas. Employees must sign the Oath or Affirmation of Allegiance and submit fingerprints for CA Department of Justice clearance.