Sign Language Interpreter - Interpreter II (POOL) (504381)

  • Cal State University (CSU) East Bay
  • Hayward, California
  • Nov 28, 2021
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Job Description



The starting salary placement depends on qualifications and experience and is anticipated to be in the range of $50.00/hour to $90.00/hour.

About Cal State East Bay

Cal State East Bay's beautiful main campus is located in the Hayward hills with panoramic views of the San Francisco Bay shoreline. Situated above the city of Hayward, the campus offers an ideal setting for teaching and learning and yet easy access to the many cities along the bay. The University has a satellite campus in Concord, a professional development center in Oakland and a significant presence online. Founded in 1957, Cal State East Bay is one of 23 universities of the California State University system (CSU). With an enrollment over 15,800 students, Cal State East Bay is recognized as a regionally engaged and globally oriented university with a strong commitment to academic innovation, student success, engaged and service learning, diversity, and sustainability.

About the Position

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA), sections 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, and applicable state and CSU policies, Accessibility Services (AS) provides eligible students with disabilities academic support services, disability counseling, campus and community resources, and strategies necessary to provide them with an accessible educational experience. AS ensures that CSUEB's campus climate is inclusive and facilitates academic accommodations in all areas of learning.

The purpose of this position is to provide communication access via sign language interpreting services for students, faculty, staff and guests of the campus who are Deaf or hard-of-hearing. Sign language interpreting services may be needed in academic courses, meetings, office hours, student groups, and/or campus events. These services may be required to be provided remotely or on-site at one of CSUEB's three campuses: Hayward, Concord, and/or Oakland. If services are to be provided remotely, it is expected incumbent will have reliable internet connection and a second device (computer, tablet, phone), when necessary, to access interpreting sessions.

Incumbent must possess and maintain skills certification from the National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) and/or certification from the National Association of the Deaf (NAD); possible substitution for years of formal training and/or experience in higher education professional interpreting work will be considered.

This is an hourly, temporary, intermittent position. Work schedules may vary each academic term depending on operational needs. The incumbent may be required to work some weekend and evening hours as needed.


Provide professional level sign language interpreting/transliterating services for students, faculty, staff and guests of the campus who are Deaf, hard-of-hearing, or deaf-blind in a variety of assignments across campus.

Interpret or transliterate classroom instruction and campus-related assignments beyond the classroom (i.e., meetings, review sessions, field experiences), as needed.

Interpret or transliterate for campus-wide events (i.e., Fall Convocation, Honors Convocation, Commencement Ceremonies, etc.), as needed.

Interpret or transliterate for Accessibility Services department-sponsored events, as needed.

When available, substitute when other interpreters are absent, as needed.

Prepare for assignments by reading course materials, reviewing Blackboard information, etc., as needed.

Required Qualifications

  • Demonstrated understanding of the unique communication needs of Deaf or hard-of-hearing consumers
  • Knowledge of Deaf culture
  • Working knowledge of platform interpreting techniques
  • Working knowledge of the vocabulary, terminology, and basic information in a variety of subjects commonly found in a university environment
  • Demonstrated understanding of student and classroom needs in a university setting
  • Thorough understanding of the NAD-RID Code of Professional Conduct

Skills and Abilities:
  • Possess a high degree of linguistic, cognitive, and technical skills
  • Skills to convey accurately the register, tone, intent, and content of the presenter's and consumer's message while interpreting/transliterating
  • Ability to effectively shift between ASL or a manual sign system to spoken English and vice versa in highly interactive situations, such as discussions, workshops, seminars and platform settings
  • Ability to interpret difficult and complex terms, concepts, ideas and emotions
  • Ability to learn unique subject matter, theories, and terminology
  • Be responsive to students' communication needs and preferences
  • Skills to develop and maintain cooperative working relationships within a diverse, multicultural environment
  • Basic office skills including common office computer software programs, email platforms, and electronic calendaring

Requires broad experience with higher education and/or complex subject matter presented at the university level. Excellent English vocabulary, grammar, and spelling skills and familiarity with university-level curriculum. Reliable internet connectivity, as needed for remote work, and a second device (computer, tablet, phone), when necessary, to access interpreting sessions; Comprehensive knowledge of the English language, including grammatical structures, syntax, spelling, vocabulary, and punctuation; and Thorough understanding of, and adherence to, the RID Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct.

Minimum Qualifications

Certification Requirements:

Certification from the national Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) and/or certification from the National Association of the Deaf (NAD), or comparable certification.

Education and Experience:

Generally, wide acquaintance with academic higher education through attendance at or graduation from a four year college or university may be essential to provide interpreting services at a level required for the position assignments. In addition, two years of relevant documented interpreting experience in a variety of settings usually are needed to perform at the level required for position assignments.

Preferred Skills and Knowledge
  • Knowledge and experience with Deaf culture, rapport with the Deaf community and rapport with the interpreting community
  • Minimum of three years of university interpreting/transliterating experience

Condition(s) of Employment

Satisfactory completion of a background check (including LiveScan, as appropriate), that may include, but is not limited to: criminal records check, verification of academic credentials, licenses, certificates, credit history, professional references and/or verification of work history is required for employment. Cal State East Bay will issue a conditional offer of employment to the selected candidate, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Unsatisfactory results may also affect the continued employment of current Cal State East Bay employees who were conditionally offered the position.

All background checks are conducted through the university's third party vendor, Accurate. LiveScan is conducted through the University Police Department.

EEO Statement

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, Cal State East Bay does not discriminate on the basis of any protected categories: age, ancestry, citizenship, color, disability, gender, immigration status, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran's status. The University is committed to the principles of diversity in employment and to creating a stimulating learning environment for its diverse student body.

Other Information

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Cal State East Bay is not a sponsoring agency for Staff or Management positions.

Mandated Reporter

The incumbent in this position may be considered a mandated reporter under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and will be required to comply with requirements set forth in the CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

CSU Vaccination Policy

CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at https://calstate.policystat. com/policy/9779821/latest/ and questions may be sent to

Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

Job Address

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