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Job Specification

INTERPRETER FOR THE DEAF

DEFINITION

Under direction of a supervisor in a state department or agency, 
facilitates communication between deaf, or hard of hearing, and 
hearing individuals on diverse topics, and under varying situations, 
by performing highly responsible and complex sign language 
interpreting; utilizes a variety of modes of communication such 
as oral interpreting or deaf-blind interpreting; provides technical 
assistance for the development of programs and activities relevant 
to the needs of the deaf or hard of hearing community; does other 
related duties.

NOTE: The examples of work for this title are for illustrative 
purposes only. A position using this title may not perform all duties 
listed in this job specification. Conversely, all duties performed on 
the job may not be listed.

 EXAMPLES OF WORK:

(These examples of work are to be performed by utilizing the language 
of the deaf, particularly American Sign Language).

Provides interpretation services to individuals and groups at meetings, 
conferences, interviews, and under other related circumstances on a 
variety of topics or situations which may include education, vocation, 
employment, medical, welfare, community, organization meetings, 
and others.

As required, assists in the coordination of interpreting services and 
other activities relevant to the deaf or hard of hearing community.

Performs sign language interpretation; renders spoken messages 
into signs and signs into spoken messages utilizing American Sign 
Language; accurately relays the mood, tone, and feeling of the deaf 
or hard of hearing individual, to the hearing individual, and vice versa.

Performs transliteration services, renders spoken English into one 
of the Signed English Systems, and the Signed English System into 
spoken English.

Performs oral interpretation; presents spoken messages utilizing 
easily read, clear mouth movements, and may orally repeat the 
spoken message of the deaf or hard of hearing individual to the 
hearing individual if necessary.

Performs tactile interpretation; presents spoken message in American 
Sign Language using tactile communication.

Provides technical assistance in the development of workshops, 
seminars, and other programs to the needs and cultural mediation 
of the deaf or hard of hearing community.

Gathers and compiles information for public awareness and other 
informational brochures and literature.

Operates a text telephone (TTY) to facilitate telephonic communication 
between deaf or hard of hearing individuals.

Will be required to learn to utilize various types of electronic and/or 
manual recording and information systems used by the agency, office, 
or related units.

REQUIREMENTS:

EDUCATION:

Graduation from an accredited college or university with an Associate's 
degree with a major concentration in an Interpreter for the Deaf Training 
Program. Coursework must include Deaf Culture, American Sign 
Language and Interpreting.

NOTE: A Bachelor's or Master's degree which includes or is 
supplemented by the coursework cited above is acceptable in meeting 
the education requirement.

NOTE:  An Associate's, Bachelor's, or Masterís degree which includes 
or is supplemented by a certificate of completion from a recognized 
Interpreter for the Deaf Training Program is acceptable in meeting 
the special coursework.

EXPERIENCE:

Three (3) year of experience in American Sign Language Interpretation, 
which must have been gained within the past five (5) years.

SPECIAL SKILLS: 

Appointees must be able to communicate effectively in the language 
of the deaf, American Sign Language, sufficiently to perform the duties 
of this position.

NOTE:  Appointees must possess a National Associate of the Deaf 
Certificate (NAD), Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf Certificate (RID) 
OR National Interpreter Credentials (NIC).

The responsibility for ensuring appointees possess one of the above 
stated certifications rests with the Appointing Authority.

LICENSE:

Appointees will be required to possess a driver's license valid in 
New Jersey only if the operation of a vehicle, rather than employee 
mobility, is necessary to perform the essential duties of the position.

KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:

Knowledge of the special needs and concerns of the deaf or hard 
of hearing community.

Knowledge of American Sign Language.

Knowledge of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc. (RID) 
Code of Ethics.

Knowledge of the linguistic and cultural differences affecting the 
deaf and hard of hearing community.

Ability to read and interpret federal and state laws and regulations 
applicable to the deaf or hard of hearing community, including the 
Americans with Disabilities Act and P.L. 1983 c.564, an act providing 
for interpreters for the deaf and hard of hearing in official proceedings.

Ability to read and interpret information relevant to the federal, state, 
and local government organizations providing services to the deaf or
hard of hearing community.

Ability to accurately perform interpretation services for the deaf or hard 
of hearing both simultaneously and consecutively, in a variety of different 
situations, and to function as a staff interpreter.

Ability to make cultural adjustments and to mediate when dealing with 
different deaf and hard of hearing cultures.

Ability to successfully facilitate communication between deaf or hard of 
hearing individuals utilizing a TTY.

Ability to gather and compile information related to the field of sign 
language and interpretation.

Ability to provide technical assistance in the development and presentation 
of workshops and seminars, and in the coordination of interpreting services.

Ability to determine the specific communicative skills required to interpret
for the deaf or hard of hearing individual.

Ability to accurately determine, interpret, and relay the mood, tone, and 
feeling of the deaf or hard of hearing individual to the hearing individual 
and vice versa.

Ability to interpret utilizing a variety of skills including American Sign 
Language, oral interpretation, tactile interpretation, and Signed English 
Systems.

Ability to communicate in sign language and AMSLAN.

Ability to learn to utilize various types of electronic and/or manual 
recording and information systems used by the agency, office, or 
related units.

Ability to read, write, speak, understand or communicate in English 
sufficiently to perform the duties of this position.  American Sign 
Language or Braille may also be considered as acceptable forms 
of communication.

Persons with mental or physical disabilities are eligible if they
can perform essential functions of the job with or without 
reasonable accommodation.  If the accommodation cannot be
made because it would cause the employer undue hardship,
such persons may not be eligible.


This job specification is applicable to the following title code:
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55892SNNE18N/AA18-

This job specification is for state government use only.
Salary range is only applicable to state government.
Local salaries are established by individual local jurisdictions.

6/22/2019