Job Summary/Basic Function: Job Summary: Under the direction of the Deaf Studies, Deaf Education (DSDE) Department Chair, the Designated Interpreter (DI) provides American Sign Language (ASL) interpreting/sign language transliterating services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing DSDE faculty and staff. The primary purpose of the DI is facilitating, supporting, and maximizing the integration and inclusion of the DSDE Deaf and Hard of Hearing faculty and staff within the Lamar University community, and the greater national and international academic and research communities. As a staff member in the DSDE Department, the DI is expected to support the Department's growth and advancement through positive and respectful interaction and relationship with University faculty, staff, and students, as well as individuals and entities outside the University. The DI accepts responsibility for knowledge of, and adherence to the ethics of interpreting and the role of the interpreter, with particular emphasis applied to the maintaining of confidentiality as the DI participates in university proceedings and proprietary research. Along with demonstrated fluency in English and American Sign Language, the job requires the ability to adapt within an evolving work environment, and the ability to provide interpreting services that accurately reflect the qualifications and expertise of the Department.
Essential Duties: Interpreting duties include but are not limited to: lecture and lab classes, as well as research meetings and research-related activities, with efforts primarily focused at the Graduate level; Graduate-level examinations; departmental, interdepartmental, and university committees and meetings, including those with upper-level administration; on-campus events being attended by, or at which faculty or staff are presenting; off-campus events such as conferences; all other university-related academic and scholarly activities involving the DSDE faculty and staff.
Non-interpreting related duties within the Department are determined in collaboration with the DSDE faculty and staff and directed by the DSDE Department Chair. Non-interpreting related duties include but are not limited to: coordinating additional Departmental interpreting services as communicated by the DSDE faculty and staff, in accordance with faculty and staff guidance and preferences, by way of outside interpreting agencies or independent contractors, or through cooperation with the Lamar University Disability Resource Center Communication Access Coordinator; keeping accurate and thorough record of all interpreting services provided, including financial records and budgeting itemization; managing the interpreting budget line, and the Interpreting Services shared departmental calendar; participating in research, or conducting research under the supervision and guidance of qualified faculty; providing mentoring for students in the BA-ASL program; auditing DSDE classes and meetings to maintain familiarity with departmental activities, knowledge, and research.
Minimum Qualifications: Minimum Qualifications: * Five years of paid interpreting experience, with extensive experience in higher education, including interpreting at the graduate and administrative levels. * Bachelors degree, preferably in Interpreting, Deaf Studies, ASL, or Education. * Possession of current interpreter certification that falls within Categories F-K as defined by the Texas Health and Human Services Board for Evaluation of Interpreters (BEI); or, possession of current national interpreter certification, and interpreting skill comparable to BEI Categories F-K.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: * Exceptional interpreting skills, both voicing and signing, to accurately convey high-level academic, specialized, and nuanced content. Ability to sustain service for an extended number of hours, and adapt to a weekly schedule that varies with the needs of the Department. * Knowledge of the Deaf community, Deaf studies, Deaf education, interpreting, linguistics, education pedagogy, critical theory, and research methodology. * Familiarity with standard university policies and procedures, as well as ability to learn and adhere to Lamar University, and DSDE policies and procedures. * Experience coordinating and scheduling interpreting services; keeping record of services provided; and processing invoices for interpreting services. * Use of mobile phone and computer. Experience with a variety of Microsoft Windows and Apple computers and software.
Preferred Qualifications: Preferred Qualifications: * Ten years of paid interpreting experience preferred. * Graduate-level education and/or degree preferred. * Category H-K or equivalent certification/skill preferred.
Security Sensitive Statement: This position is security-sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of the Texas Education Code 51.215, which authorizes the employer to obtain criminal history record information.
Lamar University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of Lamar University not to discriminate on the basis of non-relevant criteria including, but not limited to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status in its educational programs, activities, admissions or employment practices.
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Home to more than 14,000 students, Lamar University is one of the fastest growing universities in Texas and is a member of The Texas State University System. LU offers more than 100 programs of study leading to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The 270-acre campus in Beaumont is about 90 miles east of Houston and about 25 miles west of Louisiana