MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION
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Vacancy Title: Staff Interpreter
Job Order Number: 9737790
Domicile Location: Jefferson City
Section/Office: MO Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Deadline: December 21, 2012
Three years of professional interpreting experience.
Graduation from a recognized training program for interpreters (preferred).
Necessary: (1) Excellent speaking and writing skills and (2) Missouri Sign Language Interpreter’s License or certification necessary to obtain one.
Preferred: MICS Advanced or Comprehensive Certification; RID CI/CT, CSC, NIC Advanced, or NIC Master Certification; NAD Level 4 or 5 Certification; or QAST 4/4, 4/5, 5/4 or 5/5 Certification.
Will Consider: MICS Intermediate Certification; RID NIC Certification; NAD Level 3 Certification; or QAST 3/4, 3/5, 5/3, 4/3, or 3/3 Certification.
(Other qualifications and experience, which in the opinion of the Commissioner of Education meet the requirements of the position may be accepted in lieu of the above.)
1. Knowledge of interpreting techniques and practices, as well as established principles of ethical conduct for the interpreting profession.
2. Knowledge and understanding of hearing loss, deafness, Deaf culture and related issues.
3. Knowledge of state and federal laws and regulations pertaining to hearing loss, the rights of individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, and interpreter certification and licensure requirements.
4. Knowledge of interpreting in specialized areas, including educational, medical, and legal situations.
5. Skill and fluency in the use of American Sign Language, Pidgin Signed English and fingerspelling.
6. Skill in the use of a text telephone (often called a TTY or TDD), as well as a Telephone Relay Service (TRS, IP Relay, or VRS), and other specialized equipment and services to facilitate the communication of persons who are deaf or hard of hearing.
7. Excellent speaking and writing skills.
8. Ability to interpret for long periods of time.
9. Ability to effectively use general office software, including Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, Publisher, Outlook and Front Page.
10. Ability to communicate with persons who are deaf-blind.
11. Ability to maintain confidentiality and impartiality with regard to information, persons and settings involved in interpreted communication exchanges.
12. Ability to educate hearing, hard of hearing, and deaf individuals regarding the proper utilization of interpreter services.
13. Ability to supervise and evaluate the work of practicum and internship students.
14. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, interpreters, Commission members, legislators, consumers who are deaf or hard of hearing, and members of the general public.
15. Ability and willingness to travel within the State of Missouri.
This is a professional position (exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act) which provides high-level, confidential interpreting services to the staff of the Missouri Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
The person selected for this position will be responsible for providing advanced interpreting services for the Executive Director of the MCDHH and other deaf and hard of hearing staff members. The staff interpreter facilitates communication exchanges involving MCDHH staff members in a variety of settings and with a wide range of individuals and groups, including legislators, Commission members, deaf and hard of hearing consumers, members of the Board for Certification of Interpreters, students, teachers, other professionals and service providers who work with persons with hearing loss, as well as members of the general public. This position requires strict adherence to established principles of ethical conduct for interpreters, including maintenance of absolute confidentiality. This position may also involve providing consultation to interpreters on professional techniques and practices, as well as providing information to governmental agencies, organizations, and members of the general public concerning interpreting services
The person selected for this position will have many opportunities to broaden their work experience beyond interpreting. The duties may include such things as grant writing, newsletter editing, intern supervision, coordinating exhibits and deaf awareness events, website maintenance, graphics design, promotional materials development, and assisting with the resolution of discrimination complaints.
1. Provide interpreting services for the MCDHH staff members who have a hearing loss in a variety of settings, and with a wide range of individuals and groups, including legislators, Commission members, deaf and hard of hearing consumers, members of the Board for Certification of Interpreters, students, teachers, other professionals and service providers who work with persons with hearing loss, as well as members of the general public.
2. Participate in the development and presentation of informational materials for hearing, hard of hearing, and deaf individuals regarding topics such as the proper utilization of interpreter services, hearing loss, deafness, Deaf culture, and the legal rights of people who are deaf or hard of hearing.
3. Provide consultation and advice to interpreters on professional techniques and practices, ethical issues, certification and licensing rules, and continuing education requirements.
4. Supervise practicum and internship students enrolled in interpreter training programs; communicate with instructors to determine educational expectations; evaluate student skills and provide performance feedback.
5. Provide assistance in filing complaints of alleged violations of the legal rights of individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing concerning the use of interpreters; contact involved parties to obtain additional information, explain their legal rights, and/or attempt to negotiate a satisfactory resolution of complaints.
6. Assist in the performance of such tasks as grant writing, newsletter editing, coordinating exhibits and deaf awareness events, website maintenance, graphics design, and promotional materials development.
7. Prepare and submit items such as contact logs, complaint forms, and related reports.
8. Answer telephone calls and perform other routine clerical tasks.
9. Perform other related duties as assigned by the Executive Director.
Complete application packets should consist of a cover letter, resume, and three letters of recommendation or contact information for three references (name, phone number, fax number, e-mail address).
Missouri Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
1500 Southridge Drive, Suite 201
Jefferson City, MO 65109
Phone (573) 526-5205 (V/TTY)
Fax: (573) 526-5209
ANNUAL LEAVE: Accrue 10 hours per month for new full-time employees, longer term State employees can earn more. Prorated leave for part-time employees in eligible positions.
SICK LEAVE: Accrue 10 hours per month. Prorated leave for part-time employees in eligible positions.
HOLIDAYS: 12 holidays per year.
RETIREMENT: Coverage provided through the Missouri State Employees Retirement System (MOSERS).
LIFE INSURANCE: Term life insurance coverage, equal to one times employee's annual salary, through the Missouri State Employees Retirement System.
OPTIONAL LIFE INSURANCE: Optional term life insurance available with maximum coverage of six times member’s annual salary. Plans are also offered for spouse and dependents. Premiums paid by employee.
CAFETERIA PLAN: Easy tax savings on employee’s cost for qualified payroll-deducted insurance plans, medical care, and dependent care.
HEALTH PLANS: Employer-paid/subsidized plans available the first day of the following month after employment.
DENTAL PLANS: Delta Dental insurance coverage is available.
VISION PLAN: Vision Service Plan (VSP) is available.
DEFERRED COMPENSATION: A payroll deduction deferred compensation plan available to defer taxes until retirement by investing in mutual funds and a fixed income account is currently provided.
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It is the policy of the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, or disability in its programs or employment practices as required by Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Inquiries related to Department programs and to the location of services, activities, and facilities that are accessible by persons with disabilities may be directed to the Jefferson State Office Building, Office of the General Counsel, Coordinator–Civil Rights Compliance (Title VI/Title IX/504/ADA/Age Act), 6th Floor, 205 Jefferson Street, P.O. Box 480, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0480; telephone number (573) 526-4757 or TTY (800) 735-2966, fax (573) 522-4883, email email@example.com.