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American Sign Language Interpreter - Pool Recruitment

Apply now Job no: 527066
Work type: Staff
Location: Monterey Bay
Categories: Unit 9 - CSUEU - Technical Support Services, Temporary, Time Varies, Student Services

Classification:  Hourly Interpreter
Hours: Part-time hourly
FLSA:  Non-exempt 

Anticipated Hiring Salary Range: $45 - $75 per hour commensurate with experieince
CSU Salary Schedule
*CSUMB provides pay scales representing its good faith estimate of what the university reasonably expects to pay for this position. The pay offered to a selected candidate will be determined on factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal equity, and CSU systemwide pay for comparable jobs.

Priority Screening Date: Initial dateMay 7, 2023
Recruitment Status:  Open Until Filled


Powered by an inspiring Founding Vision StatementCalifornia State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB) is a mid-sized comprehensive baccalaureate and masters granting university whose staff and faculty help transform student lives with a focus on student success and engagement through experiential learning, service learning in its regional community, and the promotion of multicultural and global perspectives on and beyond campus. With a vibrant, diverse student body of over 7,400 students. CSUMB is both a Minority Serving Institution (MSI) and a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI).

The university’s Strategic Plan prioritizes inclusive excellence through recruiting and investing in the development of a diverse body of faculty, staff, and administrators. CSUMB’s sustainability initiative is to be carbon neutral by 2030. The university’s faculty and staff, many of whom live in the East Campus housing development, appreciate living and working so close to the shores of the beautiful Monterey Bay. As one of the 23 campuses in the California State University (CSU) system, CSUMB offers excellent benefits, including access to below-market-rate campus housing and competitive salaries for faculty and staff. 


Under the general supervision of the Student Disability and Accessibility Resources (SDAC) Director, incumbents facilitate communication between Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing, Deaf-Blind, and hearing consumers in the campus community for the purpose of providing communication access in classrooms, study groups, student activities and events, field trips, and meetings with faculty and staff. Interpreters may also interpret for university functions, workshops, lectures, performances and commencement ceremonies.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Provides in-person and remote interpreting services for classroom lectures and other presentations and events from English into Sign Language (American Sign Language (ASL), signed English, transliterating, and/or another manual sign system based on the needs of the consumer), simultaneously with the presentation. Ensure that register, tone, intent, and content of the message is conveyed accurately. As determined by SDAC, may be scheduled for preparation hours in anticipation of exceptionally difficult interpreting assignments.
  • Translates responses from sign language into English.
  • Provides in-person and remote interpreting services for short-term individual assignments which may include conferences, meetings, and other university- or academic-related events/activities from English into Sign Language (American Sign Language (ASL), signed English, transliterating, and/or another manual sign system based on the needs of the consumer), simultaneously with the presentation. Ensure that register, tone, intent, and content of the message is conveyed accurately. As determined by SDAC, may be scheduled for preparation hours in anticipation of exceptionally difficult interpreting assignments.
  • Interprets in-person at special events such as field trips, student-teacher conferences, Student Housing and Residential Life events, special meetings, and other CSUMB-affiliated events. Aids students in other situations where translation may be required, as determined by SDAC.
  • Attends SDAC meetings, as requested. Participates in mandatory on-line campus-wide training.  Maintains an accurate record monthly of hours worked as well as prep time, to include specific time and hours they take place, as well as students served.

Other Functions:

  1. Follows policies and procedures established by SDAC, CSUMB, and/or the CSU.
  2. Perform other job-related duties and special projects as assigned.


Knowledge of the process of interpretation; ASL and/or an English sign system as required by the student(s) or the assignment; the methods and techniques used in communicating with Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing consumers; the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) Code of Professional Conduct; the vocabulary used in the courses to which the interpreter is assigned; and a demonstrated knowledge of Deaf Culture. Thorough knowledge of the interpreting process; demonstrated understanding of the special communication needs of Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing consumers; comprehensive understanding of Deaf Culture; working knowledge of platform interpreting techniques; and specific knowledge of specialized vocabulary and techniques used in interpreting professional and technical subject matter.

Ability to hear spoken English and use ASL, Signed English, and/or another manual sign system to effectively generate language; interpret and transliterate between ASL and sign systems and spoken English at a speed required by the assignment with may involve a variety of settings such as a classroom, conference, and/or one-on-one meeting; collaborate effectively with interpreter team; and work with students from diverse backgrounds. Must be able to: interpret effectively at a level requiring unique terminology and language; effectively shift between manual sign system to spoken English and vice versa in highly interactive situations such as discussions, workshops, and seminars and platform settings; interpret difficult and complex terms, concepts, ideas and emotions; learn unique subject matter, theories, and terminology; provide accurate, thorough, and comprehensive services; and be responsive to students communication needs and preferences.


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 and fully comprehend and accurately interpret the concepts, language, and vocabulary used in the assigned instructional, academic, and/or administrative situations. 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.


Fundamental knowledge of the interpreting process; fluency in American Sign Language and other manual systems; demonstrated understanding of the communication needs of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing consumers; working knowledge of academic vocabulary in a variety of subjects; skilled in terminology, language, instruction, concept, theory, and emotion to convey all aspects of the lecture, teaching material, and activities; responsiveness to consumers’ communication needs and preferences. Thorough knowledge of Deaf culture and ability to convey complex concepts and adapt sign vocabulary to student needs and language preferences. Customer/Client Focus with an emphasis in problem solving and resolution and the ability to be responsive to student, consumer or client’s needs and instructional goals. Demonstrated understanding of adult learning theory, interpreting methodologies, ethics, business practices, the mentoring process and culture. Ability to collaborate effectively with an interpreter team.


Bachelor’s Degree and certificate of completion from an accredited Interpreter Preparation Program or equivalent. Previous interpreting/transliterating experience in a post-secondary setting. RID Certification: NIC: Certified, Advanced or Master; CI, CT, CSC, IC/TC and/or NAD Certification, Levels 3, 4 or 5; along with knowledge of, adherence to, and current membership in the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) Code of Professional Conduct. Thorough knowledge of Deaf culture; knowledge and experience with manual and oral interpreting/transliteration techniques in higher education; Technical fluency with Banner, Oracle/PeopleSoft, CSU Common Management System or equivalent student information system; Microsoft Office Professional Suite, and Google mail and calendaring programs.


  • All offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a background check (including a criminal records check).
  • The person holding this position is considered a “mandated reporter” under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083  as a condition of employment.
  • This position will have a duty to report to the Campus Title IX Officer information pertaining to victims of sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, dating/domestic violence, and stalking as required by CSU Executive Order 1095.
  • This position has been designated as a sensitive position with access to and responsibility for detailed personally identifiable Level 1 confidential information about students, faculty, staff or alumni that is protected, personal or sensitive as defined in the CSU Information Security Data Classification Standards.
  • This position will have responsibilities that require the employee to possess a license, credential or other certification in order to meet minimum job qualifications and/or to qualify for continued employment.
    Specify license, credential or certification required:  RID Certificate
  • May require occasional evenings and/or weekend work.


Office environment with standard equipment and tasks.  The position requires working at a computer and desk for extended periods of time.  May require travel between campus offices and off-campus locations. 

The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff remain our highest priority. While on campus, students, faculty, staff, and the community will be expected to follow all campus safety mandates.  

Per the CSU COVID-19 Vaccination Interim Policy, all students and employees are required to submit their vaccination status to the Otter Vaccination Registry and are encouraged to be vaccinated.


CSUMB offers a premium benefit package that includes outstanding vacation, health, dental and vision plans; membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS); and 15 paid holidays a year. For more information, visit CSU System Benefits. Additionally, as a perk, the University Corporation at CSU Monterey Bay provides access to affordable campus housing based on availability; visit Schoonover Employee Housing for more information.


For full consideration, applicants must complete the required online application prior to the priority screen date found at Careers at CSUMB. Application submissions received after the application screening date will be reviewed at the discretion of the University. Materials submitted become the property of CSUMB and will not be returned.

CSUMB is not a sponsoring agency for staff or management positions.

Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting Human Resources at (831) 582-3389 or All employees must be eligible for employment in the U.S.


CSUMB hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States and is an E-Verify employer. In compliance with federal crime awareness and campus security legislation, including the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics, you can view the notice of availability and access the Cal State University, Monterey Bay annual security and fire safety reports at

CSUMB is a smoke and tobacco-free campus.


CSUMB is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action employer seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. We value and celebrate diversity in all its forms and strive to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion. We consider qualified applicants for employment for their anticipated contributions and without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, pregnancy, marital status, veteran status, or disability.

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