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East Tennessee State University

Title Code: 5156 

Occ. Group: 

Lead Interpreter

Expectations for All Employees

East Tennessee State University pursues its mission based upon core values. An employee's job performance must support and exhibit the university's core values:

PEOPLE come first, are treated with dignity and respect, and are encouraged to achieve their full potential;
RELATIONSHIPS are built on honesty, integrity and trust;
of people and thought is respected;
is achieved through teamwork, leadership, creativity, and a strong work ethic;
is achieved through wise use of human and financial resources; and COMMITMENT to intellectual achievement is embraced.


The primary responsibility of the Lead Interpreter position is to provide quality interpreting and support services for the deaf and hearing impaired students. 

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities

Interviews and screens sign language interpreters.

Keeps a file on qualified/certified interpreters.

Screens deaf and hearing impaired students for appropriate interpreters.

Assigns interpreters to classes and/or events.

Interprets classroom and lab lectures for deaf and hearing impaired students.

Interprets special events for deaf and hearing impaired students, faculty and staff.

Interprets campus meetings for deaf and hearing impaired faculty and staff.

Coordinates scheduling of interpreters.

Performs other related duties as assigned. 

Required Knowledge and Abilities

Basic knowledge of sign languages, such as American Sign Language (ASL) and Pidgin Signed English (PSE).

Basic knowledge of technical signs pertaining to the course of study.

Basic knowledge of deafness, deaf culture, deaf language, and the deaf community.

Basic knowledge of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) Code of ethics.

Basic proficiency in English, i.e., vocabulary, spelling, grammar, reading, writing and literature.

Ability to match interpreters with students for optimum result.

Ability to orally interpret simultaneously with PSE.

Ability to interpret for multi-handicapped deaf students, including those with visual impairments. 

Recommended Qualifications

Graduation from a standard high school or GED; associate degree from an accredited interpreter training program; possession of certification from the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID); three years of full-time interpreting experience. 

Date         Skill         Eval           
4/01/94        8     744432230

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. 

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