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ASL-English Interpreter

Education, Marketing / Communications, Social Sciences


Saint Mary\'s University

Halifax City, Nova Scotia

Position:                      American Sign Language (ASL) – English Interpreter (Maternity Leave Contract)

Department:               Faculty of Science/Department of Environmental Science

Salary:                         $53,161 - $68,509 (Group 5) + 4% in lieu of vacation


Founded in 1802, Saint Mary’s University is one of Canada’s oldest and leading institutions of higher learning and has evolved into a vibrant and engaged community of students, faculty, staff, and alumni from more than 100 countries around the world.  Saint Mary’s University is home to one of Canada’s leading business schools, a science Faculty widely known for its cutting-edge research, a comprehensive and innovative Arts Faculty and a vibrant Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research.

Under the direction of the Faculty member and reporting to the Dean of Science, the ASL-English Interpreter will be responsible for American Sign Language (ASL)-English interpretation and coordination of interpretation services. The ASL-English Interpreter will be required to interpret for a diverse array of situations including meetings, classroom lectures, research seminars and interviews in the Faculty of Science and related academic events off-campus while adhering to the Association of Visual Language Interpreters of Canada Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Professional Conduct. As well, the ASL-English Interpreter will be expected to promote education and awareness of the position and role across the university community.  Distribution of work will vary and adjustments to work flow will be required.

Duties as the ASL – English Interpreter include, but are not limited to:

  • Assuming responsibility for American Sign Language (ASL)-English interpretation for a Faculty member and colleagues including but not limited to classroom lectures, seminars, graduate defenses, administrative and research meetings, national and international conferences and field research.
  • Consulting and collaborating with Faculty, Staff and other interpreters on innovative approaches to academic interpreting, education and policy.
  • Reviewing and actively preparing for interpretation of a variety of technical research materials.
  • Keeping up to date with research on best practices for Academic Interpreting.
  • Providing and developing materials for preparation, especially a vocabulary list available to Freelance Interpreters.
  • Coordinating, tracking, and budgeting for interpreting assignments and invoicing where appropriate.
  • Coordinating a team of interpreters as needed for assignments on campus, out-of-town events and during field research for the assigned faculty member.
  • Coordinating, in consultation with conference and meeting organizers, to ensure local arrangements facilitate smooth and efficient delivery of interpretation services for the assigned faculty member.
  • Special projects related to academic interpreting, scientific ASL and/or related topics under the direction of the Faculty member and/or Dean of Science to meet changing workload demands.
  • Maintaining and updating of the Deaf Academics and Interpreters webpages.

To be the successful ASL – English Interpreter you will possess an Undergraduate degree and completion of a recognized ASL-English Interpreter Education Program having a sign language interpreting diploma or degree with a minimum five (5) years’ experience in English – American Sign Language interpreting.  Also required is an AVLIC Certificate of Interpretation (COI) or RID National Interpreter Certification (NIC) or equivalent or have initiated the process to achieve such certification(s) and current membership in the Association of Visual Language Interpreters of Canada (AVLIC), Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) or equivalent.  You possess the ability to travel worldwide and must hold a valid passport for international travel (or be able to obtain such passport) with a valid driver’s license with three (3) years clean driving record. You must be comfortable and physically capable of working in outdoor settings including in and around water and have the ability to learn and analyze high-level professional communication in ASL and English as well as the ability to accommodate a variance of communication registers.

Apply for this opportunity online by visiting www.smu.ca/employment and use our online application system through CareerBeacon. Select the position you are interested in and apply by clicking the "Apply Online Now" button. Please include the names of three professional references. No telephone calls please.

The search committee will begin to consider applications on March 31, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.

Saint Mary’s University hires on the basis of merit and is committed to the principles of employment equity. Saint Mary’s University encourages applications from qualified women, visible minorities, Aboriginal people, and people with disabilities. Preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada. Saint Mary's University thanks all applicants for applying. Only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

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