Interpreter IV, ASL

Rochester, NY


The Interpreter IV, ASL provides interpreting services for Deaf Professionals affiliated with the University of Rochester. There is the opportunity to accept URMC patient-care interpreting work and on-call work, but this is not required.

Interpreting work will include graduate level STEM topics, but is subject to change based on the needs of the individual(s) supported.

Population Served: Any UR Deaf Professional including learners, trainees, faculty, staff, and affiliates.


Performs interpreting duties:

  • Prepares for and interprets all assignments in a timely and professional manner

  • Fulfills the interpreting needs of Deaf Professionals and provides corresponding availability whenever possible

  • Provides individualized accommodations through an advanced level of interpreting in a variety of settings throughout the Medical Center, Hospital, Central Administration and University

  • Acts as an essential component for successful communication in high visibility and/or high impact settings with the ability to accurately represent subtlety of intent for longer and more complex discourse

  • Uses analytical skills to assess each assignment and to select the appropriate processing level (lexical, phrasal, sentential, textual) based upon the needs of the DHH professional, assignment demands, and cultural protocol

  • Implements specialized expertise in specific modes (Signed English, ASL, etc.) by assessing and adapting to the individualized needs of each DHH professional

  • Facilitates understanding, rapport building, and an effective workplace by recognizing and mediating cross cultural challenges and nuances and by applying a high level of situational awareness

Coordination and Communication

  • Collaborates closely with scheduling team to make effective and autonomous decisions improving access and workflow

  • Helps to triage and prioritize interpreting requests through coordinating with interdepartmental parties to ensure optimal equity and access

  • Communicates with team members, agency partners, and scheduling team with the goal of providing a seamless transition/handoff from service provider to service provider

  • Engages in open dialogue with leadership, scheduling, and team members to advise on scheduling approaches based on knowledge of assignment dynamics and DHH access needs

  • Provides ad-hoc education to UR and URMC staff, faculty, and learners regarding best practices for working with interpreters and DHH colleagues and for running effective and accessible virtual meetings, webinars, and conferences

  • May work with external organizations to help with coordinating off-site meetings and conference access as indicated

  • May sit on working groups or committees as indicated

  • Serves as a liaison between the Deaf Professional and the Deaf-Professional Schedulers by maintaining the Deaf Professional’s interpreting calendar when applicable

  • Completes other paperwork as necessary

Professional Development

  • Continues to enhance skill level and broaden content knowledge by engaging in self-directed research, reading, observations, seminars, conferences, and/or other skill development activities

  • Builds breadth and depth of specialized content knowledge in areas that can span the University and Medical Center

  • Leads and/or engages in supervision sessions to reflect on decisions made while practicing, to consider feedback from other practitioners, and to develop further knowledge and competence in complex interpreting situations. Engages in staff activities including team meetings and is responsible for gathering information shared when unable to attend

  • Completes all mandatory education and health updates

Other duties as assigned


  • Two years of post-high school education or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Minimum of two years of general interpreting in a health care setting required;

  • or equivalent combination of education and experience required.

  • Experience interpreting STEM topics preferred.

  • Adherence to tenets within the RID Interpreter Code of Professional Conduct required;

  • Ability to work in a collaborative and interactive environment required;

  • Ability to correct mistakes made in the interpretation process and clearly communicate steps take to correct those mistakes to everyone involved required;

  • Ability to receive feedback and adapt before, during, and after the interpretation process required;

  • Ability to be flexible in dynamic environments which may involve last minute changes in scheduling, unexpected situations, high-stakes meetings, high-pressure clinical areas, etc. required.

  • Ability to operate with a high level of professionalism, discernment, and confidentiality to align with thehierarchy, context, goals, and demandsspecific to each assignment required.

  • Ability to provide flexible availability that corresponds to the DHH professional’s’ schedules including days, nights, weekends, holidays, overnights, split-shifts, etc. required.

  • Membership with The Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) and adherence to tenets within the RID Interpreter Code of Professional Conduct required;

  • RID, Board for Evaluation of Interpreters (BEI) Advanced/Level 3, or similar National Certification preferred.

  • Passed the written tests for RID or BEI certifications within the past two years preferred.

The University of Rochester is committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion to advance the University’s mission to Learn, Discover, Heal, Create – and Make the World Ever Better. In support of our values and those of our society, the University is committed to not discriminating on the basis of age, color, disability, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, military/veteran status, national origin, race, religion/creed, sex, sexual orientation, citizenship status, or any other status protected by law. This commitment extends to the administration of our policies, admissions, employment, access, and recruitment of candidates from underrepresented populations, veterans, and persons with disabilities consistent with these values and government contractor Affirmative Action obligations.

How To Apply

All applicants must apply online.

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Pay Range

Pay Range: $37.34 - $52.30 Hourly

The referenced pay range represents the minimum and maximum compensation for this job. Individual annual salaries/hourly rates will be set within the job’s compensation range, and will be determined by considering factors including, but not limited to, market data, education, experience, qualifications, expertise of the individual, and internal equity considerations.

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