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University of Rochester NCDHR Community Partner Staff: Sign Actor - 231384 in Rochester, New York

NCDHR Community Partner Staff: Sign Actor Job ID 231384

Location School of Medicine & Dentistry Full/Part Time TAR Favorite Job Regular/Temporary Regular Opening

Time as Reported Grade 077 Ntl Ctr Deaf Hlth Rsch (NCDHR)



The mission of the Rochester Prevention Research Center: National Center for Deaf Health Research is to promote health and prevent disease with populations of Deaf sign language users and people with hearing loss through community-based participatory research (CBPR). The involvement of the community in all phases of the research is fundamental to the Center’s work. Community Partner Staff Members work directly with the Center of specific assignments that further a unique aspect of one or more Center research project.

The purpose of the Community Partner Staff Sign Actor with NCDHR is to be filmed in American Sign Language (ASL) to produce health research-related videos, surveys, educational materials, and/or portraying a role in one or more dialogic scenarios with other signers. The Sign Actor will need to convey carefully designed learning concepts and information in ASL. They will work with the NCDHR filming team including a producer and sign coach, to ensure all of the concepts and information are presented as directed. Filming may take place in a video recording studio environment or other non-studio locations including remote (work-from-home) filming, as needed. Videos/vlogs produced are typically shared with a variety of audiences, including Deaf community members, research participants, public health professionals, and the general public (for example, on NCDHR social media platforms).


The Community Partner Staff Member will be supervised by and will work in close collaboration with the Deputy Director for scheduling purposes, as well as with a specific NCDHR research team member who will be responsible for explaining the scope of the assignment, ensuring the assignment is carried out and that all Program requirements are fulfilled, and for verifying time spent on or outcomes produced by the Community Partner Staff member.


The Sign Actor will be filmed in ASL while producing health research-related videos, surveys, and educational materials, designed to convey specific concepts and learning points. Filming may take place in a video recording studio or in other locations as directed. 30%

The Sign Actor will help to review video script content and may be asked to contribute to content or translation choices, to be able to present concepts and research material in ASL. The Sign Actor will need to review the content with the film team and have time to rehearse/practice the material prior to filming. 30%

The Sign Actor will attend any required film team meetings related to the project, remaining knowledgeable about the scope of the team assignment and by providing suggestions and recommendations for materials and plans to be implemented with Deaf sign language users.

Other duties as assigned by NCDHR research staff related to the video filming projects. 10%


High school education or an equivalent combination of education and experience that would benefit the NCDHR film team and projects. Fluency in American Sign Language (ASL) is required. Experience and familiarity with Deaf culture and deaf health is highly preferred. Prior experience signing in videos is a plus. Must be willing to work cooperatively and collaboratively with others on the film team.

The University of Rochester is committed to fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity and inclusion. The University believes that a diverse workforce and inclusive workplace culture enhances the performance of our organization and our ability to fulfill our important missions. The University is committed to fostering and supporting a workplace culture inclusive of people regardless of their race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, marital status, age, physical abilities, political affiliation, religious beliefs or any other non-merit fact, so that all employees feel included, equally valued and supported.

How To Apply

All applicants must apply online.

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