Sign Language Interpreter

Rochester, NY


The Sign Language Interpreter provides interpreting services for all clinical and professional University of Rochester Medical Center Staff, patients, and caregivers. These services are provided for SMH inpatient, HH inpatient, URMC ambulatory and affiliates within the interpreter services radius.


Clinical interpreting:

  • Autonomously interprets individual, multidisciplinary, and group encounters. Settings include inpatient, ambulatory, video, and emergency environments.

  • Manages flow of communication throughout the healthcare encounter.

  • Prepares for interpreting encounter

  • Seeks clarification and self-corrects as needed to remain faithful to source message.

  • Maintains transparency throughout entirety of clinical encounter.

  • Promotes patient autonomy, maintains impartiality.

  • Works collaboratively with team interpreter when indicated to ensure comprehension and message accuracy for all participants.

  • Outside of office hours Monday-Friday 8am-5pm- in collaboration with team interpreter:

  • Responds to pages and interpreting requests. Triages and prioritizes interpreting requests, collaborating with team or back-up interpreter when necessary to ensure most efficient responses.

  • Communicates and coordinates with care team to provide optimal, timely services.

  • Conducts patient rounds as necessary.

Cultural Mediation:

  • Understands language as an expression of culture, recognizes the underlying assumptions of each party, including the interpreter, about the encounter, its content and context; uses this understanding to empower patient and provider to better understand each other.

  • Facilitates building of rapport between patient and provider through bridging cultures.

  • Responds to cross cultural challenges to ensure understanding by all interlocutors

  • Provides ad-hoc education to URMC staff regarding best practices for working with interpreters and deaf/hard-of-hearing patients

  • Directs patients to appropriate hospital resouces (social worker, financial case manager, care coordinator, etc).


  • Communicates consistently with interpreting leadership.

  • Engages in open dialogue with leadership, scheduling, and team to suggest optimal patient care approach based on best practices and knowledge of patient/provider dynamics.

  • Within office hours of Monday-Friday 8am-5pm: Collaborates with team and back up interpreter to make effective and autonomous decisions.

  • Communicates with agency partners for continuity of care, when applicable.

Participates in continuing education:

  • Maintains and enhances skill level as demonstrated on hire.

  • Broadens knowledge through self-directed investigation, webinars, interpreter conferences, and professional development.

  • Maintains and documents certification as applicable.

Administrative Duties:

  • Completes scheduled trainings prior to deadline.

  • Attends required staff meetings, including regular team meetings, and is responsible for information shared when unable to attend.

  • Completes mandatory education, health updates, and administrative duties in a timely manner.

  • Completes eRecord, axium, page log, and handoff requirements within 24 hours.

  • Participates in scheduling process to ensure adequate coverage based on forecasted needs.

  • Adheres to all hospital, department, and program policies and procedures.

Other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree preferred

  • 2 years post-high school education

  • 2 years interpreting in a healthcare setting strongly preferred

  • or equivalent combination of education and experience required

  • Must be fluent in English and ASL.

  • Knowledge of human anatomy, physiology, pathology, clinical tests and procedures in working languages

  • Strong customer service and communication skills

  • RID, NAD, BEI level II (Written required, performance within 18 months of hire) required

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.

EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled

Pay Range

Pay Range: $36.20 - $54.33 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.

Location: Strong Memorial Hospital
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Opening: Full Time 37 hours Grade 006