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Sign Language Interpreter

Provides interpreting/transliterating services for deaf and hard of hearing students and other hearing impaired college clientele using manual and oral methods of communication.


Effectively, accurately, and impartially conveys the thought, intent, and spirit of a speaker to deaf and hard of hearing individuals.

Interprets both receptively and expressively.

Assesses individual communication skills in speech, lip-reading, signs, and fingerspelling in order to utilize the most appropriate mode of communication with each individual.

Attends advising sessions, classes, labs, faculty/student conferences, tutoring sessions, and other authorized college-related activities with deaf and hard of hearing students to interpret enrollment and other college information, classroom discussions, and campus activities.

Observes problems encountered and progress made by deaf and hard of hearing students and makes referrals to appropriate support staff.

Utilizes sign vocabulary adequate to ensure proper interpretation for a variety of academic or technical subject areas and builds knowledge base of subject matter.

Maintains professional and ethical standards with regard to the privacy of students and the confidentiality of information exchanged in interpreting situations.

Is offered the opportunity to interpret for special projects such as concerts, other campus activities, and meetings with hard of hearing guests, vendors, and other clientele.

Performs other related duties as assigned.

SUPERVISION – Works under the general supervision of the coordinator of special populations.


  • High school diploma or GED, and Michigan State Quality Assurance (QA) Level I with two years experience in classroom interpreting, or completion of an American Sign Language Interpreting training program and two years experience, or combination of education and experience commensurate with the requirements of the position.
  • Ability to perform the physical functions of signing for full classroom sessions.
  • Ability to work effectively with others in an educational setting.

JOB DIMENSIONS – Analysis, attention to detail, judgment, work standards, planning and organizing, initiative, sensitivity, informal communications, commitment to the college, dependability, oral communications, teamwork.


Kirtland Community College is an equal opportunity employer

* This job description is intended to describe the type and level of work being performed by a person in this position. It is not an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities required by a person so classified.