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Sign Language Interpreter

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Vancouver Community College is committed to maintaining a work force that represents the diverse community we serve and we encourage all qualified applicants.

Position Details

Position Information

Posting Number 24AC0002
Position Title Sign Language Interpreter
Pclass # SS136
Who We Are
We acknowledge that Vancouver Community College (VCC) is located on the traditional unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples who have been stewards of this land from time immemorial.

For over 55 years, VCC has been a leader in innovative, experiential post-secondary learning. We’re one of B.C’s top employers and we are proud to inspire students to discover their passions, gain essential skills, and learn what it takes to succeed in a competitive workforce.

At VCC, we respect and celebrate our differences, and are committed to the work of decolonization, accessibility, and inclusivity for all. Be a part of creating an inclusive community that provides equitable opportunities for Indigenous and diverse representation, participation, and success for everyone.

We value lived experience and encourage applications from members of all groups experiencing barriers to equity. Come join the VCC community as we shape the future together.
Position Summary
This position is responsible for providing interpretive services within the College.
Duties & Responsibilities
  1. Provide interpretation during lectures, labs, tests, field trips, work experiences, tutoring sessions, interviews, counselling sessions, one-to-one interpreting and platform interpreting at College events between Deaf, hard of hearing, Deaf-blind students, their peers and others; including instructors and other service providers.
  2. Explain the interpreter’s role to administrators, instructors, faculty and staff.
  3. Utilize student’s feedback and make any necessary adjustments to the interpretation.
  4. Obtain the required preparatory materials (lecture notes, print material, films, videos or resources pertaining to technical vocabulary) to prepare for assignments.
  5. Demonstrate professional boundaries and good interpersonal skills with students and all members of an educational team while providing support and feedback to team members.
  6. Maintain cooperative and mutually supportive relationships with students, interpreters and members of the college community by working collaboratively with consumers.
  7. Provide insight on the success of communication strategies to the Interpreting Services Department Supervisor, instructors and other members of the educational team.
  8. Assist the Interpreting Services Department Supervisor with departmental duties, when required.
  9. Performs other related duties as required.
Education and Experience
  • Completion of Grade 12 plus graduation from a recognized Interpreter Training Program is required.
  • At least three years’ experience in interpreting American Sign Language (ASL), contact varieties and oral interpreting in an educational setting is required. An equivalent combination of training and/or experience may be substituted for this required qualification.
  • Incumbents with the provincial Postsecondary Screen and the Written Test of Knowledge (WTK) are preferred.
  • Membership in the Westcoast Association of Visual Language Interpreters (WAVLI) is required;
  • Must possess excellent sign language skills to provide an effective linguistic match for Deaf-Blind, hard of hearing and Deaf students, as well as faculty and staff members by being fluent both receptively and expressively in ASL, contact variety, oral interpreting and other forms of visual/gestural modes of communication.
  • Must possess knowledge and appreciation of Deaf culture and issues facing Deaf, hard of hearing and Deaf-blind students in order to serve the needs of students at VCC with diverse backgrounds and cultures.
  • Must have a clear understanding of consecutive and simultaneous interpretation, ethics, history, best practices in the field and remain up-to-date with current issues related to the profession of interpreting.
  • Must be proficient in the use of email, MS Word, MS ACCESS, internet, videophones, and other communication technology used by Deaf people.

Skills and Abilities
  • Good interpersonal skills with the ability to work independently and collaboratively as a member of a team. Ability to establish and maintain effective, professional working relationships with students, staff and faculty.
  • Possess strong time management and organizational skills and be able to work independently under tight timelines.

Salary Range - Prorated based on FTE
PAYGRADE 30 – $36.52 – $42.80 hourly 
Posting Detail Information

Employment Group Support Staff (CUPE)
Type of Position Casual
Employment Type On Call
Primary Location - This position may require you to work at all VCC locations. Broadway
Is this posting only for internal applicants? No
Desired Start Date - May be subject to change
Position End Date - For Temporary Positions
Vacation Blackout Dates
Number of Hours per Week Varies
Work Schedule - Hours may vary according to the needs of the Department
Eligible for Fortnight
Special Instructions to Applicant
Vancouver Community College is committed to maintaining a work force that represents the diverse community we serve and we encourage all qualified applicants.
Posting Open Date 01/11/2024
Posting Close Date
Is this a pooled posting? Yes

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Applicant Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents