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Sign Language Interpreter

Iowa Western Community College Council Bluffs, IA

Job Description




DIVISION:                                    STUDENT SERVICES



ABOUT IWCC: Iowa Western is a learning community committed to excellence in meeting educational needs and improving the quality of life through programs, partnerships, and community involvement. Iowa Western is a unique community college because we provide a more traditional college experience through residence life (1,300 students), athletics, and student involvement. The college offers about 84 programs and serves around 6,500 students at the main campus in Council Bluffs, the four centers, and area high schools.  

JOB SUMMARY:  Facilitate communication between deaf/hard-of-hearing students and Iowa Western faculty, staff, and students in a variety of settings.  Assist in familiarizing faculty and staff with interpreting and educating faculty and staff about the needs of deaf/hard-of-hearing students. Require a willingness to work a flexible schedule; including some evening and weekend hours, throughout the year.



Associate Degree in Sign Language Interpreting is required. Iowa Interpreting License, provisionary or permanent, is required. EIPA score of 3.5 or higher or RID Certification is strongly preferred.



  • Experience in manual communication (CASE, ASL, and SEE), as well as the ability to interpret in sign-to-voice and voice-to-sign
  • Experience that demonstrates strong communication skills, as well as strong organizational skills, and the ability to maintain integrity and ethical behavior in working with confidential information
  • Experience that demonstrates sensitivity to and an understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, ethnic, and disabled backgrounds of community college students
  • Experience that illustrates a history of successfully collaborating with co-workers on a regular basis to achieve common goals


  • Experience working with deaf/hard-of-hearing adults in a post-secondary educational environment

Skills and Abilities:


  • Iowa Western’s Student Services Division fosters learning environments that engage and empower our students to grow and develop. All Student Services staff members must have the ability to excel in team and individual settings, multi-task, problem solve, manage their time, and maintain positive relationships with student, staff, and faculty while thriving in a fast-paced environment.
  • Demonstrated fluency in manual communication (CASE, ASL, and SEE), as well as the ability to interpret in sign-to-voice and voice-to-sign, is required
  • Comprehensive understanding of deaf culture, the RID Code of Conduct and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, as well as ADA laws, is required


  1. Provides sign-to-voice and voice-to-sign interpreting for student in the classroom and in supplemental academic instruction settings, including tutoring and supplemental instruction. 
  2. Provides interpreting at scheduled activities, meetings, and events outside the classroom.
  3. Prepares for class assignments by reading textbooks, syllabi and supplemental materials.
  4. Confers with students, instructors, and/or other interpreters on a regular basis.
  5. Strives to continuously improve service by engaging in professional development during office hours.
  6. Assesses student needs and the interpreting situation before and during assignments and makes adjustments as needed.
  7. Serves as a substitute for other staff interpreters as needed.
  8. Serves as a resource for students regarding their responsibilities associated with using an interpreter.
  9. Maintains and submits accurate timesheets, interpreting logs, and reports in a timely manner.
  10. Performs other duties as assigned.
  11. Specific Responsibilities
  12. Performs all other duties as assigned.


EMPLOYMENT STATUS:                Part-time           

EMPLOYMENT CLASSIFICATION:                           Non Exempt

COMPENSATION                             $18.50 to $22.50 per hour

HOURS:                                           To be determined based on student schedules.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Considerable learned physical skill is required to perform sign language. Certain coordinated finger, limb or body movements must be performed routinely in the course of regular work. Extended standing or sitting is required. Constant repetitive motion and mental processing is required.

WORKING CONDITIONS: Work is mainly performed in the classroom/laboratory environment. There may be occasional off-campus assignments.

Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination:

It is the policy of Iowa Western Community College to provide equal educational opportunities and not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, genetic information, physical or mental disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, marital status, veteran status, AIDS/HIV status, citizenship, or medical condition, as those terms are defined under applicable laws, in its educational programs, activities, or employment practices.

Questions or complaints? Contact Title IX and Equity Coordinator, Kim Henry, or ADA Coordinator, Keri Zimmer, equity@iwcc.edu, 712-325-3200, or the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, Citigroup Center, 500 W. Madison, Suite 1475, Chicago, IL 60661, (312)-730-1560, OCR.Chicago@ed.gov. More information at https://www.iwcc.edu/about/statement.asp.

Job Details

Date Posted November 19, 2018
Date Closes January 18, 2019
Address 2700 College Rd
Located In Council Bluffs, IA
Department Advising and Academic Success
Job Type Part-time Employee
Compensation Hourly Wage, $18.50 - $22.50, Based on Experience
Experience Level Entry Level (0-2 yrs. experience)
SOC Category 27-3091.00 Interpreters and Translators
Zipcode 51503
Name Human Resources Director
Address 2700 College Road
City, State and Zip Council Bluffs, Iowa 51503

This job requires the following skills

  • Heritage Interpreter
  • Community College Administration
  • Sign Language
  • Sign Language

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