Johns Hopkins University seeks a full-time experienced, RID certified ASL Interpreter & Team Lead. The Interpreter will serve as a designated interpreter for a faculty member in the Department of Cognitive Science. This position is responsible for daily transliterating services and collaboratively supporting and teaming with other interpreters. This position is also responsible for recruiting and supervising a high-performing pool of staff interpreters, vetting and securing interpreter agency contracts as needed and anticipating the interpretation needs of the faculty member.


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Job Posting Title (Working Title): ASL Interpreter & Team Lead

Starting Salary Range: $72,600 – $99,800 – $127,000 Annually (Commensurate with experience)

Specific Duties & Responsibilities

Interpreting/Transliteration Support (70%)

  • Provides sign language/English transliterating for on-demand and regularly scheduled meetings, talks, classes, and other functions. Assignments are a combination of recurring and one-time appointments. There may be occasional travel for conferences and invited talks.
  • Provides flexibility in scheduling, accommodating occasional evenings and weekends.
  • Communicate with appropriate faculty, staff, and students to obtain preparation materials for appointments and shares prep materials with team interpreters in a timely manner.
  • Stays abreast of best practices in interpreting services and resources.
  • Adheres to the NAD-RID Code of Professional Conduct.

Team Supervision & Administrative Coordination (30%)

  • Recruits, hires, supervises, and schedules interpreters as needed for classes, meetings, or university events for the faculty member.
  • Supports in the development and maintenance of a highly qualified pool of interpreters for a rigorous academic environment through training and mentoring.
  • Provides feedback regarding other interpreter skill levels and recommends interpreter assignments.
  • Maintains HR-related and scheduling records on staff interpreters.
  • Responsible for interpreter payroll evaluations and reporting, including timekeeping and payroll input of hourly interpreters.
  • Facilitates access to university services and resources to support interpreters.
  • Vets interpreting agencies that can meet the specialized interpreting and transliteration needs. Secures contracts as needed and in adherence with JHU purchasing policies.
  • Maintains records on agency interpreter skillsets and schedules. Reconciles and submits agency invoices for payment.
  • Coordinates accommodations on behalf of the faculty member to remove potential communication obstacles in advance of meetings and events.
  • Performs other related work as needed.

Special Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • Graduate-degree-level knowledge of psycholinguistics, linguistics, cognitive science, computer science, or a related field.
  • Demonstrated ethics training and ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Demonstrated evidence of successfully interpreting in a rigorous and fast-paced academic environment.
  • Demonstrated experience in accomplishing detailed organizational tasks within established deadlines.
  • Basic computer skills and proficiency.
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively with a team.

Level of Independent Decision-Making

  • Individual must be able to work independently, under minimal supervision.
  • Able to demonstrate strong decision-making skills and good judgment on a day-to-day basis.

Technical Qualifications or Specialized Certifications

  • Current national certification as ASL/English Interpreter.
  • Have and maintain Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) membership (national) and membership in at least one affiliate chapter of RID.

Supervisory Responsibility

  • Supervise other team interpreters.
  • Monitor agency interpreters as needed.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a related field.
  • American Sign Language (ASL) and English fluency.
  • Four years related interpreting experience, preferably in post-secondary settings.
  • Additional experience may substitute for required education, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Eight-plus years of interpreting experience in post-secondary settings.
  • Experience with professional development and mentoring of ASL interpreters.
  • Graduate Degree in Psycholinguistics, Linguistics, Cognitive Science, Computer Science, or a related field.


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