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Posting # 65077

Working Title: Staff Interpreter

Job Class: Sign Language Interpreter Specialist

Agency: Mn State Academies

Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers

Date Posted: 08/29/2023

Closing Date: 09/11/2023

Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Mn State Academies / Mn State Academies-MAPE

Division/Unit: Minnesota State Academies / MSA Administration

Work Shift/Work Hours: Day Shift

Days of Work: Monday – Friday

Travel Required: No

Salary Range: $23.62 – $34.45 / hourly

Classified Status: Classified

Bargaining Unit/Union: 214 – MN Assoc of Professional Empl/MAPE

FLSA Status: Nonexempt

Telework Eligible: No

Designated in Connect 700 Program for Applicants with Disabilities: Yes

Make a difference in the lives of Minnesotans.

The work you’ll do is more than just a job. Join the talented, engaged and inclusive workforce dedicated to creating a better Minnesota.

Job Summary

The primary purpose of this position is to provide ASL-English interpreting for students, parents, staff, and community members at the Minnesota State Academies, including classes, related service sessions, contract negotiations, meetings, field trips, athletics, campus events, and other activities as assigned, including occasional community interpreting assignments. This position also promotes knowledge and understanding of deaf culture and communication accessibility expectations, including mediation of multiple cultural norms and information through work with the public (i.e., Faribault Public Schools, community events, and so forth).  

If the individual in this position also has Spanish-English interpreting/translation skills, this position may also include ASL/English/Spanish interpreting and support of the translation of written materials from English to Spanish as well as periodic mentorship of interpreters outside of the MSA interpreting department.

Minimum Qualifications

  • RID (Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf) certification
  • At least three years of experience interpreting for administrators and other professionals.
  • Experience and skills in ASL-English interpreting in a classroom setting and settings such as workshops, administrative meetings, legislative presentations, etc.
  • Advanced Sign communication level as demonstrated in the Sign Language Proficiency Interview (SLPI) or the American Sign Language Proficiency Interview (ASLPI) – must successfully complete SLPI/ASLPI rating within 6 months of hire.

Preferred Qualifications

  • At least 3 years of experience and skills in ASL-English-Spanish trilingual interpreting
  • Knowledge and skills in educational interpreting (classes, IEP meetings, academic support)
  • Advanced spoken and written Spanish skills.

Physical Requirements

  • Ability to sit and/or stand for long periods of time.
  • At times, this position will work at events/during activities which may involve a considerable amount of walking.

Additional Requirements

This position requires successful completion of the following:

  • Criminal Background check
  • Employees driving on MSA business who use a rental or state vehicle shall be required to conform to MSA’s vehicle use criteria and consent to a Motor Vehicle Records check.

Application Details

How to Apply

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If you have questions about the position, contact Kerry Vigesaa at or 507-384-6604.

To receive consideration as a Connect 700 Program applicant, apply online, email the Job ID#, the Working Title and your valid Proof of Eligibility Certificate by the closing date to Kerry Vigesaa at

About MN State Academies

For over 150 years, the Minnesota State Academies has provided educational services to Deaf, Hard of Hearing, DeafBlind and blind/visually impaired students who range in age from birth to 21. The Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf (MSAD) and the Minnesota State Academy for the Blind (MSAB) are statewide public schools with dormitory options that serves students from all regions of the state.

Why Work for Us

Diverse Workforce

We are committed to continually developing a workforce that reflects the diversity of our state and the populations we serve. The varied experiences and perspectives of employees strengthen the work we do together and our ability to best serve the people of Minnesota.

A recent engagement survey of State of Minnesota employees found:

95% of employees understand how their work helps achieve their agency’s mission

91% of employees feel trusted to do their jobs

88% of employees feel equipped to look at situations from other cultural perspectives when doing their job

87% of employees report flexibility in their work schedule

Comprehensive Benefits

Our benefits aim to balance four key elements that make life and work meaningful: health and wellness, financial well-being, professional development, and work/life harmony. As an employee, your benefits may include:

Public pension plan

Training and professional development

Paid vacation and sick leave

11 paid holidays each year

Paid parental leave

Low-cost medical and dental coverage

Prescription drug coverage

Vision coverage

Wellness programs and resources

Employer paid life insurance

Short-term and long-term disability

Health care spending and savings accounts

Dependent care spending account

Tax-deferred compensation

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Tuition reimbursement

Federal Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

Programs, resources, and benefits eligibility varies based on type of employment, agency, funding availability, union/collective bargaining agreement, location, and length of service with the State of Minnesota.


Minnesota state agencies are equal opportunity, affirmative action, and veteran-friendly employers. The State of Minnesota recognizes that a diverse workforce is essential and strongly encourages qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.

We will provide reasonable accommodation to all qualified applicants with disabilities. If you are an individual with a disability who needs assistance or cannot access the online job application system, please contact the job information line at 651-259-3637 or email and indicate what assistance is needed.