Do you enjoy interpreting in a dynamic post-secondary environment and working collaboratively? The McBurney Disability Resource Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is hiring an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter. Our team strives to deliver high quality services, innovate, remove barriers, and provide effective access


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Location: Madison, Wisconsin, Onsite

Employment Type: Staff-Full Time

Application Deadline: Jun 6 2024 at 11:55 PM CDT

Interpreting will happen on-site in various environments on and off-campus, including, classes, work settings, interviews, presentations, conferences, and tours. Virtual platforms will also be used for some requests and events. The direct service responsibilities will be balanced with working closely with our team of interpreters, the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) Services team, and units at UW to coordinate requests, and provide consultation and trainings for partners.


Provides American Sign Language or Signed English interpretation services for deaf and hearing campus community members for advanced, complex, or varied interactions at the institution, including but not limited to academic situations, employment meetings, and institutional events.

  • 25% Prepares for interpreting requests by utilizing provided preparation materials, researching outside sources, and communicating with colleagues
  • 50% Interprets or transliterates for advanced or technically complex academic content or institutional events that include sensitive or high impact requests utilizing ethical analysis to determine optimal options in interpreting situations
  • 5% Provides consultation and answers questions regarding best practices for interpreting and working with deaf individuals for the University community
  • 5% Supervises a team of hourly, staff sign language interpreters
  • 15% Coordinates sign language interpreting services for campus requests


  • Provides American Sign Language (ASL) interpreting both on-site and through virtual platforms for student classes, student trainings and extracurriculars, employee accommodations, presentations, conferences, campus and statewide requests.
  • Secures preparation materials and prepares for all interpreting requests.
  • Develops innovate practices, processes, and uses of technology for unique interpreting cases to provide high quality access in a constantly evolving higher education environment.
  • Provides training as needed for campus partners and staff.
  • Records picture-in-picture sign language interpreting for training videos and other media.
  • Meets and consults with instructors and campus partners regarding integrating sign language, media captioning, and accessibility best practices for Deaf and hard of hearing students and participants.
  • Recruits, supervises, and actively collaborates with a qualified team of higher-education sign language interpreters.
  • Schedules appropriate staff and agency interpreters, coordinates logistics for requests, sets up related technology, communicates with internal team/students/requesters, and ensures that service providers have relevant preparation materials.
  • Manages invoicing/billing for agencies and timesheets for hourly interpreters, and provides reports on service usage.
  • Provides backup for colleagues on the DHH Team.

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background – people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

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Bachelor’s Degree


– Current Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf Certification, National Association of the Deaf Certification, or equivalent certification.
– Current or eligible Wisconsin Sign Language Interpreter-Advanced Hearing State License. License information:
– Minimum of 4 or more years of American Sign Language (ASL) interpreting experience with Deaf and hard of hearing people, preferably in a post-secondary setting.
– Flexibility in scheduling to accommodate schedule demands.

– Certificate of completion or equivalent from an accredited interpreter training program is strongly preferred.
– Familiarity with common video conferencing platforms and experience interpreting for remote requests.
– Knowledge of deafness, services, and accommodations of Deaf and hard of hearing students in a post-secondary situation.
– Understanding of communication methods and technologies used by Deaf and hard of hearing students.
– Ability to track details and coordinate interpreters to ensure high quality interpreter services.

Work Schedule:

Regular Business Hours: outside business hours may be needed occasionally, depending on the department’s needs.

Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

It is anticipated this position requires work be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location.

Appointment Type, Duration:

Terminal, 25 month appointment.
This position has the possibility to be extended or converted to an ongoing appointment based on need and/or funding


The starting salary for this position will depend on experience and qualifications; pay is commensurate with certification, education, and experience. In this University Staff position, interpreters are paid for their interpreting time, preparation time and consultative time for a total of 40 hours per week at the hourly rate. This position also qualifies for shift differentials (between 6:00 pm-6:00 am) and compensation time or overtime for hours over 40 in a week. If you have questions about salary information, please contact Terri Oehrlein.

Employees in this position will receive benefits such as generous vacation, holidays, and paid time off; competitive insurances and savings accounts; and participation in the nationally recognized Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) pension fund. Further Benefits information can be found at


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