Job Description

Payroll Title:
Interpreter Services
Salary Range
Commensurate with Experience
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
TX Contract
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hrs/day, Monday - Friday

As a federally-funded institution, UC San Diego Health maintains a marijuana and drug free campus. New employees are subject to drug screening.

#117515 Deaf Translator Interpreter

Extended Review Date: Mon 8/15/2022

For the safety and well-being of the entire university community, the University of California requires, with few exceptions, that all students, faculty and staff be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus and influenza before they will be allowed on campus or in a facility or office. For more information visit: Flu Vaccine Mandate / COVID Vaccine Policy

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 7/20/22 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 7/29/22. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

Minor revisions have been made to this requisition and do not change the nature of the position effective 7/21/22.

This posting has changed from 1 100% position to 2 50% (part time) positions as of 7/28/2022.


UC San Diego Health Interpreter Services is part of the Office of Experience Transformation.Under the supervision of the Manager for Interpreter Services and the Director for Experience Operations, The Deaf Translator Interpreter interprets/translates/transliterates for patients, their family members, providers, and staff who are deaf or hard of hearing in person and via video technology. The Deaf Translator Interpreter provides a communication link between the hard of hearing/deaf clients and staff by transmitting information by employing consecutive and simultaneous interpreting/transliterating skills. Employs American Sign Language (ASL) and various communication modes, such as fingerspelling and Conceptually Accurate Signed English. May provide explanatory or additional interpretation on request.

The Deaf Translator Interpreter is seen as a subject matter expert and is responsible for accurately conveying information between patient and provider. Must maintain confidentiality, impartiality, and professional integrity, and abide by the code of interpreters’ ethics. In addition to conveying information to the patient, the Deaf Translator Interpreter manages the flow of communication to maintain accuracy and to build rapport between the provider and the patient. Additionally, the interpreter translates discharge instructions, records services provided in a daily activity report, and performs related duties as assigned.

The Deaf Translator Interpreter works in collaboration with the leadership/staff to acquire knowledge of preferred specialized/technical ASL and English vocabulary to enhance the interpreting product and uses these technical/specialized vocabulary/signs while interpreting. Administrative duties include completing the necessary paperwork promptly, reporting problems or conflicts to the supervisors, and attending department and divisional meetings. Other duties as assigned.


  • Graduation from high school and 60-semester units or 1200 hours of postsecondary interpreting experience, proficiency in American Sign Language and Signed English; and knowledge of the ethics of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf Code of Ethics; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Knowledge of appropriate roles, ethical standards, and individual responsibilities relating to working with deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals and their families with the ability to incorporate them into the context of daily work activities.

  • Knowledge of the various modes of communication and needs of deaf and hard-of-hearing patients.

  • Fluent in American Sign Language.

  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and organizational skills.

  • Tact and diplomacy to effectively meet the communication needs of the general public, medical staff, community, governmental agencies, and internal committees.

  • Strong organizational skills to determine patient and workload priorities to enable completion of appointments and projects in a timely manner.

  • Confidence to interact with various departments one on one, through the phone, via video and in writing.

  • Experience with computer programs such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.

  • Experience working with mobile devices such as iPads, tablets, and pagers.


  • Bachelor’s degree.

  • Possessing RID certificate in interpretation or transliteration and/or NAD Level IV, or Level V certification.

  • Member of the California Healthcare Interpreting Association.

  • Four (4+) years of experience as a professional Medical Interpreter.

  • Experience working with the community and/or target language population with diverse. cultural/socio-economic backgrounds.


  • Must be able to work various hours and locations based on business needs.
  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check and pre-employment physical.

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

If applicable, life-support certifications (BLS, NRP, ACLS, etc.) must include hands-on practice and in-person skills assessment; online-only certification is not acceptable.

UC San Diego Health Sciences is comprised of our School of Medicine, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, The Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science, and our Student Health and Well-Being Department. We have long been at the forefront of translational - or "bench-to-bedside" - research, transforming patient care through discovery and innovation leading to new drugs and technologies. Translational research is carried out every day in the hundreds of clinical trials of promising new therapies offered through UC San Diego Health, and in the drive of our researchers and clinician-scientists who are committed to having a significant impact on patient care. We invite you to join our team!

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