The Deaf Services Coordinator creates a deaf-friendly work environment and establishes Skills Inc. as an employer of choice among the deaf and hard of hearing community through direct or coordinated services, community outreach, and providing communication access accommodations and internal awareness training.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Provide American Sign language (ASL) / English Interpreting Services at all Skills locations based on communication needs.
- Support deaf / hard of hearing employees with job development / accommodations.
- Adhere to the Code of Professional Conduct (CPC) as defined by the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) and the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID).
- Assist with the identification of appropriate accommodations for deaf employees, clients and visitors of Skills based on their individual needs.
- Implement and maintain the use of communication access technologies.
- Participate in recruiting activities that increase our number of deaf / hard of hearing employees and improve our reputation in the deaf / hard of hearing community.
- Provide or coordinate ASL training.
- Provide or coordinate deaf / hard of hearing culture awareness and communication training to Skills employees.
- Review written materials as needed for plain language and use of visuals that support ease of comprehension for people with language barriers.
- Establish relationships and coordinate scheduling with external interpreting service providers (for spoken and sign languages). Review and approve related invoices.
- Engage in professional development and certification maintenance activities.
- Other duties as assigned.
- U.S. Person status required due to export control.
- Knowledge or experience working in an inclusive work environment, particularly those persons with disabilities.
- Ability to identify and resolve conflicts related to the meanings of words, concepts, practices or behaviors
- Computer literacy in Windows environment including MS Office
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, team oriented, and ability to deal with a wide variety of personalities and learning styles
- Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions
- Excellent organizational skills
- Strong mentoring skills
- Ability to work independently
- Ability to travel within the Puget Sound Region
The nature of interpreting mandates that an individual be well versed and accepting of the responsibilities of confidential information. This means that information acquired about Skills' employees, suppliers, customers, business practices, and all other related information remains confidential.
Associates degree from a two-year college or university; or two years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS
National Interpreter Certification (NIC) or equivalent certification for ASL/English interpretation
- Ability to read work instructions and procedures in English.
- Ability to follow written and verbal instructions in English.
- Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules and procedure manuals.
- Ability to speak clearly so that others can understand you.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS/WORK ENVIRONMENT
The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Ability to lift or move 10 lbs regularly and up to 25 lbs occasionally.
- Ability to sit constantly, walk frequently, and stand occasionally throughout the workday.
- Ability to reach with hands and arms; use hands to communicate or use keyboard.
- Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and ability to focus.
- Occasional use of industry standard personal protective equipment (PPE) required.
- Occasional exposure to indoor manufacturing environment.
- Occasional exposure to fumes or airborne particles and toxic or caustic chemicals.
- Occasional exposure to moderate noise.
Constant (5-8 hrs. /shift) Frequent (2-5 hrs. /shift) Occasional (Up to 2 hrs. /shift)
ABOUT SKILLS INC. Skills Inc. is a self-supporting Social Enterprise and is organized as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit. We have four lines of business; Aerospace Manufacturing, Aerospace Finishing, Technical Services, and Business Solutions, operating in 4 locations. Skills Inc. employs over 700 people with the social mission to train, employ and serve persons with disabilities. We accomplish our mission three ways; direct hire, vocational programs and services, and as a resource to the community.
Skills, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer