Doe/VR – Staff Interpreter/translator – 48004233 – Tallahassee

at State of Florida
Published May 6, 2023
Location Tallahassee, FL
Category Default  
Job Type Full-time  


Requisition No: 797317

Agency: Department of Education


Position Number: 48004233

Salary: $2,860.00 Monthly

Posting Closing Date: 04/07/2023


LOCATION: Tallahassee, Florida

POSITION TITLE: Staff Interpreter/Translator

Position Number: 48004233

Minimum Hiring Salary: $2,860.00 Monthly

* The salary may be negotiable dependent upon years of experience, education level and available salary rate.

Our Mission is "to help people with disabilities find and maintain employment and enhance their independence." Our Vision is "to become the first place people with disabilities turn when seeking employment and a top resource for employers in need of qualified employees."

This position works in Jacksonville as a Staff Interpreter/Translator

Minimum Requirements:

1) A high school diploma or its equivalent

2) 3 years of experience interpreting in the human services field

3) A current interpreting membership in Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (Associates or Certified)

4) Any level credential in sign language interpreting from

a) A state governmental entity, or

b) Nationally recognized organization of sign language interpreters such as

1. Registry of Interpreters of the Deaf [RID]

2. Board for Evaluation of Interpreters [BEI]

3. Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment [EIPA] Secondary education with a score of 3.5 or higher

4. Recently lapsed sign language interpreter credential from list above (no more than 2 years old) AND/OR valid documentation that the applicant has arranged to take a qualified

credential exam in the next 12 month may be accepted in lieu of credentials; this position requires a valid and current credential within 12 months

5. Must be able to travel on demand within area on short notice.

Job Description:

The employee must be productive under tight timeframes, balance multiple, competing priorities, and maintain goal-directed behavior and performance sometimes under stressful conditions. The employee must interact courteously with others. The employee's performance and behavior must demonstrate consideration of the workload concerns of others and must not negatively affect productivity and morale of the unit. Attendance is an essential function of this position.

This highly responsible position is assigned to Area 4 Unit 15B located in Tampa.

The employee must make ethical decisions that comply with VR operational policies and procedures and with the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf's Code of Professional Conduct.

Provides sign language interpreting services defined as the ability to interpret equivalent messages between spoken or written English and the following sign systems and language: American Sign Language, Signed English, and Contact Sign varieties. Interpreting may include ASL-English, oral, modified visual field, or tactile interpreting as needed.

Provides interpreting, as requested, for VR staff members who use interpreting services as an accommodation, with discretion to recuse self from sensitive meetings between staff member and supervisor.

Collaborates with the Vocational Rehabilitation staff to provide applicants and consumers who are deaf, hard of hearing, or deafblind with communication access to all VR services deemed necessary for the VR process. Schedules or works jointly with assigned VR staff to arrange vendor interpreters when needed.

Maintains a current list of VR approved vendor interpreters within the designated service area. Identifies, recruits, and assists qualified interpreters to become new vendors for VR.

Functions as the information and referral person to VR staff and the general public regarding accessibility, accommodations, and interpreting services availability in the community.

Conducts training on deaf awareness, sign language, and communication techniques in and out of the VR office for VR staff, employers, vendors, and other stakeholders as requested by VRC or Unit Supervisor(s).

Participates fully as a member of the VR team for staff meetings and trainings; assists in securing vendor interpreter(s) for such meetings, if needed.

Travels to provide services and provide consultation to various units, employers, and vendors within the designated area. Has access to reliable transportation.

Engages in professional development to enhance quality and competency in interpreting, to utilize the best practices, and to be aware of professional trends.

Performs other duties as assigned.


* National Interpreter Credential (RID, BEI, or EIPA Secondary) preferred.
* Experience working with VR & with diverse clientele with HL desirable.
* Ability to interpret BTW additional languages beyond English & ASL preferred.
* Ability to instruct others in basic sign language and communication tips and techniques.
* Willing to travel as required.
* College degree preferred
* Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with others.
* Information contained in responses to Qualifying Questions concerning education, experience, knowledge, skills and/or abilities must also be disclosed on the State of Florida Employment Application.*

Background Screening Requirement:

It is the policy of the Florida Department of Education that applicants for employment undergo level 2 employment screening in accordance with the requirements of Chapter 435, Florida Statutes, as a condition of employment or being permitted to serve as a volunteer. All applicants for employment or to volunteer who are selected for an interview will be provided with the Consent to Background Screening form for level 2 screening, the Affidavit of Good Moral Character, and the Notice of Rights. The leading candidate for employment or to volunteer will be required to execute the Consent form and Affidavit, report to a designated location, and submit fingerprints for level 2 screening. No applicant for a designated position will be employed or permitted to volunteer until the level 2 screening results are received, reviewed, and approved by the Department. Level 2 background screening shall include, but not be limited to, fingerprinting for statewide criminal and juvenile records checks through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and federal criminal records checks through the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and may include local criminal records checks through local law enforcement agencies.


* State of Florida Retirement - 3% Employee Contribution Required
* 10 Paid Holidays annually
* Employees with up to 5 years of creditable service earn 8.667 hours per month, with 5 to 10 years earn 10.833 hours per month and those with over 10 years of service earn 13 hours per month.
* Career Service employees earn 8.667 hours of sick leave credits per month
* Health Insurance for Individual or Family Coverage - State pays 80% of premium
* Life Insurance - State pays premium for $25,000 basic term life insurance for full time employee
* Additional supplemental insurances available such as dental, vision, etc.
* Tax Deferred Medical and Child Care Reimbursement Accounts available
* Tax Deferred Savings Program available through payroll deduction

Benefits information can be found on the following website:

The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

VETERANS' PREFERENCE. Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans' Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply. Certain service members may be eligible to receive waivers for postsecondary educational requirements. Candidates claiming Veterans' Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code. Veterans' Preference documentation requirements are available by clicking here. All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement.

Nearest Major Market: Tallahassee