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Sign Language Interpreter – Mid Level to Experienced (N1214385)

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NSA National Security AgencyFort George G. Meade Complex, MD
Pay Plan: GG, Grade: 11/1 to 14/10
Open: 2023-08-15, Close: 2023-10-14

The Office of Reasonable Accommodations & Accessibility (ORAA) has an immediate opening for Sign Language Interpreters to provide interpreting and transliterating services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) employees.

The incumbent will:
-Plan, organize, and implement American Sign Language (ASL) interpreting services; interpret complex subject matter in a variety of classified, highly technical, sensitive and unique situations from polygraphs, high profile platform interpreting and highly technical transliterations to training and informational discussions for various disciplines and personnel to include Engineers, Mathematicians and Computer Scientists.

-Exhibit discretion, professionalism, and sensitivity to workplace diversity issues.

-Travel to provide accommodations may be required.

If needed:
-Conduct internal training on Deaf awareness issues
-Suggest best practice solutions to problems/issues involving DHH employees
-Support other programs and services provided by ORAA
-Maintain accurate and timely accounting of assignments
-Have, or be willing to acquire, skills in the Pro-Tactile method of interpreting for Deaf-Blind individuals

Job Summary
Personnel assigned to Support Services are on the front lines of delivering the best in customer service, technical support, administrative and management services. From Office Assistants to Sign Language Interpreters, these personnel serve as the focal points for organizations that require assistance with operational and administrative issues, records management, journalistic ideas, products and services and the coordination of reasonable accommodations and education.

The qualifications listed are the minimum acceptable to be considered for the position.

Degree in any field is acceptable.

Relevant experience must be in sign language interpretation with a superior working knowledge of American Sign Language (ASL), Pidgin Signed English (PSE), and Manually Coded English (MCE) in order to simultaneously transliterate/interpret in a variety of settings. RID Certification (Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf) is required.

Entry is with a high school diploma or GED plus 4 years of relevant experience, or an Associate’s degree plus 2 years of relevant experience. Consistent experience interpreting in a Federal Government setting is required.

Entry is with a high school diploma or GED plus 6 years of relevant experience, or an Associate’s degree plus 4 years of relevant experience, or a Bachelor’s degree plus 2 years of relevant experience. Consistent experience interpreting in a Federal Government and IC/DoD setting is required.

The candidate must have:
– Minimum of four years’ experience as an ASL Interpreter
– RID Certification.
– Adherence to the RID Code of Professional Conduct.

The ideal candidate should have:
– At least one year of experience as an ASL Interpreter in the DOD or IC community.
– Ability to interpret highly specialized terminology and adapt to a wide variety of interpreting settings, incorporating new signs as appropriate to facilitate a cryptologic-associated vocabulary.
– Ability to negotiate and develop informal resolutions with personnel at all levels.
– Superior working knowledge of ASL, Pidgin Signed English (PSE), and Manually Coded English (MCE) in order to simultaneously transliterate in a variety of settings
– Knowledge of services, equipment, and resources available in accommodating individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing in order to accurately provide an appropriate fit for associated needs.
– Outstanding oral and written communications skills.
– Skill indicating nuances and tones associated with verbal communication in order to accurately convey the intended message.
– Experience with Intranet, Internet, Microsoft Office Suite (Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Access, PowerPoint, and Excel).

Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule
Salary offers are based on candidates’ education level and years of experience relevant to the position and also take into account information provided by the hiring manager/organization regarding the work level for the position.

Salary ranges vary by location and work level. This position is hiring for Maryland.

Salary Range: $78,592 – $172,075 (Full Performance, Senior level)
Work Schedule: Applicants should be aware this job requires Monday – Friday, with basic 8 hr/day work requirements between 0600 and 1800 (flexible)

On-the-job training, internal NSA courses, and external training will be made available based on the need and experience of the selectee.

How to apply
U.S. Citizenship is required for all applicants. NSA is an equal opportunity employer and abides by applicable employment laws and regulations. All applicants and employees are subject to random drug testing in accordance with Executive Order 12564. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a security background investigation and polygraph.

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This position is a Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS) position in the Excepted Service under 10 U.S.C. 1601. DoD Components with DCIPS positions apply Veterans’ Preference to eligible candidates as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 USC, in accordance with the procedures provided in DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 2005, DCIPS Employment and Placement. If you are a veteran claiming veterans’ preference, as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 U.S.C., you may be asked to submit documents verifying your eligibility.

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