Certified Deaf Interpreter - Houston

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General Information

Job Posting ID 3518949 Creation Date Oct 10, 2017
Employer Posting No 0167 Closing Date Nov 09, 2017
Job Site Address HOUSTON, Texas 77587 Employer Type Federal Government
Openings 1

Job Description

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) of the Department of Homeland Security is seeking applicants for temporary jobs in Houston, TX.

When disaster strikes, America looks to FEMA. Now FEMA looks to you. Join our team and use your talent to support Americans in their times of greatest need. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) prepares the nation for all hazards and manages Federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. We foster innovation, reward performance and creativity, and provide challenges on a routine basis with a well-skilled, knowledgeable and a high performance workforce.

Duties & Responsibilities:
As a Certified Deaf Interpreter with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), you will be responsible for:
•Provides interpreting, translation, and transliteration services in American Sign Language and other visual and tactual communication forms used by individuals who are Deaf, hard-of-hearing, and Deaf-Blind. The Deaf-Hearing interpreter ensures that the spoken language message reaches the Deaf consumer in a language or communication form that he or she can understand, and that the Deaf consumer’s message is conveyed successfully in the spoken language. They must communicate thoughts, ideas and feelings in an accurate manner while not imposing their own ideas. The CDI and hearing interpreter will work together to better understand the message and provide the best interpretation. (50%)
•Providing translation services for all FEMA programs and services during response and recovery for disasters to ensure programs and services are integrated and fully accessible to survivors with disabilities and other individuals with access and functional needs. The incumbent is involved in a wide variety of disability integration and coordination activities during disaster response and recovery; including attending meetings, conference calls and other events. Engages and facilitates the active involvement of local and state disability services agencies and organizations and advocacy groups. Additional responsibilities include providing guidance and technical assistance regarding transcribing speech to text in meetings, conference calls and other event settings. Providing effective communication access for people with disabilities in accordance with laws and regulations. Will develop professional relationships and trust with senior staff and the community as a Certified Deaf Interpreter within Disability Integration. (50%)
•Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
•Must have extensive knowledge and experience with deafness, the deaf community, and deaf culture.
•Serve as an equal member of the interpreting team along with a certified hearing interpreter.
•Must be skilled in American Sign Language and appropriate forms of manually coded English; may be required to sign for extended periods of time.
•Capacity to work collaboratively with American Sign Language Interpreters to ensure that the access and functional needs of survivors are addressed.
•Possess the ability to assess citizen needs and the interpreting situation before and during the assignment and make adjustments as needed.
•The ability to respond to citizen requests or needs regarding language preferences, and render the message accordingly (interpreted or transliterated).
•Work cooperatively with team members through consultation before assignments regarding logistics, providing professional and courteous assistance when asked and monitor the accuracy of the message.
Present yourself in an unobtrusive manner and exercise care in choice of attire
•Expert ability to perform diplomatically at all times and to maintain cordial relations with all parties.
•Adheres to the NAD-RID Code of Professional Conduct.

Key Requirements:
•Have a minimum of three years of experience as a certified/licensed community based interpreter. Must have experience teaming with ASL interpreters.
•National Interpreter Certification (Advanced or Masters)
•Must maintain an active and valid certification given by the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) and National Association of the Deaf (NAD).

Important Notices- Please be advised:
•We request that you submit your resume via e-mail to: FEMA-DR4223TX-LocalHires@fema.dhs.gov with the following subject line: 0167-Certified Deaf Interpreter-HOU
•Selected candidates will be required to complete a background investigation which includes finger printing.
•This is a TEMPORARY position for up to 120 days which could be terminated or extended at any time, depending on the needs of the operation. A Local Hire appointment does not entitle you to federal civilian status.
•You may be required to work 12 hours a day 7 days a week.
•You must provide two forms of ID: such as a VALID Driver License, Social Security Card, Birth Certificate etc. or Passport. (We will not accept if expired.)
•Eighteen years of age and US CITIZENSHIP REQUIRED.

FEMA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. FEMA has a 'zero tolerance' discrimination policy and is committed to nondiscrimination in hiring, assignment, management of the Joint Field Office, guidance to the State, presentations to the public, and the provision of disaster assistance. This commitment specifically includes sensitivity to providing reasonable accommodation for people with a disability and a clear statement that any appearance of sexual harassment will not be tolerated in FEMA.
Supervisory Experience Required No
Pay Between $42.00 / HR and $42.00 / HR
Additional Pay Details Local Hire employees are eligible for the following benefits:
•Health insurance for individual or family coverage - Employer contribution is 75% of premium
•Ability to earn 4 hours of paid Sick Leave per pay period
•Holiday pay
•Worker’s Compensation
•Direct deposit of salary is a condition of employment.
•Salaries are comparable to local prevailing wages.
Shift Days (First) Duration Temp OR Temp to Hire
Workweek Full Time
Additional Workweek Details •This is a TEMPORARY position for up to 120 days which could be terminated or extended at any time, depending on the needs of the operation. A Local Hire appointment does not entitle you to federal civilian status.
•You may be required to work 12 hours a day 7 days a week.
  • Medical/Health Insurance Plan
  • Sick Leave
Veterans Only No
Federal Contractor No
Eagle Ford Shale Job No
Is this job related to Hurricane Harvey Clean-up/Restoration? Yes

Job Requirements

Occupation Interpreters and Translators
Minimum Experience and Education  3 yrs   0 mos and Bachelors Degree

Additional Requirements

  • English; Fluency - Good (Read, Write, Speak)

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Job Title Certified Deaf Interpreter - Houston
State Agency Name FEMA
Job Closing Date Nov 9, 2017
Open Until Filled No

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