Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: G0016 / Staff Interpreter
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Non-Exempt
Grade: 12

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Provides signed language interpreting for deaf and/or hard-of hearing University students, faculty, staff, and/or visitors, delivered primarily in a classroom or other academic setting in accordance with established schedules. Provides a range of administrative assistance to department management and staff when not scheduled to interpret.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Translates spoken material into sign language for students during scheduled classroom sessions, and in addition for faculty, staff, and others during meetings, colloquia, telephone calls, and other related occasions.
  2. Interprets and transliterates American Sign Language and signed English into oral or written language for hearing individuals or others not conversant with sign language.
  3. Assists in mentoring practicum students as and when assigned; models good interpretation practices during observation, and provides feedback to students during mentoring.
  4. Provides direction and integrative coordination in the planning, development, and implementation of a comprehensive University program.
  5. Provides a range of assigned administrative services during hours not scheduled for interpreting; assists in the coordination and administration of on-call interpreters as assigned, in accordance with established policies and procedures.
  6. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree; at least 1 year of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified. Certification/Licensure: New Mexico Community Signed Language Interpreter License and at least one certification from this list: RID IC/TC Certification; RID CT or CI Certification; RID/NIC Certification Level or equivalent; BEI Advanced; BEI Master; BEI IV; BEI V; BEI Level IV Intermediary; BEI Level V Intermediary OR New Mexico Provisional Signed Language Interpreter's License and Candidacy for RID or BEI Certification (proof of passing score of the RID knowledge exam or the BEI TEP exam).
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Ability to interpret and transliterate proficiently in American Sign Language and Signed English.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability provide competent signed interpreting services in a variety of operational contexts.
  • Ability to demonstrate excellent SLI methods and techniques and to mentor SLI practicum students.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the principles of ethical behavior set by the National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf.
  • Administrative, coordinating, and recordkeeping skills.

Conditions of Employment

  • Must maintain certification status with a certification eligible for New Mexico licensure, which may include any of the following: RID IC/TC Certification; RID CT or CI Certification; RID/NIC Certification Level or equivalent; BEI Advanced; BEI Master; BEI IV: BEI V: BEI Level IV Intermediary; BEI Level V Intermediary.
  • Must maintain valid status with a New Mexico Provisional Signed Language Interpreter's License.
  • All regular, non-temporary positions assigned to this classification are represented by a labor union and subject to the terms and conditions of the US-UNM Collective Bargaining Agreement.
  • Must maintain certification status.
  • Employees who provide services or work in patient care or clinical areas are required to be in compliance with the University's influenza vaccination requirement.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • No or very limited physical effort required.
  • No or very limited exposure to physical risk.
  • Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 06/19/2023