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Communication Services Coordinator
Cerritos College in Norwalk, California
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Date Posted 02/12/2020
Admin-Public Relations, Marketing and Communications
Salary $5,598.64 - $6,750.15  USD Per Year
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline 03/23/2020


This position will close on March 23, 2020 at 11:59 PM (or when 150 applications are received, whichever occurs sooner).


Coordinates services that assure students have access to sign/language interpreters and that note takers are available for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. Coordinates and performs a variety of simultaneous translation to large audiences in lecture, tutoring, and public meeting settings.

Distinguishing Career Features The Communication Services Coordinator is a specialized position that facilitates services that assure and enhance access to class lectures, presentations, and discussions. The positions requires advanced skills, knowledge, training, and certification in American Sign Language and the ability to coordinate a campus-wide program for interpreting, perform interpreting services, and apply knowledge of curriculum being taught in order to effectively perform simultaneous sign language with course lectures.

Job Duties


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Coordinates a campus-wide program for providing American Sign Language and similar services to students. Recruits, selects, and schedules temporary part-time interpreters to fill lecture needs.

  • Instructs faculty and students in the effective use of an interpreter. Provides advice to faculty on positioning, presence, and use of multimedia. Studies curriculum and meets with faculty to become more familiar with content prior to classes.

  • Provides interpretation for students and college staff during conferences and other sponsored activities.

  • Consults with administrators, faculty, instructional assistants, and counselors concerning useful programs and materials to meet student needs.

  • Coordinates, prepares, facilitates and conducts in-service ASL training sessions for instructional assistants, faculty members, and students. Conducts training of other interpreters.

  • Provides sign language interpreting for students and faculty, using ASL, signed English and oral interpreting in a variety of classroom, lab, and related settings with simultaneous translation.

  • Serves as liaison for captioning of communications and curriculum.

  • May provide instructional assistance/tutoring in conjunction with sign language.

  • Researches and coordinates with counseling and program staff to identify students requiring interpreting assistance. Determines approximate hours needs and prepares budget/financial proposals to meet needs.

  • Maintains currency of knowledge and skills relating to the duties and responsibilities.

  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Knowledge and Skills
The position requires professional specialization in signed English. Requires in-depth knowledge of categorical programs governing interpreting. Requires a working understanding of learning concepts, theories, principles, and techniques. Requires knowledge of the subject matter being supported. Specialized knowledge of working with deaf and hard-of-hearing student populations is necessary. Requires a working understanding of instruction methods. Requires knowledge of and skill in using personal computers and applications such as common desktop productivity software and specialized programs supporting the deaf and hard-of-hearing. Requires sufficient math skills to provide sign language in business, science, and math courses. Requires well developed English language skills to interpret for college-level curriculum. Requires well-developed human relation skills to interact in both formal and informal settings with a wide variety of contacts.

Requires the ability to perform sign language services in a full range of courses offered by the college. Requires the ability to learn, interpret, and apply the requirements of categorical programs that mandate and provide reimbursement for hearing impaired services. Requires the ability to coordinate and implement a program that assists students, faculty and staff. Requires the ability to recognize and meet the needs of deaf and hardof-hearing students. Requires the ability to interpret/translate using ASL, signed English and oral interpreting. Requires the ability to work cooperatively and productively with others.

Physical Abilities
Physical requirements may be met with or without  reasonable accommodations. Incumbent performs work of an active nature. Requires well-developed arm, hand, and finger dexterity in order to perform advanced sign language interpretation. Requires the ability to stand for extended periods of time. Requires visual acuity to recognize numbers and words, and detect speech patterns. Requires auditory ability to carry on conversations in person with students, faculty, and staff using proper diction and facial movement.

Licenses and Certificates
Requires a valid certification by the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) and two years of experience in providing sign-to-English (expressive skills) and English-to-sign (receptive skills) interpreting in one or more sign systems/languages. May require a valid driver's license.

Working Conditions
Work is performed in classroom, laboratory, and office environments where some health and safety considerations exist from physical effort.

Conditions of Employment:

This is a full-time, 12-calendar month classified position. 

Hours of employment are Monday thru Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.

Employment is to be effective as soon as possible following completion of the selection process.
Individual who is offered employment shall be required to obtain fingerprints for a criminal history clearance through the State Department of Justice and remit the required fee for processing the fingerprints, Federal Bureau of Investigation (no fee if obtained at Cerritos College Campus Police Station), produce an original social security card, and submit negative TB test results (must be within the past four years or within the last 60 days if not previously employed in a school district in California) before employment.

Proof of eligibility to work in the United States and signing of loyalty oath per Government Codes 3100-3109.

** Please note - the District does not provide for immigration sponsorships such as H1B Visas.


Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience
The position requires a Bachelor's Degree with a minimum of two years of experience working with hearing-impaired students in an instructional or equivalent setting.

Preferred Qualifications
3 years or more, working with DSPS programs in a California Community College facilitating accommodations.  Strong communication and customer service skills. Ability to demonstrate unique sensitivity to students with disabilities from diverse backgrounds.




Supplemental Information

Transcripts and Foreign Degrees:
It is the applicant's responsibility to provide copies of all transcript(s) verifying all educational degree(s) and/or coursework required for the position.
A foreign transcript must be evaluated by a NACES certified agency. The web address is www.naces.org.
All qualifying educational degrees/training must be from regionally accredited colleges and/or universities.

Application Procedures
Application materials must be submitted by the closing date.
Applicants who need special services or facilities due to disability in order to apply or interview for this position must notify Human Resources at the time of application or at least 72 hours prior to the closing date or date of a scheduled interview.

College/Department Profile
Cerritos College is ranked 14th among the top 100 schools with the highest Hispanic enrollment in the United States by the United States Department of Education. Cerritos College serves as a comprehensive community college for southeastern Los Angeles County. Communities within the college's district include Artesia, Bellflower, Cerritos, Downey, Hawaiian Gardens, La Mirada, Norwalk, and portions of Bell Gardens, Lakewood, Long Beach, Santa Fe Springs and South Gate. Cerritos College offers degrees and certificates in more than 180 areas of study in nine divisions. Enrollment currently averages 22,500 students. Visit Cerritos College online at http://www.cerritos.edu.

Disabled Student Programs and Services (DSPS) provides services to students with a wide variety of disabilities including, deaf and hard of hearing, learning, autism spectrum disorder, Attention Deficit, intellectual, mental health, brain injury, and other sensory and health conditions.  The Communication Services Coordinator is part of a team of professionals who develop and implement disability support services designed to promote equal access via collaboration with campus entities and community agencies. This position requires advanced skills, knowledge, training and certification in American Sign Language.

Required  Documents:
Resume/Curriculum Vitae
Cover Letter
3 Recommendation Letter(s)
Copy of Transcripts

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