Specialized Deaf Interpreter

Job Locations US-MA-Framingham
Minimum Education Required
High School Diploma/GED
Job ID
Regular Part-Time
Number of Hours Per Week
Business Unit
Administration & Finance


The Interpreter acts as a vital communicative liaison between the Deaf and non-deaf individuals in the Advocates community. The Interpreter’s primary role is to interpret in American Sign Language between those using specialized ASL and/or those with language deprivation and requiring further communication assistance. Responsibilities also include translating written information and recording into accessible ASL for the Advocates Community. The Interpreter reports to the Communication Access Director and will work throughout the agency as needed.


Minimum Education Required

High School Diploma/GED


  1. Interpret Specialized American Sign Language (ASL) to and from American Sign Language either direct or indirect with the support of an ASL/English interpreter. For staff, individuals and guests throughout the agency.
  2. Translate written English to and from ASL for individuals and guests throughout the agency.
  3. Adhere to the National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf Code of Professional Conduct
  4. Direct staff on the linguistic and cultural nuances of the Deaf and non-deaf community in relation to the design of and/or implementation of trainings, meetings, projects, etc.
  5. Work effectively with outside interpreters for trainings, meetings, etc.
  6. Provide feedback regularly with the Communication Access Director
  7. Maintain professional competency through community involvement and participation in professional organizations.
  8. Ensure that individuals we support are treated with dignity and respect in accordance with Advocates’ Human Rights Policy.
  9. Perform all duties in accordance with the agency’s policies and procedures.
  10. Strictly follow all agency Performance Standards.


  1. Minimum requirement: Approved by the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MCDHH) to work as a professional interpreter.
  2. Preferred: B.A. or B.S. degree in related field, and minimum of two years interpreting experience with RID certification. 
  3. Must have interpreting experience in a wide variety of settings, most particularly Mental Health and Corporate Environments.
  4. Must have knowledge and understanding of Deaf Culture.
  5. Must possess strong interpersonal skills.
  6. Must possess strong organizational skills and ability to multi-task.
  7. Basic computer knowledge required.
  8. Current Certificate of Deaf Interpretation (CDI) from the National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf.
  9. Must maintain an active contract with the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MCDHH)
  10. Must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily.
  11. Must hold a valid drivers’ license. Must have access to an operational and insured vehicle.



Advocates is committed to cultivating a diverse and welcoming community where everyone feels respected and valued. Advocates fosters a culture of inclusion that celebrates and promotes diversity along multiple dimensions, including race, ethnicity, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, partnered status, age, national origin, socioeconomic status, religion, ability, culture, and experience. 


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