Internal Revenue Service INTERPRETER (Sign Language Interpreter) in Austin, Texas
Summary The U.S. Department of the Treasury has a distinguished history dating back to the founding of our nation. As the steward of U.S. economic and financial systems, Treasury is a major and influential leader in today's global economy. We have over 100,000 employees across the country and around the world. Come Join the Department of the Treasury and Invest in Tomorrow. See “Other Information” for Locations. Responsibilities WHAT IS THE WAGE & INVESTMENT DIVISION?The Wage & Investment Division (W&I) serves about 122 million taxpayers who file upwards of 94 million returns each year. Key W&I objectives are to provide high-quality taxpayer assistance, and to enable taxpayers to transact and communicate electronically to file their returns, make payments and receive assistance. W&I partners with private organizations to provide assistance to such disadvantaged groups as elderly and low-income taxpayers. WHAT DOES AN INTERPRETER DO?Interpreters translate from American Sign Language (ASL) and other lesser known coding/sign languages to English, and back.They translate in formal and informal meetings with deaf or hard-of-hearing employees, their coworkers and their supervisors.They provide interpreting services at conferences and training. They conduct an on-going program on in-house sign language instruction for employees, which includes developing the curriculum and course objectives, implementing the training and evaluating the program effectiveness.They identify barriers and assist in resolving communication problems between deaf and hard-of-hearing employees and supervisors. They coordinate the scheduling of in-house or contract interpreter services, make necessary arrangements, complete purchase order requests, and track hours and allocated funds.As a Sign Language Interpreter, you will: Interpret for deaf or hard-of-hearing employees in a variety of settings, including meetings, seminars, conferences or training. Coordinate the scheduling of in-house or contract interpreter services, to include making necessary arrangements, completing purchase order requests, and tracking hours and allocated funds. Conduct an ongoing program on in-house sign language instruction for employees, to include developing and implementing the training and evaluating program effectiveness. Identify barriers and assist in resolving communication problems between supervisors and deaf/hard-of-hearing employees. Develop and conduct workshops and presentations for managers about integrating deaf, hearing and IRS cultures and sign language instruction. WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OTHER IRS CAREERS? If you want to find out more about IRS careers, visit us on the web at www.jobs.irs.gov Requirements Conditions of Employment Refer to Other Information. Click "Print Preview" to review the entire announcement before applying. Must be a U.S. Citizen or National. . Qualifications You must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement:BASIC REQUIREMENTS:Undergraduate and Graduate Education: Major study - the appropriate foreign language from an English-speaking college or university, English from a college or university in the other country, or translating or interpreting where English and the foreign language were prerequisites. ORExperience in translating, interpreting, or other work requiring the use of English and the other language; or a combination of work (that required English and the other language) and training at the Defense Language Institute, Foreign Service Institute, or comparable training.The following are examples of work in the required language that may have provided the required abilities: translator; interpreter; librarian or information specialist required to make abstracts, screen, index, and scan material; intelligence; writer or editor; international organizational work, such as the Peace Corps, World Bank, United Nations, business, or other organizations; or professor, teacher, or instructor work at the high school or college level that required use of the foreign language. Texas applicants may possess certification by either (or both) the Board for Evaluation of Interpreters (BEI) of Advanced or Master, or Certification by the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID). In addition to the above, you must meet the requirements below:GS-11 LEVEL: You must haveone year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes: Experience with English, American Sign Language (ASL), Contact Variety Sign (CVS) and Manually Coded English (MCE) to perform Sign-to-English and English-to-Sign interpretation; experience with the interpreting processes to determine the most effective means of communication for each Deaf/Deaf-blind/hard of hearing employee; experience in the development of training curriculum and utilizing current methods and materials in the instruction of sign language courses; experience with the use of telecommunication devices, assistive listening devices and other related technology for Deaf/Deaf-blind/hard of hearing employees; experience using the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) Code of Professional Conduct (CPC) in order to maintain ethical standards for professional interpreters; experience working with sources and procedures for contracting sign language interpreter services; and effective written and oral communication skills. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include: Interpreting for deaf or hard-of-hearing individuals in meetings or training; Coordinating schedules for contract interpreters by making arrangements, and tracking hours and allocated funds; Assisting with the development and implementation of training for sign language instruction for employees; and Identifying barriers and resolving communication problems between supervisors and deaf/hard-of-hearing employees. OR You may substitute education for specialized experience as follows:A Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree, OR3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a degree in Sign Language Interpreting or a related field of study. ORLL.M, if relatedYou may qualify by a combination of experience and education. Options for qualifying based on a combination will be identified in the online questions.- The experience may have been gained inthe public sector, private sector or Volunteer Service. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis.- To ensure full credit for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/year, and indicate number of hours worked per week, on your resume. Education Additional Information Two (2) positions are in W&I, Austin Submission Processing, Site Coordinatorlocated in Austin, TX.One (1) position to be filled during Day Shift:Monday-Friday 8:00AM-4:30PM. One (1) position to be filled during Night Shift: Monday-Friday 4:30PM-1:00AM.The anticipated start date is To Be Determined (TBD). Texas applicants may possess certification by either (or both) the Board for Evaluation of Interpreters (BEI) of Advanced or Master, or Certification by the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID). CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: - We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies. Additional jobs may be filled.- Relocation expenseswill NOT be paid.- This is anon-bargaining unit position.- We offer opportunities for telework.- Must meet IRS telework eligibility requirements - We offer opportunities for flexible work schedules.- A 1-year probationary period is required.- Must successfully complete a background investigation including an FBI criminal history record check (fingerprint check).- Complete a Declaration of Federal Employmentto determine your suitability for Federal employment, at the time requested by the agency- If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with theSelective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.- Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.- Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification.Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S. These documents must be unexpired original or certified copies. - Provide proof of U.S. Citizenship. (Birth certificate showing birth in the U.S; Unexpired U.S. passport; Certificate of Citizenship or Naturalization; or Report of Birth Abroad of a U.S. Citizen (Form FS-240)). - Tour of Duty:One (1) position to be filled during Day Shift:Monday-Friday 8:00AM-4:30PM. One (1) position to be filled during Night Shift: Monday-Friday 4:30PM-1:00AM.- The employment of any candidate, including a current employee or a new hire, selected for this position may be conditional upon classification and/or audit of federal tax returns. This audit may include up to 2 years of returns.