Staff Interpreter

POSITION: Staff Interpreter
DEPARTMENT: Interpreter Department
ACCOUNTABILITY: Director of Interpreting Services
SCHEDULE: 9am-5pm Monday-Friday; additional evening and weekend work available
SALARY: Base Rate: $30-$35/ hour
Annual: $43,200.00-$50,400.00 (DOE)

Community Interpreter provides sign language interpreting services to the Deaf Community and the DCS staff/clients as requested and/or scheduled by the Interpreting Department.



  • Interpret between American Sign Language and English
  • Interpret for a variety of community assignments (medical, business, legal, educational, mental health, etc.)
  • Willing to travel to all areas of San Diego County; but will be focused in North County when there is a need
  • Represent the agency in a professional manner
  • Adhere to agency policies and procedures, as well as, department requirements
  • Attend DCS staff meetings and staff development activities, as required
  • Complete required paperwork in a timely manner and maintain accurate records



  • College degree preferred, high school graduate or the equivalent
  • Completion of interpreter training program or acceptable equivalent
  • Sufficient continuing education to maintain professional growth and certification


Minimum Requirements:

  • RID certification required
  • Valid California driver’s license, current automobile insurance, and private transportation
  • Reliable transportation is required



  • Excellent ASL skills
  • Flexible and willing to accommodate last-minute schedule changes
  • An understanding of Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Deaf Blind and late-deafened individuals and Deaf Culture
  • Ability to work well in a team-oriented and diverse environment; required
  • Flexibility and strong organizational skills
  • Ability to understand and carry out verbal/ written directions


Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Interpret or transliterate accurately and effectively between deaf clients and hearing consumers
  • Follow DCS regulations, policies, and procedures
  • Adhere to the RID Code of Professional Conduct
  • Maintain contact with the DCS Interpreting Department and team interpreters by cell phone or similar device
  • Remain professional at all times: (i.e. stay in the interpreting role, ascertain and maintain professional lines and boundaries, maintain professional interpersonal communication skills, meet schedules, timelines and maintain records)


DCS offers a comprehensive employee benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision and life insurance. DCS also provides each employee the option to contribute to a 401 (k) retirement plan and flex medical savings plan.

In addition to the benefits mentioned above, DCS offers paid personal time and paid sick leave.

At-Will: Employment with DCS is an “At-Will” relationship.

DCS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Applications deadline: Open Until Filled

Submit resume/cover letter, and a recent copy of certification, if available, to:
Human Resources

DCS offers a comprehensive benefits package which includes employer paid health, dental and vision coverage for the employee as well as paid holidays, personal days, sick days and vacation time. DCS also provides each employee the option to contribute to a 401 (k) retirement plan and FlexPlan (FSA).

DCS is not accepting unsolicited assistance from search firms for this employment opportunity. Please, no phone calls or emails. All resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at DCS via-email, the Internet or in any form and/or method without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of DCS. No fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by DCS as a result of the referral or through other means.