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Bridges for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Staff Interpreter

Bridges for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing


Job Summary

Reporting to the Vice President of Interpreting Services, the Staff Interpreter provides American Sign Language interpreting services, both individually and as a team, to staff and community members in a variety of settings, including the office, universities, schools, medical settings, legal settings, arts settings, and businesses. This full-time position requires a flexible schedule and may include day, evening, and weekend hours as needed though there is typically a regular work schedule. The Staff Interpreter will also work in the office assisting with scheduling and professional development workshops as needed. The Staff Interpreter will be part of a dynamic team that includes both the Interpreting Department and the entire agency. This position is based in our Nashville, TN office.

Job Responsibilities

  • Provide onsite and video remote interpreting services for the D/deaf, Deaf-Blind, and hard of hearing communities in a variety of settings.
  • Facilitate communication by interpreting from Sign to Voice and/or from Voice to Sign in a variety of settings by conveying the content and spirit of the speaker using the language most readily understood by the person(s) being served.
  • Abide by the Code of Ethics established by NAD-RID and professional standards as established by Bridges for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
  • Participate regularly in professional development to continue skill growth and professional knowledge.
  • Participate in scheduling, answering phones, and maintaining statistical information.
  • Present professional development workshops as appropriate and directed by the Vice President of Interpreting Services.
  • Participate in the mentoring program as appropriate and directed.
  • Maintain the highest professional standards and practices.
  • Participate in advocacy and information referral for the D/deaf, Deaf-Blind, and hard of hearing communities as needed or appropriate.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Interpreter will mentor school security personnel in their efforts to acquire ASL skills and knowledge of the deaf community/culture.


  • RID Certification or ability and willingness to attain certification within six months of employment.
  • Excellent receptive and expressive skills in American Sign Language. Experience in and with the Deaf community.
  • A professional and resourceful style; the ability to work independently and as a team player, to take initiative, and to manage multiple tasks and projects at a time.
  • High energy and passion for BridgesTN’s mission.
  • Flexible, agile, and adaptable style. Excellent communication skills. Strong organizational and time management skills with exceptional attention to detail.
  • Strong work ethic, sense of humor, heart for service, positive attitude, grit and grace.

Additional Information


We pay competitively and offer benefits for full-time employees, but the greatest benefits are the culture and relationships you will find here. We want the best of the best–people who are talented, generous, kind, and hard-working. We want people who love to laugh, who want to make the world more just and inclusive, and who won’t quit until the job is done.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter, resume, and references to Applicants will not be considered unless all requested elements are provided. No phone calls please. Review of applicants begins immediately and will continue until the positions are filled.


  • Date Posted: December 13, 2021
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Administrative
  • Service Area: Social / Human Services