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DeafDigest Gold – April 24, 2011

DeafDigest Gold – April 24, 2011

Gold edition            Barry Strassler, Editor – updated every Monday

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Last week’s ASL Videos:

This week’s ASL Videos:

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The Samsung Epic[tm] 4G at the Deaf Pager Store

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Find the Samsung EpicTM at the Deaf Pager Store, the store with the
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Deaf Cartoon (Fogey) of the week:


DeafDigest welcomes unique deafnews tips;

sources of unique deafnews are never revealed; always


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Use Hamilton Web Relay® along with a locally-based, 10-digit Hamilton
HomeTown Number[tm] to make and receive calls without the interruptions
that come from using instant messaging programs!  Don’t have a HomeTown

Register today and share your number with friends and colleagues!

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In April AT&T Video Relay Service launched VL5 for Mac, PC,
iPhone 4, iPod Touch, and iPad 2.

AT&T VRS partnered with Yellow Pages to provide new search
features in video calling.

The AT&T VL5 app for the iPhone 4, iPod Touch 4th Generation,
and iPad 2 allows Deaf and hard of hearing individuals to place
and receive VRS and Point-to-Point (P2P) calls – wherever WiFi
or mobile broadband is available.
The VL5 app includes one-click calling and direct access to

Learn more about VL5 at:


The Z offers the best in videophone technology, providing equipment
options to meet customers’ individual needs and offering features not
available through other VRS providers.

Professional, nationally certified interpreters follow standards of
service excellence above and beyond FCC requirements.

Dedicated to a spirit of innovation and commitment to excellence,
The Z continues to set the industry standard as the nation’s
premier VRS provider.

Go to for more information on all of our
products, services and features.

Don’t have a Z phone?

You can still join The Z Life by calling 888.888.1116 to connect
to ZVRS from any videophone!


The DeafDigest is divided into Blue and Gold sections, both
ranked equal in contents, features and ads. This is the
Gold section.


weekly DeafDigest Blue & Gold editions also posted at: (updated every Monday)


– What the stories are saying about the deaf?

There is a Deaf Business success story in Somalia, a
lawless nation without a real government. Mahamud Abdi Omar,
a deaf man, owns his shop that sells radios, watches
and other electronic devices. He took over the business
when his father passed away and has built on it. Like
with other people of Somalia, his biggest worry is
dodging the flying bullets that are everywhere.

Living in a prison is not good for anyone; it is worse
for deaf inmates. Criminal investigations are often
conducted without interpreters, despite ADA regs. Many prisons have no TTY machines or video relay
devices. The deaf are mixed with the general prison
population, giving way to communication issues. Interpreters do not accompany deaf prisoners for
hearings and court appearances.

– Very Hot News

4.500 deaf records missing at the University of West Ontario’s
Speech & Hearing Clinic! The province officials are upset
at this leak that may have compromised privacy of these

– Thursday April 21st

Veteran National Theatre of the Deaf staffer Betty Beekman
is now the interim director. Said an acquaintance:

She has been with the company forever as a production stage
manager, company manager, tour director, etc. No one is more
qualified than her.

She is a Coda that signs fluently.

– Friday April 22nd

Jesse Hill, not deaf, and a student at the Cleveland Institute of Art, has won a prize for his “Seek” design which is a
portable device that is to help the deaf find their own way
in cities. DeafDigest is not sure how is Seek any different
from GPS that many of us use. Or it is a case of devising
a better mouse trap?

– Saturday April 23rd

The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers
has come up with captioning standards that will work with
broadcast TV and broadcast video programming. This is one
less barrier towards 24/7 captioning on all channels.
even if it is on a channel 437 in a small town cable
station that practically no one watches!


Deaf Miscellaneous stuff:

Red Bull, this well known energy drink, has a new commercial,
which features Ashley Fiolek, a young deaf woman who is one of
the world’s best female motocross racers. A two-time champion,
she is hoping to win the championship that eluded her last season.


Masters Degree in Pastoral Ministry with Specialization in Deaf Ministry
St. Thomas University School of Theology and Ministry, Miami, FL.

This program prepares men and women to serve as spiritual leaders in deaf
communities, churches, and ministries both at home and abroad.

It has an on-campus component (one week in January and two weeks in June) with the remaining coursework completed online.

On-campus classes are taught in ASL or are fully interpreted.

Next term begins June 2011.

See website for details:


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Welcome to BCED 2011!

The 2nd Business Convention and Expo of the Deaf
Reston, VA (in metro Washington, DC area)

June 8-12, 2011

flyer is at:

more information is at:


Is this a short or a long disagreement. A
deaf person and a hearing person disagreed about
an issue. That hearing person refused to write
a note explaining why he disagreed.
This disagreement continued for about one week.
Suddenly an interpreter showed up and in few minutes
the deaf person and the hearing person agreed about
this issue.
So, is it really a long disagreement (without an
interpreter) or a short disagreement (with an

– for ASL News version, please visit:

(for your convenience, video links are posted on top
of each DeafDigest edition)


Deaf Women United Conference

South Portland, Maine

June 29 – July 3, 2011

more information at:

May 15th deadline for special conference rate


DeafDigest editor and his wife were sitting
in waiting room at a crowded restaurant, waiting
for the hostess to tell them that a table is
ready for them.
He and his wife were chatting in ASL. The
hearing stranger sitting next to DeafDigest editor
and his wife, were also waiting for his table
to be ready.
The editor and his wife were chatting for
about 15 minutes, unaware that the person next
to him knew ASL.
Just as when the hostess told the editor and the wife that the table was ready, the
hearing stranger suddenly signed in ASL,
explaining that he teaches in a mainstreamed
Why couldn’t this stranger introduce himself
at the beginning, instead of waiting till the

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(for your convenience, video links are posted on top
of each DeafDigest edition)

Who remembers Lucy Baker? Or even this – who remembers
the famous TV series, Lassie, which was aired from 1954
through 1973?
Lucy was a fictional 12-year old character that surfaced
in three segments in 1972. This girl was deaf. And in 1973,
the last year Lassie was shown on TV, she “miraculously”
became hearing thanks to a surgery in another 3-part
This deaf child was not considered an important part
of the continuing program.

Last week’s DeafDigest mentioned robbing Peter to pay
Paul in Alabama’s deaf relay needs vs State’s need of funds.
This is not an isolated state case. There seems to be
a copycat trend – in other states of Peter being robbed
to pay Paul.
States are so broke, that they have begun to drool over
the “riches” of the state relay funds.
This trend is troubling.


Workshops for Deaf Professionals Offered in ASL
Rochester, New York

Technical training workshops related to Business, English, Engineering, Graphic Communication, and Information Technology offered in sign language at RIT/NTID in Rochester, New York

Take advantage of our discounted rates and  REGISTER TODAY!
Register by April 1, 2011 to Receive 10% Off
Register for Two or More Workshops to Receive 20% Off
Register with a Friend or Co-worker to also Receive 20% Off

Click on any of the workshop titles for more information.
DiiT Workshop Series on Business
1.  Is It For You: Starting Your Own Business — June 13-17, 2011

2.  Microsoft Office 2010: Create a Dynamic Presentation . July 11-15, 2011

3.  Microsoft Excel 2010: Create an Electronic Worksheet — July 25-29, 2011

DiiT Workshop Series on Workplace Writing
4.  Grammar Review for Workplace Correspondence . June 13-17, 2011

DiiT Workshop Series on Engineering
5.  Migrating from 2D CAD to 3D CAD using Revit Architecture . June 13-17, 2011

DiiT Workshop Series on Graphic Communication
6.  Introduction to Web Site Development Using Dreamweaver CS4 . June 6-10, 2011

DiiT Workshop Series on Information Technology
7.  Building Basic Android Applications Using Google App Inventor . June 15-17, 2011

8.  Building Web Pages with HTML5 . June 20-24, 2011

DiiT provides up-to-the-minute technical training in an all sign environment.  Workshop participants get the benefit of direct interaction with the instructors without the need for interpreters that most professional workshops require.  All workshops are held at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York.  To register for any of the workshops listed below, download a Workshop Registration Form by visiting or call 585-475-7545 (Voice or TTY).  For more information, visit the DiiT Web site at or contact the project director, Donna Lange at or 585-475-5620 (Voice or TTY).


Just about every nation in the world has its own sign language.
But not every deaf in each nation knows how to sign.
An example is Tanzania. It was said that very few, if any, of
the deaf in Tanzania knows sign language!


Do enjoy viewing that video!

We have many, many organizations, international,
national and local that serve deaf and hard of hearing people.
One such organization is:

Delaware Association of the Deaf

For the organization goals and objectives, visit:


(by a deaf basketball referee as told to DeafDigest editor)

My deafness is not a problem on the basketball court. I always
tell the coaches and the scorekeepers and timekeepers of
my deafness. I explain to them how they could communicate
with me. I use all the basketball signs that are part of the
rule book – and nothing else. I always carry a small pad and
small pen in my pocket. And my partner referees all know how
to communicate with me if needed. I am thankful that there
are signs for fouls and violations that the deaf referees
can use. If not for these signs, all deaf referees would be out of jobs!


I do not want to have to listen to you all the time


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he has spent all his life in an unhearing world

all his life in an “unhearing” world – as if he has
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The world is not unhearing

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32nd World’s Largest Silent Weekend for Interpreters, ITP and ASL
Teachers and Students June 23-26, 2011 in Orlando, Florida

We are scheduled yearly until at least 2020 and have over 170 hours
of classes for all interpreters, ITP and ASL teachers and students.

The Florida Hotel offers free parking (some conferences charge up to $36 per day) and free in-room internet (some hotels charge $12.95 per day).

The huge Florida Mall has an enormous food court offering you complete meals for as little as $5.99 (some conference hotels charge $8 just for a hot dog).

Frequent presenters include Peter Cook, Crom Saunders, Trix Bruce,
Faith Powell, Shannon Simon, and almost 20 other highly regarded
presenters.  Last year, the lowest rated presenters were only 0.22
point behind the highest rated ones showing the across-the-board equality
in excellent quality of instructors.

For the advanced group, there will be language-focused and
interpreting-focused classes with RID CEUs applied for.

There should be two dozen exhibitors with a huge variety of items
available.  With many classes having breaks hourly, there will be an
exciting and dynamic all-day flow of participants in the exhibit

The decadent chocolate fountain refreshment will be offered again!

See for more information and for registration plus a
video clip of last year’s Silent Weekend.  You can pre-register for 2012 at
only $99!


ASL and Interpreting DVDs

Go to for DVDs to help ASL students and beginning
interpreters.  Exciting titles include “When ‘Duck’ Is Not Enough”;
“Oh, See, Can You Say?”; “Languishing in a Linear Language is Lethal!”, as well as ASL and classifiers and storytelling DVDs.


10th Annual Florida-Alaska Motorcycle Benefit Run

This is the World’s Longest Group Motorcycle Benefit Run.  Purpose of
funds is to help families of deaf babies served by SKIHI.  The 2011
trip will begin July 16, 2011.



Hot DeafNews boring, but important!

A scandal is going on with dogs being falsely certified as
service dogs for the deaf. These dogs were never properly
certified, yet clients were told these dogs were. The
law is beginning to crack down on those behind this scam.


Rene Pellerin’s corner:

Going grocery shopping…

Many Deaf-Blind people own an iPhone which can be hooked up to a
Braille Display.

Using one of the applications from the Apple APP store, you can down
load a screen reader.

Using the iPhone camera, individuals can click the bar code and the
Deaf-Blind individual can read the product information via Braille!

This app can be downloaded for free below

Happy Shopping!

Rene has started a new show business, focusing on
the Deaf-Blind.

The web site is at:

Rene welcomes comments and feedback; his email address is:


Deaf Question of the Week:

Q. Do we really want 24/7 captions on all channels, even on channel 437
in a Small Town, USA tiny cable TV network?

A. Yes. Our deaf and hard of hearing people have diverse interests
and maybe just a few of them would find the channel 437 captioned
program fascinating!

send your questions to

the most interesting questions may be answered in future DeafDigest editions. Thank you.


Wish List of the Week:

that ALL schools for the deaf be spared these legislative budget cuts,
which painfully cuts to the bone, not fat, but the bone!


DeafHistory – Looking Back:

During the 1950’s – only just one school for the deaf had a principal,
that one was a late-deafened person who basically functioned as a
hearing person


DeafNumbers of the Week:


deaf people in the state of Michigan

Source: the state Division on Deaf and Hard of Hearing


DeafLibrary Resources

a true story of a powerful deaf semi pro football team
of early twenties that won a few league championships


DeafDigest Sports

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do visit that site to take a look for yourself

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position opening
Center Manager Position
Wheaton, Maryland

Please visit our Website to learn more about Purple and submit a Resume. For more information contact Katie LaSalle, Recruiter at

Brief summary of duties: – Maintain Employer Of Choice For Local Center (Recruit And Retain) – Meet Or Exceed Key Performance Indicators (Labor Cost, Practitioner Performance And Client Satisfaction) – Remove Barriers For Center Manager Or Supervisor, Interpreters, Writers And Center Staff – Responsible For VRS, VRI And Community Services In The Local Market – Growth And Maintenance Of Client, Consumer And Professional Relationships In The Local Market – Serve As A Leader On The Regional Management Team

Areas of Responsibility: – Focus management objectives on Center operations – Plan with the help of the Regional Director the strategic growth of the center (VRS, Community and VRI) – Oversee the daily operations of the Center which may include Community Interpreting and CART, Video Interpreting, and Community Relations – Supervise all Center Staff and cross-train Center Supervisors – Manage the daily performance reviews of Interpreter – Manage all Schedulers in daily operations – Approve the scheduling of all interpreters in all operational areas – Coordinate with HR and Recruiting to recruit and hire interpreters for the Center – Approve leave for all interpreters as needed – Maintain relations with local community leaders – Work closely with the schedulers in maintaining client service and satisfaction – Provide direction to the Center Supervisors and Purple Interpreters in the care and well-being of staff – Provide accurate reports on Center utilization, efficiencies and quality – Maintain direct contact with the Regional Director on all Center-specific issues Responsible For All Center Supervisor Responsibilities When Center Supervisor Position Does Not Exist.

Minimum Qualification Requirements:
1. Associates degree in Business Management, or comparable related experience; Bachelors Degree strongly preferred.
2. At least three years supervisory experience, preferably in a an interpreting-related environment, coaching and mentoring others
3. American Sign Language (ASL) proficiency and extensive knowledge of the deaf culture and interpreting professions.
4. Familiarity with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Regulations and Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) standards.
5. Knowledge of specialized software related to departmental operations including AOL, IM Service, database, and Internet, spreadsheet, presentation, and word processing programs. Familiarity with Mac systems is a plus.
6. Time management skills to handle multiple, competing demands and priorities, and work effectively under pressure.
7. Budgeting and financial knowledge and skills for tracking Center profitability.
8. Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing; and present information and respond to questions from groups of clients, customers, managers, and the public.
9. Basic mathematical skills including the ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, and percentages.
10. Knowledge of departmental operations, and organizational policies, processes and procedures.
11. Human Resources Management skills to hire and train employees, appraise work performance, address employee relations issues, and resolve problems.
12. Management skills to establish priorities, and to effectively supervise and develop assigned staff to attain optimum skill and performance levels.
13. Human relations skills to build effective working relationships with staff, customers, and community groups and individuals.

Nationally Certified Sign Language Interpreter preferred. Some positions may require a Valid State Drivers License.


position opening
Center Supervisor Position
Wheaton, Maryland

Please visit our Website to learn more about Purple and submit a Resume.

For more information contact Katie LaSalle, Recruiter at

Brief summary of duties: – Oversee the daily operations of the center – Conduct the daily reviews of interpreter performance – Maintain constant contact with the Ops coordinator for VRS – Oversee interpreter scheduling for VRS, Community and VRI – Support Center Assistants as needed – Work directly with management in balancing staff resources for community scheduling, VRI and VRS – Read, analyze and respond to all reports from Ops coordinators and Operations – Work closely with the global/local community scheduling and corporate VRS scheduling to insure effective overall operations – Provide support as needed on the communication center floor – Coordinate training of new interpreters with the training dept – Assist in the recruiting of new interpreters – Facilitate communications with practitioners and staff – Work closely with manager in assuring an employer-of-choice work environment

Areas of Responsibility: High Level – Maintain Employer of Choice in Communication Center (Manage and Retain) – Meet or Exceed Key Performance Indicators (Practitioner Performance and Client Satisfaction) – Supervise the Scheduling for VRS, VRI and/or Community services – Remove Barriers for Interpreters

Minimum Qualification Requirements: – RID CI/CT, CSC, CDI or ACCI Level IV, NAD Level V with a minimum of 5 years interpreting in a variety of settings – 1 year supervisory experience preferred – Have working knowledge of Word, Excel, Power Point, AOL IM service, (Mac systems a plus) – Excellent ASL and written/oral communication skills – Dependable in completing assignments – Committed to timeliness and attendance – Flexible and enthusiastic willingness to work with constant change – Demonstrated team building and people management skills – Strong organizational, problem-solving and analytical skills – Ability to identify & direct priorities per business needs – Attentive to detail when planning and organizing projects – Work well under pressure, while being a sensitive, supportive listener – Demonstrated proficiency in leading, coaching, & mentoring others – Basic clerical and office organizational skills


position opening
Training & Quality Manager Purple
Location:      Rocklin, CA

About Purple Communications:
Purple Communications is one of the nation’s largest providers of communication services for the deaf, hard of hearing, and speech-disabled communities. As a leading provider of onsite interpreting services, video relay and text relay services, and video remote interpreting, the Company delivers a wide array of options designed to meet the varied communication needs of its customers.

Purple Communications’ vision is to improve the quality of life of its customers by being their premier provider of high quality, innovative communication services that break down communications barriers.

Brief summary of duties:
The Training and Quality Manager will be responsible for managing and/or developing, coordinating, facilitating and conducting training and quality assurance monitoring programs for sales and customer care divisions. This position will also be responsible for supervising the training program and the operational support operational support to the senior management of Sales and Customer Care teams.

Areas of Responsibility: 1. Manage the development and implantation of   the training curriculum for all customer facing employees. 2. Manage and conducts training sales and customer care teams. 3. Coordinate with the appropriate manager, identifies strengths and weaknesses of customer facing employees and develops individual and group programs to improve performance.
4. Integrate new company products and services into training program. 5. Coordinate the writing of   scripts and email templates in conjunction with appropriate managers, marketing and compliance teams. 6. Manage the   planning, developing and training of our CRM ( system. 7. Collaborate with managers, directors and VP.s to continually improve processes and communication between departments.
8. Coordinates the analysis of results of individual and group performance before and after training.  Prepare reports for management on results.
9. Plan, develop, analyze, and coordinate all quality assurance activities to assure  the highest quality of services is being performed for our customers.
10. Provide strategies to department supervisors and managers to help them to train their staff to overcome their performance deficiencies.
11. Prepare and distribute sales leads and tasks for sales team.
12. Coordinate with HR and the supervisor/manager on maintaining training records.
13.  Manages the intranet training updates and testing units.
14. Other Duties as assigned by the Supervisor.

Minimum Qualification Requirements: 1. Bachelor’s degree in adult education, business, communication, or relevant major preferred.
2. Demonstrates extensive experience and knowledge of Deaf Culture and fluent in American Sign Language.
3. 1-3 years. experience in sales operations, sales support, training or equivalent role in telecommunications industry and general supervision.
4. Demonstrates Technical and application knowledge of VRS products 5. Demonstrates strong attention to detail and analytical skills. 6. Demonstrates strong skills in Microsoft Office applications. 7. A self-starter and able to work with minimal supervision.
8. A strong team player including strong organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills.
9. Able to thrive in a dynamic, fast-paced work environment.

Experience with the following is a plus: – Experience with CRM systems, such as, NetSuite, Siebel.
– Working knowledge of various sales processes.

TO APPLY: Please submit your resume to: Purple Communications is an EOE. Principals only please.


announcement of vacant positions
Chief Academic Officer
The Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center
(on campus of Gallaudet University)
Washington, DC

The Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center (Clerc Center) is conducting a national search in to fill in Chief Academic Officer Position.  The Clerc Center is located on the beautiful 100-acre campus of Gallaudet University, in our nation’s capitol.

Gallaudet University serves deaf and hard of hearing students from many different backgrounds and seeks to develop a workforce that reflects the diversity of its student body.  Gallaudet is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer and actively encourages deaf, hard of hearing, members of traditionally underrepresented groups, people with disabilities, woman, and veterans to apply for open positions.

Job Descriptions can be found at by clicking on Administrators under Job Listing.

To apply, mail a resume and a Gallaudet University application form to:

Gallaudet University
Human Resources Services
800 Florida Avenue, NE
College Hall, Room 106
Washington, DC 20002

Email address:

Or FAX completed application materials to: 202-651-5344

Gallaudet University Application Form link:


Job announcement
Family Center on Deafness
Pinellas Park, FL

The FAMILY CENTER ON DEAFNESS is a private, not-for-profit organization offering a wide range of programs and support for families with deaf or hard of hearing members in households including children from birth through the completion of their education.  FCD is funded primarily by the Juvenile Welfare Board of Pinellas County. Seven of its eight full-time staff have some degree of hearing loss.

Please be advised that all potential employees must pass a background screening with fingerprinting prior to employment.  Also, applicants are required to provide official college or university transcripts, three personal references, and three professional references.

FCD DIRECTOR  Full-time position with standard agency benefits to oversee operation of organization providing social services to households in Pinellas County, Florida, with deaf or hard of hearing members. Includes management of all staff, administration of contracts and finances, analysis of participant needs, design and monitoring of program activities, collaboration with community partners, service to the Board of Directors and its committees, development of strategic plans, identification and acquisition of resources, coordination of public relations and publications, and solicitation of stakeholder satisfaction/involvement.  Must be able to communicate effectively with a diverse group of deaf/hard of hearing staff and clients, proficient in writing grants and reports, a master of business computer skills, well-organized and timely, skilled in handling individual and program crises effectively, and able to reflect current best practices in agency operation. Requires a Masters degree in an area related to deafness or equivalent employment experience, at least five years in a similar position, demonstrated fluency in American Sign Language, thorough understanding of the needs of program participants, and effective interpersonal communication skills.  This is an exceptional opportunity for a creative, committed leader to affect change for families in this community!

To begin the application process, simply submit a resume with a cover
letter to:

Family Center on Deafness
6886 102nd Avenue North, Pinellas Park, FL, 33782

727-549-6664 voice 727-235-6285 videophone 727-547-7837 fax


Faculty position opening
Department:     Deaf Studies
California State University, Northridge
Northridge, California 91330

Date of Appointment: August 2011
subject to Budgetary Approval)

Rank: Department Chair

Salary: Dependent on Qualifications

Rank of Associate Professor or Professor

Qualifications: Earned Doctorate in Deaf Studies, Linguistics, ASL or related field appropriate for Deaf Studies. Must be tenure-eligible at a 4 year college or university.  Possess strong and effective teaching methods in various aspects of ASL and/or related courses in Deaf Studies. Native/native-like fluency in ASL.  Extensive knowledge of Deaf Culture and the Deaf Community.  Demonstrated ability to successfully mentor and teach in a diverse student population. Possess successful administrative experience including management and budgeting at the department, college or university level.  Experience with curriculum planning and design. Experience organizing and coordinating activities/events. Publications and equivalencies demonstrating scholarly activities and evidence for continued scholarly accomplishments. Ability to interact effectively with both Deaf and hearing people.  Evidence of positive relationships with university students, staff and colleagues, including collegiality-building.  Commitment to Deaf bilingual/bicultural experience and its foundation in basic human rights.

CSUN is a Learning Centered University. The successful candidate will be expected to join faculty and staff in a commitment to active learning, to the assessment of learning outcomes, and to multiple pathways that enable students to graduate.

At time of appointment, the successful candidate, if not a U.S. citizen, must have authorization from the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services to work in the United States.

Evidence of degree(s) required at time of hire.

Responsibilities: Administer a Department of 2 full-time and 18 part-time faculty, 1 academic support staff, and over 300 majors.  Teach American Sign Language and Deaf Studies content courses.  Provide advisement and academic counseling to undergraduate students. Lead continued development of departmental curriculum and program development.  Manage recruitment efforts for both faculty and students.  Carry out student assessment plan. Administer Department budget.  Coordinate the development of curriculum. Establish strategic goals, objectives and policies.  Assure the application of new technologies to the curriculum.  Manage Advisory Board for special funds.  Implement Department’s civic engagement and community service activities.  Serve on the College Administrative Council. Participate in activities of the Department of Deaf Studies, the College of Education, and the University.  Act as liaison to local Deaf Community. Participate in appropriate ASL, Deaf Studies and Deaf community-related organizations on the local, state and national level.

Application process:  Applicants should submit a letter of application, current curriculum vitae, evidence of teaching effectiveness, statements indicating administrative, teaching and research interests, photocopies of all degrees and certificates, the names and contact information for at least three individuals who can provide letters of reference.

Application Deadline:   Open until filled.

Inquiries and nominations should be addressed to:
Jordan Eickman, Administrator in Charge
Department of Deaf Studies
California State University, Northridge
18111 Nordhoff St.
Northridge, California  91330-8265

General Information:
California State University, Northridge, long known for the intellectual, social and cultural relevance of its 200 academic programs and engaged centers, embraces both innovation – in community service and hands-on experience – and rigor.  A minority serving university in a globally diverse region, it is a national leader in preparing teachers for K-12 and first generation college students for graduate studies.  1,700 of its 34,000 students are international. Located in the San Fernando Valley, with 1.8 million people, Cal State Northridge is a park-like campus, 20 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles.  Cal State Northridge is a welcoming university; we value accessibility, academic excellence and student achievement. For more information about the University, check our website:

In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, California State University, Northridge has made crime-reporting statistics available on-line at  Print copies are available in the library and by request from the Office of Public Safety and the Office of Faculty Affairs.

Applicants who wish to request accommodations for a disability may contact the Office of Equity and Diversity, (818) 677-2077.

The university is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender orientation, gender, marital status, age, disability, disabled veteran or Vietnam-era veteran status.

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Job Announcement
Executive Director
Knoxville Center of the Deaf
Knoxville, TN

Job Announcement: Knoxville Center of the Deaf (KCD) is seeking an Executive Director.  KCD is a community-based not-for profit grant based organization based in Knoxville, TN, with 11 full-time staff, a 15-member Board of Directors, 30 freelance interpreters, and over 250 deaf community members and volunteers dedicated to providing interpreting services, advocacy and community/outreach programs for Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing, Deaf-Blind in Eastern Tennessee. More information may be found at

Job Summary: The Executive Director (ED) is responsible for executing major goals and objectives for the organization and implements policies established by the Board of Directors. The ED provides leadership, direction, and guidance for KCD activities; analyzes and evaluates the effectiveness of all organization operations; develops and maintains organizational structure and effective personnel; and coordinates major activities for staff and evaluates personnel. The ED represents KCD to regulatory bodies, other agencies, community and civic organizations, donors, funders and supporters, and to the general public.

KCD is a dynamic and community-involved organization with committed staff and board members, and volunteers dedicated to providing interpreting and advocacy services for Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing and Deaf-Blind in East Tennessee. KCD operates an annual budget of $750,000.

The job includes a 40-hour week, flexible scheduling for night and weekend on-call duties and opportunities for professional growth through programs and Center development.

Minimum Qualifications: –  Fluency in American Sign Language;
–  Bachelor’s Degree required (Masters preferred) or the equivalent in education/experience;
– Two years experience in organizational leadership or management;
– Ability to work with diverse clientele and staff;
– Ability to build and sustain relationships, and collaborate with individuals, organizations, and governmental entities;
– Excellent communication and conflict resolution skills;
– Articulate and skilled at public-speaking;
– Working knowledge of budget development;
– Experienced grant writing skills;
– Familiarity with PC and Mac computer applications.

Desired Qualifications: – Two or more years experience in not-for-profit organizational management;
– Experience in providing training and public presentations;
– Experience with complex budget development;
– Experience in initiating, planning, implementing, and evaluating programs, policies and services; and
– Experience with staff management.

Performance Criteria:
– Development of strong working relationships with all relevant organizations, staff, community members and Board;
– Enhancement of the organization’s image;
– Successfully carrying out the prime functions of the job description.

Annual Salary
$45,000 –  commensurate with qualifications and experience;
Benefits provided.

To Apply:
Please send a resume, letter of interest and two letters of recommendation to the contact supplied below.

Application deadline is June 15, 2011.

All submissions are held in strict confidence.

KCD Executive Director Search
808 State Street
Knoxville, TN 37902

No phone calls.
For any QUESTIONS please email:


Employment openings
The Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind (CSDB)
Colorado Springs, Colorado

(Interviews conducted on-site at CSDB)


for more information and application procedures, visit:


DCARA Job Announcements

Please visit for application materials
and more information.

– Director of Client Support Services (San Leandro)
Full time, Exempt
Position open until deadline: Friday, April 22nd at 12 pm


position opening
Sign Language Interpreter-Full time
Family Service Foundation, Inc.
Landover Hills, Maryland

for position description and application procedures, please visit


position opening
Oklahoma School for the Deaf
Sulphur, Oklahoma

job description and application procedures at:


Announcement of vacant position Manager, Projects-Clerc Center on campus of Gallaudet University
Washington, DC

The Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center (Clerc Center) is conducting a national search in to fill several positions.  The Clerc Center is located on the beautiful 100-acre campus of Gallaudet University, in our nation’s capitol.

Gallaudet University serves deaf and hard of hearing students from many different backgrounds and seeks to develop a workforce that reflects the diversity of its student body.  Gallaudet is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer and actively encourages deaf, hard of hearing, members of traditionally underrepresented groups, people with disabilities, woman, and veterans to apply for open positions.

Job Descriptions can be found at by clicking on Professional Staff under Job Listing.

To apply, mail a resume and a Gallaudet University application form to:

Gallaudet University
Human Resources Services
800 Florida Avenue, NE
College Hall, Room 106
Washington, DC 20002

Email address:

Or FAX completed application materials to: 202-651-5344

Gallaudet University Application Form link:


Announcement of vacant positions
– English Teacher, MSSD
– Science Teacher, MSSD
– Chemistry Teacher, MSSD
– Spoken Language Pre-School Teacher, KDES
– Elementary Teacher, KDES
– Kindergarten Teacher, KDES

on campus of Gallaudet University
Washington, DC

The Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center (Clerc Center) is
conducting a national search in to fill several positions.  The Clerc
Center is located on the beautiful 100-acre campus of Gallaudet
University, in our nation’s capitol.

Gallaudet University serves deaf and hard of hearing students from many
different backgrounds and seeks to develop a workforce that reflects the
diversity of its student body.  Gallaudet is an equal employment
opportunity/affirmative action employer and actively encourages deaf, hard
of hearing, members of traditionally underrepresented groups, people with
disabilities, woman, and veterans to apply for open positions.

Job Descriptions can be found at by clicking on Clerc Center Teacher under Job Listing.

To apply, mail a letter of interest, a resume, three current and signed letters of recommendation, copies of licenses to teach (if you possess any) and a Gallaudet University application form to:

Clerc Center Human Resources
Gallaudet University
KDES- Room 3104
800 Florida Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20002

Email address:

Or FAX completed application materials to: 202-651-5457

Gallaudet University Application Form link:



*  Director of LIFESIGNS – Los Angeles
*  Staff Interpreter (2 positions) – Los Angeles
*  Job Developer/Interpreter – Crenshaw
*  Job Developer/Interpreter – Santa Ana

To learn more about the above positions at GLAD, please go
to our website:

If interested for any of these positions then please submit resume
and application to:

Jeff Fetterman
Human Resources Manager
Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness, Inc.
2222 Laverna Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90041

V/TDD:  (323) 550-4207
Fax #:  (323) 550-4204



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