American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreter – Disability Rights Program, SF

  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • San Francisco, CA, USA
  • May 29, 2019
Full time Public Policy

Job Description

American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreter – Disability Rights Program, SF



Title:  American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreter

Office:  National Offices

Location:  San Francisco, CA

Posted:  May 23 2019



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The Disability Rights Program of the ACLU’s National office in San Francisco seeks applications for a full-time American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreter.


The ACLU Legal Department is headquartered in New York and has two programs that are housed in San Francisco, the Disability Rights Program and the Immigrants’ Rights Project.


The Disability Rights Program litigates and advocates in our priority areas of voting, education, autonomy, and criminal justice and also provides support to affiliates and the National office on disability rights issues that intersect with core civil liberties.


For a limited term (September 2019 until September 2021), the Disability Rights Program has a need for a full-time ASL Interpreter in San Francisco.




  • Interpret verbal messages from spoken English into English Based Sign; transliteration from sign into spoken English
  • Prepare for and provide interpreting services during phone and in-person meetings with staff, organizers and clients
  • Interpret all activities related to help bridge the communication gap between members of the hearing and deaf community – including but not limited to staff meetings, brown bag lunches, office events, court appearances, advocacy events, conferences, community meetings, and the occasional out of office social gatherings
  • Organize and delegate the scheduling for backup and other interpreters/interpreter services
  • Document and maintain contextual information for continuity and training of other interpreters working in the environment
  • Demonstrate a commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion by using a personal approach that values all individuals and respects differences in regards to race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstance
  • Commitment to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts
  • Handle special projects and administrative duties as assigned
  • Occasional travel required (approximately 3-5 times per year)




  • BA degree
  • National Level sign language interpreter certification required
  • At least 1 year experience as a sign language interpreter
  • Transliteration experience – English based sign order
  • Experience in a legal setting
  • Knowledge of legal vocabulary both receptive and expressive
  • Simultaneous and consecutive interpretive skills required
  • Commitment to the mission and goals of the ACLU




  • MA degree
  • 3+ years of experience as a sign language interpreter
  • Commitment to social justice issues
  • SC:L designation is desirable




For almost 100 years, the ACLU has worked to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States. Whether it’s ending mass incarceration, achieving full equality for the LGBT community, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age, or preserving the right to vote or the right to have an abortion, the ACLU takes up the toughest civil liberties cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach.


We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status and record of arrest or conviction.


The ACLU is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need assistance applying online, please e-mail  If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process.





The ACLU offers a generous and comprehensive compensation and benefits package, commensurate with experience and within parameters of the ACLU compensation scale.