Reasonable Accommodation Specialist (Interpreter)

Washington D.C.
Apr 19, 2018
Apr 27, 2018
Full Time

Not required

Relocation expenses reimbursed No

  • You must be a U.S. citizen or national
  • You may be required to submit a financial disclosure statement
  • You must be suitable for federal employment.
  • You may be required to complete a one year probationary period
  • Selectee must be able to meet/maintain suitability & security requirements.
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  • You must meet all qualification requirements before the announcement closes.

    Applicants must have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience at the next lower level, equivalent to the GS-11 in federal service. Specialized experience is defined as managing reasonable accommodation requests and advising management and staff on reasonable accommodations program services to include resolution of problems as wells as exploring options and alternative courses of action based on a complete understanding of employee needs and considerations in accordance with EEO and ADA laws.

    Selective Placement Factor: Applicants must possess comprehensive skill and experience in the use American Sign Language (ASL) to include certification from the National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) or the National Association of the Deaf (NAD).

    NOTE: During the interview applicants may be required to demonstrate the use of their sign language skill and experience.

    NOTE: Positions in GAO are covered under the agency’s performance based compensation system, which is pay banded. This position is classified as a PT-0301, Band II, which is equivalent to the GS-12/13 level in the federal government.

    This position does not have an education requirement.

    This is NOT a bargaining unit position

    Based on staffing needs, additional selections may be made through this vacancy announcement.

    Selectee will be required to file a Financial Disclosure Statement.

    Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid for by the GAO.

    Males born after 12/31/59 and at least 18 years of age must be registered with the Selective Service System. Visit SSS.

    Selectees will be required to complete questions contained on the Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) at the time a tentative job offer is made. At the time of appointment, selectees will be required to update the OF-306.

    GAO provides reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request accommodation, please email

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office’s policy is to provide equal employment opportunity for all regardless of race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

    The U.S. GAO is part of the Legislative Branch of the Federal government. As such, all positions are in the excepted service. Initial appointments, permanent or indefinite, to the GAO require completion of a one or two-year probationary period.

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    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    The questionnaire will assess your qualifications for the job. If you meet all of the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. Please make sure that your responses to the assessment questions are supported in your resume. Follow all instructions carefully as incomplete answers, errors, or omissions may affect your rating. Your rating will be invalid if you fail to include a narrative reply to any assessment question(s) that requires further explanation or your reply is "see resume."

    All applicants will be rated based on their responses to the assessment questions, in conjunction with the following Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA’s):

    Knowledge of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended; as well as regulations, procedures, concepts, and policies of equal employment opportunity and human resources functions.

    Substantive knowledge of and skill in processing reasonable accommodation requests.

    Skill in communicating and interpreting clearly and effectively, particularly in the use of English and American Sign Language , Pidgin Sign Language (contact language), or Manually Coded English (MCE) and other accepted methods of communication with individuals who are deaf or hearing impaired.

    Ability to simultaneously interpret or transliterate complex material and technical concepts while keeping pace with normal conversation at conferences and meetings to include interpreting nuances, voice inflections, idiosyncrasies, and mannerisms of participants in order to accurately convey the message.

    Ability to translate basic federal legislation into program goals, objectives and services for employees and applicants with disabilities.

    Ability to evaluate the needs of supervisors, managers, and Deaf and hard of hearing employees to determine service needs.

    Knowledge of physical and attitudinal barriers faced by persons with disabilities as well as skill in alleviating such barriers.

    Substantive knowledge of GAO rules and regulations, policies and procedures and information systems in order to resolve complex problems, provide advisory services and issue guidance.

    Ability to implement and evaluate guidelines as they relate to persons with disabilities, in accordance with agency program goals and objectives.

    Ability to assist in the management and oversight of reasonable accommodation services contracts.

    Veteran's preference applies.
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