Washington, D.C
Feb 17, 2021
Feb 24, 2021
Full Time


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WHAT IS THE OFFICE OF EQUITY, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION (EDI) DIVISION? The Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) advises IRS senior leadership on diversity and inclusion matters, and EEO policy. EDI helps coordinate cross functional efforts to ensure a diverse and inclusive IRS workforce that is free from discrimination and harassment.

WHAT DOES A SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETER DO? Interpret from American Sign Language (ASL) to English, and English to ASL. They interpret in formal and informal meetings with Deaf/hard-of-hearing employees, their coworkers and supervisors. They provide interpreting services in a variety of situations, including but not limited to one-on-one and group communications, EEO complaints, grievances, team and staff meetings, town hall and special events, interviews, taxpayer meetings with IRS staff, meetings with constituency groups, large conferences and training sessions. They conduct formal and informal educational programs for hearing management and staff concerning issues related to Deaf/Deaf-blind/hard-of-hearing individuals, Deaf culture and related language access issues and evaluate the program effectiveness. Provide cultural mediation to executive leadership and management when necessary. They identify environmental barriers and assist in resolving communication problems between Deaf and hard-of-hearing employees and supervisors.

As a Sign Language Interpreter you will:
  • Interpret for deaf or hard-of-hearing employees in a variety of settings, including meetings, seminars, STAGE, conferences or training.
  • Conduct an ongoing program on in-house sign language instruction for employees, to include developing and implementing the training and evaluating program effectiveness
  • Identify and assist in resolving environmental communication barriers between supervisors and deaf/hard-of-hearing employees.
  • Develop and conduct educational workshops and presentations for leaders with a focus of the best cultural practices related to hearing Deaf working spaces.
  • Develop and conduct educational workshops and presentations focused on sign language instruction.

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Travel Required

Occasional travel - 01 TO 05 NIGHTS PER MONTH

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Refer to "Other Information."
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  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National.



You must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement:

BASIC REQUIREMENTS: Must be currently RID Certified with at least five years of Interpreting experience. Undergraduate and Graduate Education: Sign Language Interpretation. English from a college or university in the other country, or translating or interpreting where English and the foreign language were prerequisites.
Experience in interpreting, or other work requiring the use of English and Sign Language; or a combination of work (that required English and the other language) and training at the Defense Language Institute, Foreign Service Institute, or comparable training. The following are examples of work in the required language that may have provided the required abilities: translator; interpreter; librarian or information specialist required to make abstracts, screen, index, and scan material; intelligence; writer or editor; international organizational work, such as the Peace Corps, World Bank, United Nations, business, or other organizations; or professor, teacher, or instructor work at the high school or college level that required use of the foreign language.

In addition to the above, you must meet the requirements below:

GS-11 LEVEL: You must have 1 year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes: experience with English, American Sign Language (ASL), Contact Variety Sign (CVS) and Manually Coded English (MCE) to perform Sign-to-English and English-to-Sign interpretation; experience with the interpreting processes to determine the most effective means of communication for each Deaf/Deaf-blind/hard of hearing employee; experience in the development of training curriculum and utilizing current methods and materials in the instruction of sign language courses; experience with the use of telecommunication devices, assistive listening devices and other related technology for Deaf/Deaf-blind/hard of hearing employees; experience using the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) Code of Professional Conduct (CPC) in order to maintain ethical standards for professional interpreters; experience working with sources and procedures for contracting sign language interpreter services; and effective written and oral communication skills. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include: Interpreting for deaf or hard-of-hearing individuals in meetings or trainings; Coordinating schedules for contract interpreters by making arrangements, and tracking hours and allocated funds; Assisting with the development and implementation of training for sign language instruction for employees; and Identifying barriers and resolving communication problems between supervisors, coworkers and Deaf/Deaf-blind/hard-of-hearing employees.
You may substitute education for specialized experience as follows: A Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree,
3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a degree in Sign Language Interpreting or a related field of study.
LL.M, if related
You may qualify by a combination of experience and education. Options for qualifying based on a combination will be identified in the online questions.

- The experience may have been gained in the public sector, private sector or Volunteer Service . One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-timework is considered on a prorated basis.
- To ensure full credit for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/year, and indicate number of hours worked per week, on your resume.

Texas applicants may possess certification by either (or both) the Board for Evaluation of Interpreters (BEI) of Advanced or Master, or certification by the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID).


Additional information

6 Positions are in the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Division. The positions may be filled in any of the following locations:
  • 1111 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC (DC0022)
  • 3651 S IH-35, Austin, TX (TX2038)
  • 5000 Ellin Rd, Lanham-Seabrook, MD (New Carrollton) (MD0278)
  • 4800 Buford Highway, Chamblee, GA (GA1016)

  • The anticipated start date is: TO BE DETERMINED.

    • We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies. Additional jobs may be filled.
    • Relocation expenses - NO
    • This is a non-bargaining unit position.
    • Recruitment incentives may be available.
    • A 1-year probationary period is required.
    • Must successfully complete a background investigation including an FBI criminal history record check (fingerprint check).
    • Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment, at the time requested by the agency.
    • If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.
    • Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.
    • Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9. Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.
    • Obtain and use a Government-issued charge card for business-related travel.
    • Undergo an income tax verification and review of prior performance/conduct.
    • Tour of Duty: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    Your application includes your resume, responses to the online questions, and required supporting documents. Please be sure that your resume includes detailed information to support your qualifications for this position; failure to provide sufficient evidence in your resume may result in a "not qualified" determination.

    Rating : Your application will be evaluated in the following areas: Arithmetic/Mathematical Reasoning; Computer Science; Creative Thinking; Leadership; Oral Communication/Speaking; Planning and Evaluating; Problem Solving; Reading; Reasoning; Technology Application; Writing. Category rating will be used to rank and select eligible candidates. If qualified, you will be assigned to one of three quality level categories, (i.e., A = Superior, B = Highly Qualified, C= Qualified) depending on your responses to the online questions, regarding your experience, education, and training related to this position. Your rating may be lowered if your responses to the online questions are not supported by the education and/or experience described in your application.

    Veterans' preference is applied after applicants are assessed. Preference-eligibles will be listed at the top of their assigned category and considered before non-preference-eligibles in that category. Qualified preference-eligibles with a compensable service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest category for this position, except at the GS-09 and above.

    Referral : If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application may be referred to a selecting official for consideration. You may be required to participate in a selection interview (telephonic and/or in person at the discretion of the Selecting Official in accordance with hiring polices). We will not reimburse costs related to the interview such as travel to and from the interview site.

    If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee eligible for Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) , you must receive a score of category B or better to be rated as "well qualified" to receive special selection priority.

    To preview questions please click here .

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Not Required

    Drug test required

    Required Documents

    A complete application includes 1. A resume, 2. Vacancy question responses, and 3. Submission of any required documents. Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you will not be considered for this position (or may not receive the special consideration for which you may be eligible).

    All applicants are required to submit a resume either by creating one in USAJOBS or uploading one of their own choosing. ( Cover letters are optional). To receive full credit for relevant experience, please list the month/year and number of hours worked for experience listed on your resume. We suggest that you preview the online questions, as you may need to customize your resume to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions. Please view Resume Tips

    VETERANS' PREFERENCE DOCUMENTATION If you are claiming veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member 4 copy), or other official documentation from a branch of the Armed Forces or the Department of Veterans Affairs showing dates of service and type of discharge. Ten-point preference eligibles must also submit an Application for 10-point Veteran Preference, SF-15 , along with the required documentation listed on the back of the SF-15 form. For more information on veterans' preference view FedsHireVets .

    Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) DOCUMENTATION If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee, click CTAP/ICTAP for eligibility and a detailed list of required documents. IRS CTAP eligibles can apply for jobs both within and outside the commuting area.

    EDUCATION DOCUMENTATION: For positions with an education requirement, or if you are qualifying for this position by substituting education or training for experience, submit a copy of your transcripts or equivalent. An official transcript will be required if you are selected. A college or university degree generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools which meet these criteria, please refer to Department of Education Accreditation page . If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency. Refer to the OPM instructions.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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