Alabama DMH / MH Interpreter III

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JOB TITLE: MH Interpreter III
OPEN DATE: 1/13/2023
CLOSE DATE: Until Filled
JOB LOCATION: Administrative Base* Department of Mental Health, RSA Union Building, 100 North Union Street Montgomery, Alabama 36130-1410
*Work location will be at Bryce Hospital in Tuscaloosa.
NUMBER: 23-03

• Range 80 ($58,692.00 – $98,678.40 Annually).
• Salary will be commensurate with experience. Limitations apply to current State employees.

• 12 paid holidays.
• 1 personal leave day accrued each January.
• 13 sick leave days.
• 13 annual leave days accrued in the first year of employment.
• Longevity bonus annually after 5 years of employment.
• Very low-cost health and dental insurance through the Alabama State Employee Insurance Board.
• Defined retirement benefit (not impacted by economic downturns) and a pre-retirement death benefit through the Retirement Systems of Alabama.
▪ After 1 year, the minimum amount of the pre-retirement death benefit paid to your designated beneficiary is at least equal to your current or previous fiscal year annual salary.

• Certified as an Interpreter by the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf or National Association of the Deaf IV/V or equivalent.
• 24 months or more experience full-time experience interpreting in a variety of different settings.
• 12 months or more experience full-time experience interpreting in a mental health setting with QMHI certification.

Note: If these minimum qualifications cannot be met, the application may be considered for a Mental Health Interpreter II or a Mental Health Interpreter I position.
• Mental Health Interpreter II (B8600) – Salary Range 77 ($50,712.00 – $85,087.20) – Certified as an Interpreter by the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf or National Association of the Deaf IV/V or equivalent.
• Mental Health Interpreter I (B8500) – Salary Range 75 ($45,981.60 – $77,008.80) – Graduation from a recognized Interpreter Training Program.

• Must be licensed or eligible for licensure by the Alabama Licensure Board of Interpreters and Transliterators. Permit level licensure is accepted for the Mental Health Interpreter I level.
• Must be certified as a QMHI (Qualified Mental Health Interpreter) or its equivalent.
• Must have a valid driver’s license to operate a vehicle in the State of Alabama.

• Works with individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, and who consumers of the regional community with severe mental illness.
• Assists with returning consumers to the community or more independent levels of functioning and avoiding inappropriate treatment.
• Coordinates interpreting services for the facility or regional community and providing timely monitoring of interpreter invoices by providers.
• Participates in training as it relates to Mental Health, Deafness, and Interpreting to increase knowledge of issues relating to deaf individuals within mental health settings.
• Provides Communication Assessments required by the program standards.
• Participates as member of the Sign Language Proficiency Interview Team.
• Provides clinical supervision to interpreters in the MH Interpreter I and II categories.

• Knowledge of American Sign Language.
• Knowledge of the function of a professional interpreter and Interpreting Code of Ethics/Code of Professional Conduct.
• Knowledge of deafness and deaf culture.
• Knowledge of telecommunication devices and their use.
• Ability to interpret between staff and consumers using a variety of dialects and fluency levels.
• Ability to interpret in situations where only partial control by the interpreter is possible.
• Ability to provide training in the American Sign Language and the use of adaptive technology.
• Ability to utilize a computer, internet resources, and various software packages.
• Ability to work a flexible work schedule to include nights and/or weekends as needed.
• Ability to work within a mental health setting.
• Ability to work effectively as part of a state deaf services team.
• Ability to supervise the work of others.

• Applicants will be rated based on an evaluation of their job-related training, abilities, experience, and education, and should provide adequate work history identifying experiences related to the duties and minimum qualifications as mentioned above.
• All relevant information is subject to verification.
Drug screening and security clearances will be conducted on prospective applicants being given serious consideration for employment whose job requires direct contact with patients.

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Only work experience detailed on the application will be considered. Applications should be submitted by the deadline to be considered. Announcements open until filled will remain open until a sufficient applicant pool is obtained. Applications should be submitted as soon as possible to ensure the application will be considered for the position. Copies of License/Certifications should be uploaded with your application. A copy of the academic transcript is required. Appointment of successful candidate will be conditional based on receipt of the official transcript provided by the school, college, or university.


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