Union County College Academic Specialist (American Sign Langage, English Interpreting) in Cranford, New Jersey

Union County College is a public comprehensive community college providing quality, affordable, accessible educational programs that serve the greater Union County region. It is the oldest of New Jerseys 19 Associate Degree Colleges, serving both career-minded and transfer-oriented students since 1933.

The College enrolls almost 30,000 credit, non-credit and continuing education students and is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Many programs lead to the Associate in Arts, Science and Applied Science degrees.

Campus: Cranford

General Description:

Under the direction of the Academic Deans, Academic Specialist is a twelve (12)-month full-time position. Academic Specialists will perform administrative responsibilities and student service responsibilities that focus on student success initiatives and the College’s educational goals and priorities. Academic Specialists will also be permitted to teach academic subjects, evaluate staff including faculty and adjunct faculty, carry out administrative projects and programs, and advise students. Using predictive and learning analytics, Academic Specialists support the primary institutional mission of student success.

Characteristics, Duties and Responsibilities:

Essential Duties and Responsibilities • Carries out administrative tasks and programs as assigned by Administration. • Uses data and analytics to interview and evaluate staff, including faculty and adjunct faculty for purposes including, but not limited to, hiring, retention, non-renewals and/or discipline. • Writes grants and participates in the administration of grant activities. • Supports students through advising, tutoring and mentoring activities. • Classroom instruction up to 12 hours per week. • Supports student learning outside of class by maintaining office hours. • Designs, prepares and develops instructional materials. • Delivers instructional approaches that engage students and support student success. • Participates in all commencement events. • Represents the College at conferences and seminars, as needed. • Participates in the College governance process. • Regular, prompt attendance is an essential job responsibility. • Provide assistance with hiring adjunct faculty, evaluating faculty and staffing. • Assist the Dean with budget activities. • Conducts meetings as necessary for the effective functioning of the program, including any committee meetings. • Assist with curriculum & assessment projects, division reports, revisions, changes or updates. • Assists in ASL lab as needed. • Understands the fields of ASL, Deaf Studies, and Interpreting and helps students understand and navigate baccalaureate educational opportunities to help them meet their career goals.

Education Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree required in American Sign Language Teaching or American Sign Language and Deaf Studies or Interpreting Pedagogy or equivalent combination of education and experience. . ASLTA certification is strongly preferred. Knowledge of the Code of Ethics prepared by the National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) and National Interpreter Certification (NIC) is required for teaching interpreting courses.


Two years of college-level administrative and/or college-level teaching experience preferred. Prior experience in the evaluation of teaching effectiveness and conducting staff observations preferred.

Competencies and Skills Required:

Two years of college-level administrative and/or college-level teaching experience preferred. Prior experience in the evaluation of teaching effectiveness and conducting staff observations preferred.

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

• This position’s duties are normally performed in a typical interior/residence work environment, based on the activity scheduled. • Some physical effort required; however, the employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. • No or very limited exposure to physical risk. • Some travel is required.

Terms of Employment:

Flexible schedule to meet College needs. Some evening, weekends, and extended hours will be required. Ability and willingness to travel on short notice to all on and off-campus sites as needed by the College. Employee must establish primary residency in New Jersey within one year of appointment unless an exemption applies in accordance with N.J.S.A. 52:14-7.

Union County College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, marital status, religion, age, disability, handicap or other legally protected status in its provision of employment, education, and activities, or other services. Union County College is an EEO/AAP Employer/Protected Veteran/Disabled Disclaimer: This job description outlines the general nature and key features performed by various positions that share the same job classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties and qualifications required of all employees assigned to the job. Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or re-assign duties to this job at any time due to reasonable accommodations or other business reasons.

We offer a comprehensive benefits package for full-time faculty and staff which includes twenty medical plans to choose from including PPO, HMO and HD plans offered by BC/BS and Aetna, three dental plans including two PPOs and one DMO offered by Delta Dental of NJ, and a pension plan with seven investment carriers. We also offer twenty vacation days, ten paid holidays, and a ten week summer work schedule which allows the college to close on Fridays. Other additional benefits include gym privileges, tuition remission for credit and non-credit courses at Union County College, and tuition reimbursement for an approved degree program at an accredited college or university.