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August 19, 2015
Vol. 11, No. 43

Editor: Tom Willard

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Riverside, CA
LAWSUIT: 'SEX CLUB' OPERATED AT SCHOOL FOR DEAF
A student roamed the campus day and night unsupervised for three years at California School for the Deaf-Riverside, forcing other students into oral and anal sex as part of a “sex club” the student controlled, according to an updated lawsuit filed by a woman who alleges that her son was victimized. It was unclear Thursday whether any criminal charges have been filed. The California Highway Patrol, which examines allegations of crime at state-operated schools, investigated the allegations and forwarded its report to the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office in November. / The Press-Enterprise

Jacksonville, IL
FEDERAL LAWSUIT TARGETS NURSING HOME CARE
Three deaf residents of a Jacksonville nursing home have filed a federal lawsuit against the facility, claiming they were discriminated against because they were not provided the tools to effectively communicate with staff and others. “Prairie Village Healthcare Center arranged for ASL interpreters to be present to communicate with plaintiffs several time during various initial meetings, but subsequently ceased providing interpreter services. After plaintiffs realized that interpreters were thereafter rarely available, [they] repeatedly requested interpreters and videophone services be provided,” the lawsuit contends. / The Jacksonville Journal Courier

Vallejo, CA
DEAF WOMAN SLAPPED WITH HOME SECURITY ALARM FINES IN VALLEJO
Many cities slap homeowners with fines for false home alarms. 7 On Your Side helped one woman escape her fine. A Vallejo woman says she was forced to install an alarm to keep out squatters but her extra vigilance cost her more money than she expected and raised issues about the rights of the hearing impaired. Barbara Hyde showed 7 On Your Side the new fence in her backyard. She erected it to keep squatters out who had previously entered through an easement next to her Vallejo rental. / abc7news.com

Salem, OR
SALEM HEALTH STRUGGLES WITH ASL INTERPRETER SHORTAGE
Salem Health signed a contract with a sign language service provider, retrained staff and posted signs at its facilities notifying deaf patients that interpretive services are available — all efforts to improve deaf patients’ access to health care. But the scarcity of live sign language interpreters continues to pose a challenge, officials say. Complaints among the deaf community had been building up since May 2014, when Salem Health terminated a decades-long contractual relationship with Anderson Interpreting Service. / Statesman Journal

Washington, DC
GALLAUDET NARROWS PRESIDENTIAL SEARCH TO THREE FINALISTS
Choosing a new president is always a key moment for a university. That is especially true for a school in the nation’s capital that was the scene of a student uprising called “Deaf President Now.” Gallaudet University, the nation’s flagship school for the deaf and hard of hearing, is in the closing stretch of a presidential search. President T. Alan Hurwitz, 72, in office since 2010, plans to step down at the end of this year. This week Gallaudet announced three finalists to succeed him. / The Washington Post

Fort Myers, FL
DEAF SPORTS LEAGUE DOESN'T LOOK LEGIT
About a year-and-a-half ago a middle-aged man walked into A Swedish Affair soliciting donations for the Deaf Sports League. Store owner Richard Warren donated $5. The man would come in every couple of months and Warren would donate every time. A few months ago the gentleman started coming every two weeks. Lately, it’s been once a week. The increased frequency of the visits made Warren wonder: “Is there actually something called the Deaf Sports League or are we being scammed?” / News-Press

Riverside, CA
ONTARIO: MISSING GIRL FOUND SAFE
A 15-year-old girl described by Ontario police as deaf and mute who was reported missing early Saturday has been found safe. Yesika Yadira Diaz-Gonzalez was located at a relative's residence in Pomona on Sunday morning, Aug. 19, Ontario police said in a news release. She was in good health and was returned home. There are no pending criminal charges, police said. / The Press Enterprise


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Victoria, Australia
DEAF TRIO COMMITTED TO STAND TRIAL FOR MURDER OF DEAF MAN WHO FELL TO HIS DEATH
Three deaf people have been committed to stand trial on murder over the death of a deaf man who fell from an apartment balcony. But lawyers for Jake Fairest, 26, Georgia Fields, 19, and Warwick Toohey, 37, on Wednesday entered a plea of not guilty for their clients at the end of a committal hearing in Melbourne Magistrates Court, on the grounds they are unfit to stand trial. The three accused all have intellectual disabilities and needed medical assessment before they faced trial, deputy chief magistrate Felicity Broughton was told. / The Age

Bradford, England
DEAF MAN ADMITS STARTING FIRE AT BRADFORD HOME
A deaf man has admitted deliberately starting a fire which could have endangered the occupants of a house. Michael Douglas, 26, of Gwynne Avenue, Thornbury, Bradford, denied a charge of arson with intent to endanger life, when he appeared at Bradford Crown Court Monday. But he pleaded guilty to arson being reckless as to whether life is endangered, at a detached house in Manscombe Road, Allerton, on May 26 this year. / Bradford Telegraph and Argus

London, England
EASTENDERS' JUNE BROWN REVEALS SHE'S GOING DEAF AND BLIND
Just months after revealing she’s losing her sight, June Brown has admitted she’s now struggling with her hearing. The EastEnders legend, 88, made the sad confession during a Q&A with fellow soap star Barbara Windsor. When Babs, 78, brought June – famous for playing chain-smoking Dot Branning – on to the stage, she apologised for not being able to hear her friend, The Sun reports. “Are you talking to me Babs?” June asked. / Closer Online

Bolton, England
DEAF TEEN, 16, COMPLETES 142-MILE CHALLENGE
Seven was a lucky number for a team of cycling-mad fundraisers – who raised more than £3,000 taking on a gruelling 142-mile challenge. Last month 16-year-old Milo Saunders and proud dad Dave took on the epic three-day mission of cycling from Whitehaven to Tynemouth with five other friends. The sponsored ride was in aid of Ear 4 Kidz, a Bolton family group which aims to reduce the isolation of children in the borough who are deaf and have hearing impairments. / The Bolton News

Doncaster, England
DONCASTER DEAF TRUST TEAM CELEBRATE SIGN LANGUAGE FUNDING
A team from Doncaster is celebrating the news that further funding has been granted by the European Union to continue the development of an online tool to bring sign language to the world. The group, from Doncaster Deaf Trust, have been working with other European countries since 2006 to develop the European Commission Funded www.spreadthesign.com project. A recent bid to continue the project was successful and a further three years funding has been agreed. / The Star

Canberra, Australia
DEAF CHILDREN SHOWCASE THEIR PUBLIC SPEAKING SKILLS ON CAPITAL HILL
He's a bright-eyed 10-year-old who won't let much get in the way of telling a cracking joke. Max Harpham, from Thornleigh in Sydney's north-west, has been busily preparing a speech to wow some of Australia's most powerful politicians in Canberra on Wednesday. He will take the stage with 12 fellow hearing-impaired children from Australia and New Zealand at The Power of Speech event at Parliament House during Hearing Awareness Week to prove deafness is no barrier to education – or even public speaking. / Canberra Times

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON, Canada
SILENT SWIM TEAM CALLS THE NEAR MISS 'A VICTORY' FOR GUELPH SWIMMER
By car, one can travel the distance between Niagara-on-the-Lake and Vicki Keith Point in Toronto in around an hour and a half, without traffic. Walking, it would take around 24 hours to cover the roughly 130 kilometres of distance. Brenda Lussier, decided to make the journey by swimming, as part of a campaign to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis Canada. / Guelph Mercury

Jerusalem, Israel
GALANT APPOINTS FIRST-EVER DEAF SPOKESPERSON TO A MINISTER
In today’s world of email and WhatsApp, a journalist can work with a spokesperson for months without ever actually speaking to him or her. Nira Yadin, Construction Minister Yoav Galant’s new spokeswoman, plans to use that norm to her advantage, because she is deaf. Yadin, 39, a single mother of a 10-and-a-half year old, worked as a freelance journalist and photographer and a systems analyst for the Mekorot national water company, and decided she wanted to work in government, on serious policy issues like the housing crisis. / Jerusalem Post

Lebanon
DEAF LEBANESE CHOREOGRAPHER COMBINES DANCE WITH SIGN LANGUAGE
In a video posted on Youtube, Geagea who has been a dancer since the age of 12, states, "Dance allows me to communicate freely, using just my body." Geagea told Beirut.com that he used to love Michael Jackson when he was growing up, even though he didn't know much about dance. In the video, Geagea expressed his desire to be able to perform his powerful piece in front of an audience. According to Step FEED, four major investors dedicated to funding the project, launched a campaign on Zoomaal, to pay for theatre space and a marketing campaign. / DNA

Skopje, Macedonia
MOM STOLE BABOON FOR HER DEAF SON
The mystery of a baby baboon abducted from Skopje’s zoo had a bittersweet resolution: A mother says she stole it as a gift for her deaf son. The 26-year-old woman told Dnevnik newspaper took that she lifted Luka, an 18-month-old crowd favorite, as a belated birthday present for her 7-year-old son. The woman said frequent visits to the zoo in Macedonia’s capital had left her boy “in love with the monkey.” / New York Post

Astana, Kazakhstan
KAZAKHSTAN'S DEAF POPULATION WORKS TOWARD GREATER INTEGRATION
More than 150,000 people in Kazakhstan have impaired hearing and related disabilities. Approximately 5,000 reside in Almaty and many in Shymkent, although only about 500 adults and children with hearing problems live in Astana. Although the capital has a variety of programs for youth, many of the deaf choose to live in Southern Kazakhstan rather than Astana due to its harsh winters and high-priced accommodations, said Society for Disabled Children Chairperson Kamka Zhasanova in an interview. / The Astana Times

Kyiv, Ukraine
UKRAINIAN TRIUMPHS AT MISS DEAF WORLD 2015
Natalia Belan is one special woman. It’s not just that the 18-year-old is a beauty, and the winner of a Miss World beauty contest held in Prague last month. It’s that she also happens to be deaf. The native of Melitopol in Zaporizhzhya Oblast won the Miss Deaf World competition in the Czech capital on July 19, fending off close competitors from Belarus and Vietnam. The competition this year was a special one as well – the jubilee 15th year of the event, which was first held in 2001. / Kylv Post


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Hermitage, PA
KILBERT FILLED COMMUNITY NEED WHILE HELPING HER FAMILY
Lois Kilbert started the journey into volunteering and teaching in the deaf community when she found out her 1-year-old daughter, Mary Kay, was deaf. Mrs. Kilbert’s work with the deaf community is one of the reasons she was chosen to be an honored guest over the Buhl Day festivities at a luncheon at Buhl Mansion in Sharon on Sept. 6 and at Buhl Day ceremonies in Buhl Farm in Hermitage on Labor Day. / The Herald

Internet
'BIONIC EAR' LETS DEAF BOY HEAR HIS FAMILY FOR THE FIRST TIME
Caiden Moran was born profoundly deaf, with no cochleas. A cochlear implant would be of no help. Instead, his parents learned sign language, assuming it would be the only way their son could ever communicate. Then, by chance, Danielle heard about a potential solution — an auditory brainstem implant (ABI). / CNN

Saco, ME
CHENETTE ASSISTS IN GETTING SIGNS TO PROTECT DEAF CHILD
Two signs have been installed on a busy residential street in Saco signaling to drivers to slow down thanks to a local legislator and the city. The King family on Skyline Drive has wanted to address the issue of speeders cutting through their street, to and from the Boom Road, ever since they moved into the neighborhood five years ago, according to a press release from the Maine Legislature House Democratic Office. / Journal Tribune

Orlando, FL
SEAWORLD ORLANDO FINDS RESCUED DOLPHIN IS DEAF
Marine life experts at SeaWorld Orlando think they’ve discovered why a rough-toothed dolphin rescued on June 21st stranded itself on Clearwater Beach. First they performed a range of tests, from radiographs to blood work, but all the results came back normal. Then they tried something a little different. “SeaWorld Orlando had a hearing expert come out and test the hearing of our stranded rescued dolphin. From the test we learned that this animal has a significant degree of hearing loss. / CBS Miami


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Philadelphia, PA
FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND PROGRAM TRAINS DEAF STUDENTS TO WORK AS NURSES AIDES FOR DEAF ELDERLY RESIDENTS
For the first time in Pennsylvania — and possibly in the nation — 13 care providers who are deaf will become nurse aides through a unique collaboration. Thanks to a United Way grant, the “Excellence in Care” program enables four deaf staff members at a time to take classes as a small group cohort at Delaware County Community College with the help of two American Sign Language interpreters. / Delco Times

San Francisco, CA
VIDEO: CHECKING IN ON MOZZERIA, THE DEAF-OWNED PIZZERIA ON 16TH
San Francisco's first deaf-owned restaurant, and the only deaf-owned-and-operated restaurant anywhere in the country, Mozzeria, will celebrate four years in business this December. As of last year, they just added a food truck to the mix, bringing their Neapolitan pizzas to people who might be too shy to come to the restaurant, where all the staff is deaf, and where you often have to write your orders down. This week we get this lovely little video produced by The Small Business Revolution all about Melody and Russell Stein's labor of love in the Mission. / sfist

Tigard, OR
DEAF DOGS FIND RELIEF WITH TIGARD NONPROFIT
Gay Wakeland’s home in Metzger is going to the dogs. Located in a quiet neighborhood, it’s not uncommon to see more than a dozen canines racing up and down her yard. But Wakeland isn’t running a doggy day care. She’s saving lives, one dog at a time. For the past five years, Wakeland has run Deaf Dogs of Oregon, a nonprofit organization that brings in dogs with hearing issues and finds them loving homes in Tigard, Tualatin, Beaverton and across the Portland area. / The Times


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New York, NY
DEAF WEST THEATRE COMPANY HEADS TO BROADWAY
Following a successful 2014 tour in their home town of Los Angeles, the Deaf West Theatre Company will head to Broadway for the second time with their production of the eight time Tony Award-winning musical, “Spring Awakening.” A year after spending a season at the Inner-City Arts’ Rosenthal Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles and the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, Deaf West will return to the theater world’s most acclaimed location. / Canyon News

See Also THE LANGUAGE OF SILENCE -- HOW DEAF AND HEARING ACTORS ARE COMMUNICATING THIS 'SPRING AWAKENING' / Playbill

New York, NY
REALITY TV NEEDS MORE DEAF TALENT
Cycle 22 of America's Next Top Model premiered last week and one contestant, Nyle DiMarco, really captured viewers' attention. Not only is he charming and, as Tyra Banks herself said, "finneeeee. DiMarco is the very first deaf contestant to compete on ANTM, and he quickly became a fan favorite. Based on the overwhelmingly positive audience reaction, it's worth asking the question once again: Why don't we see more deaf representation in mainstream media? / The Huffington Post

Internet
THIS TUBE GIVES THE HEARING IMPAIRED AN ALTERNATIVE WAY TO EXPERIENCE MUSIC
Feeling the rhythm takes a very literal meaning in Dimitri Hadjichristou's graduate project, Vi, a tabletop device that turns music into a visual and tactile event for hearing-impaired children. When he first presented Vi to a class, Hadjichristou didn't expect the students to enjoy the device. He was surprised not only by the overwhelmingly positive response, but by the different ways kids interacted with it. / Co.Design

New London, CT
LETTER: THEATRE OF THE DEAF DESERVES A REFERENCE
I was surprised that the National Theatre of the Deaf was not included in the article, “A theater’s history and its impact: Lyman Allyn hosts exhibition about the O’Neill Center” (Aug. 8), since it was the home base of National Theatre of the Deaf from 1967 to 1983. / The Day


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Sandy, UT
DEAF GYMNAST'S JOURNEY TO COMPETE FOR BYU, UCLA INSPIRES OTHERS
Aimee Walker Pond isn't one to let excuses get in her way. The former Brigham Young University gymnast rose to the level of international elite, was recruited by the best collegiate gymnastics programs in the country and even made an appearance on "Baywatch" with David Hasselhoff, all despite being completely deaf and blind in one eye. The road to her achievements is shared in the recently released book "No Excuses: The story of elite gymnast Aimee Walker Pond." / KSL.com

Lexington, KY
TRANSY SWIMMER FROM LAFAYETTE COMPETING IN WORLD DEAF CHAMPIONSHIPS
Transylvania University swimmer Ed Freeman is competing for Team USA at the World Deaf Swimming Championships this week in San Antonio, Texas. Freeman, a sophomore from Lafayette High School in Lexington, is one of only five members returning from the U.S. team that won gold in 2011. At 14 years old, Freeman was the youngest swimmer on the men's team to compete at the 2011 World Deaf Swimming Championships in Coimbra, Portugal. Freeman also competed in the 2013 Deaflympics in Sofia, Bulgaria. / Lexington Herald-Leader

Wallingford, CT
HEARING-IMPAIRED STUDENTS JOIN WALLINGFORD HIGH SCHOOL MARCHING BANDS
While high school freshmen Ryan Bell and Sid Mautte IV may seem no different than other kids in the percussion section, both are hearing impaired and depend on technology to play. It is believed to be the first time hearing-impaired students have been in the Lyman Hall and Sheehan marching bands in more than a decade. Bell, 14, who attends Sheehan, has Treacher Collins syndrome, a disorder that affects the development of facial bones. He uses a special hearing aid. “It sends vibrations into my ear and then I can hear,” Bell said. / Record-Journal


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Translator/Interpreter in Frostburg, MD

This position is responsible for translating calls to and from the deaf, hard of hearing or individuals having difficulty speaking. Calls must be translated accurately and call content must be held in strict confidence. Associate’s Degree in Deaf Education Studies; or three to five years related sign language interpreter experience/training; or equivalent combination of education/experience. Ability to read and interpret documents such as procedure manuals, safety rules, and operating and maintenance instructions. Proficient in understanding and use of American Sign Language (ASL) and ability to translate between ASL and English. Must pass a written certification test. Apply on-line at: www.workforhamilton.com.

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Rochester Institute of Technology

Employment Advisor


Position #1868BR
Full-time

Summary:
Develop and enhance employment opportunities for deaf and hard of hearing students from NTID/RIT for both coop/internships and permanent employment.

Required Experience:
3-5 years in business/industry or educational environment, preferably related to human resources, marketing, or career services.

Skills:
•Strong Presentation skills, persuasive skills in marketing or sales, advising skills, group facilitation/training skills and written communication skills
•American Sign Language communication and knowledge of Deaf culture or willingness to learn.

Minimum Education Level:
BS

To apply go to:
http://careers.rit.edu/staff

Deadline: August 31, 2015

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Washington School for the Deaf

The Washington School for the Deaf is recruiting to fill the following permanent positions for the upcoming 2015-2016 school year:

• Math Teacher
• Job Coach/Teaching Assistant
• Part-time Transportation Monitors

Each of these school-year based positions includes benefits package w/medical, dental, life and disability insurance, retirement, paid leave, etc. Must have ASL skills and pass criminal background check. Visit www.careers.wa.gov and find recruitments under official agency name “Center for Childhood Deafness and Hearing Loss”. Online application only. Visit the school’s website at www.wsd.wa.gov for more information. Positions are open until filled. EOE

April Lynch, SPHR
Human Resources Office
Center for Childhood Deafness and Hearing Loss (CDHL)
Washington School for the Deaf (WSD)
(360) 418-4326 (V)
(360) 334-5780 (VP)
www.wsd.wa.gov

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Teacher of the Deaf Job Opportunities

The Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind (CSDB) is accepting applications for Teacher of the Deaf current vacancies for the 2015-2016 school year:

• English / Language Arts (Secondary)
• Mathematics (Secondary)
• Science (Secondary)
• Transition Teacher / Employability Center
• Distance Learning / Outreach Programs

Interested persons are invited to visit the CSDB website at … http://csdb.org/ , where the official job announcement may be found in its entirety.

Contact information:

Chelle Lutz, Human Resources
Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind
33 N. Institute Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
clutz@csdb.org; 719-578-2114; 719-578-2239 (fax)

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A Division of Salisbury Behavioral Health

PAHrtners Deaf Services is a dynamic team of behavioral health professionals serving Deaf and Hard of Hearing children and adults. Our environment is one of incredible teamwork and mutual support with a staff comprised of 85% Deaf or Hard of Hearing. As a result of our commitment to the Deaf/HoH community, PAHrtners is rapidly growing with the creation of new programs and expansion of our existing programs. Whether you are a high school graduate, recent college graduate or professional with many years of experience in the field of human services, we have a career building position waiting for you! E.O.E.

To apply for any of the positions posted, please send your letter of intent and resume to:
Bernadette Class, Office Manager
PAHrtners Deaf Services, 614 N. Easton Road, Glenside, PA 19038
Email: info@pahrtners.com Phone: 215-884-9770 Fax: 215-884-6301

PITTSBURGH, PA POSTIONS AVAILABLE

Job Title: Residential Counselor for Deaf Adults with Intellectual Disabilities
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Employee Type: Various positions available (Full-time, Part-time, On-call)

Description: This position provides direct services to adults with intellectual disabilities and behavioral health needs living in our residence. Responsibilities include: assisting with daily living skills instruction and training; aiding in community integration; transportation; medication observation; writing progress notes. All shifts are available (day, evening, overnight and weekend).

Qualifications: HS diploma; valid driver’s license; advanced fluency in ASL; demonstrated competency in independent living skills; ability to teach, advise and motivate Deaf consumers; strong interpersonal skills. Certified as a Peer Specialist, a plus!

GLENSIDE, PA POSTIONS AVAILABLE

Job Title: Assistant Program Director, Case Management Program
Location: Glenside, PA
Employee Type: Full-time position

Description: This position assists in overseeing the blended case management program provided to adults and children residing in the community. Responsibilities include: assist the program director in daily supervision of case managers; coordinate with other service providers; help manage program expenses; support consumers living in the community by working together to enhance their independence and socialization.

Qualifications: A Bachelor’s degree in the Human Services field is preferred. Minimum of a HS diploma, 12 credit hours in social sciences and two years’ related experience; valid driver’s license; advanced fluency in ASL; demonstrated ability to supervise, teach, advise and motivate staff members as well as Deaf individuals. Must possess strong interpersonal, leadership and time management skills. Must be willing to work some evenings and weekends as needed and travel to various areas within the community. Knowledge of laws governing the rights of Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals including IDEA and ADA a plus. Certified as a Peer Specialist, a plus!

Job Title: Assistant Program Director for Residential Services
Location: Glenside, PA
Employee Type: Full time position

Description: This position provides guidance, leadership and support to front line staff, direct support to Deaf individuals with behavioral health needs and/or intellectual disabilities (ID) living within a residential setting. Provide 24 hour rotating on call support including some weekends/holidays, cover shifts, join team meetings and complete required documentation.

Qualifications: Minimum Requirement: AA degree or 60 college credits with 4 years’ work experience with individuals with ID; valid driver’s license; fluency in ASL; supervisory experience a plus; be able to teach, advise and motivate staff, possess strong interpersonal skills.

Job Title: Case Manager
Location: Glenside, PA
Employee Type: Full-time position

Description: This position provides resources and support to individuals and their families who reside in the community and in our residential programs. Responsibilities include: assess service needs of individuals to ensure continuum of care; develop service plans; provide independent living skills instructions; advocate for access to public and private programs such as medical and vocational services.

Qualifications: BA/BS degree in a Human Services field preferred; or high school diploma + 12 credit hours in social science with two years’ behavioral health direct care experience. Must have strong organizational skills, fluency in ASL and familiarity with other visual communication modes and language levels. Must be willing to work some evenings and weekends as needed and travel to various areas in the community. Knowledge of laws governing the rights of Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals including IDEA and ADA a plus; must have a valid driver’s license. Certified as a Peer Specialist, a plus!

Job Title: Staff Interpreter
Location: Glenside, PA only
Employee Type: Full-time, Part-time or Flex available

Description: This position provides interpreting services for: psychiatric evaluations, treatment meetings; family therapy sessions, home visits with PAH case managers and Deaf children and adults, meetings which involve hearing participants and staff meetings. Must be able to work with a team of hearing and/or Deaf interpreters.

Qualifications: AA degree with a minimum of three years’ interpreting experience OR BA degree in interpreting with one year of experience. Knowledge of mental health and/or developmental disabilities a plus. Compliance with PA Act 57 (RID Certified & Registered with ODHH) also required.

Job Title: Residential Counselor
Location: Glenside, PA
Employee Type: Full-time, Part-time or Flex available

Description: This position provides direct services to adults with intellectual disabilities and behavioral health needs living in our residence. Responsibilities include: assisting with daily living skills instruction and training; aiding in community integration; transportation; medication observation; writing progress notes. All shifts are available (day, evening, overnight and weekend).

Qualifications: HS diploma; valid driver’s license; advanced fluency in ASL; demonstrated competency in independent living skills; ability to teach, advise and motivate Deaf consumers; strong interpersonal skills. Certified as a Peer Specialist, a plus!

Job Title: Administrative Assistant
Location: Glenside, PA
Employee Type: Full time position

Description: This position provides administrative support to all programs. Duties: answer incoming voice, relay and VP calls; handle data entry for billing and invoices, maintain and process company vehicle records, manage calendars, coordinate meetings/trainings; take minutes; track supplies and handle all general correspondence. Will troubleshoot and assist wherever and whenever possible.

Qualifications: Minimum of a HS diploma + 3 years’ administrative assistance experience; proficiency in MS word and excel. AA degree preferred. Must possess strong writing and proofreading skills and excellent organizational skills. Must answer the phones and have fluency in American Sign Language.

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JOB ANNOUNCEMENT

POSITION: Executive Director

DATE: June 1, 2015 until filled
LOCATION: San Leandro, CA
STATUS: Exempt, Full-time

Organization: Deaf, Counseling, Advocacy & Referral Agency (DCARA), is a non-profit, community-based social service agency serving the Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Late-Deafened and Deaf-Blind community. Established in 1962 as one of the first Deaf-run agencies in the country, DCARA provides a comprehensive range of programs and services to the Deaf community living in the Greater San Francisco Bay Area of California.

Vision: Global recognition, pride, respect for ASL, equality, and justice exist for all Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Late-Deafened, and Deafblind people.

Mission: Promote and advocate for the rights of full access to American Sign Language and English, education, employment, and cultural identity of, by, for, and with Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Late-Deafened, and Deaf-Blind people.

For more information, please visit: http://www.dcara.org

Position
Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for DCARA's staff, programs, expansion, and execution of its mission. S/he will initially develop deep knowledge of field, core programs, operations, and business plans.

Responsibilities
Leadership & Management:
• Ensure ongoing local programmatic excellence, rigorous program evaluation, and consistent quality of finance and administration, fundraising, communications, and systems; recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve the strategic goals.
• Actively engage and energize DCARA’s volunteers, board members, event committees, alumni, partnering organizations, and funders.
• Serve as an ex-officio non-voting member of the Board of Directors and participates in Executive Sessions by invitation of the board; seek and build board involvement with strategic direction for ongoing local operations.
• Lead, coach, develop, and retain DCARA's management team.
• Ensure effective systems to track progress, and regularly evaluate program components, so as to measure successes that can be effectively communicated to the board, funders, and other constituents.

Budget and Finance:
• Be responsible for developing and maintaining sound financial practices and work with the Finance Committee and the board in preparing a budget; see that the organization operates within budget guidelines.
• Expand local revenue generating and fundraising activities to support existing program operations and regional expansion.
• Design the expansion and complete the strategic business planning process for the program expansion.
• Establish relationships with the funders, and political and community leaders.
• Be an external local and national presence that communicates program results with an emphasis on the successes of the local program as a model for regional and national replication.

Qualifications
The ED will be thoroughly committed to DCARA's mission. The candidate should have proven leadership, coaching, and relationship management experience. Concrete demonstrable experience and other qualifications include:
• A Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science degree in Management, Social Services or a closely related field preferred, with at least 5 years of extensive experience that demonstrates that the applicant has acquired and successfully applied the principles and knowledge of nonprofit management.
• A minimum of three years of experience related to nonprofit (501 c. 3) community based organization with management and supervision of a large staff.
• Past success working with a Board of Directors with the ability to cultivate existing board member relationships.
• Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures.
• Strong written skills and fluency in American Sign Language (ASL) is preferred and also a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills.
• Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative approach to business planning.
• Passion, idealism, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed.
• Experience in the development and administration of social service programs specifically for Deaf and hard of hearing persons. Practical experience with grant procurement, management and fundraising projects preferred.
• Knowledge of the current trends impacting Deaf people as well as sensitivity and ability to work effectively with a diverse population of people.
• Must provide proof of U.S. citizenship and possess a current and valid Driver’s License along with a copy of current auto insurance.

Salary is negotiable. Benefits package included.

Interested applicants, please electronically submit a cover letter outlining your interest and qualifications for this position along with a resume and three references to:

Email: Search@DCARA.ORG

Mail: Executive Director Search Committee
DCARA Headquarters
14895 East 14th Street, Suite 200
San Leandro, CA 94578-2926
(Be sure to mark confidential on the envelope)

Position open until filled

DCARA provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics.

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