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Disability Resource Center

Student Affairs Division

The Position

The Disability Resource Center is recruiting individuals to become TypeWell transcribers to provide communication access and notes to deaf or hard of hearing students. The transcriber will use a sophisticated software program on a laptop computer to listen to class lectures and discussions and rapidly record the information in complete English sentences, to be viewed simultaneously by the student readers. The transcriber will also voice the comments and questions posed by deaf or hard-of-hearing students, as needed.

Duties and Responsibilities

Types material from spoken lectures and discussions into notebook computer using sophisticated abbreviation software; locates documents in files when revisions are requested and inserts, deletes, corrects, and emails documents as necessary; rapidly sets up and breaks down equipment in classroom settings and regularly relocates equipment to different locations; operates peripheral equipment such as printers, desktop computers, copiers; maintains equipment and evaluates hardware/software to determine suitability; performs application programming operations (enters specialized vocabulary into software as needed) to assist in the rapid and accurate translation of spoken information into electronic and print materials; identifies and takes corrective action to resolve routine operational problems.

Minimum Requirements

Four years of experience using word processing software; type 65 wpm net. Ability to listen to and rapidly understand spoken English. Ability to rapidly restate the full meaning of what is heard in classes and meetings, in correctly-formed English sentences.

Required Specialized Skills/Abilities

Excellent listening skills and demonstrated ability to identify essential components of orally presented information; excellent knowledge of English grammar, spelling and academic vocabulary; ability to operate a PC/laptop computer and other peripheral equipment (copier, printer); comfortable working in an academic setting with diverse populations. Must be able to work hours that correspond to students' schedules, including occasional evenings. Candidate must also be able to attend an online transcribing course to learn transcribing skills and the use of a specialized abbreviation software program.

Preferred Skills

Two years of coursework at the post-secondary level.

Salary and Benefits

$XX/hour; on-call, intermittent; temporary through 06/30/20XX, with annual extension likely.

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