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Reader / Scribe

at Renton Technical College

Pay: up to $15/hour
$15 - $
Posted: 10/2/2019
Job Reference #: 1893087
Categories: Other/General
Keywords: online, temporary

Job Description

Overall Job Objective


Renton Technical College, located southeast of Seattle, has provided quality education in a variety of occupations for over 75 years. Our apprenticeship, professional-technical certificate, and degree programs offer entry and mid-level training in the areas of allied health, trades and industry, culinary, business, technology, automotive, and general education. Our outstanding basic studies program, with classes in adult basic education, English as a second language, and GED preparation, is available to those who need additional preparation prior to entering a training program and for those who simply wish to improve their math and English skills.  As an Achieving the Dream Leader College and an Aspen Institute top 10 finalist for the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, RTC is also proud to be a Military Friendly School, serving those who chose to serve.

This part-time, temporary position supports the delivery of accommodations for students with disabilities, under the supervision of the Disability Resource Services director and works closely with faculty. The main function of this position is that of a Reader, Scribe and/or Lab Assistant. This position requires the use of computer software such as Microsoft Word. The candidate will work closely with faculty and must respond to unexpected accessibility challenges in the classroom. Work hours are dependent upon the class schedule of the student or students needing services and will continue based upon student registration and attendance.

Renton Technical College is committed to increasing its cultural diversity with an emphasis on equity and inclusion among its professional staff.  The students that we serve come from a variety of backgrounds and are over 60% of color.  We strongly encourage members of underrepresented groups, veterans, and bi- or multi-lingual individuals to apply for this position to help meet the needs of our diverse students and service district.

Key Responsibilities Include

  • Provide leadership in working to improve access and successful educational outcomes for diverse student populations, especially underrepresented and underserved groups.
  • Ability to provide services to students with limited visual acuity and/ or legally blind.
  • Ability to read aloud clearly and softly, at a normal pace and with good pronunciation.
  • Ability to follow instructions to read, verbatim (only the words in the booklet or on the screen) without changing or adding words or assisting the student in selecting a response.
  • Ability to describe pictures in words.
  • Ability to scribe (type) oral information verbatim, in real-time, during faculty lecture.
  • Ability to scribe (pencil & paper and/or typing) dictated information from student.
  • Ability to record dictation word for word, clarifying with student their intended punctuation, capitalization and spelling.
  • Ability to provide verbal cues for guiding, as needed.
  • Ability to provide hands-on interpretation of course content in lab; ability to negotiate appropriate physical contact with sensitivity to issues of culture.
  • Ability to work with the student comfortably and compatibly without creating unnecessary pressure or unrealistic expectations, while supporting the student in increased competency.
  • Willingness to be patient and to repeat information multiple times.
  • Familiarity with course content including works, terms, symbols or signs in the English language.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Experience collaborating with persons from diverse backgrounds such as sexual orientation, racial, ethnic, religious, linguistic, gender, age, socio-economic, physical and learning abilities, and a commitment to an inclusive an equitable working/learning environment.
  • Associate's degree preferred.
  • Demonstrated proficiency of reader, scribe, lab assistant skills. One year related work experience is preferred.
  • Intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Word, ability to develop expertise in a variety of assistive technologies.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision, capable of making independent judgments and taking action  with limited direction.
  • Strong organization skills and attention to detail, with the ability to multi-task, strong problem solving skills.
  • Strong customer service skills, including experience working with  a diverse population.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including proofreading and editing.
  • Ability to represent the college in a positive and professional manner, while using tact, discretion and courtesy.
  • Speaker of a language in addition to English is preferred– preference for top spoken languages in the RTC service area (Spanish, Vietnamese, Russian, Somali, Chinese).

Terms of Employment

The person hired is required to provide authorization for employment in the United States. 

For questions regarding this position please contact or 425-235-2296 
Renton Technical College provides equal opportunity in education and employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color national origin, age, perceived or actual physical or mental disability, pregnancy, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, creed, religion, honorably discharged veterans or military status, or use of a trained guide dog or service animal, as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Sections 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act and ADA Amendment Act, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act and Washington State Law Against Discrimination, Chapter 49.60 RCW and their implementing regulations. The following college official has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies: Title IX / EEO Coordinator, Executive Director of Human Resources 3000 NE 4th Street Renton, WA 98056 (425)235-7873,   Jeanne Clery statement: Notice of Availability of Annual Security and Fire Safety Report: In compliance with Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act of 1998, and as a part of the College's commitment to safety and security on campus, Renton Technical College reports the mandate information about current campus policies concerning safety and security issues, the required statistics, and other related information for the past three (3) calendar years.  Renton Technical College's Annual Safety and Fire Report is available online at:
For information on how to access the RTC Daily Crime Log follow this link: