Sign Language Interpreter - DHH Program
The WISD's Mission is to promote the continuous improvement of achievement for every student while providing high-quality service to our customers through leadership, innovation, and collaboration.
The WISD’s Vision is to be a leader in empowering, facilitating, and delivering high-quality, boundary-spanning, educational system that educates all children through an equitable, inclusive, and holistic approach.
Educational interpreters primary function is to facilitate communication among students who are Deaf or hard of hearing, their hearing peers, and others in the school (in a variety of content areas) and community.
Other duties that may be performed when they do not interfere with interpreting include tutoring, participation in meetings and being an active member of the educational team.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Assists in preparing classroom work/homework materials under the direction of the teacher for the purpose of providing efficient communication support to the student that reinforces classroom objectives.
- Engages in reflection and ongoing learning and development on the critical concepts and terms identified in the Washtenaw ISD Educational Equity Policy including concepts such as cultural proficiency, racial equity, and systemic and structural inequities.
- Provides language support for specific tests and skill assessments under the guidance of a classroom teacher for the purpose of evaluating students’ language ability and subject proficiency.
- Provide sign to voice and voice to sign interpreting, by using the preferred sign system of the student (ASD, SEE, etc.).
- Support students in increasing their development of language skills (ASL and English).
- While interpreting or communicating with the student who is Deaf or hard of hearing, match the appropriate language levels of each individual student.
- Educate and support students in their understanding of how to effectively use a sign language interpreter.
- Educate and support students about how to be their own best self-advocate.
- Assesses classroom, assembly hall, and other room set ups (e.g. noise level, visibility, etc.) for the purpose of ensuring proper setup to facilitate learning for students who are Deaf or hard of hearing.
- Interprets during meetings and/or activities for students who are Deaf or hard of hearing for the purpose of facilitating communication between them and others; voice to sign and sign to voice.
- Provides teachers with input for the purpose of assisting in evaluating student progress and/or student objectives regarding language skills when appropriate.
- Reverse-interprets (voice) the spoken words of Deaf or hard of hearing students with limited speech for the purpose of facilitating adequate communication between the student and others.
- Records attendance, maintains records, and performs other clerical tasks under the direction of classroom teachers when appropriate.
- Serve as a liaison between the student who is Deaf or hard of hearing and others in the school/community.
- Assist in providing in-services to hearing students and others in regard to interpreting, Deaf Culture, and sign language when appropriate.
- Assists in the use of instructional technology under the direction of classroom teachers when appropriate that facilitates effective communication with and for the student who are Deaf or hard of hearing.
- Participates in building level activities, staff meetings, student staff meetings, program meetings, in-service activities, and other meetings as determined necessary for assigned students when appropriate.
- Maintain confidentiality and professional standards and delineated in the Code of Ethics of the NAD-RID Code of Professional Conduct.
- Supports WISD vision and mission to enhance achievement for all students.
- Supports a team-based approach to problem solving.
- Performs such other tasks as may from time to time be assigned by the supervisor.
- Regular predictable attendance.
- OTHER DUTIES MAY BE ASSIGNED.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Alternative requirements that may be appropriate and acceptable to the Board of Education may be considered. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:
- High School Graduate or GED recipient and pass the WorkKeys Assessment; or
- Associate Degree.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS
- EIPA 4.0, or
- Valid MI BEI II certification, or
- Valid MI Certification in Standards 2 or 3, or
- Deaf Interpreter Credential and Certification recognized by the Division (CDI/DI)
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS and ABILITIES:
- Ability to implement behavior intervention strategies.
- Ability to assist in interventions for students.
- A record of collaborative teamwork.
- Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.
- Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.
- Ability to speak effectively before groups of staff and parents.
- Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.
- Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.
- Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.
- Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.
- Ability to build rapport with others and to serve diverse publics.
- Ability to take the initiative, work well with others as a collaborative team member and exhibit good communication skills.
- Ability to work creatively and skillfully with students.
- Ability to demonstrate initiative and understanding in working with students, staff and parents/guardians.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; talk or hear; and taste or smell. The employee is regularly required to sit and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds such as books and teaching material. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distant vision and the ability to adjust focus. The ability to travel to other buildings is required. The position requires the individual to sometimes work irregular or extended work hours and meet multiple demands from several people.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The noise level in the work environment is quiet to loud depending upon the activity in the particular part of the day. The employee is frequently required to interact with the public and other staff. The employee is directly responsible for the safety, well-being and work out-put of students. The employee is exposed to infections at a greater risk than the average person. Occasionally the employee may be required to be outdoors for a short period of time, and therefore subject to varying weather conditions, for purposes of accomplishing the essential functions of this job.
FUNCTIONS OF POSITION DESCRIPTION:
This position description has been prepared to define the general duties of the position, provide examples of work and to detail the required knowledge, skills and ability as well as the acceptable experience and training for the position. The description is not intended to limit or modify the right of any supervisor to assign, direct and control the duties of employees under supervision. The WISD retains and reserves any and all rights to change, modify, amend, add to or delete from any portion of this description in its sole judgment.
This position description is not a contract for employment.
The WISD is an equal opportunity employer, in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The District will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.
Position subject to terms, conditions, and calendar of the Master Agreement between the District and Unit I AFT Local 3760. Starting salary ranging (dependent upon experience) from $23,495 - $27,444
Washtenaw Intermediate School District is a drug-free workplace and District policy requires drug testing for all potential employees.
It is the policy and commitment of the Washtenaw Intermediate School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, age, height, weight, familial status, marital status, genetic information, sexual orientation or any legally protected characteristic, in its educational programs, activities, admissions, or employment policies in accordance with Title IX of the 1972 Educational Amendments, executive order 11246 as amended, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and all other pertinent state and Federal regulations.