Position Definition: The Educational Interpreter provides interpreting to deaf/hard of hearing students integrated into general education classrooms. The primary responsibility is to facilitate communication among deaf/hard of hearing students and their hearing peers, the classroom teacher, and other personnel in the school environment.
Relationship: The Educational Interpreter shall be responsible to the Supervisor of Special Programs and Services.
- EIPA score of 3.50 or higher.
- Interpreting (signing) proficiency in Pidgin Signed English (PSE), one or more forms of Manually Coded English (MCE), and American Sign Language (ASL) at normal conversation speed.
- Voice (reverse) interpreting-inclusive of ability to read various sign forms and to speech read.
- Minimum of two years’ experience, preferred.
- Demonstrates knowledge of content in major curricular areas throughout the elementary and secondary levels.
- Ability to accurately interpret current events, which includes, but is not limited to, trends, public personalities, and fads.
- Demonstrates the ability to work in a team environment.
- Demonstrates the ability to organize, plan, and manage job responsibilities in order to complete assignments with minimal supervision.
- Possesses excellent interpersonal skills, demonstrated by patience, understanding, and congeniality.
- Demonstrates excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Demonstrates the ability to maintain complete confidentiality.
- Demonstrates the ability to complete tasks with attention to detail and accuracy.
- Ability to attend work regularly at assigned work hours subject to lawful leave rights and responsibilities.
- Demonstrates the skills to provide the highest level of customer service, with patience and knowledge of the department’s services
- Ability to stand, bend, stoop, sit, lift, reach, and communicate (vision, hearing, and speech) to effectively carry out functions, duties, and responsibilities.
- Ability to independently ambulate in and around work areas.
- Ability to travel to and from assigned work locations without employer support.
- Ability to exhibit appropriate manual dexterity to effectively carry out functions, duties, and responsibilities.
- Ability to conduct a safety restraint protocol which requires: a normal degree of flexibility, the ability to stand, walk, run, and shuffle for at least several minutes, the ability to kneel on one and two knees and then stand up, the ability to bend the trunk at 45 degrees and twist to either side, the ability to grasp firmly and raise hands above the head, the ability to learn and correctly demonstrate multi-step physical skills.
Authority: The Education Interpreter will have the authority to perform all functions listed below in accordance with established policies and procedures.
Functions/Duties/Responsibilities: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function/duty/responsibility at acceptable standards. In accordance with both state and/or federal law, reasonable accommodations will be considered upon employee request.
- Provides expressive and voice (may include American Sign Language, a form of manually coded English, and/or oral interpreting) for deaf/hard of hearing students in mainstream classes and various school settings.
- Works collaboratively with classroom teacher in making suggestions for effective strategies to produce effective learning outcomes, including, but not limited to, test-taking strategies.
- Interprets the language of the lesson, assignment, or test for deaf/hard of hearing students.
- Provides tutoring and/or note taking services for deaf/hard of hearing students when interpreting is not needed.
- Participates in educational team meetings, providing insight on the success of communication strategies.
- Facilitates communication for the deaf/hard of hearing student during the course of the educational day to anyone the student needs to interact with, through use of sign language, spoken English, cultural mediation, and knowledge about accessibility.
- Interprets within social and academic settings, including, but not limited to, direct and overheard conversations, class instruction, lectures, tests, assemblies, field trips.
- Renders the message faithfully, always conveying the content and spirit of the speaker using the language most readily understood by the person(s) being served.
- Understands CLIU and/or departmental procedures and guidelines, as demonstrated by accurate application of procedures and guidelines.
- Assists in providing orientations of deafness to hearing students and staff.
- Discusses with teacher and student appropriate seating, lighting, acoustics, etc.
- This Job Description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position. Employees will be required to perform other duties as assigned.