Communication Facilitator

Job | Posted a month ago


First consideration for this position will be midnight Wednesday, July 22.

  This position supports communication for deaf and hard-of-hearing scholar(s) using ASL, PSE, or SEE.  Responsibilities include facilitating communication between the teacher and students in a classroom setting, and providing sign language services at school assemblies, staff meetings, and other special events.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. This list is meant to be representative, not exhaustive. Some incumbents may not perform all the duties listed while in other cases related duties may also be assigned. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Assist teachers and student during class.  Ensure that students understand the teacher’s communication; repeat signing as requested.  Facilitate communication of auditory responses by other students or presenter facilitating student’s understanding of group interaction.
  • Communicate with teacher concerning student problems and progress.  Secure teacher’s attention as necessary to indicate that a student has a question, and/or needs attention or redirection.
  • Support communication at school events for student(s) who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing, such as student assemblies, field trips, and special events.
  • Support communication between student and teacher for daily classroom instruction.
  • Responsible for determining which manual sign is appropriate for communication with a specific person or group who is Deaf/Hard of Hearing (ASL, PSE, or SEE).
  • Facilitates students’ reading of signs by maintaining an appropriate dress code/neutral colors & limited jewelry. 
  • Facilitates student(s) reading of signs by recommending alternative seating arrangements, as appropriate.
  • Support effective communication for student(s) who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing in informal conversations with students and staff, and between other students and student(s) who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing during unstructured time as necessary.
  • Prepares for communicating daily classroom lectures and activities (e.g. reviewing text, audio visual materials, specialized vocabulary, PowerPoints, etc.)
Other Responsibilities
  • Serves as a member of the Interpreter Services team of the district; performs related duties consistent with the scope and intent of the position. 
  • Provides evidence of continued training/professional studies
  • May support communication for student(s), parents, and teachers who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing in other classes during meetings, conferences, or testing. 
  • Performs other job related duties as assigned
Education and Experience
High school diploma or equivalent
Two years of experience communicating in sign language
Conversational sign language systems such as ASL, PSE (Contact Signing), and SEE
Proficiency in using the English language
Maintain confidentiality and professionalism
Certification by Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) with CI/CT Certification of Interpretation and/or Certificate of Transliteration or National Interpreter Certification (NIC)
Educational interpreting experience
Criminal background clearance
Work scheduled shift on a consistent basis
Documented evidence of continued training/professional studies
Deaf Culture
School board policies and procedures
Student and education techniques
Communicate effectively in both written and verbal form with clients and staff.
Establish and maintain effective, collaborative, working relationships with a diverse community
Work effectively under pressure and exercise independent judgment
Organize, set priorities, coordinates activities and meet deadlines.
Effectively use e-mail, word processing, spread sheet and database computer software.
Remain flexible; able to cope with interruptions and shift priorities to meet required deadlines
Demonstrate professionalism in accordance with district policies
Keep confidentiality and observance of chain of command in departmental and outside communications.
Positively interact with students, staff and administrators.
Complies with school board policies and follows administrative procedures.
Complies with school building policies and practices regarding staff management of student behavior; takes appropriate action when necessary to manage student behavior.
Perform essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodations.
Work scheduled shift on a consistent basis.
Knowledge/awareness of own cultural identity and how this influences behavior, and desire to learn about the cultural identity of others.
Ability to establish and nurture an environment that promotes cultural competence and equitable treatment of staff, students, and patrons of the District.
Ability to understand and hold self and others accountable for promoting the Federal Way Public Schools’ commitment to “Each Scholar: A Voice. A Dream. A Bright Future.” 
Ability to recognize that each person is a unique individual even as we celebrate their group cultural heritage.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  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 will stand and walk for prolonged periods of time, use hands for repetitive motion.  The employee will occasionally be required to sit, climb stairs/ladder, lift and reach overhead, and lift/carry.  The employee must constantly lift/carry up to 5 pounds and must frequently lift /carry up to 10 pounds.  The employee will occasionally lift/carry a maximum of 35 lbs.  The employee is occasionally required to push/pull a maximum weight of 100 pounds.
WORK ENVIRONMENT:  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.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works in indoor conditions and intermittently works near video display.  The employee occasionally may be exposed to outdoor weather conditions.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.  Interruption are common.  Position regularly requires exposure to angry, frustrated, or aggressive individuals, typically in a school classroom environment.
This is a 9-month position (180-day school calendar)
Position reports directly to the building administrator or designee
Federal Way Professional-Technical Employees Association
Professional Technical Level B
Modify summary and standardize.
Update certification/reclassification 7/2016
Updated and formatted 01/2015
Last updated June 2002
The preceding list is not exhaustive and may be supplemented as necessary.  The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the principal functions of this job, the scope of responsibility and the level of knowledge and skills typically required, but should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements, skills or duties so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside their normal responsibilities from time to time as needed. 
All employment open positions are made available on a nondiscriminatory basis without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, gender, age, disability or veteran status.

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Federal Way School Dist 210

33330 8th Avenue South, Federal Way, WA 98003
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