Sign Language Interpreter
Sign Language Interpreter
Position Type: Classified
Hours/FTE: .875 FTE
Salary: $23.21- $28.46 per hour
Contract Status: Regular/Probationary
Start Date: Upon Hire
Calendar: 193 days per year (can vary based on school calendar)
Benefits: Medical, Dental, Vision insurance, paid leaves and holidays, Public Employee Retirement (PERS). Full description of benefits available in ESD-LCEA Collective Bargaining Agreement.
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Title: Sign Language Interpreter
This position serves as a member of the educational team along with Teachers of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) and is available to address communication accessibility and deaf cultural issues as they arise. The position also provides re-teaching and other academic and classroom support.
- Provide accurate interpretation appropriate to the student’s age, register, personality, affect, learning style and language competencies.
- For students in all academic situations including classrooms, library, assemblies, and field trips.
- For students in school locations such as health center, counseling center, and administration.
- For students during extracurricular activities such as sports, drama, music, clubs and school-wide programs.
- Provide tactile interpretation or alternatives to American Sign Language (ASL) or Contact Varieties as appropriate to the needs of students who are Deaf/Blind, cognitively impaired, or having multiple disabilities or severe language delays.
- Prepare for student interpretation needs.
- Consult with classroom teacher regarding, curriculum content, general goals, new vocabulary or materials presented.
- Gather information necessary to effectively interpret special school activities and extra-curricular events such as theater arts, music, storytelling, poetry, field trips and assemblies.
- Consider accessibility of instructional plans and educational environment to support effective interpreting while teaming with classroom teacher.
- Maintain a broad knowledge base that covers academic areas from kindergarten through Advanced Placement.
- Provide information to classroom teachers, students and staff regarding effective and appropriate use of interpreters.
- Roles, responsibilities, and boundaries of educational interpreters
- Technical needs of interpreting, i.e., lighting, visual aids, positioning, and the challenges related to interpreting between languages.
- Work collaboratively with the DHH teachers and classroom teachers to support students.
- Provide academic assistance and social support for students who are DHH, under the direction of the DHH teacher or classroom teacher.
- Teach sign language to assigned students
- Serve as language role model and facilitate acquisition and expansion of both sign language and English.
- Facilitate communication and socialization between Deaf/Hard of Hearing students and hearing peers.
- Provide updates on progress or issues encountered.
- Collect and summarize data as required by DHH teacher and IEP teams.
- Maintain regular contact with the DHH teacher regarding student's progress toward IEP goals.
- Serve as a member of student IEP teams as assigned.
- Provide interpretation for other deaf consumers (deaf professionals, deaf parents) related to the provision of educational services in Lane County.
- Attend meetings, trainings and professional development activities as required.
- Maintain substitute packet related to assigned students and serve as a substitute interpreter as assigned.
- Perform other duties as assigned. Examples include mentoring interpreter interns, assisting with staff meetings.
- Associate’s Degree from an Interpreter Education Program; Bachelor’s Degree preferred.
- Fluent in American Sign Language (ASL), Contact Variety and English as demonstrated by Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA) at level 3.5 or above; RID NIC, CI or CT Certification may be considered as an alternative to EIPA score.
- Proficiency in comprehension and expression of American Sign Language, Contact Variety, and Manual Coded English.
- Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skill in both English and Sign Language.
- Ability to adjust communication to meet language and developmental level of assigned students to facilitate comprehension.
- Knowledge of instructional supports for students who are deaf and hard of hearing.
- Ability to understand and interpret curriculum from Kindergarten to Advanced placement classes such as Science and Math and Foreign Language.
- Experience providing supplemental instruction under the direction of a licensed teacher.
- Ability to support social and communication skills development appropriate for participation in mainstream hearing environments.
- Demonstrate effective interpersonal skills and the ability to work collaboratively with an educational team.
- Well-developed manual and facial dexterity necessary to produced readable sign language and sign language expression is required.
- Visual and hearing acuity necessary to provide effective interpretation in a variety of educational environments is required.
- Basic proficiency in the use of technology necessary to perform job functions, including internet, email, calendaring software and word processing and the ability to learn district specific software.
- Ability to fluently speak, read, and write required.
- A valid Oregon driver’s license or ability to obtain one by date of hire is required.
About Lane Regional Deaf/Hard of Hearing Program
Lane Regional Deaf/Hard of Hearing Program serves students who are deaf and hard of hearing. Lane Regional Program teachers work with students, parents, school staff and other community agencies to help provide accessible education for students who are deaf or hard of hearing in Lane County. Both direct instruction focusing the unique communication needs of students who are deaf or hard of hearing and their development of language and Technical assistance and consultation are provided.
The Lane Regional Deaf/Hard of Hearing Program is part of the Special Education Service Area, which also provides School Psychologist services, Speech Language Therapy and Augmentative Communication services, behavior consultation, and direct services for students with moderate and severe disabilities, students with emotional/behavioral disorders, and adjudicated at-risk youth. Lane Regional Deaf/Hard of Hearing Program is funded by the Department of Education and is part of Oregon’s service delivery for students with low-incidence disabilities (Vision Impairments, Hearing Impairments, Deaf/Blindness, Severe Orthopedic Impairments, Autism, and Traumatic Brain Injury.
About Lane ESD
In providing services to Lane County school districts, Lane ESD seeks to fulfill our core purpose of Shaping the Future: Supporting Excellence in Education. Lane ESD employees strive to embody core values of equity, commitment, leadership, collaboration, and integrity.
The mission of education service districts is to assist school districts and the Department of Education in achieving Oregon’s educational goals by providing equitable, high quality, cost-effective and locally responsive educational services at a regional level. The ESD partners with school districts, local universities and community college, and other community agencies in providing quality services to the component school districts in Lane County.
Lane Education Service District provides a wide array of services to the 16 School Districts in Lane County serving about 45,000 students. Services in special education, school improvement, technology, and administrative services are designed to support districts in meeting the challenge of serving a diverse student population. We focus on systemic school improvement, multicultural curriculum, and assisting districts in development of students who are well prepared to be global citizens. Additional information about Lane ESD is available at www.lesd.k12.or.us
Lane ESD is an equal opportunity employer, and complies with federal and state statutes which prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, handicap and marital status.