Educational Interpreter for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Norman Public Schools
Educational Interpreter for the Deaf and Hearing-Impaired Job Description
Job Title: Educational Interpreter for the Deaf and Hearing-Impaired
Credentials: Oklahoma or National Registry of Interpreters Certification is preferred. An educational interpreter must have completed one of the following. An interpreter training program, or Obtained a bachelor’s degree, or Worked three or more years in an area related to the field of deaf education, which could include interpreting in non-educational setting, such as church, etc., and In addition to the above requirements, an educational interpreter must also maintain one of the following:
1) Certification by the Registry of Interpreters for the Deal (RID), or
2) National Association for the Deaf (NAD) Level IV or better, or
3) Quality Assurance Screening Test ()QAST) Level III or better
4) National Council for Interpreters (NCI) Certification, or
5) Signed Exact English Level 3.5 or better, or
6) Educational Interpreters Proficiency Assessment (EIPA) Level 3.5 or better in the area for which they are certified (elementary or secondary)
Education: High school diploma or GED; Interpreter training is required. A.A. in American Sign Language preferred. Refer to the above credentials.
Training or experience required: Previous work or volunteer experience with hearing impaired students preferred.
Site: Special Services
Contract: 175 days
Salary Schedule: Sign Language Interpreter
FLSA Classification: Non-exempt
Essential Job Functions:
Interpret and/or transliterate to facilitate communication between student(s) with a hearing impairment/deafness and others including faculty, staff, administrators, other students or visitors in the educational environment.
Provide interpretation for the student(s) with a hearing impairment/deafness throughout the educational environment, including: social and academic settings; direct and overheard conversations; class instruction, lectures, tests, assemblies, field trips, club meetings counseling sessions, athletic competitions; uncaptioned films, videos, and recordings; emergency drills; miscellaneous auditory information.
Work with the classroom teacher to become familiar in advance with the lesson content, vocabulary, videos, and/or handouts in order to be prepared for communicating/signing appropriate material to the student(s).
Along with the classroom teacher, provide expansion, clarification and cultural mediation on classroom assignments and throughout the educational environment.
Attend faculty or team meetings if directed by the building Principal.
Provide tutoring for the student with deafness or hearing impairments under the direction of the classroom teacher.
Operate and check equipment/assistive technology devices utilized by students with deafness and/or hearing impairments daily.
Communicate information when necessary to the teacher of the Hearing-Impaired.
Upon request, may teach basic sign language concepts to staff, faculty, and/or other students during non-interpreting periods of time to foster interaction between persons with deafness/hearing impairments and those without these impairments within the educational environment.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:
Successful performance of the job requires good customer service/people skills and to handle problems and provide information and technical assistance as requested. It requires complying with safety guidelines and policies to reduce accident or injury to staff or to students. It requires following school dress standards, proper attendance or leave policies, and other work-habits concerns for staff. Creativity, initiative and effective problem solving are critical to the success of the position.Help manage the computerization of school district operations. Provide training and support to district staff in the use of administrative computer systems. Perform such tasks to the ultimate benefit of the educational program. An incumbent in this position will utilize discretion, ingenuity and independent judgment due to the complexity of the job. Since there may be several ways to solve a problem, an incumbent is free to choose the solution.