Under the general supervision of the Director of Special Education, serve as the facilitator of communication between students, teachers and others; interpret from spoken and written English to sign language for DHH individuals and sign language to voice for English speakers. Sign language interpretation can occur in a variety of settings including classroom instruction, and other school related activities including school events and meetings.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Provide interpretive assistance to facilitate communication between deaf and hard of hearing students, student peers and instructors
- Tutor DHH students in various subjects
- Utilize sign language and other appropriate systems to interpret classroom lessons and assignments
- Interpret lectures, assemblies and other school related activities for particular students
- Modify curriculum and prepare materials to meet the needs of DHH students
- Establish and maintain rapport with students and school staff
- Directs learning activities in the classroom under the direction of the teacher
- Conveys auditory environmental stimuli to deaf/HH students including bells, alarms, computer signals etc.
- Takes notes in general education classes and re-writes notes if required.
- Participates with a team in the implementation of behavioral and/or treatment plans
- Interprets for deaf participants at meetings and school related activities
- Monitors student progress and completes records accurately
- Participate in staff development events and trainings
- Perform related duties, as assigned.
- Proper English usage, grammar, vocabulary, spelling and punctuation
- American Sign language and interpreting skills including sign to voice, voice to voice sign and transliteration ability.;
- Registered Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) Code of Ethics;
- Basic concepts of child growth, development and behavior characteristics, particularly pertaining to the needs of deaf or hard of hearing individuals.
- General classroom procedures, purposes, goals and methods of education
- Positive discipline and behavior management techniques
- Operation of assistive equipment and devices
- Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with children and adults contacted in the course of work;
- Maintain the highest level of confidentiality in all matters relating to students;
- Communicate effectively in English language both orally and in writing;
- Physically participate in activities both inside and outside the classroom such as: vocational training, recreational activities and field trips;
- Use correct procedures for lifting and correctly positioning of student in specialized equipment when necessary;
- Operate a variety of office machines including copier and computers;
- •Exercise sound judgement and work independently without close supervision;
- Be flexible with a positive attitude and possess excellent interpersonal skills;
- Work under varying degrees of stress;
- Be physically agile and possess sufficient strength and stamina to work with children and adolescents;
- Learn laws, rules, practices and procedures related to public education for children and related to the program to which assigned.
- Accept periodic changes in assignment to different school locations and a variety of students
- Learn and adapt to new procedures and conditions.
- High School diploma or equivalent
- Possess a Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) or Educators Interpretive Performance Assessment (EIPA) equivalent test score certification of 4.0 or above;
- Education or experience related to working with individuals with hearing impairments in educational setting preferred;
- Possess a valid California Driver License;
- Meet the psychical requirements necessary to perform assigned duties effectively;
- Must be fingerprinted with a satisfactory DOJ records check
- TB testing will be required upon employment
- Must have normal Vision, corrected or uncorrected
- May be required to obtain first aid and CPR certificates within first 6 months of employment
- May be required to drive for work. Must have a current CA driver’s license and proof of insurance.
License, Certificate and Testing Requirements
- Valid certificate of competency from a California Department of Education approved organization at Level 4.0 or above or equivalent;
- Possess a valid California driver license and maintain insurability.
- See, read and distinguish colors on a computer screen, educational materials, books and other printed mater, with our without vision aids;
- Hearing and speaking to exchange information
- Speaking so that others may understand at normal levels and on the telephone
- Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a computer keyboard and other equipment
- Sitting, standing , walking, twisting, stooping, crouching, kneeling, bending over at the waist, grasping reaching overhead, pushing, pulling and moving, lifting and/or carrying 0-50 pounds to waist height;
- Move quickly on uneven terrain, play yards and school grounds.
Personnel Commission Approved 11/13/2018