Purpose: The Interpreter creates a positive learning environment to facilitate the personal, social and intellectual development of a student who is deaf or hard-of-hearing. In order to respond to the individual needs and abilities of students, the Interpreter must work closely with the staff and administration of Derby Public Schools.
Responsible to: Director of Special Education and Principal
Salary: Range D if no interpreter assessment has been taken and/or the assignment calls for the limited use of some signs to prompt students or respond to student requests.
Range A if assessed at level 3 to 3.9 with a documented plan to obtain the skills necessary to achieve a level 4 or higher.
Range AA if assessed at level 4 or higher
Date: October 2011
1. High school diploma or equivalent.
2. Must have taken either the Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment, EIPA (post 2003) or the Educational Signs Skills Evaluation (ESSE:R plus ESSE:I or ESSE:T) Or hold adequate certification from the Kansas Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in interpretation, or transliteration, or hold current National Interpreter Certification (NIC) by the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID).
3. Certification level of 4 or 5 preferred in Signing Exact English (SEE) or American Sign Language (ASL) depending on assignment.
4. Strong background in educational vocabulary in the core content areas.
1. Facilitate the personal, social and intellectual development of students who are deaf/hard of hearing.
2. Establish a positive learning environment and respond to the individual needs of students.
3. Ensure that all facilitated activities conform to district guidelines.
4. Communicate effectively with all members of the school district, community, and associated agencies.
5. Appropriately operate all equipment as required.
6. React to change productively and handle other tasks as assigned.
7. Support the value of an education.
8. Support the philosophy and mission of the school district.
Physical Requirements/Environmental Conditions:
1. Requires prolonged sitting or standing.
2. Occasionally requires physical exertion to manually sign, move, lift, carry, pull, or push heavy objects or materials.
3. Occasional stooping, bending and reaching.
4. Requires some travel.
5. Must work in noisy and crowded environments.
6. Extensive use of hands for prolonged periods to produce manual sign language.
1. Interpret classroom lectures, assignments, and demonstrations at an appropriate level of sophistication for each student.
2. Interpret student interaction and group discussion and do reverse interpreting as appropriate.
3. Interpret for special request situations such as: organization or class meetings, conferences with principal or counselor, psychological or educational testing, IEP meetings and other school related activities.
4. Assist in the early recognition and prevention of educational problems.
5. Participate as a team member in the comprehensive evaluation, review of records, and/or re-evaluation process.
6. Participate in the development of student IEP’s.
7. Adhere to required program guidelines as defined by state and federal special education regulations.
8. Monitor student progress and work collaboratively with general and special education providers to make informed, timely educational decisions.
9. Motivate students through effective communication and evaluative feedback.
10. Demonstrate awareness of student needs and provide for individual differences.
11. Set high expectations for student achievement and behavior.
12. Demonstrate effective interpersonal relationships with others.
13. Consult with parents, teachers, administrators and others regarding emerging student needs and equipment or services required to meet their needs.
14. Cooperate with agencies serving students and their families.
15. Assist teachers in the development and implementation of curriculum modifications and appropriate classroom strategies.
16. Assist students in developing self-determination skills that permit them to successfully navigate varied school/community settings.<S></S>
17. Maintain appropriate, confidential records and provide timely reports.
18. Keep abreast of new information, innovative ideas and techniques for serving students who are deaf/hard of hearing.
19. Adhere to all district health and safety policies, including all precautions of the Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Plan.
20. Other duties as assigned by the Director of Special Services which are consistent with the general requirements and qualifications for the position.