Educational Interpreter Substitutes

Posted: Continuous 2010-03-01
Available: Immediately Closes: 01/17/2013
To Be Determined



Knowledge of American Sign Language



1. Must be highly qualified as described by No Child Left Behind Act, required. 
2. Registered Interpreter for the Deaf (RID), preferred.
3. Experience working as an interpreter in individual or public situations.
4. Knowledge of interpreter’s role in a classroom setting, preferred.
5. Good oral communication skills.
6. Demonstrated proficiency in the use of sign language, Signing Exact English and American Sign Language.
7. Knowledge of code of ethics for interpreters.
8. Such alternatives to the above as the Board may find appropriate and acceptable.


REPORTS TO:  Building Principal and Special Education Teacher


1. Establish rapport with students that will need the educational interpreter’s assistance.
2. Establish rapport with teachers for whom the interpreter will interpret context of class for students.  This includes role status:
   a. Interprets class content information.
   b. Does not discipline students.
   c. Does not take responsibility for initially teaching content to hearing impaired students.
   d. Should be familiar with information prior to class presentation in order to establish  an understanding of signs unique to the content being presented to the hearing impaired student.
   e. May review content of information to students after classroom presentation to assure that information was properly received by student.
   f. Respect the hearing impaired student’s rights to privacy.
   g. Should not pass judgement on teacher instructional techniques and/or teaching style.
3. Communicate with teachers regarding content to be presented in order to preview information and prepare for classroom interpreting assignment.
4. Communicate with hearing impaired students information in relation to school functions, activities, classroom assignments, announcements, and conversations pertaining to the general nature of information that is pertinent to the student’s inclusion in school and classroom activities.
5. Communicate with hearing impaired students to assess if educational information presented in the classroom was understood by student.
6. Will provide review of class information if the student did not receive information for reasons other than the student’s blatant ignoring of the interpreter during class presentation.
7. Will participate in curriculum activities where the interpreter is needed in order to effectively communicate the content of the activity to the hearing impaired student. (ex. field trips and other activities outlined in approved curriculum documents.)
8. Will work with classroom teachers, multidisciplinary and individualized education program plan (IEP) teams in regard to suggesting ways to enhance the student’s inclusion in school curriculum, classes and activities.
9. Assist with the exiting or evacuation of identified hearing impaired students in emergency or drill situations.
10. Any other duties assigned by the Superintendent of his designee.

Physical Demands: 

1. Ability to sit and talk and hear. 
2. Ability to stand; walk; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and move quickly when 
necessary to promote student learning and/or safety. 
3. Ability to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. 
4. Ability to push items of 50 lbs such as pushing children in a wheelchair or moving/rearranging furniture.


Sensory Ability:

1. Ability to speak clearly and distinctly.
2. Auditory acuity to be able to use telephone.
3. Visual acuity to read correspondence and computer screen.


Work Environment: 

1. Indoor and outdoor environments.



1. Ability to work as a member of a team.
2. Must be courteous.
3. Must be cooperative, congenial, service oriented, and promote these qualities in the building.
4. Ability to work in an environment with frequent interruptions.


Cognitive Ability: 

1. Ability to follow written and verbal directions.
2. Ability to demonstrate good written and verbal skills.
3. Ability to effectively present information in one on one and small group situations to students, staff, and other employees of the organization.
4. Ability to read, write and do computations.
5. Ability to work independently and make work-related decisions.
6. Ability to complete assigned tasks with minimal supervision. 
7. Ability to exercise good judgment in prioritizing tasks, and problem solving.
8. Ability to use correct grammar, sentence structure and spelling.
9. Ability to communicate effectively at all organizational levels.


The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the American with Disability (A.D.A.) and is not an exhaustive list of the duties performed for this position.  Additional duties are performed by the individuals currently holding the position and additional duties may be assigned.


TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT: One hundred eighty day work year.  Salary as determined by the Educational Assistant Association Meet and Discuss Agreement.


EVALUATION: Performance to be evaluated semi-annually by the Principal or his designee.


Millcreek Township School District

3740 West 26th Street
Erie, PA 16506
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