TYPE OF POSITION:
Hourly
Hours may vary based on program needs
 
REPORTS TO:
Director of Special Education Programs, Special Education Supervisors, Building Principals

SUPERVISION:
None

QUALIFICATIONS: 
Required

  • Successful completion of an Interpreter/Transliterator Training Program affiliated with an accredited educational institution
  • Current, national interpreter and transliterator certification or a two-year provisional certificate with certification attained prior to expiration

 
POSITION SUMMARY:
The Education Interpreter provides interpreting and transliterating services for students/staff/parents who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing in various environments.  The primary function is to act as a facilitator of communication between the Deaf/Hard of Hearing student and his/her educational community, so that the student may actively participate in the educational program.  The Educational Interpreter serves as a related service provider on a student’s educational team.

SALARY:
$25.25/hr Non-Certified; $28.29/hr Certified

APPLICATION PROCESS:
Online application, www.isd742.org; attach documentation supporting required certification
 
ESSENTIAL DUTIES:
To provide meaningful classroom communication for the Deaf/Hard of Hearing student in an integrated setting and/or any other setting as deemed necessary

  • Change simultaneously the spoken language into finger spelling and sign language and conversely the sign language into the spoken language
  • Use ASL and/or Signed English based on the student’s mode of communication
  • Prepare for the interpreting assignment by reading and researching materials pertaining to the particular class
  • Be prepared to interpret for other classes (day and evening) and various other interpreting situations in which the student needs interpreting assistance (i.e., extracurricular)
  • Prepare vocabulary booklets by transferring written language into signs (i.e., reading, science, health, etc.) to reinforce signing skills of the teachers, parents and the students

To develop a rapport with the classroom teacher

  • Work to establish and maintain open communication with the mainstream and Deaf/Hard of Hearing staff
  • Provide information to the classroom teacher as to the role of the interpreter in the classroom

To assist in meeting the student’s educational needs

  • Evaluate the physical setting in the classroom so as to position yourself in the appropriate place to ensure maximum communication for the student
  • Use the student’s preferred mode of communication (i.e., ASL/Signed English/Pidgen English/Combination)
  • Become aware of the student’s language and skill level to assure appropriate communication techniques
  • Check for the understanding of the signs, new vocabulary and concepts
  • If a note taker is not available, help to secure a note taker in class
  • Encourage the student to participate in the class
  • Develop a good rapport with the student without infringing on the student’s rights
  • Understand and assist in the implementation and follow through of the student’s educational plan developed through the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process, including providing academic support, behavior management, activities of daily living, and/or transition support as directed  

To work in partnership with the Deaf/Hard of Hearing staff

  • Serve as a collaborative member of the student’s educational team including providing information to the team that will help evaluate and plan the student’s educational program
  • Make appropriate personnel aware of needs that occur in the classroom that may affect the student’s ability to succeed
  • Provide teachers with information from the mainstream class related to class discussions, assignments, behavior of the student and tests
  • Assist in developing new signs in the technical and academic areas to help the student learn new concepts
  • Assist in tutoring in a particular subject when needed
  • Provide materials/handouts to the teacher that has been distributed in the mainstream class

To teach sign classes

  • Teach sign classes to hearing students, parents and staff as appropriate
  • Participate as a team member in the elective sign classes offered at the secondary level as needed

Perform any other duties as assigned by the Special Education Supervisor, Teacher of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing, and/or Principal, including:

  • Attend workshops and in-service training sessions to enhance knowledge and skills as an interpreter
  • Promote Deaf/Hard of Hearing awareness in the classroom and throughout the school
  • Accompany the Deaf/Hard of Hearing student for staffings, conferences and field trips as assigned

 
PHYSICAL FACTORS:

  • Frequent:  walking, standing, bending, sitting, hearing, talking, and seeing

 
All Employees of Saint Cloud School District 742 are responsible to support District goals, to work collaboratively and respectfully with diverse populations of staff, students and parents and to model and promote a welcoming working and learning environment.  Employees are expected to support and adapt to change and to demonstrate commitment to continuous performance improvement.  Employees are responsible to establish and maintain effective communication with students, teachers, support staff, colleagues and parents, respect confidential matters, encourage a safe and secure environment throughout the District, and to be dependable and accountable in the performance of their work.
 
It is the prerogative of the District to assign staff so as to best meet the needs of the District.