Educational Interpreter ASL/DHH
Posted on Nov 16, 2018 by Tacoma Public Schools
interpretation in the classroom and other educational settings to
meet IDEA and ADA and other legal compliances;
to facilitate communication between D/deaf
and Hard of Hearing (D/HH) students, teachers, staff and members of
the community; may perform instructional activities under teacher
guidance, and may facilitate the education of
1. Coordinates daily activities for the Interpreters at the
assigned building/school; works together with the Interpreter
Services Coordinator to ensure daily assignments are filled
including, but not limited to, the before and after school
activities for the purpose of facilitating communication
2. Interprets all communication and dynamics between individuals
who are D/HH; uses appropriate modes of communication to ensure
students, and/or teachers and/or community members understand the
communication; provides visual access to auditory information in
the environment; adapts signing for diverse needs and abilities for
the purpose of facilitating communication.
3. Interprets information, lectures, discussion, classroom
activities, school meetings, trainings and conferences and
communicates relative information to the Interpreters at the
assigned building for the purpose of providing communication access
and facilitating communication.
4. Prepares, previews and studies subject matter being taught or
presented, such as lesson materials, handouts, and films to
research vocabulary and ensure appropriate terminology applicable
to the subject or to the forum for lectures or assemblies for the
purpose of ensuring that a clear interpretation can be
5. Adapts interpretations to the varying and diverse needs and
abilities of students, and/or teachers, and/or community members to
objectively express the tone and mood of the speaker as well as the
content of the material; can clarify as necessary to facilitate
understanding for the purpose of ensuring that a clear
interpretation can be provided.
6. Provides interpretation for various other situations, such as
assemblies, field trips, meetings, test administration, phone
calls, music, extra-curricular activities, and sports events;
interprets informal conversations with students and staff during
unstructured time as necessary for the purpose of providing
7. Supports and assists other staff by modeling positive
interpersonal skills; participates as a team member for planning
and reviewing daily activities, attending in-services and
information sharing for the purpose of optimizing the staff and
student participation in the educational environment.
8. Provides District staff with information regarding the
interpretation process and the responsibilities as Lead Interpreter
as well as needs and concerns of individuals who are D/HH for the
purpose of creating a positive Deaf friendly climate.
9. Adheres to appropriate District guidelines for
confidentiality and professional behavior.
10. Collaborates with Teachers of the D/HH, other classroom
teachers and other school staff to provide the optimum educational
opportunities and in keeping with IEP requirements for the purpose
of optimizing the staff and student participation in the
OTHER JOB DUTIES:
1. Remains current in the field through involvement in
professional activities and continuing educational activities, as
2. May participate in the educational team to support education
of students who are D/HH; may perform tutoring duties under
supervision of designated teacher; may attend meetings related to
responsibilities of Lead Interpreter.
3. Performs related duties as assigned.
Substantial requirement to listen closely and concentrate on
sign language; confined to work station for prolonged periods;
occasionally required to deal with distraught students; may be
required to sit, kneel, or stand for prolonged periods; may be
required to work outdoors; may be required to work extra hours as
Education and Experience:
High school graduate or equivalent and completion of an
Interpreter Training Program; an EIPA rating of 3.5 or above and/or
RID certification is preferred; or any combination of experience
and training which provides the applicant with the knowledge,
skills, and ability required to perform the work.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of principles, practices, and techniques of
interpreting for the D/HH.
Knowledge of Deaf Culture and education techniques.
Knowledge of educational interpreting and related vocabulary is
Skill throughout the sign language continuum.
Skill with interpreting for individuals who are D/HH, teachers,
and community members using a high level of fluency for various
educational and cultural backgrounds.
Skill in effective process, problem solving and
Ability to work without direct supervision.
Ability to obtain, clarify, and exchange information.
Ability to interact with people who are deaf and hard of hearing
in a warm, confident and culturally appropriate manner.
Ability to remain flexible and to adapt to changes in work site
location, environment and/or schedules.
Ability to set priorities and coordinate activities.
Ability to communicate effectively.
Ability to participate as a team member and promote
Ability to promote understanding of Deaf Culture and hearing
Ability to demonstrate reasonable, reliable and regular
Ability to maintain confidentiality.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working
relationships with a variety of people in a multi-cultural, diverse
Completion of Interpreter Training Program.
RID and/or EIPA assessment score of 3.5 or above preferred.
As of 2016, an EIPA score of 3.5 or above will be required by
Washington State law.
*Per 2015 MOU agreement between Tacoma School District and the
Tacoma Federation of ParaEducators Local 461, AFT/AFL-CIO.
This job description is not an employment agreement or
contract. Tacoma School District administration has the exclusive
right to alter this job description at any time without
notice. The statements contained herein reflect general
details as necessary to describe the primary functions of this job,
the level of knowledge and skill typically required and the scope
of responsibility, but should not be considered an all-inclusive
listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other
duties as assigned including work in other functional areas to
cover absences or relief, to equalize peak work periods or
otherwise balance the workload.
Tacoma Public Schools does not discriminate in any programs or
activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color,
national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual
orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use
of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access
to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following
employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints
of alleged discrimination: Civil Rights Coordinator: Lisa Nolan,
, ; Title IX Coordinator: Eric
Hogan, , ; and 504 Coordinator:
Elementary, Steven Mondragon, ,
; Secondary, Jon Bell, ,
. Address: P.O. Box 1357, Tacoma, WA 98.
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