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Sign Language Interpreter

at Ralston Public Schools

Posted: 5/21/2019
Job Reference #: 176
Categories: Other/General

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Openings as of 6/15/2019
Sign Language Interpreter

  • Sign Language Interpreter JobID: 176
  • Position Type:
    Sign Language Interpreter/Sign Language Interpreter

  • Date Posted:
    6/7/2019

  • Location:
    District Wide

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    Sign Language Interpreter


    Position Purpose:
    Under the general supervision of the building principal, to facilitate communication between students with hearing impairments and their hearing peers, the classroom teacher, and other personnel in the school system. Interpreting responsibilities may include tutoring, notetaking, and participation in meetings as a member of the educational team.

    Essential Performance Responsibilities:
    • Provides sign to voice/voice to sign interpreting which may include Signed Exact English, American Sign Language, or other forms of manual communication based on the needs of the student.
    • Participates in educational team meetings (e.g., IEP and MDT meetings) to provide input on the success of communication strategies with the student.
    • Consults with classroom teachers and other staff members on a regular basis.
    • Provides general classroom support and outside supervision of students on an as-needed basis, when appropriate.
    • Works with audiologists, deaf educators, and/or special educators to monitors the use and implementation of audio support systems intended to improve the student’s ability to receive auditory input.
    • Provides interpreting for extracurricular activities and other meetings outside of the school day, as required.
    • Assists with classroom adaptations as determined by the IEP, instructional team, or in consultation with special education personnel, when appropriate.
    • Provides other educational support services, such as tutoring and/or notetaking, when interpreting is not needed.
    • Maintains appropriate certification on the EIPA or other skills evaluation system as designated by the Nebraska Department of Education, Rule 51.
    • Engages in ongoing continuing education/professional development as designated by the Nebraska Department of Education, Rule 51.
    • Maintains a regular and predictable attendance history while employed by the district
    • Performs other related tasks as assigned by the principal and other central office administrators as designated by the Superintendent.
    Note: The above description is illustrative of tasks and responsibilities. It is not meant to be all inclusive of every task or responsibility.

    Equipment:
    • Uses of standard office equipment such as personal computers, printer, copy and fax machines, and telephone.


    Travel Requirements:
    • Travels to school district buildings and professional meetings as required.


    Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
    • Knowledge of Signed Exact English, American Sign Language, and/or other sign language systems.
    • Knowledge of the use and care of audio support systems.
    • Knowledge of methods and techniques used in communicating with Deaf and hard of hearing students.
    • Knowledge of Deaf culture and the barriers faced by deaf/hard of hearing students.
    • Ability to hear spoken language communication.
    • Ability to interpret spoken English at a rate appropriate for expected job performance.
    • Ability to voice for Deaf and hard of hearing students.
    • Ability to understand and use proper English, including vocabulary and grammar.
    • Ability to organize and coordinate work.
    • Ability to communicate effectively with students and parents.
    • Ability to engage in self-evaluation with regard to performance and professional growth.
    • Ability to maintain appropriate adult-student relationships with all students.
    • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with others contacted in the course of work.


    Physical and Mental Demands, Work Hazards:
    • Works in standard office and school building environments.
    • Regularly required to use hands/fine finger dexterity to communicate with Deaf and/or hard of hearing students.

    Note: Also see the Summary of Physical, Sensory, and Environmental Requirements Needed to Perform Essential Functions for this position.

    Qualifications Profile:
    Certification/License:
    • Valid Nebraska drivers license or ability to provide own transportation for district-related events.
    • Competency in manual communication as defined by the Nebraks Department of Education, Rule 51.
    Education:
    • Post secondary training/associates degree in sign language interpreting.
    • Bachelors degree in deaf education/manual communication preferred.


    Experience:
    • Successful prior experience in a K-12 environment preferred.


    FSLA Status: Non-exempt