Interpreter for the Deaf - 20217344

Lakewood, WA, US
Sep 15, 2020
Starting Wage -$28.72/hr
Hours per Day - 7.0
Days per Year - 191
*Shift - To be deteremined

A. Job Title: B. Classification Level:
Interpreter for the Deaf PT-4

C. Reports to: D. Working Title:
Building Principal Interpreter/Tutor

Under general supervision of the building principal, with lead direction from classroom teachers, provides simultaneous or consecutive signing and voice interpretations in the classroom and other educational settings, to facilitate the communication and education of deaf and hard-of-hearing students. Also provides signing for non-instructional activities, converting voice to sign language and vice versa.

1. Interprets/transliterates all classroom communications and dynamics, including what the teacher, other students, and the deaf and hard-of-hearing students say and other noises that occur in or outside the classroom.
2. Performs sign to voice interpretation; refers all questions from deaf and hard-of-hearing students back to the teacher and vice versa.
3. Familiarizes self with subject matter being taught, studies materials and handouts, previews films and ensures ability to utilize appropriate signing vocabulary and expressions applicable to the subject. Tutors student for clarification and conceptualization to ensure understanding of subject matter.
4. Adapts signing to varying student needs and abilities and to personality of the speaker, to objectively express the tone and mood of the speaker as well as the content of the material. Re-signs using different signs as necessary to facilitate students of differing levels in the same situation.
5. Facilitates students' reading of signs; may recommend to the teacher alternative seating arrangements for deaf and hard-of-hearing students to enhance visibility of teacher, speaker, visual aids, etc. Uses chalkboard, paper, manipulatives, pictures in books, etc. to facilitate student understanding.
6. Provides interpretations/transliterations for various other situations, such as assemblies, field trips, meetings, test administration, phone calls, music, extra¬curricular activities and sports events.
7. Provides professional support and assistance to other interpreters in the program, monitoring classes periodically, demonstrating signing vocabulary, and providing back-up interpretation for classes as available.
8. Serves as a resource person for District staff and students to provide information regarding the interpretation process, needs and concerns of deaf and hard-of-hearing people.
9. Follows the code of ethics for interpreters as established by the National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. Maintains confidentiality of student information as necessary.
10. Demonstrates a positive regard and cooperative spirit toward parents and the community as a whole.
11. Performs related duties as assigned.
The essential functions listed above are not exhaustive and may be supplemented as necessary. The position may perform a variety of non-essential functions consistent with the scope and intent of the position.


A. Education and Experience
1. High school graduate or equivalent.
2. Completion of a two (2) year Interpreter Training Program including courses in RID Code of Ethics or two (2) years of signing or interpreting on a daily basis and knowledge of RID Code of Ethics for educational interpretation.

B. Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
1. Ability to perform accurate, timely, impartial and effective signing, including receptive skills to understand the student who signs rapidly. The most commonly used systems are American Sign Language (ASL) and signed English.
2. Willingness to work a flexible schedule in order to meet program needs.
3. Knowledge of principles, practices and techniques of signing and interpreting for the deaf and hard-of-hearing.
4. Knowledge of and demonstrated application of the RID Code of Ethics for educational interpretation.
5. Knowledge of educational interpreting and related vocabulary.
6. Ability to work as part of an educational team and cooperate in proactive problem solving with all levels of District staff.
7. Ability to work independently.
8. Ability to interact with deaf and hard-of-hearing students in a warm and confident manner.
9. Ability to remain flexible and to adapt to changes in environment and/or schedule.
10. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of people.
11. Ability to consistently dress in a manner that does not distract the student's attention from reading and understanding the sign language. Manner of dress should show signing hands to best advantage (e.g., high contrast between hands and shirt); avoid wearing accessories or prints that distract the student.

C. Certification and Licenses
1. Fingerprinting and background check.**
2. Valid First Aid and CPR Card.

1. Comprehensive Skills Certificate (CSC) or a combination of Certificate of Interpreting (CI=skill in going from spoken English to ASL) and Certification of Transliteration (CT=skill in expressing spoken English to one of the manually coded English systems).
2. RSC Certification (Reverse Skills Certificate). Indicates skill in interpreting signed ASL into spoken, written or signed English.
3. Experience in educational setting.

Work is performed in a regular school building/environment. Substantial requirements are to: concentrate on sign language; listen with more attention than normal daily life; have more than ordinary skill and speed in using fingers, hands and limbs; be confined to work station and sit or stand for prolonged periods of time; to bend, stretch, twist, walk, reach or recurring physical activity requiring ordinary physical effort; to occasionally work with distraught students; may be required to sit or kneel on floor.

JOB CLASS: Paraeducator WORK YEAR: 193

*Shifts are subject to change.
**Employment with Clover Park School District is conditional pending completion of a Washington State Patrol and Federal Bureau of Investigation fingerprint background check as required by RCW28A.400.303. (NOTE: All associated background check fees are the employee's responsibility.) The fingerprint scan must be completed through an ESD prior to the first day of employment. More information can be found at .

Equal Opportunity Employer
Clover Park School District 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. Address correspondence to one of the following individuals who have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination at Clover Park School District, 10903 Gravelly Lake Dr., SW, Lakewood, WA 98499-1341: Title IX Coordinator, Kevin Ikeda, Assistant Superintendent: (253) 583-5165, Section 504/ADA Coordinator, Brian Laubach, Deputy Superintendent: (253) 583-5050, Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator, Lori McStay, Executive Director for Human Resources: (253) 583-5087

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