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Interpreter for ESL Students

Hamilton County Department of Education
Ooltewah, TN, United States
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Hamilton County Schools, located in Chattanooga, TN, is the fastest improved school district in the state of Tennessee. Our mission is to create pathways to bright futures for all students in our community by helping to equip them with the skills, knowledge and supports required to realize their full potential.

We do this by focusing on five action areas in our strategic plan, Future Ready 2023:
  • Accelerating Student Achievement
  • Future Ready Students
  • Great Teachers and Leaders
  • Engaged Community
  • Efficient and Effective Operations

We are committed to excellence for every student and are seeking outstanding school support and district-wide staff who desire to make a difference in the lives of students. For classified employees who are interested in becoming teachers, we also offer our "Grow Your Own" program, with pathways to becoming a certified teacher. With nearly 80 schools located in urban, rural, and suburban communities, we are confident that you can find your place in Hamilton County.

The primary function of the Interpreter/Translator is to bridge communication gap between district/school personnel and English learners (ELs) and family members (primarily parents and guardians of students) using a language other than English. This includes bridging language and cultural barriers to protect educational rights of families and their children. Interpreting: Ensuring effective oral communication between individuals using multiple languages. Translation: Process by which written documents are transferred from one language to another.


  • Communicates with parents and families through a variety of means (community and school-based meetings, school website, flyers, etc.) to ensure parents and families of ELs are informed of opportunities to engage with their child's school.
  • Translates and edits school and district documents from English to target language.
  • Provides language support in the target language to families of ELs with questions, problems, and/or concerns.
  • Assists new ELs with district enrollment documents & registration process.
  • Makes phone calls in the target language to communicate district information to families of ELs.
  • Communicates with parents to convey education and school-related information to ensure full comprehension as requested by school personnel.
  • Serves as an interpreter for parents during required IEP meetings, legal proceedings, and other special education related meetings.
  • Provides over the phone language support to school staff communicating with families of ELs.
  • Communicates through the proper channels to keep supervisor and other appropriate personnel informed of impending problems or events of unusual nature.
  • Records automated messages in the target language to communicate school information to families of ELs.
  • Estimates translation time for assigned documents and to produce translated materials with required timelines.
  • Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with staff, families, students, teachers, administrators, and the general public.
  • Logs information regarding calls received and maintains detailed and accurate records on designated forms
  • Works cooperatively and collaboratively as a team member using good interpersonal relationship and communication skills.
  • Maintains confidentiality.
  • Complies with applicable district, state, and federal codes, laws, rules, regulations, standards, policies, and procedures.
  • Adheres to the Teacher Code of Ethics as defined by Tennessee Law.
  • Interpret during meetings including, but not limited to parent-teacher conferences, parent meetings in school, parent meetings afterschool or home visits.
  • Operates a computer to enter, retrieve, review or modify data & emails; verifies accuracy of entered data and makes corrections; operates general office/school equipment.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the appropriate district or school building personnel.


  • Associate's degree preferred.
  • Two (2) years of experience and/or training with serving as a translator or interpreter.
  • Must possess: (1) Fluency in relevant target language(s) (2) Ability to read and write in the target language(s) (3) Excellent bilingual communication skills, both written and verbal skills in foreign language(s).

  • Proficiency in target language & English, both written and verbal skills
  • Attention to detail and ability to multi-task
  • Computer literate, proficient with MS Word

Salary is based on a combination of relevant education and experience.
Minimum Salary - Grade 11

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Hamilton County Schools, located in beautiful Chattanooga, TN, is hiring, supporting, and retaining outstanding top teaching talent. We are the fastest improved district in Tennessee and have a goal to become the best. With nearly 80 schools located in urban, rural, and suburban communities, we are confident that you can find your place in Hamilton County.

Why Join our Team?  

New Teacher Support: With our progressive three-year induction program for new teachers, you will have the following supports: 

  • New Teacher Academy 
  • First Year Mentor & Supportive Professional Development 
  • Whole-Teacher/Well-Teacher (wellness & mindfulness training) 

Leadership Opportunities: Grow your career with Hamilton County Schools, no matter your professional goals: 

  • Train to become a mentor teacher or professional development presenter
  • Obtain your National Board Certification and get a $4,000 salary increase 
  • Apply for leadership pipeline programs for instructional coaching or administration 
  • Be a part of innovative programs that are unique to Hamilton County like Teacherpreneur and STEM Fellows
  • Travel the world as a Fund for Teachers recipient

Experience all Chattanooga has to offer:

  • Chattanooga has a metro area of 500,000 people - not too big and not too small - and under two hours from Nashville, Atlanta, Knoxville, and Birmingham
  • Award-winning city for outdoor activities, music, art and culture
  • 25 + local music, art, and food festivals every year

We are seeking teaching candidates who are:

  • Committed to high academic achievement and high expectations for all students
  • Able to be a positive team-player and communicate effectively with colleagues, supervisors, students, and families
  • Open to being coached and receiving feedback in order to advance learning and growth for students
  • Experienced in high-need or Title-I School settings. Experience with English Language Learners is a plus.
  • Professionals with high personal standards and integrity

Compensation & Total Rewards 

  • Competitive salary range commensurate with experience
  • Comprehensive benefits package includes multiple health insurance options, vision, dental reimbursement, short and long-term disability, life insurance, on-site clinics, and a wellness program 
  • Childcare for Hamilton County teachers available in multiple schools 
  • Competitive retirement plans through Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System, including a hybrid 401k and pension plan. In 2018, TCRS was ranked in the top four best funded State Pension plans by the Pew Charitable Trust. 

About Hamilton County Schools

 Hamilton County Schools, located in beautiful Chattanooga, TN, is the fastest improving district in the state of Tennessee. We believe in success for all students and are dedicated to helping all students succeed to their highest potential.  With nearly 80 schools located in urban, rural, and suburban communities, we are confident that you can find your place in Hamilton County.

Who we serve: Hamilton County Schools serves over 42,000 students across our diverse county in urban, rural and suburban communities. Our families speak 125 languages and approximately 8.5% of our students are English language learners.

Our results: The state of Tennessee has recognized Hamilton County as an “Advancing” school district.

A few of our recent achievements include:

  • #2 out of 146 districts in the state of Tennessee for student growth and a Level 5 district for 2018-2019
  • 45 Level 5 schools and 32 reward schools
  • 16 Volkswagen E-Labs - the highest concentration of fabrication labs of any district in the US or abroad
  • Milken Award winning teacher; State Principal of the Year (2017)
  • 13 High Schools with over 18 Future Ready Institutes
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