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Interpreter at Siegel

at Murfreesboro City Schools

Posted: 10/18/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2067
Categories: Other/General

Job Description

JOB DESCRIPTION

JOB TITLE:  Special Education Educational Interpreter

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT:  Ten Months (the 180 days students are in attendance)

Immediate Supervisor:  School Principal

POSITION DESCRIPTION:

  • The Educational Interpreter will, under the direction of the School Principal and the oversight of the Teacher for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, provide sign language interpretive services to eligible deaf and hard of hearing students to enable each student access to curricular and other school-related activities.
  • The Educational Interpreter will recognize that deaf and hard of hearing students come from a variety of backgrounds and sign systems and will utilize the signing method with which the IEP team has deemed appropriate. This may include ASL, PSE, MCE, Contact Signing, etc.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES:

  • Provide sign language interpretive services in the educational setting as specified in the IEP’s of eligible deaf and hard of hearing students.
  • Sign Language Interpreters are to remain in the classrooms where they are assigned at all times. Interpreters should interpret all messages faithfully, conveying the content and spirit of the speaker.  When interpreting from spoken English to Sign, the educational interpreter will communicate in the manner most easily understood by the deaf or hard of hearing student.  When working from Sign to spoken language, the interpreter will speak the language used by the hearing person.
  • Under the direction of the subject area teacher, assist deaf or hard of hearing students to better comprehend the material presented-but never assuming the role of the teacher.
  • When the Educational Sign Language Interpreter is not interpreting for a student, they are to report to the Teacher for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing for duties. Additional duties may include but are not limited to:
  • Assisting students in the D/HOH classroom.
  • Assisting the D/HOH Teacher with lesson material preparation.
  • Utilizing time to improve on interpreter signing skills.
  • Provide interpretive services in various setting about the school, campus and community, as directed by the teacher for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
  • Establish as fully as possible a supportive relationship with students to whom assigned without fostering or encouraging intense personal or emotional attachments.
  • Defer all inquiries or concerns regarding students from parents, teachers, staff members or other students to the supervising Teacher for the Deaf and hard of hearing or to the school administrator.
  • Address concerns or questions regarding individual students to the supervising Teacher for the deaf and hard of hearing or the appropriate IEP team members ONLY.
  • Demonstrate conduct and dress appropriate to the interpreting situation and the school setting.
  • Accept the same responsibility and authority as other classified members of the education staff and abide by all applicable policies and procedures.
  • Assume responsibility for knowing and following all policies and procedures which apply to the position.
  • Satisfactorily complete all staff development and training activities required by the school system.
  • Assume full responsibility for maintaining and improving sign language skills as well as maintaining licensure, certification, etc. required for employment as an educational sign language interpreter.
  • Confidentiality within an educational setting means that the interpreter can only talk with members of the educational team about a student. Interpreters should freely address concerns about a student with the Teacher for the Deaf.  However, Sign Language Interpreters are responsible for reporting any and all incidences in which a student’s safety or wellbeing is in danger.
  • Interpreters are to interpret all information made available to their hearing peers. Students, General Ed Teachers, Interpreters do not dictate what will be interpreted.  Closed Captioning is not a substitute for interpreting.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Must meet all required health, physical and background check requirements.
  • Must meet criterion for licensure or obtain a passing score on the written portion of the Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA).  You must also obtain a minimum score of 3.0 on the performance assessment portion of the EIPA.
  • Must be able to use a variety of signing methods (i.e., ASL, PSE, MCE, Contact Signing) in order to effectively interpret for all deaf and hearing-impaired students to whom assigned, regardless of their background or sign systems.
  • Previous experience working with deaf and hearing –impaired students as an educational interpreter in a public school setting preferred.
  • Able and willing to take direction.
  • Able to work independently and as a team member.
  • Strong interpersonal skills-able to interact positively with students, staff and parents.

EVALUATION:

  • Performance of this job will be evaluated in accordance with provisions of the Board’s policy on Evaluation of Classified Personnel. The Tennessee Department of Education screening process for Educational Interpreters will be utilized as a part of this evaluation.


Primary Location: Erma Siegel

Shift Type: Full-Time

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Applications will be accepted beginning
Tuesday, September 17, 2019 12:00 AM
(Central Standard Time)