Educational Interpreter ASL/DHH

  • Tacoma, Washington
  • Mar 17, 2020
Clerical and Administrative Support

Job Description

Tacoma Public Schools

Expected Start Date: September 1, 2018

FTE: 0.875

Hours per day: 7

Salary Level: DOE PA-8A-10A Paraeducator Salary Schedule
Salary placement is based on verifiable experience, AA or higher degree in Interpreter training program and scores on the Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA)

Union/Days per year: Para 182 + 11 holidays 2016

Benefits: This job has the full range of benefits offered by Tacoma Public Schools.

This position performs sign to voice and voice to sign interpretation in the classroom and other educational settings to meet IDEA and ADA and other legal compliances; tofacilitate 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 facilitatethe education of D/HH students.

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 activities.

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 provided.

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 communication access.

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 educational environment.

1. Remains current in the field through involvement in professional activities and continuing educational activities, as directed.

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 Lead Interpreter.

Minimum Qualifications
Other information:

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 desired.
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 organization.
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 teamwork.
Ability to promote understanding of Deaf Culture and hearing loss.
Ability to demonstrate reasonable, reliable and regular attendance.
Ability to maintain confidentiality.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of people in a multi-cultural, diverse socio-economic setting.

Licenses/Special Requirements
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.
Job Locator Number: D24-59

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, 253-571-1252,; Title IX Coordinator: Eric Hogan, 253-571-1191,; and 504 Coordinator: Elementary, Tracye Ferguson,, 253-571-1096; Secondary, Jon Bell,, 253-571-1225. Address: P.O. Box 1357, Tacoma, WA 98401-1357., (253) 571-1250

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