Interpreter/Signing Instructional Assistant

Application Deadline: Open until filled (1 position)

Hourly Pay Rate:  $15.00   

Peace Valley Charter School is a new public charter school that will provide a developmentally driven education. Peace Valley’s methodology is guided by the principle that children learn best when they are engaged in a three-fold learning process: intellectually, emotionally, and actively or “Head, Heart, and Hands” method of teaching and learning. We are seeking an Aide-Interpreter for one of our first-grade students.

PURPOSE

Facilitates communication between the DHH (deaf / hard of hearing) student and others, including school staff, service providers, and peers within the educational environment.

PERFORMANCE RESPONSIBILITIES

The primary functions of an employee in this class are to communicate effectively and to interpret accurately from spoken English to sign language (ASL, Pidgin Signed English, or Manually Coded English, whichever appropriate and specified in the IEP) and from sign language to spoken English. The position is directly supervised by the building principal. The primary duties of the position are performed in a classroom and in outdoor environments.

Position Duties

  • Assist with critical daily activities such as classroom transition times, recess and mealtime supervision.

  • Model positive behavior.

  • Continuously monitor the student, to ensure safety at all times.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES

  • Interprets for the student utilizing their preferred mode of communication during the school day in academic and non-academic settings with staff, peers and other students.

  • Work with the teacher to ensure the student knows the new signs that will be introduced with new vocabulary.   

  • Assists the student with tutoring or other supplemental instruction under the direction of the certified teacher.

  • Assists in implementing a student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP), and accommodations such as hand-over-hand assistance with fine motor activities, and assistance with daily living skills such as toileting procedures, donning and doffing coats, shoes, orthotics, etc.

  • Performs interpreting duties in the classroom, tutoring, supplemental or special instruction, therapies, and related educational situations, as directed and under the supervision of the certified teacher/staff.

  • Other related duties as assigned.


EXPECTATIONS

  • Adhere to the Ethical Educator & Professional Practices as set forth by the Teacher Standards & Practices Commission.

  • Adhere to the EIPA (Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment) Guidelines of Professional Conduct for Educational Interpreters (found on www.classroominterpreting.org)

  • Work cooperatively with Special Education and other support staff to ensure that the student with special needs will have a successful educational experience.

  • Foster a healthy, supportive relationship with all colleagues.

  • Contribute a community spirit and a willingness to participate when possible in support of the school community.

  • Adhere to all school and board systems, protocols and policies that are developed.

  • Maintain professional competence through participation in school-provided in-service activities and/or self-selected professional growth activities related to job responsibilities. (The “Idaho Educational Interpreter Act” requires 80 hours of CEH’s every five years.)

  • Fulfill other reasonable duties as instructed by the Special Education Teacher.

 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

Knowledge of:

  • American Sign Language (ASL), or other required sign language systems, including appropriate signs, vocabulary, and cultural or regional variations and must meet the minimum qualifications to interpret in the State of Idaho

  • The interpreter’s role of basic educational procedures and objectives, including classroom instruction and presentation, behavior management and modification, and student-teacher relations and interactions.

  • The interpreter's role of basic concepts of child growth and development and development behavior characteristics of deaf and hard of hearing children.

Ability to:

  • Interpret written and spoken English into ASL, or another designated manual/visual communication system.

  • Adapt signing to a variety of teaching styles, student comprehension levels, and grade levels (K-12).

  • Interpret and translate classroom instructions and presentations to the appropriate learning level of the assigned student.

  • Interpret across cultural boundaries.

  • Maintain student, school, and parental confidentiality.

  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

  • Required to be a respectful, cooperative, and reliable team member and participant in school activities.

  • Ability to multi-task and act independently. exercise sound judgment.

  • Must be supportive of an environmentally friendly, commercial free atmosphere.

  • Must be committed to building a diverse community.

  • Confidentiality: Required to respect the confidentiality of information about enrolled children and families, staff, personnel issues, contributors, and other school operations, as per FERPA regulations and policies.

  • Ability to manage stressful situations with employees and community groups with poise, diplomacy, and confidentiality.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred. Associate Degree or approved Idaho State paraprofessional proof of assessment required.

  • A minimum score of 3.5 or better on the EIPA (Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment) or, NAD (National Association of the Deaf) certification level 3 or higher or, nationally certified by RID (Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf) or apply for and be granted an Emergency Authorization per the Idaho Educational Interpreter Act.

  • Adherence to Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf Code of Professional Conduct.

  • Capacity to assume responsibility for own professional development.

  • Ability to read and speak English proficiently.

  • Experience working with children in education and special education settings preferred.

  • Coursework in, and/or knowledge of, Waldorf education methods ideal.

  • Some knowledge of Spanish language ideal.

 

ESSENTIAL PHYSICAL ABILITIES

  • Sufficient clarity of speech and hearing or other communication capabilities, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to discern verbal instructions, communicate effectively in person, and to hear sounds within the normal range of conversation.

  • Sufficient vision or other powers of observation, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to comprehend written work instructions and comprehend, review, and translate a variety of written and text documents and materials.

  • Sufficient manual dexterity, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to communicate using American Sign Language (ASL).

  • Sufficient personal mobility, agility, strength, and reflexes, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to stand or sit for long periods of time, able to lift up to 40 pounds and work in a classroom environment.

 

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Work occurs both in an internal classroom and office space, and outdoor environments, including playground, garden, farm, treed open-space areas, including walks to, and playing in, a nearby park (.5 mile away).

  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to high.

 

EVALUATION

Yearly by supervisor

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT

To be determined by school’s calendar year.

Not eligible for Benefits.

Regular attendance is an essential function of this job.

  • If you are chosen for this position your employment with the District would be "at will". Employment at Will means that the employee or the District may terminate the employment relationship with or without cause, and with or without notice, at any time.

  • As per Idaho Code 65-5-1/65-503: "Eligible veterans are provided advantages in public employment in Idaho…"

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