SANTA CLARA COUNTY OFFICE OF EDUCATION
CLASS TITLE: Education Interpreter/Tutor, Deaf/Hard of Hearing (HOH) Program (NCLB)
DESCRIPTION OF BASIC FUNCTION AND RESPONSIBILITIES
To perform highly specialized functions in the interpreting/transliterating classroom lectures, instructional materials, media, mainstream classroom instruction, informal conversation discussion, interpreting and tutoring Deaf and Hard of Hearing students in assigned academic or elective subject areas.
The class of Education Interpreter/Tutor, Deaf/Hard of Hearing (HOH) Program (NCLB) exercises independent judgment and responsibility for the accurate interpretation/transliteration of both formal and informal classroom/school instructional and extra-curricular activities. Employees in this class receive direct supervision within a well-defined framework of policies and procedures.
This class requires a high degree of proficiency in the application of recognized and designated sign languages and finger spelling and at the speed required to successfully execute and facilitate communications between hearing and Deaf and Hard of Hearing persons.
Performs specialized duties requiring the application of and proficiency in accepted and designated sign languages such as American Sign Language (ASL), Conceptually Accurate Signed English (CASE), Contract Sign Language (PSE), Signing Exact English (SEE II), and finger spelling
Recognizes and adjusts interpretive language to match the studentís preferred language and language mode to ensure that the student comprehends the interpretation
Interprets/transliterates mainstream and self contained classroom lectures, group discussions, movies, plays, videotapes, audio recording, guest speakers, general classroom instruction and extra-curricular activities
Interprets/transliterates informal conversations, telephone calls, and other verbal communications for assigned Deaf/HOH students/staff; communicating intensity/feelings of both originator and receiver
Voice interpret for Deaf/HOH students, staff and parents
Assists students in learning/practicing appropriate living/social skills and behaviors such as safety procedures, communication skills, independence, decision making and problem-solving techniques necessary for "mainstreaming" and life skills
Tutors and assists Deaf/HOH students, individually or in groups, in academic or elective subjects; and assists teachers in self contained classroom with instruction as assigned
Prepares, designs, and develops instructional materials to assist Deaf/HOH students in a learning environment under the direction of a certificated teacher
Researches specific terminology and signs appropriate to classroom material/lectures
Interprets/transliterates for assigned Deaf/HOH student(s), staff, and parents at extracurricular activities/events, during meetings, student orientations, work shops, and other related events
Trains certificated and other staff members in simple signing methods as directed; enhances communications between Deaf/HOH students and mainstream participants
Serves as a resource to Deaf/HOH students and mainstream staff on appropriate use of interpreting services
Serves as a positive liaison between mainstream staff and Deaf/HOH program
Assists in ordering appropriate instructional materials for Deaf/HOH program
Accompany Deaf/HOH students to and from means of transportation including the supervision of students while loading and unloading buses; supervises students during student unstructured time including recess, breaks, lunch, between classes and before and after school
Observes Deaf/HOH students on day-to-day basis; provides feedback to staff as necessary
Orients substitute teachers/education assistants to classroom routine/procedures and individual student's needs as necessary
May perform routine clerical duties including typing, duplicating, collating, filing, taking attendance, grading papers, etc.
May operate specialized communication equipment for Deaf/HOH students
Perform related duties as assigned.
Various modes of sign language, finger spelling, and gestures as required by assignment including American Sign Language (ASL), Conceptually Accurate Signed English (CASE), Contact Sign Language (PSE), Signing Exact English (SEE II) and American Manual Alphabet (finger spelling) methods and techniques used in communicating with deaf and hard of hearing persons
Code of Ethics prepared by the National Registry for Interpreters for the Deaf
Basic child guidance principles and effective management techniques
Basic social/emotional need and challenges associated with Deaf/HOH students
Effective record-keeping practices and procedures
Proper English usage, spelling, grammar, and punctuation
Effectively and accurately interpret/transliterate classroom lectures/instruction/discussion, videos and other related activities using sign language/voice and appropriate vocabulary
Voice interpret for Deaf/HOH students/staff
Team interpret in a mainstream environment providing support as needed
Understand and follow both oral and written instructions in an independent manner
Understand the basic social/emotional needs associated with Deaf/HOH students
Effectively tutor Deaf/HOH students in assigned subject areas
Accurately analyze situations and adopt an effective course of action under established guidelines
Operate standard office and specialized equipment including a desktop computer, typewriter, copier, communications equipment, etc.
Effectively communicate in both oral and written forms
Establish and maintain effective work relationships with those contacted in the performance of required duties
Pass a pre-employment physical examination related to job duties/assignments and in accordance with applicable law, statutes, bargaining unit agreements, and merit system rules.
REQUIRED INTERPRETOR CERTIFICATION
Possess valid certification issued by the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) or at least a Level 4.0 assessment from National Association of the Deaf (NAD); Educational Sign Skills Evaluation (ESSE); or other statewide or nationally recognized organization or certifying body.
EXPERIENCE, TRAINING AND/OR TESTING REQUIREMENTS:
One year of experience as an interpreter in an educational setting with proficiency to accurately interpret spoken English for Deaf and Hard of Hearing students and interpret designated sign language to spoken English; and any of the following:
Possession of a high school diploma or its equivalent and at least 48 college semester units earned at an institution of higher learning (including coursework in sign language, psychology of deafness or related field); OR
Possession of a high school diploma or its equivalent and possession of a degree earned at an institution of higher learning (preferably in sign language, psychology of deafness or related field); OR
Possession of a high school diploma or its equivalent and the ability to obtain a passing score on the County Office of Education No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Paraprofessional Examination.
WORKING ENVIRONMENT: Indoor and outdoor environments.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Hearing and speaking to exchange information; seeing to perform assigned duties; sitting or standing for extended periods of time; dexterity of hands and fingers to operate special equipment (including a keyboard) and perform the duties of the position; kneeling, bending at the waist, and reaching overhead, above the shoulders and horizontally; and lifting light objects.
Approved by the Personnel Commission: July 30, 2009