580 - LEAD INTERPRETER


QUALIFICATIONS:        

  1. High School diploma or GED; sixty college hours and three years experience with T.I.S.D. preferred.

  2. Texas Commission for the Deaf (TCD) certification.

  3. Demonstrates interest in and aptitude for work to be performed.

  4. Ability to grow professionally.

  5. Desire and ability to work with and communicate effectively with  staff, students, and parents.

REPORTS TO:                   DEAF EDUCATION CONSULTANT/DIRECTOR OF SPECIAL EDUCATION

JOB GOALS:                 

  1. To provide leadership and support for the interpreters, enabling the mainstreaming program to meet the needs of the individual student.


TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT:  Administrative/Professional Paygrade 1 Estimated 197 days;  estimated 8 hours daily Wage hour status:  Exempt


MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES
 

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Acts as a liaison between the interpreters and administration meeting with deaf education consultant on a regular basis to discuss interpreter concerns.

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Meets with mainstream and/or deaf education teachers to resolve any situational difficulties arising from teacher interpreter relationships.

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Attends Admission, Referral, Dismissal (ARD) committee meetings district wide and provide input as to the role of interpreter and, when necessary, explain position to parents of hearing impaired students.

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Indoctrinates new interpreters on State Code of Ethics and interpreter role in education.

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Provides in-service as requested to educate T.I.S.D. personnel on interpreter role in education.

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Conducts staff meetings as necessary to address needs and concerns of interpreters.

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Observes interpreters in mainstream setting once a year for purposes of appraisal and evaluation of sign skills.

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Provides written feedback on observations.

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Produces end-of-year summative evaluation on each individual interpreter.

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Makes recommendations to consultant for appropriate interpreter placement each year.

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Works with deaf education consultant to reassign interpreters when necessary and to rearrange interpreters because of absences.

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Coordinates signs district wide to ensure all personnel (teacher and interpreters) are using same signs and appropriate sign systems.

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Assists deaf education consultant in interviewing prospective employees and provides input on applicants signing ability.

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Plans, coordinates, and implements in-service for interprets to help increase levels of professionalism.

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Attends such workshops or meetings as necessary to support interpreter continuing education bringing information back to district and presenting it to interpreters.

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Interprets for mainstreamed hearing impaired students on a daily basis.

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Is fluent in three different sign languages:   American Sign Language (ASL), Pidgin Signed English (PSE), and exact English, to meet varying language needs of different students.

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Interprets for assemblies, movies, and guest speakers.

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Interprets for students in counseling situations.

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Interprets for staff and faculty meetings for deaf professionals.

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Interprets for students before and after school for extracurricular activities.

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Interprets for deaf education consultant in testing situations.

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Is prepared with appropriate signs for special instructional vocabulary.

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Signs and finger-spells precisely and clearly.

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Maintains confidentiality under the terms set forth in the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf.

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Accompanies hearing impaired students on all field trips and interprets, if necessary.

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Attends all Admission, Referral, and Dismissal (ARD) meetings and interprets, if necessary.

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Rewords and explains information presented by teacher which is not understood by student due to language deficiencies.

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Rewrites tests to suit language level of mainstream students.

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Creates and provides written tutorials for tests.

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Meets with students as requested (by students or mainstream teacher) to provide tutorial in subject areas requiring remediation and to prepare students for upcoming tests.

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Be alert to possible emergency situations that might arise in the classrooms and is aware of the best possible means of protecting the well-being of the student.

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Assists the deaf education and/or mainstream teacher in devising special strategies for reinforcing material or skills based on a sympathetic understanding of individual students, their needs, interest, and abilities.

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Informs mainstream teacher of basic special needs of hearing impaired students.

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Attends weekly sign language classes provided at elementary and middle school campuses to improve sign skills and coordinate signs district wide.

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Participates in in-service training programs.

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Maintains state required certification at level I or higher.

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Complies with directions and instructions from supervisor and performs other tasks and assumes such responsibilities as may be assigned.

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Maintains positive and cooperative working relationships with colleagues and others in the conduct of district business and demonstrates team work in daily activities.

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Is prompt, timely, and thorough in completing assignments and attending to details accurately and efficiently.

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Meets attendance standards and complies with notification procedures for absences.

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Provides complete and accurate information in the conduct of district business.

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Maintains confidentiality in the conduct of district business.

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Complies with district policies, as well as state and federal laws and regulations.

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Computes rates for extra-duty overtime pay for interpreting staff and submits figures on appropriate form to RDSPD Coordinator.
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Maintains Kronos records for daily attendance logs for interpreter staff.

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Generates and submits payroll report for HIgh School campus interpreters.
    48. Communicates program goals and district information to interpreter staff.
    49. Coordinates interpreter services for district meetings and special requests district wide.
    50. Maintain and disseminate local sign language list for vocabulary not found in other resources on an annual basis.
    51. Coordinates practicum student assignments from local universities and facilitates in campus communication and placement.

 

WORKING CONDITIONS: 

                Mental Demands:  Ability to hear information in one language, process the information and produce information in another language using an alternate mode of communication. Reading; ability to communicate effectively (verbal); maintain emotional control under stress. 

                Physical Demands/Environmental Factors:  Constant repetitive hand movement- beyond recommended 30 minute intervals with breaks. Moderate standing, stooping, bending, and lifting.

                 (Describe any special requirements needed in working with children.)

The foregoing statements describe the general purpose and responsibilities assigned to this job and are not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills that may be required. 12/03 sr