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Helena School District Sign Language Interpreter/Level II Para Educator (Teacher Assistant) in Helena, Montana

Sign Language Interpreter/Level II Para Educator (Teacher Assistant) JobID: 2109

+ + Position Type:

Support Staff/ParaEducator (Teacher Assistant)

  • Date Posted:

    1/14/2021

  • Location:

    District Wide

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Level II Para Educator/Sign Language Interpreter

Helena School District # 1 is accepting applications for a Level II Para Educator/Sign Language Interpreter. Position works under the supervision of instructional personnel while assisting deaf or hard of hearing students with their daily instructional programs by providing interpreter services Qualifications: Minimum qualifications include: An associate degree or at least 2 years of post-secondary education; at least 3 months experience or training; or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience as determined by the District. Prior successful experience assisting deaf or hard of hearing students and an Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA) score of 3.5 or higher is preferred. Certification in American Sign Language (ASL) interpreting is desired. Entry level salary range is $13.30 to $21.95 per hour depending upon education, applicable experience and EIPA score. A comprehensive benefit package is provided including insurance coverage during the summer break. The following application materials are required: completed District on-line application, letter of introduction/cover letter, and resume. Initial screening will begin immediately. This position will remain open until filled. EEO employer. District application is available online at: https://helenaschools.org/departments/human-resources/join-our-team/ (https://helenaschools.org/departments/humanresources/helena-school-district-employment/) For additional information contact: Helena Public Schools Human Resource Service Office 55 South Rodney Street Helena, Montana 59601 Phone: (406) 324-2010 e-mail: recruit@helenaschools.org (personnel@helena.k12.mt.us)

Helena Public Schools Position Description

Job Title: Level II Para Educator – Sign Language Interpreter Department: Student Services Reports To: Building and/or Student Services Administrator Prepared Date: Fall 2015 SUMMARY: Position works under the supervision of instructional personnel while assisting deaf or hard of hearing students’ with their daily instructional programs by providing interpreter services. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Other duties may be assigned. Translates simultaneously with the classroom lectures and/or other presentations and events from English into sign language; translates students responses from sign language into English. Interprets at special events (such as field trips, student instructor conferences and special meetings). Assist deaf or hard of hearing students with the learning materials and instructional exercises. Tutor deaf or hard of hearing students individually or in small groups to reinforce and follow-up learning activity. Obtains and reviews related instructional materials prior to providing interpreting services, as requested. Assist deaf or hard of hearing students in student orientation. Provides awareness of and sensitivity to the needs of the deaf or hard of hearing population. Assist with behavior management programs and techniques, as requested. Assist in students Individual Education Plan (IEP) goals under the direction of instructional personnel. Assist with the development and maintenance of special education records. Assist instructional personnel in maintaining discipline and other functions. Participates in the maintenance of required records pertaining to services for deaf or hard of hearing students. Participates in periodic interpreter staff meetings and in-service workshops. May interact with faculty or staff to resolve problems as needed May periodically assist other special services students with hygiene and feeding. May escort children to and from various rooms. Performs other duties as assigned. SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: May supervise students when the teacher is not present. 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. EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: High school diploma or general education degree (GED); one to three-months related experience and/or training; or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience as determined by the District. Knowledge of American Sign Language, Signed English and/or other modes or tools of communication is required. Prior experience working with deaf or hard of hearing children and Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA) score of 3.5 or higher is preferred. LANGUAGE SKILLS: Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos. Ability to write simple correspondence. Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to students, parents, guardians, and/or staff. MATHEMATICAL SKILLS: Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs. REASONING ABILITY: Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed but uninvolved written or oral instructions. Ability to deal with problems involving a few concrete variables in standardized situations. OTHER SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Ability to work with children with special needs. Ability to develop effective working relationships with students, staff, parents, guardians and/or the school community. Ability to periodically assume the responsibility for supervising students; understand and carry out oral and written instructions. Ability to communicate clearly and concisely with sign language, orally and in writing. Ability to perform duties with awareness of all district requirements and Board of Trustees policies. PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to use their hands while interpreting and reach with their hands and arms. The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, sit and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 40 pounds and/or push/pull up to 100 pounds, such as students that are disabled, adaptive equipment and/or supplies. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, and ability to adjust focus. The employee needs to be able to hear in order to properly interpret for the students(s). 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. While performing the duties of this position, the employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts in vocational settings and outdoors in various weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. The employee may be exposed to infection at a greater risk than the average person. May be directly responsible for the safety, well-being and/or work output of students. The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the American with Disabilities Act (A.D.A.) and is not an exhaustive list of the duties performed for this position. Additional duties are performed by the individuals currently holding this position and additional duties may be assigned.

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