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Interpreter - Hearing Impaired


An employee in this class is responsible for transliterating/interpreting in the classroom or at school-related activities for students who are deaf or hard of hearing.  Daily directions are provided by the general education teacher and/or the teacher of the deaf.  The employee consults with the teachers when problems arise. 



Facilitates communication between the student and his peers and the student and adults in the school environment.

Studies the content of the lessons prior to class to ensure accurate representation of the lesson.

Tutors students who are deaf or hard of hearing under the direction of the teacher.  Provides feedback to the teachers upon request.

Serves as a liaison to promote positive and cooperative relationships within the school environment. 



A minimum of Level 3 on the Educational Interpreter Proficiency Assessment or a passing score on a state level interpreting evaluation and a minimum of a high school diploma.  Persons serving as an Educational Interpreter I must annually complete 15 hours of training related to interpreting that has been approved by the local education agency.



Competence in the communication modality used by the student who is deaf or hard of hearing.

Competence in English grammar, including syntax, spelling and punctuation.

Working knowledge of typical language development.

Strong interpersonal skills in relating to students and adults.

Working knowledge of subjects being interpreted.

Understanding of deafness and its impact on language development.

Skill in expressive transliterating/interpreting at a rate commensurate with conversational speech and class lectures.

Adequate reverse interpreting/transliterating skill while maintaining the integrity of the message.

Ability to work as part of an Individualized Education Program team.


REPORTS TO:      Principal

FSLA STATUS:    Non-Exempt


The preceding job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification.  It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees in this job.