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Interpreter - Translator


An employee in this class assists school personnel and Spanish-speaking parents and students to communicate more effectively.  Work involves oral and written translation from Spanish to English and from English to Spanish.  Employee is responsible for oral translations during parent/teacher and parent/administrator conferences, during administration of tests to students, and during emergency situations in which language is a barrier for resolving the situation.  Employee is responsible for written translations from English to Spanish for such purposes as notification regarding school activities, student progress, disciplinary actions, etc.  Employee is responsible for written translation from Spanish to English for such purposes as translation school records, medical records, notes from parents, etc.




Translates written documents from English to Spanish and from Spanish to English.


Translates orally from English to Spanish and from Spanish to English during conferences, telephone calls, testing, information gathering from other school districts, emergency situations, etc.


Assists Spanish-speaking students and their families with the school enrollment process.


Serves as liaison between the school district and Latino groups and organizations in the community.


Assists school staff in understanding and appreciating the Latino culture.


Performs other related work as required.





Graduation from high school and demonstrated ability to speak, understand, read and write fluently in both English and Spanish; or any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.



Must be able to exert a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects. 


Requires the ability to speak in Spanish and English to convey or exchange information.


Requires the ability to read a variety of correspondence, etc. in English and Spanish. 


Requires the ability to write using standard conventions in English and Spanish.




Considerable knowledge of both the Spanish and English languages.


Skill in translating spoken words from English to Spanish and from Spanish to English at a normal speaking rate.


Ability to translate verbal messages to written documents and written documents to verbal messages in both Spanish and English.


Ability to adapt language based on the level of the student and parent.


Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships as necessitated by work assignments.


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.