Educational Sign Language (ASL) Interpreter

Emmett School District Southwest / Boise Special Education Not Applicable Full Time Apply no later than 1/14/2024Posted 18D ago

About this job

REPORT TO:                       Teachers/Principal/Supervisor of Special Services
SUMMARY:             Operates under the philosophy of Total Communication. Meaning that all forms of communication are utilized in order to foster learning and teaching within the educational setting. Use Sign Language systems in order to transliterate the spoken word of the classroom teacher, classmates, or to other school staff to the student. They will also interpret/voice messages signed from the student to the teachers, classmates, and other school staff. Be responsible for providing individual academic support, explanations, tutoring, study and other one-on-one teaching/instruction as directed by teachers. Also assists with other students in the classroom when the occasion arises while no interpreting is necessary.
 The minimum standard requirements in the Idaho Educational Interpreter Act are to have one of the following:
Have an EIPA score of 3.5 or higher, or
Be RID certified or,
Be NAD certified, level 3 or higher, and have kept it current
(If an educational interpreter does not meet any of these minimum standard requirements and they have never worked in an Idaho public school as an interpreter, they can apply for an emergency authorization which is valid for two years.  The interpreter will need to meet the minimum standard requirements before the emergency authorization expires.  To get an application and learn more about the process, please contact Joelynne Ball at       
High School Diploma or GED required.
Sign to voice and voice to sign interpreting proficiency in at least one sign communication system and/or proficiency in American Sign Language depending on the communication needs of the student.
Possess the ability to correctly use English grammar in both receptive and expressive interpreting as well reading, writing and spelling.
Possess the ability to adapt to the communication needs of the student.
Possess the ability to establish and maintain a professional and effective working relationship with administrators, teachers and students.
Completion of classes/education designed to train students in ASL and/or Signed English Skills.
Participation in ongoing education in order to further develop interpreting skills.
Possess at least one-year of educational or community interpreting experience.
Possess the ability to successfully interpret at the grade level of 10th-12th, step four described by four steps:
Step One – Pre-K though 3rd
Step Two – 4th through 6th
Step Three – 7th through 9th
Step Four – 10th through 12th
Possess the ability to tutor, including a working knowledge of course content/curriculum.
Possess knowledge of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) Code of Ethics as implemented for Educational Interpreters.
Function collaboratively and cooperatively within the educational environment.
Follow the agreed upon terms of employment, work day, and schedule. Inform appropriate personnel of any departure from the schedule and provide at least two weeks written notice upon resignation.
Interpret/transliterate spoken words for teachers, counselors, administrators, parents, students, nurses, secretaries, and other persons involved with the education of Deaf & Hard of Hearing Students.
Interpret the Deaf or Hard of Hearing student’s signs, gestures, and other utterances to teachers, counselors, administrators, secretaries and other persons involved with the education of Deaf & Hard of Hearing Students.
Adapt Signing level to the communication needs of the student, as appropriate.
Assist student in understanding the roles and responsibilities of the various professionals in the educational setting and help students recognize the learning process is the responsibility of the student and not the Interpreter.
Provide individual academic support, tutoring, explanations, and one-on-one teaching/instruction as directed by the teachers.
Performs such duties as assigned by the supervisor.  
       Includes 7 legal holidays:
Labor Day
Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Day
New Year’s Day
Martin Luther King Day
Presidents Day
Memorial Day
All non-certificated staff not under contract are under “at will employment”. Their positions shall be considered in all respects “employment at will” and the employee is subject to discharge by the district at any time without cause. The “employment period” and other descriptions and terms set forth in their job descriptions shall not create a property right in the employee and such are set forth only to advise the employee of when and what type of services will be required by the district so long as employment continues.

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Education required


Experience required

1 yr minimum

Skills required

Fluent in Signing System/ASL Preferred

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