Job Description

TEMPE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISTRICT

TITLE: Instructional Assistant - Signing

JOB DESCRIPTION:

Facilitate communication between deaf and hard of hearing student and teacher(s) and/or other students.
Interpret announcements, assemblies, videos and in different classroom settings. Assist teacher during
non-instruction time.

QUALIFICATIONS:

1. Education and/or experience to a High school diploma or GED
2. Associate degree, or 60 credit hours from an accredited college or university, or a passing score
on the ParaPro Assessment (preferred)
3. Three (3) years experience
4. A valid fingerprint clearance card
5. Ability to obtain certification in Nonviolent Physical Crisis Intervention, CPR, and First Aid
6. Show proficiency in interpreting skills through one of the following:
(a) Minimum passing score of 3.5 or higher on the Educational Interpreter Performance
Assessment (EIPA)
(b) Valid Certificate of Interpretation (CI) and/or Certificate of Transliteration (CT) from the
Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID)
(c) Valid certificate from the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) at level 3 or higher

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

(Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the
following tasks, knowledge, skills, and other characteristics. This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY, and is not
a comprehensive listing of all duties and responsibilities performed by incumbents of this class.)

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

- Interpret classroom instruction for deaf and hard of hearing student.
- Accompany student to all classes and activities including assemblies, programs, videotapes and
films. Assist student in communicating in classroom with other students and the teacher.
- Convey lessons accurately and concisely.
- Tutor student on assignments as needed.
- Prepare vocabulary for lessons ensuring it can be signed accurately.
- Find definition of word to interpret correctly.
- Review subject material.
- Work with teacher to chose proper sign vocabulary for each subject.
- Inform teacher of student’s progress and behavior.
- Assist teacher during non-instructional time.
- Make copies, collect and correct homework, prepare projects, and organize and correct papers.
- Assist in supervising students, and assist other students as requested.
- Perform other duties as assigned.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND OTHER CHARACTERISTICS:

- Knowledge of American Sign Language (ASL) and/or Signing Exact English (SEE)
- Knowledge of principles, practices and methods of interpretation and the ability to accurately and
effectively interpret for the deaf and hard of hearing
- Knowledge of early childhood or adolescent learning methods and techniques - Knowledge of District policies and procedures affecting assigned work
- Knowledge of District behavior modification program
- Knowledge of reading readiness skills and strategies
- Knowledge of testing procedures and State standards
- Skill interpreting school lessons
- Skill assisting teachers with student learning
- Skill monitoring and assisting students
- Skill establishing and maintaining effective working relationships
- Skill communicating orally and in writing
- Skill utilizing classroom supplies and equipment
- Skill in maintaining confidential files and records
- Skill in administering tests
- Ability to work with culturally diverse students

WORKING CONDITIONS:

General classroom setting, school assemblies and other school related activities
Position is exposed to infectious disease

PHYSICAL EFFORT:

Repetitive motion in signing for students.
Sign for extended periods of time.
Position may require climbing, stooping, standing, walking, lifting, keyboarding, talking, hearing, and
eyestrain, with repetitive motions.
Position may require lifting, pushing, pulling or carrying furniture, equipment and supplies weighing up to
25 pounds infrequently.

CATEGORY: Classified

WORK YEAR: 189 Days

DEPARTMENT/SCHOOL: Elementary/Middle School

GRADE: 38

REPORTS TO: Specialist for Hearing Impaired, Supervisor of Student Support and/or Principal

EVALUATION: Classified Personnel Evaluation

SUPERVISES: N/A

PREPARED: March 2000

REVISED: November 2017

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