19-20 Signed Language Interpreter POOL

Rio Rancho Public Schools – Rio Rancho, NM

This pool is for the 19-20 school year.

This posting will create a pool of applicants. As openings become available, these applications will be reviewed and considered for interview.

RRPS will consider temporary, part-time and full-time positions.

Minimum Qualifications
Current New Mexico Department of Education license.
Completion of an accredited interpreter training program, or equivalent.
Three years experience as a sign language interpreter. Work experience in a post-secondary educational setting preferred.
Certification by Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf.
Bachelors degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Accurately interpret spoken language to sign language and interpret sign to spoken language for lecture classes, physical education classes, labs, meetings and various assignments as scheduled; follow and give oral and written directions; demonstrate sensitivity to, and respect for a diverse population; maintain cooperative working relationships.
Must be skilled in American Sign Language and appropriate forms of manually coded English; may be required to sign for extended periods of time. Must be prepared to sign under various environmental conditions.

Essential Job Responsibilities
Travels in assigned areas of the RRPS District to provide direct services and/or consultation services to school age children who are deaf or hearing impaired, their parents, teachers, and IEP teams.
Contributes to the development of the IEP with goals, modifications, and learning styles.
Coordinates with site-based goals and district-wide objectives by recommending appropriate specialized evaluations as needed, such as on-campus orientation and mobility, assistive technology, and adaptive PE as needed.
Consults and serves as a liaison with diagnosticians, classrooms teachers, students, and parents concerning appropriate evaluations, modifications, and test administration.
Interpreting all intended messages in the classroom, during social interactions, meetings, or after-school events as decided by the educational team.
Assists classroom teachers in adapting materials for students with hearing impairment in a wide variety of classroom settings, student ages, and experiences.
Other responsibilities in addition to interpreting may include: negotiate or mediate language transactions by adding information to clarifying meaning, explain vocabulary, interpret for tests or exams if necessary as determined by the educational team.
Ensure the safety of all children, including hearing children, and alert staff if potential danger is perceived.
Conducts in-service and/or trainings for classroom staff, district staff, community organizations or other individuals or groups as assigned by supervisor.
Provides appropriate instructional classroom activities for students as well as assists in obtaining modified standardized testing materials.
Under direction, interprets/transliterates spoken language using American Sign Language or other manual sign system, and vice versa, to facilitate communication between hearing and deaf/hard of hearing individuals.
Interprets audio medical reports as they relate to educational environments.
Helps arrange physical environment of the classroom for optimum learning and safety of students.
Accurately interprets lectures, discussions, announcements, conversations, meetings, events, and other spoken word situations into fluent English using manual sign system appropriate for the language and the cultural background of deaf/hard of hearing students and staff.
Works with faculty and college departments to gain understanding of relevant concepts to better facilitate translation for deaf/hard of hearing students.
Provides information and orientation to deaf/hard of hearing students in emergency situations.
Works effectively in teams with other sign language interpreters.
Maintains certification by completing continuing education units required by the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID).
Adheres to the RID Code of Professional Conduct.
May utilize technologies to transcribe speech to text in classroom and other settings.
Uses and applies appropriate conflict resolution skills with students, including reporting incidences to the appropriate school administrator/staff.
Contributes to the development of appropriate goals and objectives for student academic achievement.
Maintains records of student performance as it relates to students ASL proficiency.
Attends staff meetings and in-service training activities and schools.
Complies with state-approved New Mexico Administrative Code of Ethical Responsibility of the Education Profession and the RRPS Employee Standards of Conduct and upholds and enforces rules, administrative directives and regulations, school board policies, and local, state and federal regulations.
Performs related duties consistent with job description and assignment as assigned.

Work Hours: Work hours are established in employment contract. Additional work hours may be assigned by the Director of Special Services for RRPS.

Application Procedure:
The following documents must be attached to complete this application:
One (1) transcript from each crediting college or university
Copy of Professional License
An Equal Opportunity Employer

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