Jan 13, 2024

American Sign Language Interpreter

  • TrulyHired
  • Framingham, MA, USA
Full-time Teaching

Job Description

FRAMINGHAM PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Framingham High School

TITLE:

American Sign Language Interpreter

POSITION SUMMARY:

This role serves a crucial purpose in fostering communication within Framingham Public Schools. As a full-time staff member at FHS, the candidate will play a vital role in facilitating clear communication between staff, students, and parents/guardians. This includes interpreting during classes, meetings, professional development opportunities, and other daily school interactions. By fulfilling this important responsibility, the candidate will help create a more cohesive and supportive school community.

OUR MISSION:

Framingham Public Schools is committed to excellence for all students. Our mission statement guides our work: Through a comprehensive education, we aim to create and empower free-thinking, responsible citizens who can participate equally in our rich and diverse community. FPS and the community stand united in our core values: Providing a safe, inclusive, culturally responsive teaching and learning environment; Engaging antiracist and responsible civic advocates; Respecting diversity of thought, learners, cultures, and community; Fostering learning and healthy growth of all students and staff; Ensuring every school will be an active, participatory, equitable community.

Diversity among teachers undoubtedly advances the academic achievement of students. Compliance obligations establish a baseline which we seek to exceed. As a district, Framingham Public Schools is committed to achieving, developing, and maintaining a workforce reflective of the rich racial, linguistic, and cultural diversity of our students. Framingham Public Schools aims to teach our children, and ourselves, to be culturally proficient and inclusive in order to live, learn, and work together in a vibrant and diverse world.

Indeed, Framingham Public Schools is committed to inspiring our school community to be accepting and willing to learn from individuals with differing backgrounds. Our goal is to reflect the diverse community we serve and create a great place to work for everyone by embracing the individual skills, perspectives, and experiences our people bring to the workplace and harnessing these for high performance and improved service delivery. We want our employees to feel included, valued, and respected and have access to equal opportunity, which supports full participation at work. Framingham Public Schools seeks to retain the diverse talent in our workforce and support our people to maintain a long and productive working career.

Framingham Public Schools is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from persons with disabilities and who identify as members of historically underrepresented groups.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS:

American Sign Language certification is preferred.

TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE:

Previous experience in an educational setting is preferred. Proficiency in American Sign Language and English.

SKILLS AND ABILITY:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Thorough knowledge of the practices, methods, and techniques used in the administration and supervision of all programs in a school; excellent skill in oral and written communications; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with school officials, parents, teachers, support staff and associates. Flexibility will be essential. Ability to work effectively with a diverse population.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

The essential functions or duties listed below are intended only as an illustration of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.
  • Interpret for deaf/hard of hearing parents and staff at school meetings and district-wide events as necessary.
  • Strong verbal and non-verbal communication skills.
  • Follows the Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment guidelines of professional conduct for Educational Interpreters.
  • Interprets parent-teacher meetings, IEP meetings, community events, etc.
  • Provides interpreting for conferences, assemblies, concerts, ceremonies, field trips or parent meetings when necessary. May provide interpreting for extra-curricular sports/activities beyond contract hours.
  • Participate in DHH staff meetings and committee work as needed.
PHYSICAL WORKING CONDITIONS:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to move about and may be required to traverse occasionally throughout the school building. The employee must also often remain in a stationary position for considerable periods of time. The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms and sit, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee is expected to lift at least 20 lbs (i.e. books, school supplies, etc.). The employee must frequently use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and use hand strength to grasp tools. Occasionally s/he operates a computer and other office productivity machinery (i.e., a calculator, copy machine, and computer printer). The employee must be able to input information into a computer and as well as read material from a computer monitor as well as handwritten or printed matter with or without visual aids. The employee must be able to communicate effectively with students, parents, and other staff members in person and on the telephone. In the classroom, the employee must be able to see and hear on a continuous basis in order to ensure the safety of students as well as speak frequently to provide instruction. On rare occasions, it may be necessary to move quickly across even or uneven surfaces. The employee will be working in a normal school environment with an acceptable level of noise. The employee interacts with students, parents, and other staff members. The employee is directly responsible for the safety, well-being and work output of students.

REPORTS TO:

Manager of Translation & Interpreting Services

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Not Applicable.

FAIR LABOR STANDARDS ACT (FLSA) CLASSIFICATION:

This position is classified as non-exempt.

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT:

This is not a full nor a part-time position. Days and hours depend on schools/families needs. Covered under Framingham School Committee Policy.

Framingham Public Schools provides equal employment. opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Framingham Public Schools complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the District has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training. Framingham Public Schools expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, ancestry, marital status, or veteran status.

Rev. 2023

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