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:: Associate Educator/Sign Language Interpreter Candidate Pool 12-13 ::

Special Education Department

Position Code:
30020229 - Associate Educator/Sign Language Interpreter Candidate Pool 12-13

Work Hours:

Application Deadline:
Open Until Filled

Position Description:


As a member of the educational team, the interpreter facilitates communication through use of American Sign Language and spoken English in a variety of educational settings.



Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following representative duties, knowledge, and skills.  This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed by incumbents of this class.  Employees are required to be in attendance and prepared to begin work at their assigned work location on the specified days and hours.  Factors such as regular attendance at the job are not routinely listed in job descriptions, but are an essential function.  Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:


·      Facilitates communication through the use of sign language, spoken English, cultural mediation, and knowledge about accessibility.

·      Adapts interpretation to the student’s developmental level; supports student’s participation and social communication.

·      Functions in a manner appropriate to each interpreted situation, demonstrating professional appearance, conduct, and promptness.

·      Prepares for demanding course material as necessary for successful interpreting.

·      Previews videotapes, PowerPoint’s and other media presentations in preparation for interpreting.

·      Follows the student’s IEP as a related service provider and provides information to the IEP team regarding the student’s use of interpreting services.

·      Meets regularly with the teacher of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing regarding the progress of individual students.  Works closely with each teacher to ensure that accommodations are made for students.

·      Maintain high professional standards through professional membership, certification, and ongoing professional development.

·      Pre-certified interpreters attend weekly mentoring sessions with an assigned mentor.

·      Participates in the Professional Development Process:  which includes writing a Professional Development Plan, involvement in the School or Program Improvement Plan and other activities relevant to the position.

·      As a member of the educational team, may be asked to perform other related duties (when not interpreting) such as tutoring, job coaching, copying materials, and other duties necessary to facilitate the student’s education.

·      Attend mandatory Crisis Prevention Intervention and Documentation trainings within one year of employment.

·      Assists staff by applying proactive strategies when dealing with students’ behaviors.  Implements district approved techniques for verbal de-escalation and safe physical restraint as a last resort to ensure the safety of students or staff.



Education, Training, and Experience Guidelines

·      Ability to communicate effectively using ASL and manual codes for English.

·      Fluency in American Sign Language.

·      Ability to interpret within varied social and academic settings such as classrooms, assemblies, field trips, and meetings and afterschool sports activities.

·      Ability to interpret at an educational level and language mode appropriate to each individual student, staff member, or parent.

·      Knowledge of:

a)    The role of the educational interpreter

b)    The Code of Conduct

c)    Deaf Culture

·      Demonstration of competency in the written and spoken English language.

·      Ability to collaborate effectively with other team members.

·      Appropriate proactive behavior management skills.

·      Basic understanding of the school environment, rules, learning, development and teaching.

·      Ability to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds.



·      Successful completion of an accredited interpreter training program.  Holds one or more current professional certificates/credentials:

·      Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf-  CI/CT or NIC; or

·      National Association of the Deaf/American Consortium of Certified Interpreters-Level 3 or above; or

·      Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA) –Elementary and Secondary Level 4.0 or above ; or

·      Has graduated within the last two years and is eligible for a MN Provisional Certificate while working towards certification.



·      Local 59 ESP $17.94 per hour



School environment; may involve lifting up to 40 pounds; and the ability to sit, walk and/or stand for extended periods of time.



Diversity is one of Minneapolis Public Schools core values and is essential to our goal of putting children first and making them college-ready.  Diversity of our workforce provides us with a competitive advantage and allows us to better understand, communicate with and educate our diverse student body. Minneapolis Public Schools will not deny anyone the opportunity for training or employment because of sex, race, religion, color, creed, national origin, marital status, age, sexual preference, disability or status with regard to public assistance.

Minneapolis Public Schools strongly encourages diverse candidates to apply.



All applicants, including MPS employees, must complete an on-line application at (click on Careers).  In addition, upload an electronic copy of both your cover letter and resume to your application at the time that you apply.  Make sure that you apply for the specific position in which you are interested.


Only complete applications, which include all of the following items, will be considered:

·      Cover Letter

·      Resume

·      On-Line Application

Final candidates may be invited to interview with a committee.  Final appointment to this position will be contingent upon passing a criminal background check.