Job Title: Interpreter for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Reports to:Site Administrator
Job Group:School-Related Personnel


Job Code:4201
Salary Schedule:PG10


Responsible for facilitating communication between students who are deaf/hard of hearing and those individuals involved in the educational process through the use of sign language, oral interpreting, real time captioning, and/or other communication resources needed to accommodate hearing impaired students who are qualified to receive these services.


The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. These statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities required of those in this position.
  1. Provide interpreter services in the educational setting for deaf/hard of hearing students, staff, and parents.
  2. Abide by the Code of Professional Conduct.
  3. When scheduling permits, provide tutoring under the supervision of licensed educators.
  4. Provide interpreting for school functions that are part of the educational program that occur outside the school environment (e.g., field trips, Special Olympics).
  5. Serve as a liaison to promote good public relations between the deaf/hard of hearing students, hearing peers, staff, faculty members, and parents.
  6. Work collaboratively as a part of the instructional team to provide continuity of instruction for students as identified in their individual education plan or as assigned by the teacher of the deaf/hard of hearing (Note: The interpreter may serve as a member of the team providing input on student needs or as an interpreter but should not be expected to perform both roles simultaneously).
  7. Provide clarification of interpreter’s role, as needed 8. Confer with regular classroom teachers and teachers of the deaf/hard of hearing in order to better prepare for interpreting/captioning services.
  8. Facilitate translation or captioning of instructional materials.
  9. Participate in professional development to as part of a continuous self-improvement in signing ability, interpreting skills, captioning, and knowledge of the educational process.
  10. Assist in maintaining equipment used in the classroom including auditory trainers.
  11. Ride bus and assist with loading and unloading of students at home and school as needed.
  12. Assist instructional and administrative staff with the supervision of students.
  13. Perform other duties as assigned.


Requirements are representative of minimum levels of knowledge, skills and/or abilities. To perform this job successfully, the incumbent will possess the abilities or aptitudes to perform each duty successfully. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Communicate effectively with all stakeholders in written, oral, and signing form, including electronic media, using positive interpersonal skills OR communicate effectively through use of captioning system
  • Organize, prioritize, manage, and independently carry out duties efficiently within established timeframes
  • Demonstrate ability to establish and maintain collaborative working relationships with all stakeholders
  • Demonstrate the ability to effectively use technology in daily work
  • Ability to match communication to the mode and ability of the student
  • Knowledge and understanding of child development
  • Demonstrate ability to relate to the deaf/hard of hearing population


  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Educational Interpreter Evaluation (EIE) I, Quality Assurance (QA) I, or Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA) 3.0 credential when serving students that require sign or oral interpreting, OR completion of approved captioning training program when serving students that require real time captioning services
  • Experience with the deaf/hard of hearing community




  • National Interpreter Certification (NIC), Registry for Interpreters for the Deaf (RID), National Association of the Deaf (NAD), Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA), or an educator’s certificate
  • Associate’s or bachelor’s degree in a deaf related field
  • Experience in a similar position




Light Work: Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently. If the use of arm and/or leg controls require exertion of forces greater than that for sedentary work and the worker sits most of the time, the job is rated as light work.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to sit, talk, and hear; stand and walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms. The employee occasionally lifts and/or moves up to 50 pounds. Specific vision ability required by this job includes close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus.


Indoors and Outdoors: The worker is subject to both environmental conditions. Activities occur inside and outside.


  • General office equipment, including personal computers, fax machines, copiers, telephones, etc.


Salary and benefits shall be paid consistent with the District’s approved compensation plan. Length of the work year and hours of employment shall be established by the District.

Performance of the job will be evaluated in accordance with provisions of the School Board’s policy on evaluation of personnel.

Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Pasco County Schools will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities to allow them to perform the essential functions of the job when such individuals request an accommodation.

Interpreter for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing;   EST: December 20, 2011;   REV: n/a;   Board Approved: December 20, 2011

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