Fort Smith Public SchoolsInterpreter for the Deaf

Fort Smith Public Schools

Interpreter for the Deaf (596)

Job Posting

Job Details

TitleInterpreter for the Deaf
Posting ID596


Position Description



POSITION TITLE: Interpreter for the Deaf


FLSA: Exempt



  • Must hold a valid interpreter's license issued by the ADH.
  • Must also hold a high school diploma or equivalent, and have at least a score on the EIPA or QAST 3/3 (transliterating/interpreting). 

REPORTS TO: Principal


BEGINNING: As soon as possible


TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT:  193 Day employment with benefits as specified in employee contract.


LOCATION: Parker Center 



  • Provide sign to voice/voice to sign interpreting which may include American Sign Language, a form of manually coded English, and/or oral interpreting depending on the needs of the student.
  • Take reasonable caution to protect students, equipment, materials, and facilities.
  • Maintain accurate, complete records as required by law, District policy, and  administrative regulations;
  • Assist administration in the selection of books, equipment, and other instructional materials.
  • Participate in educational team meetings providing insight on the success of communication strategies as determined by administration.
  • Ability to be physically active all day with children in doors and outdoors.
  • Provide interpreting for extracurricular activities and parent meetings
  • Exhibit effective communication with parents. 
  • Provide assistance with orientations to deafness, proper use of interpreting services to hearing students and staff, and/or other inservice training. 
  • Consult with the supervisor and classroom teachers on a regular basis.
  • Notify immediately appropriate personnel of any evidence of substance abuse, child abuse, child neglect, severe medical conditions.
  • Provide tutoring and/or note taking and other support services (such as photocopying, typing, record keeping, etc.) when necessary and interpreting is not needed.
  • Display ethical and professional behavior in working with students, parents, school personnel, and outside agencies associated with the school.
  • Additional Related Duties/Responsibilities:


  • Maintain emotional control under stress.
  • Knowledge of American Sign Language (ASL), Signed Exact English (SEE Sign), and/or other sign systems.
  • Knowledge of the Code of Ethics prepared by the National Registry of Interpreters of the Deaf.
  • Knowledge of methods and techniques used in communicating with deaf and hard of hearing persons.
  • Knowledge of technical signs and/or vocabulary used in educational settings.
  • Maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to Interpret spoken English at a rate appropriate for expected job performance.
  • Ability to voice for deaf and hard of hearing persons.
  • Ability to interpret or translate for a group of deaf and hard of hearing persons.
  • Understand and use proper English, including vocabulary and grammar
  • Understand and be able to translate academic language to the cognitive level of the student
  • Function as a member of the educational team performing support activities as required
  • Maintain professional conduct at all times
  • Abide by state statutes, school board policies and regulations.
  • Attend meetings and performs duties as assigned by administrators or supervisors.
  • Take all necessary and reasonable precautions to protect students, equipment, materials, and facilities.
  • Maintain accurate, complete, and correct records as required by law, district policy and administrative regulation.
  • Remain current on instructional practices in Sign Language Interpretation.
  • Must have the ability to lift at least 40 pounds occasionally.
  • Ability to endure prolonged standing, walking, sitting, kneeling, occasional reaching above the head or  the shoulders, bending, squatting.

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Shift TypeFull-Time
Salary RangePlease see our Salary Schedule

Applications Accepted

Start Date05/25/2017
End Date05/08/2018

Job Contact

NameJennifer SixTitleHuman Resources Secretary