Educational Sign Language Interpreter (Lakeland School)

Walworth County   Elkhorn, WI   Full-time     Education
Posted on February 5, 2024
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Salary- $26.86 - $35.31 Hourly
Location- Elkhorn, WI
Job Type
Lakeland School


An Equal Opportunity Employer

Position Summary


This position is responsible for interpreting/translating using American Sign Language, English-based sign and other visual language and communication practices to provide interpretation of auditory communication for students who are deaf or hard of hearing.  The Interpreter may also facilitate communication among the deaf/hard of hearing students, hearing peers and Lakeland School personnel. Please note that this is a full-time school year position with full benefits.  
Days:  Monday - Friday
Work Hours: 8:10 am - 3:10 pm
Hours Per Shift:  7
Shifts Per Pay Period:  10
Position FTE:  1.00

Applications are being accepted from current County employees as well as members of the public.  


Essential Duties and Responsibilities


This job description reflects management's assignment of essential functions; it does not prescribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned.
Interpret/facilitate communication for deaf or hard of hearing students in the classroom enveloping the total education experience including interactions with teachers, students and friends.  Interpretation may occur in a variety of settings beyond the classroom such as, but not limited to, field trips, assemblies, community experiences, IEP meetings and other school sponsored events.
Communicate with teachers, read classroom lessons and preview any materials, movies or videos when applicable.
Participate in IEP meetings and student/parent conferences as appropriate and/or requested by the Director of Special Education.
Identify and adjust language level to match comprehension of deaf/hard of hearing student.  Interpreter may serve as a language model to the student and also work with other students supporting group and/or peer-to-peer communication and play.
Meet with classroom or Deaf/Hard of Hearing teacher on a regular basis in regard to communication needs of deaf/hard of hearing students.
Prepare and provide instructional reinforcement as needed or directed by Teacher for the Deaf/Hard of Hearing.
Interpret in social situations and work to bridge successful student/teacher interactions through supporting self-determination, self-awareness and self-advocacy skills.  This includes when the student's behavior may be interfering with their learning or the learning of others.
Assist the classroom teacher in the preparation of materials, clerical or other teacher assistant duties during a class period(s) when interpreting services for the student are not required.
Participate in in-service activities for students, school personnel and community to enhance deaf awareness.
Adhere to Federal, State and School policies, procedures and Educational Interpreting ethical standards in regard to matters of confidentiality concerning personal information about students.
Demonstrate a commitment to county safety and risk management efforts.




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.
Education and/or Experience
High school diploma plus two additional years of formal preparation related to interpreter preparation, and two to three years of relevant prior experience.  Proven basic skills in arithmetic with an ability to count, look up a numbered item, or sort items in numerical order.
Licenses and Certifications
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction License O020, Educational Interpreter.
The above licensure must be maintained as a condition of continued employment.
Special Requirements
Criminal background check free of convictions of abuse of individuals or misappropriation of property while in a formal caretaking setting.
Interactions and Communications
Provides specialized information and/or recommendations to others regarding an area of expertise. Additionally, The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that protects students' privacy.  During the course of duty, the employee will have access to all information that is needed to perform their job, but they shall not have, or seek to gain access to student information that is not necessary to perform their job.
Every employee, even one who does not use protected student information in their work duties, is obligated under the provisions of FERPA.  All employees must protect student privacy and respond to situations that may put a student's privacy at risk.
Decision Making
This position has authority to make decisions that are within general procedures and protocols; supervision is available as required or requested. These decisions directly impact performance in the job and/or work unit within the department and information is provided to others for their decision-making.
Thinking and Problem Solving
In relation to established procedures, protocols and policies of the County, challenges of this position tend to be routine and primarily related to procedure and process issues.
Tools & Equipment Used
No special tools and equipment
WORK ENVIRONMENT  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 may be exposed to environmental hazards, including chemical hazards (e.g. waste anesthetics, cleaning compounds, facility chemicals), physical hazards (e.g. kicking, biting, scratching student) and airborne and bloodborne pathogen exposure.  Will be exposed to indoor and outdoor climate and weather conditions.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS  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. 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 use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear.  The employee frequently is required to stand and sit.  The employee is occasionally required to walk; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.  The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and ability to adjust focus.


Selection Process


Formal Walworth County Electronic Application
Education & Experience Review
Verification of Licensure
Oral Department Interview
Reference Check
Background Check
Post Offer Physical Exam
Drug Screen
Other job related tests may be required.