Position Overview:

Reporting to the Executive Director, the ASL Interpreter provides sign language interpreter services to students who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, or have other communication disorders. The ASL Interpreter’s primary responsibility is to the deaf or hard-of-hearing student(s) who require interpretation. The ASL Interpreter will work collaboratively with this student’s case manager to ensure implementation of the IEP, and will collaborate with other teachers as needed to provide students who need interpretation access to the curriculum. When time allows, the ASL Interpreter may assist and tutor other students as needed, even if they do not require interpretation.

Who we are:

Summit Public Schools is a leading charter management organization serving diverse communities in the San Francisco Bay Area and Washington State with currently 11 schools serving over 2,400 students. Summit’s mission is to ensure that every student has the opportunity to not only attend, but succeed in, a four-year college or university. Driven by our unwavering commitment to our core values, Summit works every day to ensure our students are receiving a world-class education. We seek phenomenal individuals with the talents needed to transform children's lives, as well as those who are interested in working on the cutting edge of education. If you're excited by the prospect of transformative growth for yourself, as well as the students, schools, and communities we serve, Summit may be the place for you!

  • 99 percent of Summit students have been accepted to one or more four-year colleges, and its graduates are completing college at double the national average
  • Fast Company named Summit Public Schools a top 10 most innovative organization in education
  • Our two flagship schools, Summit Prep and Everest, are named among US News & World Report's Best High Schools of 2015, and also ranked among America's Most Challenging High Schools by the Washington Post

Summary of Responsibilities:

(1) Interpret for deaf or hard-of-hearing students

  • Provide translation between spoken and manual (sign language communication);
  • translate spoken material into sign language for understanding of deaf students;
  • interpret sign language of deaf into oral or written language for hearing individuals or others not conversant in sign language;
  • perform interpreting services individually or in a group setting;
  • accompany and monitor students on field trips and other classes when mainstreamed.

(2)  Provide academic support for deaf or hard-of-hearing students

  • Provide instruction or assist in the instruction of deaf or hearing impaired students reinforcing instruction as directed by the teacher;
  • monitor student activities such as drill, practice and research after lessons and instructions have been given by the teacher.

(3) Provide academic support for other students

  • Assist students in meeting instructional demands and classroom instruction;
  • assist students by providing proper examples, emotional support and general guidance;
  • provide instruction and assistance in social and self-help areas;
  • perform related duties as assigned.

(4) Collaborate with faculty and participate on leadership team

  • Collaborate with the Education Specialists as well as the Program Specialist and support the execution of a successful special education program
  • collaborate with general education teachers in support of student success and wellbeing
  • attend meetings and participate in whole faculty activities and professional development as assigned;
  • perform related duties as assigned.

Key Qualities and Skills:

Knowledge Of:

  • American Sign Language and interpreting techniques
  • Appropriate roles and individual responsibilities relating to interpreting for deaf and hard-of-hearing persons
  • Deaf cultural values and general issues in the field of deafness
  • Interpersonal skills using tact, patience, and courtesy
  • Resources available to Sign Language Interpreters and Transliterators in order to improve knowledge and skills
  • Effective oral communication
  • Basic computer skills include use of Gmail and Google Documents

Ability To:

  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work
  • Interpret and transliterate messages spoken by hearing people into American Sign Language
  • Interpret messages signed by deaf and hard-of-hearing people into English
  • Interpret moderately technical academic material utilizing moderately proficient English and/or American Sign Language (ASL), used in classes as business, mathematics, and upper level English, on Districts skills performance evaluation examination
  • Adhere to the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf Code of Professional Conduct
  • Assess individual situations to determine the needs of each deaf or hard-of-hearing student, such as language preferences or preferences in having comments voiced for him/her or voicing for himself/herself
  • Attend and participate in various workshops in order to improve interpreting/transliterating skill
  • Communicate effectively with faculty, staff, and students with disabilities
  • Learn to use the variety of assistive devices/equipment used to assist students with disabilities


  • Meet health clearance, and pass the reference, background/criminal checks, per education code.
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