Teaching Assistant/ S.E.E. Interpreter
- Position Type
- Full Time
Northwest School for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children is seeking Teaching Assistants for our preschool – eighth grade classrooms. We have both substitute and full-time positions available. Our Teaching Assistants use Signing Exact English (S.E.E.) in our classrooms. If you don’t know S.E.E. but use another form of signing and/or are willing to learn S.E.E., we would like to meet you!
Located in Shoreline (north Seattle), our school community is a fantastic place to work for those seeking a caring, mutually-supportive workplace that is dedicated to best practices in Deaf Education. Our day school serves children who are deaf or hard-of-hearing (D/HH), preschool through 8th grade and live within a 2-hour radius of our campus. Students are taught by a Teacher of the Deaf (TOD) and mainstream with a S.E.E. interpreter beginning in Kindergarten. Students are supported in becoming self-confident, articulate, academically competitive learners and community members who demonstrate that hearing loss is a difference, not a disability. Students wear amplification, are provided with DM/FM systems, and use simultaneous speech and S.E.E. to develop age-appropriate English and literacy. Class sizes are small, typically with 5 - 8 students in a homeroom grouping, served by a TOD and a Teaching Assistant.
Support TOD in all classroom activities including but not limited to: Carry out classroom routines and transitions, as well as individualized, instructional goals; manage and check of assistive listening devices; facilitate speech, English, and social interactions with peers during class time, recess, and lunchtime; help with student behavior and organizational management; assist with record-keeping and data collection of requested skills and behaviors; prepare materials; interpret; transport students to and from mainstreaming opportunities; and attend staff and other educational meetings.
• Openness and desire to learn and be trained on tasks and responsibilities that may be new to you
• Associates Degree or higher education and at least one year of experience in an educational setting or equivalent
• Documentation of EIPA scores of at least 3.5, or ESSE score of at last 4.0 or equivalent testing Interpreter Training Program; and/or S.E.E. proficiency or willingness to enroll in intermediate level S.E.E. classes offered at the school and participate in the EIPA training program provided by the school
• Knowledge and demonstrated adherence to interpreter code of ethics and confidentiality requirements (FERPA and NWSDHDH policy)
• Ability to work well with colleagues, other professionals, and parents
• A passion for working with children
• Strong communication skills
• Excellent time management and commitment to punctuality
• Flexibility in service of addressing student needs and job requirements
• Ability to stay organized and multi-task while attending to detail
• Familiarity with current personal amplification, assistive listening devices, and ROGER personal and soundfield systems, or willingness to learn
• Driver’s license and willingness to drive children to and from mainstreaming assignments
• Background check (including fingerprinting)
• Ability to lift 35 pounds
• Generous PTO
• Health, Dental, Vision
• 403b plan with company matching
• Short-term/Long-term disability
SALARY RANGE: $22.78-$31.47 based on years of experience and EIPA certification status
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Please submit a resume and cover letter to Head of School, Kabian Rendel.