District Translator/Interpreter Specialist, Glendale Elementary School District #40

District Translator/Interpreter Specialist


Job ID:

Southwest Maricopa

October 12, 2020

Contact Information:
Glendale Elementary School District #40
7301 N. 58th Ave
Glendale, AZ 85301
District Website

Jacque Horine
Phone: 623-237-7151
District Email

Job Description:
Purpose Statement Provides interpretation between parents, community members, and school personnel and translates education-related documents and maintains specialized glossary. In addition, trains and supports others for translation. Essential Functions  High-level competency in performing written language translations and oral interpretation.  Knowledge of and appreciation for diverse language and cultural backgrounds, particularly within an educational setting.  Application of basic statistics to analyze program impact and effectiveness.  Knowledge of pertinent state and federal laws and guidelines.  Knowledge of management theories and principles including supervision, leadership, etc.  Use of computer software related programs; Proficiency in Microsoft programs and Student Information System related products.  Engaging and encouraging communication skills while interacting with supervisors, staff, students, etc. to exchange information.  Translates education-related documents including forms, urgent communications to parents, notices of medical matters, legal and confidential matters, handbooks, advisories, surveys, school newsletters, and other District materials.  Provides consecutive interpretation between staff and parents in school meetings including Individual Education Plan (IEP), Multi-Disciplinary Conferences (MDC), parent/teacher conferences, District’s long-term hearings, and other conferences and community events that occur between parents, community members and school personnel to enable them to participate in the process.  Provides simultaneous interpretation with the real-time headset and speaker equipment at Governing Board, Parent/Teacher Association, and other District meetings and community events.  Utilizes School Messenger system services in non-English languages to provide timely district news, updated information to guest translators and advisories to stakeholders.  Interprets at meetings, specifically in difficult or hard to handle cases upon special request of superintendent, principals, psychologists and administrators. Other Functions Performs other related duties as assigned for the purposes of ensuring the efficient and effective functioning of the work unit.

Job Requirements: Minimum Qualifications Skills, Knowledge and Abilities SKILLS are required to perform multiple, technical tasks with a need to occasionally upgrade skills in order to meet changing job conditions. Specific skill based competencies required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include: high-level competency in performing written language translations and oral interpretation; Knowledge of and appreciation for diverse language and cultural backgrounds, particularly within an educational setting; operating standard office equipment including utilizing pertinent software applications; planning and managing projects and programs; overseeing program activities; developing effective working relationships; preparing and maintaining accurate records; administering personnel policies and procedures; and program evaluation and assessment techniques. KNOWLEDGE is required to review and interpret highly technical information, write technical materials, and/or speak persuasively to implement desired actions; and analyze situations to define issues and draw conclusions. Specific knowledge based competencies required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include: pertinent laws, codes, policies, and/or regulations. ABILITY is required to schedule a significant number of activities, meetings, and/or events; often gather, collate, and/or classify data; and use job-related equipment. Flexibility is required to independently work with others in a wide variety of circumstances; work with data utilizing defined but different processes; and operate equipment using a variety of standardized methods. Ability is also required to work with a significant diversity of individuals and/or groups; work with data of widely varied types and/or purposes; and utilize job-related equipment. Independent problem solving is required to analyze issues and create action plans. Problem solving with data frequently requires independent interpretation of guidelines; and problem solving with equipment is moderate to significant. Specific ability based competencies required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include: establishing and maintaining effective working relationships; meeting deadlines and schedules; setting priorities; working with multiple projects, frequent interruptions, and changing work priorities; working with detailed information/data and maintaining accurate records; maintaining confidentiality; and facilitating communication between persons with frequently divergent positions. **Complete job description and online application available at: www.gesd40.org