S.E.E. Interpreter/Teaching Assistant

Job Description

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 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: $23.75 to $32.80 an hour, 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.