Minneapolis Public Schools invites applications for the following position(s)
Braille Translator - Special Education Program 1
Site: Davis Center (0001)
Under general supervision, provides Braille translation services for central office and school sites; creates materials and curriculum for BVI teachers.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS -- Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following representative duties, knowledge, and skills. This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed by incumbents of this class. Employees are required to be in attendance and prepared to begin work at their assigned work location on the specified days and hours. Factors such as regular attendance at the job are not routinely listed in job descriptions, but are an essential function. Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:
Translate, creates, and prepares braille and adapted materials; performs duties within scope of authority and training, and in compliance with MPS policies and quality standards; duties may vary according to job assignment.
Provides adapted materials utilizing a variety of techniques, including recorded texts, tactile graphics, and braille.
Operates and maintains equipment such as braillers, keyboarding equipment, electronic scanners, and personal computers.
Performs basic braille translation and formatting for literacy, foreign language, and Nemeth code rules.
Demonstrates an understanding of and ability to translate and produce special braille formats.
Provides braille output with a variety of braille systems, including braille translation software or comparable electronic rapid braille production systems and braillewriters.
Makes professional and precise translations of documents including brochures, flyers, letters, and presentation materials.
Proofreads, edits and revises written translations; and verifies accuracy.
Demonstrates courteous and cooperative behavior when interacting with students, clients, visitors, and MPS staff; acts in a manner that promotes a harmonious and effective workplace environment
Enthusiastically promotes the Superintendentís goals and priorities in compliance with all policies and procedures.
Education, Training and Experience Guidelines
High School Diploma/GED equivalent; AND two (2) years of demonstrated professional experience in translation and interpretation of Braille; OR an equivalent combination of education, training and experience as determined by Human Resources.
Methods and techniques required to translate braille.
Methods and techniques used in simultaneous and consecutive interpreting and translation of spoken language.
Unified English Braille Code (UEB)
Correct grammar, composition, spelling, punctuation and vocabulary.
Ethics and standards for professional translating.
Applicable policies, procedures and regulations covering specific areas of assignment.
Local community resources and regional community services programs.
Principles of record keeping and records management.
Translating English language documents into braille.
Organizing, prioritizing and coordinating work activities and meeting critical deadlines.
Using initiative and independent judgment within established procedural guidelines.
Contributing effectively to the accomplishment of team or work unit goals, objectives and activities
Operating a personal computer utilizing standard and specialized software.
Establishing and maintaining cooperative working relationships with a variety of individuals from various socioeconomic, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, in person and over the telephone.
LICENSE AND CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS
Valid Minnesota State Driverís License may be required.
Certification by National Federation of Blind in braille literacy, translation, coding, contractions, Nemeth math, and specialized equipment for VI.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING ENVIRONMENT
Work is performed in a standard office environment which requires occasionally lifting such articles as file boxes or heavier materials with help from others and/or lifting and carrying light objects frequently. A job in this category may require walking or standing to a significant degree or may involve sitting most of the time with long periods of computer work and heavy phone usage.
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