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19 Aug 2021


Denver Public Schools – Posted by Denver Public Schools Denver, Colorado, United States

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Traditional 190 work days 

FTE: 1.0

Salary Range: $45,501 – $55,175

Job Description in ASL: 


Essential Functions and Objectives:

Administers and manages activities within a specific area of a responsibility. Serves as the subject matter expert and applies gained knowledge to execute, maintain and improve systems, programs, or processes. 

Provides guidance and support to District students, staff and families in the acquisition, development, and refinement of American Sign Language (ASL) knowledge and skills. Supports school wide programming in ASL and Deaf culture for students and staff, serving multiple campuses and grade levels across the District. Provides professional development and expertise around curriculum and supports aligned to student needs. 

Provides various support and conducts activities related to logistics, reporting, training, communications, and processes. Participates in the planning and implementation of new initiatives.

Assesses and troubleshoots escalated problems and applies expert understanding to resolve complex challenges of stakeholders; focuses on root cause identification in order to achieve systemic and sustainable improvement. Approves and documents exceptions for compliance record keeping and reporting.

Ensures appropriate key stakeholder involvement in planning, goal-setting, and implementation to achieve buy-in of work products. Ensures purposeful, positive and professional interactions and relationships with all stakeholders; enables consistent application of work products across the district.

Identifies opportunities for improvement, prioritizes, and recommends solutions to management. Implements approved enhancements to ensure consistency across the district. Identifies opportunities to reduce costs; analyzes available data, trends, and feedback, and ensures compliance with expectations for optimal operation and goal achievement. 

Acts as an American Sign Language (ASL) model and resource to students, teachers, interpreters and other school staff.

Evaluates students’ receptive and expressive language abilities and/or their communication skills range for reports at IEP (Individualized Educational Program) meetings, including creating, maintaining, and coordinating administration of ASL assessments for initial evaluations, annual IEP reviews, triennial re-evaluations, and classroom progress monitoring; collaboratively sets goals/objectives and advocates for language support and unbiased assessments without language barriers.

Facilitates awareness and understanding of Deaf culture for Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) students, general education students and staff by coordination of ASL/Deaf culture events and collaboration with community agencies.

Advocates for and designs learning activities that will support ASL concepts related to the student’s academic content, physical world, and daily life skills.

Implements and teaches American Sign Language curriculum to enrich students’ knowledge about and proficiency in ASL; explicitly instructs students regarding unique linguistic rules for both ASL and English, in order to foster bilingual use appropriately in a variety of academic and social interactions.

Collaborates with staff to foster students’ language skills in ASL when appropriate; consults with District Child Find team; and provides direct instruction to strengthen language foundation in ASL.

Keeps abreast of current research, resources and best practices related to ASL linguistics, ASL coursework, ASL curriculum, and ASL development.

Works as collaborator to develop professional development for staff on the Deaf/Hard of Hearing team. 

Knowledge, Experience & Other Qualifications:

At least one (1) year experience with formal evaluation of ASL skills.

American Sign Language Teachers Association (ASLTA) certified or working toward certification (ASLPI minimum score of 4; SLPI:ASL Advanced) OR; Must possess or qualify for Colorado Department of Education licensure for Special Education Specialist: Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

Experience working with students of different educational backgrounds and additional disabilities.

Extensive knowledge of ASL Linguistics and Deaf culture.

Native or near-native American Sign Language skills.

Ability to use differentiated instructional strategies to meet the needs of diverse learners.

Ability to work in a collaborative manner with district students and staff.

Proficient in written communication.

Strong attention to detail.

Aptitude for variety and changing expectations in a fast-paced environment.

Proficient in using Google Workspace. 

Education Requirements:

Bachelor’s Degree in ASL linguistics, Deaf studies or Deaf education, or related field required.

– Master’s Degree in ASL linguistics, Deaf studies or Deaf education, or related field


Additional Information:


Work Year Calendars (including accrued time off):

– Benefits (including DPS contributions):

– Compensation Structures:

– Employee must live and work with a permanent home address in Colorado while working for Denver Public Schools.  


About Denver Public Schools:


Denver Public Schools is committed to meeting the educational needs of every student with great schools in every neighborhood. Our goal is to provide every child in Denver with rigorous, enriching educational opportunities from preschool through high school graduation.  DPS is comprised of nearly 200 schools including traditional, magnet, charter and alternative pathways schools, with an enrollment of more than 90,000 students.  


DPS has become the fastest-growing school district in the country in terms of enrollment and the fastest-growing large school district in the state in terms of student academic growth.  Learn more at  


Denver Public Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, or any other status protected by law or regulation. It is our intention that all qualified applicants be given equal opportunity and that selection decisions be based on job-related factors.



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Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: 40,000 - 60,000.

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