Educational Visual Language Interpreter

Job Code: 3626649

Job Details

Casual and Long Term Opportunities

The Surrey School District respectfully acknowledges that our schools reside on the traditional, unceded, and shared territories of Coast Salish peoples: The q̓ ícə̓ y̓ - Katzie, the qʼwa:n̓ƛʼən̓ - Kwantlen and the SEMYOME - Semiahmoo First Nations, who have been stewards of this land since time immemorial.

Surrey Schools values an inclusive school district, where equity is deeply embedded and diversity welcomed. We are committed to creating and cultivating diverse, inclusive and barrier-free environments for all applicants, employees, students, and their families. We work to continuously grow and improve our practices, celebrate our differences, and empower people to promote positive change in our communities. Our identity, as Surrey Schools, is expressed in the shared values of openness, fairness and tolerance and recognize the importance of diversity of identity and thought. We are an equal opportunity employer and welcome applicants from all backgrounds.

Surrey Schools, recipient of the BC Top Employers and Canada's Greenest Employer awards, is the largest school district in BC and the second largest employer in Surrey. Spread across one of the fastest-growing cities in British Columbia, Surrey Schools provides quality education to over 82,000 students with 124 schools sites and a variety of other learning facilities, offering a broad range of innovative programs and services to support the learning of our students. The Surrey School District team of approximately 13,000 employees works tirelessly every day to ensure that children are getting the best start they can, providing the preparation to be our leaders of tomorrow.

The Visual Language Interpreter facilitates communication between deaf, hard of hearing and hearing students and staff by providing interpretive services in and out of the classroom and reinforcing the student’s educational program.

Qualifications include:

  • Successful completion of a two (2) year post-secondary program in Sign Language Interpretation and at least one year related experience
  • Successful completion of grade 12, active member of Westcoast Association of Visual Language Interpreters (WAVLI)

Skills, abilities, experiences, and requirements include:

  • Demonstrated fluency in American Sign Language
  • Knowledge of Deaf culture and community resources
  • Experience working and/or interacting with Deaf or Hard of Hearing people, especially children
  • Understanding of the language implications in the education of Deaf and Hard of Hearing students
  • Ability to adjust the signing, education and communication levels required, in accordance with students needs
  • Ability to support student(s) in the implementation of his/her IEP
  • Ability to understand and work with curriculum at the appropriate grade level (s)
  • Ability to be flexible in order to meet the varying academic, social, emotional and behavioural needs of students
  • Knowledge of the basic aspects of student’s physical, educational, social and emotional development
  • Knowledge of the basic principles of educational practices, the function of support services, and the role of interpreters as a member of an educational team
  • Effective interpersonal skills

All successful applicants are required to join CUPE Union Local 728.


Term Assignments: As per the CUPE collective agreement the wage for the long term assignments is $37.67 per hour plus benefits package: Municipal Pension, health, vacation & sick benefits effective once required hours have been met.

Casual On-Call Spareboard: The wages for the Casual On-Call positions is $37.67 per hour with no benefit or pension options. Opportunities will exist to apply into Term Assignments as they become available.

In your cover letter please indicate your preference of assignment: Term or Casual

Qualified and interested applicants can apply by clicking "apply" to the right of the posting. Ensure to include your cover letter, resume, references and supporting documentation. Posting will remain active until filled.

Note: Successful applicants will be required to consent to a Criminal Records Search prior to employment. Only those persons selected for interview will be contacted. To all others, thank you for your interest.

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Posted On
June 03, 2024
Closing Date & Time

Job Type
Full Time, Part Time, Occasional
Job Category
ECE, EA and Support Staff
Job Open To
Management & Professionals
Multiple locations
$37.67/hr. plus benefits package: Municipal Pension, health, vacation & sick benefits. Effective date per collective agreement.
Employment Start Date
Start Immediately
Mandatory Document
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter