Paraprofessionals | Sign Language Facilitator | District Wide | Closing: 03/01/2024


Language Facilitator
District Wide 
8 hours/week | Tuesday and Thursday | 8:00 am – 12 pm

Starting Wage: $18.30/hr, increases with experience + Benefits

Join the Duluth Public Schools team, where we work to inspire every student to achieve their potential and prepare students to lead productive, fulfilling lives. 

Duluth Public Schools is looking for a motivated and energetic individual who has knowledge and experience in American Sign Language to work with a deaf student in an outdoor preschool. The student will be outside in nature year-round, including the winter months hiking, exploring, learning and playing. Job duties include, but are not limited to: facilitating communication between the student and their peers, providing visual input to vocalized and printed language/communication, assisting the student with localizing sounds in their environment, as well as assisting with interaction and social development of the student.

The position is for 4 hours a day, from 8:00 am-12:00 pm, two days a week (Tuesdays/Thursdays). You must be physically able to work outdoors in all weather conditions and different environmental terrains. American Sign Language skills should be a Level 4 or higher. Must be familiar with, or willing to learn about hearing aids, cochlear implants, and digital modulation systems. Must be willing to work closely with the classroom teacher, learn about the student’s various needs and listening equipment use, and troubleshoot any issues that may arise. Must have reliable transportation.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • High School diploma or equivalent combination of education
  • plus one year experience working with children.
  • 60 semester credit or 90 quarter credits of college or a passing score on the ParaPro assessment
  • Requires a minimum of a certificate of graduation from a post-secondary interpreter-training program

Certifications required:

  • National Association of the Deaf (NAD) Level III certification or Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID), CI & CT (Required)
  • NIC is also accepted

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Understanding of the English language, especially grammar
  • Hearing aids and microphones; cleaning, testing and troubleshooting
  • Deaf culture
  • Children and their development

Desirable Skills:

  • Expressive American Sign Language
  • Receptive American Sign Language
  • Ability to work with students
  • Organizing the necessary materials for teaching sign language
  • Ability to be flexible regarding work assignments

Additional Information:

  • Individuals pursuing certification may apply (pre-certified).
  • Cued speech is not required. 

In addition to rewarding career opportunities, Duluth Public Schools offers an excellent benefit package to employees who are hired into positions scheduled to work 24 hours/week or more. Benefits include, but are not limited to the following:
Medical/Prescription Drug Plan with Health Reimbursement Arrangement

  • Single Coverage – District pays 100% of premium (FREE) + contributes $2,612.50 into HRA annually
  • Family Coverage – District pays 75% of premium (25% employee contribution) + contributes $5,225.00 into HRA annually

Dental Plan

  • Single Coverage – District pays 100% of Basic premium (FREE)
  • Family Coverage – District pays 25% of Premium

Life Insurance

  • District provides minimum of $50,000 of life insurance at no cost, employee may purchase supplemental life insurance

Long Term Disability

  • District-provided at no cost to employee

Flexible Spending Accounts

  • Employees may elect to contribute on a pre-tax basis to Health Flexible Spending Accounts and Dependent Care Accounts


  • The District contributes 7.25% of your total salary in the Public Employees Retirement Association pension plan.
  • Employees may also elect to participate in Tax-Shelter Annuity options.

Time Off

  • Each bargaining unit contract defines time off provisions such as holidays, sick/personal leave, vacation, etc. 

Contact Information
If you have any questions, please contact Human Resources at 218-336-8722 or email at