American Sign Languageinstructor

State of Colorado
Full Time 72 per week CO Colorado


Department Information

Vision Statement:  CSDB aspires to be an exemplary global resource for families and professionals that excels in preparing diverse learners to transform the world with PRIDE: Positive attitude, Respect, Independence, Determination, and Excellence.
Mission Statement:  The Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind (CSDB), in collaboration with families, school districts and community partners, ... educates and inspires learners throughout the state, birth through age 21, to achieve their full human potential through comprehensive, individualized academic, transition, residential and outreach programs and resources

Description of Job

BROAD SCOPE OF POSITION:This position reports to the Director of Outreach Programs (or designee; e.g., ASL Services Coordinator), and is responsible to provide support to students who are Deaf / hard-of-hearing and their hearing siblings, parents, CSDB staff, and community members related to activities sponsored by Outreach Programs that include or focus on the development of knowledge of ASL and bilingual (ASL/English) education.

  • Provide ASL instruction for CSDB staff, students, educators, and parents throughout Colorado and to community members, as requested, via direct (in-person) instruction and/or online technology. 
  • Develop and lead ASL immersion activities for families and/or professionals, as well as other ASL learning opportunities, on the CSDB campus and statewide, as requested.
  • In collaboration with the ASL Services Coordinator and Media team, develop informational videos to be filmed and used for training and in distance learning activities.
  • Develop and modify curricula to support ASL instructional efforts.
  • Assist to expand the visibility of CSDB Outreach Programs within the Colorado Deaf Community, and the Deaf Community nationwide.
  • Collaborate effectively with other Outreach Programs, CSDB staff, and constituents to achieve Strategic Plan goals, and positively contribute to committee work on and off campus.
  • Positively serve as a team member of Outreach Programs and of the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind (CSDB) as a whole; and participate in regular team and departmental meetings and professional development activities, as required.
  • Perform other appropriate duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights


  • Bachelor's Degree or higher in ASL / Linguistics, Teaching ASL, Deaf Studies, Education or closely related field from an accredited college or university, or documented work experience which provides an equivalent knowledge base related to ASL instruction.
  • Desired: Hold or be eligible for appropriate educator licensure in the State of Colorado, endorsed as a Special Education Specialist: Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing, or comparable endorsement.
  • Desired: American Sign Language Teachers Association (ASLTA) Certification.
  • Three (3) years experience teaching / working with students (in an educational environment) who are Deaf / hard-of-hearing and/or adults in ASL learning environments.
  • Proficiency in American Sign Language (ASL) at the Advanced Plus (4) skill level as demonstrated through an appropriate assessment tool and according to school policy.
  • In-depth knowledge/ training in ASL education
  • Knowledge of and ability to assess ASL proficiency or willingness to gain training in this area
  • Strong knowledge of and ability to utilize English in a bilingual environment
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Deaf culture
  • Knowledge of and ability to assess and apply technology to perform the requirements of the position; ability to effectively utilize a variety of computer software applications, which may include but is not limited to e-mail, Internet, word processing, electronic calendar, presentation development, spreadsheet, database, video conferencing, etc.; willingness to stay current and develop skills as needed with or without direct support from CSDB
  • Knowledge of and ability to effectively adapt and apply teaching skills to a technology rich environment, which may include but is not limited to telepresence, and multiple distance education technologies and delivery modes; ability to effectively implement technology necessary to model, teach, and coordinate bilingual education support for students, parents, and professionals
  • Ability to communicate effectively with all audiences
  • Ability to respond effectively and positively to feedback
  • Ability to work cooperatively with others and participate effectively in a team setting
  • Strong, positive interpersonal and communication (group speaking) skills
  • Full-Time (0.8 FTE); scheduled to work 208 days per fiscal year (July through June).
  • Employment is at-will, with no actual, expressed, or implied contract.
  • Selected applicants must verify experience / highest degree held.
  • Direct deposit of paycheck is required.
  • CSDB is a non-smoking facility in its entirety.
  • Selected applicant must comply with the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind Drug-Free Workplace Policy, and other policies.
  • As required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA), selected applicant must verify, within 72 hours of employment, his/her legal right to be employed in the United States.
  • Selected applicant(s) will be required to submit to and pass a background check, to include Colorado and Federal criminal history checks, employment verification, and professional/personal reference checks.

ORGANIZATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS             Reports to and is evaluated by the
Director of Outreach Programs (or designee)