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Deaf Education ASL Specialist/Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA) - 1.0 FTE

Portland Public Schools Columbia Regional Program
Closing date: 
Sunday, July 17, 2022

Columbia Regional Program is looking for highly skilled and motivated professionals, familiar with a range of Deaf and Hard of Hearing services, to join our dynamic and collaborative team of professionals! Current openings include Teacher of the Deaf (EI/ECSE), Sign Language Interpreters, ASL Specialist/TOSA.

To complete the online application, go to the Employment Opportunities page on the Portland Public Schools website.
For search purposes, search with the Job # search for Job# 22545

Portland Public Schools (PPS) is seeking talented people from diverse backgrounds and experiences to lead change and inspire PPS students. At PPS, every employee, despite having different roles, is an educator. We hope to attract talented educators who model the core PPS  Educator Essentials. With the District’s focus on eliminating systemic racism and its adverse impact on student learning, we seek to hire individuals who bring to our district a deep commitment to racial equity and social justice. 


The Columbia Regional Program ASL Specialist/Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA) provides classroom and individual instruction to students identified as eligible for Regional services and staff of Columbia Regional Program in acquisition, development and refinement of American Sign Language (ASL) knowledge and skills and supports agency wide programming in ASL and Deaf culture for students and staff.

The American Sign Language Specialist/Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA)  works as part of an interagency and interdisciplinary team to provide both family focused and child centered programming.  This team member must have the skills and abilities to provide support to deaf and hard of hearing children using American Sign Language/English bilingual/bicultural strategies.

Specific areas of assignment typically include, but are not limited to, teacher support, student support and curriculum and program development. Assignments are temporary and are staffed based on program needs.


Develop, refine, coordinate, train and assist teachers in implementation of ASL curriculum in all classes and subject areas.

Provide direct ASL instruction and support in development of age appropriate ASL skills and knowledge (i.e. in the classroom group instruction and 1:1 tutoring support) including designing and implementing lessons/activities that support student and family  needs using best practice bilingual strategies.

Provide support to teachers as they develop, implement, monitor, and revise Individual Education Plans (IEP) and Individual Family Service Plans (IFSP)  related to ASL language development. Assist teachers and support staff in designing appropriate instructional environments to support students’ sign communication needs.

Create, maintain, coordinate administration of, and interpret outcomes of ASL assessments for entering students, 3 year evaluations, annual evaluations and classroom progress monitoring.

Promote ASL proficiency and appreciation of Deaf Culture awareness agency-wide through coordination of the ASL/Deaf Culture event and activities and coordinate and assist with family signacy & literacy events.

Keep abreast of current research & best practices in ASL teaching and learning while consistently modeling ASL/English bilingual communication.

Provide socially, culturally, and linguistically responsive practices including deaf/hard of hearing cultures and communities as well as sensitivity to and respect for an individual family characteristics.

Perform related duties as assigned.


Incumbents must be properly licensed by the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission for assignment as a Professional Educator - Teacher with a Master’s degree in American Sign Language Education, Deaf Education or related field. Fluency in American Sign Language and in written English is required.


ASL/English Bilingual Professional Development (AEBPD) training

Native or native-like fluency in ASL

Experience providing instruction to students who are deaf and hard of hearing. 

Bilingual/Bicultural Chinese, Russian, Somali, Spanish, and Vietnamese applicants are highly desirable.


Some positions in this classification may require the use of a personal automobile and possession of a valid Class C Oregon driver’s license.

Work hours may include evening and weekend activities, meetings, trainings, workshops and in-services.


Ability to:

Demonstrate understanding and compliance with PPS policies, procedures and applicable rules, regulations and laws and learn and implement Portland Public Schools Racial Equity Initiative

Use relevant assessment tools and problem solving techniques specific to ASL and language assessment

Mentor and provide leadership related to ASL/bilingual instruction

Communicate effectively

Maintain confidentiality of student information

ENDORSEMENT REQUIREMENT: Full, unrestricted teaching license issued by the TSPC

COMPENSATION : $43,382 TO $88,216 (Annual salary based on 1.0 FTE)

WORK YEAR: 192 days

FTE: 1.0