Braille Specialist .5FTE, Tacoma, Washington

Created 11/24/2021
Reference 479483
Country United States
State Washington
City Tacoma
Tacoma Public Schools

Expected Start Date: As soon as possible

FTE: .50

Hours per day: 4 hours/day; 20 hours/week

Salary Level: PT6 $

Union/Days per year: Professional Technical, 260 work days, 12 month

Benefits: This job has the full range of benefits offered by Tacoma Public Schools.

Additional Information: In accordance with Governor Jay Inslee's announced Proclamation 21-14.1 on August 18, 2021, all K-12 school district employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by October 18, 2021. Candidates who are extended a conditional offer of employment with Tacoma Public Schools will be required to submit proof of vaccination status in compliance with Governor Inslee's mandate, prior to official hire with the district. Individuals qualifying for a medical and/or religious exemption outlined under the Governor's directive will be required to provide proof of exemption prior to official hire with the district. Tacoma Public Schools Human Resources will work directly with candidates to finalize proof of compliance with the Governor's mandate prior to official hire.

Additional Resources and Information:
Press Release from WA Governor's Office
Proclamation by the Governor: COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement
OSPI Vaccination Requirement FAQ
Vaccine Mandate FAQs
DOH Vaccine fact sheet

This position prepares educational materials in braille, manages the braille and large-print library, supervises and distributes work to volunteer groups and interprets for hearing impaired children or adults

1. Designs and formats tests, texts, worksheets and workbooks in braille; transcribes material to braille; interlines; produces raised line drawings.
2. Determines sources for and orders braille materials and large-print items for the district. Delivers braille to school building and receives materials to be brailed.
4. Serves as a resource to district staff concerning braille instruction and translation software, computerized files and related equipment.
5. Binds, covers, labels, and enters all books into the braille inventory.
7. Communicates with teachers, vendors, other departments, and outside agencies to exchange information, resolve issues and coordinate activities.
8. Attends a variety of meetings, conferences, and trainings to maintain current knowledge of program activities and Braille formats.

1. Responds to email and forms inquiries; maintains related files and records; orders supplies.
2. Performs related duties as assigned.
3. Regular, reliable, predictable attendance or physical presence is an essential job requirement and critical to the performance of the work.

Required to concentrate on detail and be precise; experiences frequent interruptions; required to move heavy objects; required to work around equipment with moving parts; may be exposed to infectious disease; works at high noise levels; may be required to lift and carry up to 20 pounds, bend, squat, stoop, kneel, crouch, walk, twist, climb, and/or be mobile.


Education and Experience
High school graduation or equivalent, with advanced technical training in grade one and two braille; two years of experience with blind children or adults; or any combination of experience and training which provides the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and ability required to perform the work.
National Certification in Unified English Braille (NCUEB) Literacy assessment from the National Blindness Professional Certification Board (NBPCB); or Successful completion of Library of Congress certification in Braille Transcription.
Nemeth Braille Transcription

Licenses/Special Requirements
Fingerprints and successful WSP and FBI background clearance/sexual misconduct clearance.

Allowable Substitution
Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be evaluated by the Human Resource department for comparability.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Knowledge of low vision, assistive technology, enlarging techniques, etc.
Knowledge of correct grammar, spelling, and English usage.
Skill in obtaining, clarifying, and exchanging information.
Skill in providing quality customer service.
Ability to utilize computer programs for braille.
Ability to interline and produce braille in several different codes and formats; especially strong skills in literary and textbook formats.
Ability to organize, prioritize, and coordinate activities.
Ability to demonstrate reasonable, reliable and regular attendance.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of people in a diverse multi-cultural, socio-economic setting.


This job description is not an employment agreement or contract. Tacoma School District administration has the exclusive right to alter this job description at any time without notice. The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the primary functions of this job, the level of knowledge and skill typically required and the scope of responsibility, but should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned including work in other functional areas to cover absences or relief, to equalize peak work periods or otherwise balance the workload.

Tacoma Public Schools does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Civil Rights Coordinator: Lisa Nolan, 253-571-1252,; Title IX Coordinator, Elementary: Christa Erolin, 253-571-1318,; Title IX Coordinator, Secondary: Eric Hogan, 253-571-1191,; 504 Coordinator: Elementary, Elise Friedrich-Nielsen,, 253-571-1096; Secondary, Megan Nelson,, 253-571-1003. Mailing address: P.O. Box 1357, Tacoma, WA 98401-1357., (253) 571-1250

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