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FACULTY MSD - ASL Instructor

Contractual Position

Recruitment #22-009009-0021


The Maryland School for the Deaf (MSD) is a diverse, bilingual community who in partnership with families, provides an equitable and exemplary education in a nurturing, engaging, and challenging environment to ensure our students achieve personal excellence and become lifelong learners.  As such, we are looking for dedicated individuals who can join us in the education of the children at MSD.


MSD, Columbia Campus, 8169 Old Montgomery Road, Ellicott City, MD 21043

Main Purpose of Job

To serve as an ASL Instructor for MSD staff, county bus drivers, and families during the day or in the evening. Teach ASL classes from the beginning level to advanced level. ASL course content includes a variety of ASL materials (e.g. Signing Naturally, Master ASL, etc.). To meet the needs of staff, bus drivers, and families, an expansion from the curriculum is supported. To educate class participants on deaf awareness, deaf culture, and deaf sensitivity is encouraged. Share information with class attendees about current and local deaf events/news. Provide additional ASL resources.


Maintain registration forms for class attendees.

Maintain attendance records.

Plan instruction for weekly classes.

Provide ASL instruction to staff and bus drivers.

Provide ASL instruction to families that is meaningful and applicable to their home life.

Prepare, distribute, and utilize instructional support materials.

Convene in person and/or virtual classes as scheduled and respond to inquiries in class or via email.


Education: Bachelors in related field is highly preferred.

Experience: At least one year of teaching experience.  Must have excellent communication skills and ability to successfully interact with diverse populations.  Demonstrated fluency in American Sign Language.


Recognized state and national certifications in ASL (ASLTA, RID, etc.). 


New hires are subject to a criminal background investigation at their own expense.  (Maryland Code, Family Law Article 1, Sections 5-560-568)

Applicants must:

Have experience teaching American Sign Language.

Native speakers are encouraged to apply.

Candidates will need to provide three letters of recommendation.


Contractual employees who work for an agency covered under the State Employee and Retiree Health and Welfare Benefits Program, have a current employment contract and work 30 or more hours a week (or on average 130 hours per month) may be eligible for subsidized health benefits coverage for themselves and their dependents. As a contractual employee, you will be responsible for paying 25% of the premiums for your medical and prescription coverage, including any eligible dependents you have enrolled. The State of Maryland will subsidize the remaining 75% of the cost for these benefits. You can also elect to enroll in dental coverage, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, and life insurance, but will be responsible to pay the full premium for these benefits.

Leave may be granted to a contractual employee who has worked 120 days in a 12 month period. This leave accrues at a rate of one hour for every 30 hours worked, not to exceed 40 hours per calendar year.


Online application process is STRONGLY preferred.  If online access is not available or if you encounter difficulty, you may submit via mail, e-mail, fax, or deliver in person before the closing date and time.  Please include your name and recruitment number on any documentation to ensure timely processing.  Resumes will NOT be accepted in lieu of completing the online or paper application.  Additional or supplemental information must be submitted by the closing date and time. Application inquiries or supplemental information can be directed to the following:

Mailing Address: Maryland School for the Deaf, Recruitment Department, P. O. Box 894, Columbia, MD 21044


Phone: 410-696-3031, TTY Users: call via Maryland Relay

Fax: 410-696-3084

Individuals from traditionally underserved and underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply.  As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining, and promoting employees who are reflective of the State's diversity.  We thank our Veterans for their service to our country, and encourage them to apply.

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