Materials Conversion Personnel, Braillist – Saint Paul Public Schools

Job Description
Job Title: Materials Conversion Personnel – Braillist
Job ID: 1011668
Location: 271 Belvidere
Full/Part Time:

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Saint Paul Public Schools is accepting applications for Braillist/Document Conversion Assistant (Educational Assistant 2) for the 2021-2022 school year.

Services for students who are blind/visually impaired are provided under an itinerant service model as determined by the student’s Individualized Education Program plan (IEP). Programming often requires adaptations to the educational materials in the form o f Braille, large print, tactile graphics, as well as the use of assistive technology and digital files. Successful candidate will receive on-site training in Braille translation software, and will also be expected to pursue formal long-distance training as a Braille transcriber.

Minimum Qualifications

Post-secondary training. Bachelor’s Degree preferred.
Must have strong to excellent computer skills and knowledge of advanced software programs.
Must be willing to work toward formal certification by the Library of Congress or Hadley School for the Blind as a transcriber, first in Unified English Braille (UEB), followed by coursework in Nemeth code, the math Braille code.
Ability to prioritize work assignments to meet deadlines and work with minimal supervision.
Good communication skills, flexible attitude, and willingness to cooperate as part of the vision team.
Willingness to learn production of tactile graphics and large print materials.

Preferred Qualifications

Certification in areas of literary Braille code, work knowledge of Nemeth code, Braille science, music and foreign language codes.
Knowledge of various methods of producing Braille, including the Perkins Brailler and computer technology, such as scanners, Braille and print printers, as well as the MegaDots and DBT translation software/methods.
The essential job functions include, but are not limited to, the following fundamental duties:

Transcribe educational materials from print to Braille in an accurate and timely manner; bind and distribute as appropriate.
Generate tactile graphs, chart and maps using various production methods from hand-drawn to computer designed; make determinations relating to information that will be included and accessible to students.
Implement changes in Braille code set by BANA (Braille Authority of North America) to ensure consistency of transcriptions; serve as a resource to vision teachers by relating changes in the Braille code.
Attend staff meetings and appropriate training workshops.
Maintain library/database of brailled and enlarged materials in conjunction with the SSB Communication Center.
Enlarge and bind material for low vision students as instructed by staff.
Assist in maintaining Vision program equipment, books and materials.
Perform other related duties as assigned
Essential Functions
Essential functions are job duties that the individual holding the position must be able to perform unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation through the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) and the Americans with Disability Amendments Act (ADAAA). The essential functions are typical duties as outlined under Responsibilities.

Regular and reliable attendance.

May be exposed to various cleaning products.

Pay,Benefits, & Work Schedule
This is a 10 month position working 37.5 hours per week.

Salary and benefits are in accordance with the (union) negotiated labor agreement. The labor agreement and salary schedule can be found at The minimum rate of pay for this position is $17.95 per hour.

Benefits are available to new employees after 30 days of active employment. Benefits include medical insurance, life insurance, sick leave, pension plan, tax-free retirement account, and flexible spending account. Some employee groups also receive vacation, dental insurance and disability insurance. A benefits summary is available at

How To Apply
To be considered further, please apply for this position and attach a resume and cover letter to your online application.

The Human Resource Department will review your application materials and contact you regarding the next steps.

To attach additional documents to your online application, click on the “Additional Attachments” link from the applicant homepage and upload your documents as attachments. Valid file extensions for attaching a document include .doc, .txt, .rtf, and .pdf.

This position will remain open until filled.

Other Information
Transcript – Unofficial transcripts are accepted at the time of hire. You must submit official transcripts within 30 days of your start date. Formal credential evaluation is required for post-secondary education completed outside of the United States.

Veteran’s Preference – If you are an eligible veteran applying for a job where veteran’s preference applies and wish to claim Veterans Preference you must submit a legible copy of your DD214 to the Human Resource Department with your employment application. If your claim is approved, five or ten additional points will be added to your final passing score.

Criminal Background Investigation and Reference Checks – Reference checks and a criminal background investigation will be completed as a condition of hire for all new employees and for former employees who have not been employed by the District for more than six months.

Equal Employment Opportunity
Saint Paul Public Schools is an equal opportunity employer and supports an inclusive workplace environment.

Equity Statement
SPPS is committed to an equitable workforce where all employees represent this commitment through equitable practices in their job position.