Sault Tribe
  • - Cultural
  • Sault Ste. Marie, MI, USA
  • Negotiable
  • Year Round - Full Time
  • Yes

The Language Instructor, under the direction of the Cultural Repatriation Specialist is responsible for providing Ojibwe Language for Early Childhood Education programs, including but not limited to: Child Care Center, Early Head Start and Head Start. The position is responsible for working with adults and with Livestream delivery of Language Lessons and for the retention, preservation, and assistance in oversight of Anishinaabemowin program. The position is also responsible for assisting in creating, developing, and implementing program related curriculum, as well as deliver Anishinaabemowin Language life way for the 7 County Service areas.


ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: (includes, but is not limited to, the following)


  • Provides direct services to individuals and provides small-group instruction to participants of varying ages and levels of fluency in a classroom or workshop setting, evaluates student progress, encourages students to continue efforts to learn the language.                                                                               
  • Develops original language resource teaching tools including props, costumes, and handouts to aid in language instruction.
  • Assists with development of overall language preservation and revitalization efforts for Sault Tribe.
  • Identifies new venues and delivery methods for Anishinaabemowin including Livestream delivery. 
  • Researches comparable language preservation and revitalization efforts in other communities.
  • Maintains records including student attendance sheets and fluency measures.
  • Reports monthly on program activities.                                                   


ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES: (includes, but is not limited to, the following)


  • Serves as a language resource for tribal staff and community members and provides translations as requested.
  • All other job related duties as assigned.




Immediate peers, immediate supervisor/manager, managers in other departments, customers and authorized representatives.




Position light with lifting of 100 pounds and lifting/carrying up to 50 pounds with team or dual lifting.  Physical factors include constant use of hearing and near vision; frequent standing, walking, sitting, use of midrange/far vision and typing and driving and occasional lifting, stooping, kneeling, crawling,  reaching and bending.


Working conditions include occasional exposure to weather, extreme heat and cold and noise.  Potential hazards include frequent computer use and occasional exposure to moving mechanical parts, electric shock, high exposed places, chemicals, infectious exposure, needles and syringes and medical equipment. Personal protection equipment (PPE) includes protective gloves, masks and other equipment needed to perform functions of position. 




Education: High School diploma or equivalent required. Fluent in Anishinaabemowin preferred. Anishinaabe Bimaadiziwin - a high level of knowledge and understanding of traditional life-ways.


Experience: Experience working with children and adult learners preferred.


Certification/License: Anishinaabemowin Language Teaching Certificate preferred. Must have a valid driver's license and be insurable by the Sault Tribe Insurance Department. Must comply with annual driver's license review and insurability standards with the Sault Tribe Insurance Department. Must obtain an annual TB Test. Must be in good physical health as determined by physician.  Will be required to undergo and successfully pass a background check. Must maintain a good moral character standing. Will be required to complete and pass pre-employment drug testing.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Spiritually strong to deal with troubling situations. Ability to communicate effectively with adult learners required. Novice level of speaking required. Must be able to prepare clear, concise, thorough, meaningful, and grammatically correct written reports, letters, memoranda, policy and procedural drafts, and other written documents. Must be able to create language curriculum resources. Knowledge of and ability to use word processing and spreadsheet and data base software preferred. Must be able to teach to differing abilities of language learners. Must be able to work evenings when needed. Must maintain confidentiality of student/families information with tribal and federal laws, regulations, policies, and practices. Native American preferred.







This position has been closed and is no longer available.
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