Ojibwe Language Para-Professional Open Until Filled
- - Cultural
- Sault Ste. Marie, MI, USA
- Full Time
The Ojibwe Language Instructor / Para-Professional, under the direction of the Director of Language and Culture is responsible for working with the staff language teacher and teacher mentor within the Ojibwe language immersion project. This position will focus on creating emerging speakers, ages 5-12 and training adult intermediate low or intermediate mid-level speakers to increase their fluency and teach the Ojibwe (Anishinaabe) language to future learners. The Para-pro will be responsible for instructing children through daily interaction. Para-pro will be part of a team designing a recreation-based seasonal cultural curriculum with weekly activities and daily routines to reinforce learning. A focus will be on developing graphics, video, games, indoor/outdoor activities, crafts, and cooking, plus online or virtual resources for families to use at home.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: (includes, but is not limited to, the following)
- Responsible for instructing children through daily interaction. Will work as a part of a team designing a recreation-based seasonal cultural curriculum with weekly activities and daily routines to reinforce learning.
- Focus will be on developing graphics, video, games, indoor/outdoor activities, crafts, and cooking, to include coordinating online or virtual resources for families to use at home.
- Develop graphics, video, games, indoor/outdoor activities, crafts, and cooking, plus online or virtual resources for families to use at home.
- Assist in designing a curriculum of activities with corresponding language based on the four seasons.
- Work with language speakers to identify Ojibwe language that will be incorporated into daily routines, activities and specific to weekly plans.
- Identify and plan seasonal recreational activities indoors and outdoors.
- Create materials and graphics to support language learning.
- Provide day to day instruction in Ojibwe.
- Track daily attendance in the program.
- Provide pre and post testing to measure language learning within the program.
- Develop weekly online instruction for parents and take-home materials based on language learning.
- Assist in planning language activities for the family language camps at the Mary Murray Cultural Camp.
ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES: (includes, but is not limited to, the following)
- Will provide parent contact on a weekly basis to provide support, resource materials for the family.
- Will conduct recordkeeping including the children's language assessments and growth achievement.
- Document attendance, photo waivers and other records as they pertain to projects.
- All other job-related duties as assigned.
- Program children, parents, guardians of children, co-workers, tribal elders and immediate peers.
- Position light with lifting of 25 pounds with team or dual lifting for assisting in moving additional, heavier items. 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 exposure to all types of weather conditions throughout the year during outdoor recreation activities.
Education: High School diploma or equivalent. Associates degree in Native Studies or related field with course work focusing on Ojibwa language preferred. A high level of knowledge and understanding of traditional life-ways - equivalent to a Bachelor's degree is preferred.
Experience: Experience working with children in a recreational or educational setting and accustomed to working with groups of children required.
Certification/License: 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. 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: Must have a working knowledge of the Ojibwe language (Anishinaabemowin) for basic comprehension and communication. Knowledge of the Ojibwe cultural life ways, traditions and practices 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/family's information with tribal and federal laws, regulations, policies, and practices. Native American preferred.
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