Ojibwe Language Program Director
Any individual who receives an offer of employment or will receive a payroll check are required to submit to a drug and alcohol test as a condition of obtaining employment.
Mille Lacs Band Member/American Indian preference applies
The Ojibwe Language Program Director is responsible for defining, implementing and assessing the Ojibwe Language Program Standards for Nay Ah Shing School and Mille Lacs Early Education.
• Knowledgeable in the Ojibwe Language and Mille Lacs traditional teachings.
• Master’s degree in Education or related field.
• Five (5) to nine (9) years’ experience in Ojibwe Culture and Language required.
• Experience directing a language program and supervisory experience required.
• Willingness to maintain a high level of competence, exercise discreet judgment and honor confidentiality.
• Loves children, can whole-heartedly engage in working with and for them.
• Understands the relationship of the Ojibwe Language Program to the Millie Lacs Community and values and supports the mission of both.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills.
• Project an image of professionalism and maintain a positive attitude.
• Ability to work with the diverse constituencies of Nay Ah Shing Schools.
• Must have driver’s license and be insurable under the Mille Lacs Band Drivers Insurance Policy.
• Must have a current valid driver’s license.
• Must be insurable under the Mille Lacs Band Automobile Insurance policy.
• Must pass a background check.
• Must pass a pre-employment drug & alcohol test.
• First Aid / CPR certified.
• Mille Lacs Band Member/American Indian Preference does apply.
• Background investigation required that shows no theft or fraud above a misdemeanor, no felony drug conviction and no sexual or crimes-against-a-person conviction at any level.
• A staff person with direct contact with or access to children in care must disclose the arrest, conviction, and applicant background information if that staff person:
(a) has a conviction of, has admitted to, has an adjudication of delinquency for, has been charged and is awaiting trial for, or a preponderance of the evidence indicates the person has committed:
- a crime against a child;
- an act of physical or sexual abuse;
- a felony;
- the same or similar crimes as those in this subsection listed in the laws of another state or of the United States or of any Tribal law;
(b) has a conviction of, has admitted to, has an adjudication of delinquency for, has been charged and is awaiting trial for, or a preponderance of the evidence indicates the person has committed any misdemeanor offense under Federal, State, or Tribal law involving crimes of violence; sexual assault, molestation, exploitation, contact or prostitution; crimes against persons; or offenses committed against children. The Licensing Committee may evaluate the nature and time of a misdemeanor assault charge as well as other types of misdemeanor crimes not specified in this section to determine whether employment is appropriate.
8 MLBSA § 1212(a-b).
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
• Supervises Ojibwe Language Staff, leads staff meetings, attends Elder Advisory Board meetings, provide schedules, work direction, performance appraisals and training as needed.
• Monitors program budgets to ensure proper funding, including submission of purchase orders, check requests, and service contracts.
• Defines, develops, implements, and evaluates Ojibwe Language curriculum for the
Nay Ah Shing School (Early Education through 12th grade), including accommodations for students on individualized educational plans.
• Works with Ojibwe Language teachers and speakers to integrate Ojibwe Language throughout the schools.
• Assists in understanding of Language performance standards and their application in the classroom.
• Coordinates with teachers to incorporate applicable cultural concepts into curriculum.
• Observes classrooms, models teaching and coaches teachers and speakers.
• Performs program self-assessment, updating program goals and objectives as needed.
• Participates in orientation, mentoring of new faculty, and prepares training session for in-service.
• Other duties as assigned.
• Work hours are 40 hours a week.
• There is little stress.
• Work environment is both indoors and outdoors (activity may include pow wows and harvesting).
• There is little threat of exposure to personal danger (operating sewing machine or other crafting/harvesting tools).
• Travel is required for training purposes / out of state travel is limited.