Lead Cultural Resource Specialist
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 Lead Cultural Resource Specialist is responsible for assisting the Director of Cultural Resources with cultural activities at the District I Cultural Grounds. The Lead Cultural Resource Specialist supervises the Cultural Resource Specialists and oversees the maintenance of the grounds, buildings, structures, and equipment. The Lead Cultural Resource Specialist provides resources for activities which focus on traditional teachings and assists with the coordination of access to Elders and Traditional people to meet the needs of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe community. The Lead Cultural Resource Specialist will work to promote cultural awareness, safety and competency while promoting traditional healing and wellness.
• Post-secondary education in Indigenous studies and/or combination of an equivalent and relevant education and/or experience.
• Minimum of five years of demonstrated and related work experience within an Indigenous organization or community.
• No supervisory experience is required.
• Strong knowledge and awareness of Indigenous culture and history; knowledge of language will be considered an asset.
• Self-motivated individual with the ability to work with minimal supervision.
• Must possess strong cultural skills and ability to pass knowledge efficiently.
• Excellent interpersonal management, stress management and time management skills.
• Must be able to maintain confidentiality.
• Ability to problem solve and take initiative
• Knowledge of Ojibwe Culture, Language and Harvesting.
• Excellent Communication skills; verbal and written.
• Ability to engage people to build trust and rapport.
• Must have current valid driver’s license.
• Must be insurable under the Mille Lacs Band Drivers Insurance policy.
• Must pass a pre-employment drug and alcohol test.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
• Directly supervises the Cultural Resource Specialists.
• Assist with talking and teaching healing circles with a priority to services and supports for Indigenous children, youth, and families.
• Teach about traditional medicines’ education, e.g., teachings, care for and use, storage, medicine bags, growing/picking, etc.
• Assist the delivery of traditional food education e.g., teachings on health benefits, harvesting, growing, preparing, storing.
• Promotion of Ojibwe Language restoration.
• Remain current and implement wise practices in service provision from a culture-based platform.
• Aid Elders and/or traditional resource people to conduct ceremonies as appropriate to the geographic areas and customs.
• Support the planning of traditional dancing, singing, drumming, community and/or seasonal celebrations/feasts, traditional and social events.
• Assist with culture/social nights and community feasts, elder socials and Elder/senior appreciation activities and Elder/youth knowledge exchange /mentorship activities.
• Implement land-based activities, e.g., fishing, trapping, medicine picking, etc.
• Provide assistance and opportunities for traditional arts & crafting.
• To assist in the development, implementation, and facilitation of new and relevant cultural services/programs within the Band.
• Assist with maintenance of a trusted traditional knowledge/Elder resource/directory.
• Assist with organizational cultural competency, safety & cultural sustainability.
• To provide insight and support in the development of protocols and agreements with internal and external stakeholders as directed.
• To attend meetings, workshops, seminars, and conferences that relates to the Lead Cultural Resource Specialist duties.
• To participate as a resource person at training sessions, committee meetings, etc.
• Assist with compiling statistical data using designated database systems.
• Submit statistical information as required and as it changes.
• Perform other duties relevant to the program as assigned.
• Moderate stress, work is both indoors/outdoors