Ojibwe Language Teacher Trainee (4 Positions)
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 Teacher Trainee is responsible for learning to speak and teach Ojibwe Language. This is accomplished by shadowing fluent Ojibwe Language Speakers and receiving Teacher Development training.
• Strong and lasting commitment to learning the Ojibwe Language.
• Willingness to obtain training in Ojibwe Language instructional methods including the Accelerated Second Language Acquisition method.
• Highly knowledgeable in the traditional ways of the Mille Lacs Band.
• Loves children, can whole-heartedly engage in working with and for them.
• Understanding of the relationship of Nay Ah Shing School Ojibwe Language Program to the Mille Lacs Band Community values and supports the mission of both.
• Willingness to maintain a high level of competence, exercise discreet judgment and honor confidentiality.
• Experience, familiarity, and ability to work with the diverse constituencies of Nay Ah Shing School.
• Project an image of professionalism and maintain a positive attitude.
• Moderate computer skills.
• Strong organizational and communication skills.
• Must pass a background check.
• Must pass a pre-employment drug & alcohol test.
• Mille Lacs Band Member/American Indian Preference does apply.
• Must have current valid driver’s license.
• Must be insurable under the Mille Lacs Band Drivers Insurance policy.
• 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
• Audio record fluent Ojibwe speakers sharing their knowledge of traditional ways, stories, memories, language curriculum, and various Ojibwe translations.
• Observe and Student Teach within Ojibwe Language Classrooms, utilizing the Accelerated Second Language Acquisition method.
• Attend weekly Ojibwe Language classes within the community.
• Attend Ojibwe Language college courses.
• Adjust teaching style and classroom set up as needed to benefit all children, including accommodations for students on individualized educational plans.
• Assist in creating a healthy, safe, welcoming, and comfortable learning environment that supports children’s growth and development.
• Assist in monitoring/documenting student progress to ensure successful transition into the next educational level, which includes daily attendance, school work, participation, and assessments.
• Assist in presenting student progress at parent/teacher conferences.
• Maintain and improve professional competence by participating in team meetings (Nay Ah Shing & Ojibwe Language), IEP, in-service training and other training as needed.
• Participate in seasonal harvesting, graduation ceremonies, classroom field trips, pow wows, pipe/dish, award nights, and other planned activities.
• Other duties as assigned.
• Work hours are 40 hours/week, 42 weeks.
• There is little or no stress involved.
• Work environment is indoors (outdoor activity may include field trip,
pow wow and harvesting).
• There is little threat of exposure to personal danger (operating a sewing
machine or other crafting and harvesting tools).
• Travel may be required for training purposes/out of state travel is limited.