POSITION TITLE:     Language and Culture Lead Teacher
DEPARTMENT:         SADE/Lang. and Culture
SUPERVISOR:          Lang. and Cult. Program Manager

GRADE:                     E4
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Position Summary:

Under the direction of the Language and Culture Program Manager, the incumbent plans, organizes, and provides direction and development for all Language and Culture Program In-School programs to include the Community-Based Language program, Summer Youth Language Immersion Activities and the Tamaya Pre-K Child Care Language and Culture Classrooms. **NOTE: job announcement will be initially opened to Pueblo members for a period of five (5) working days.** This list of duties and responsibilities is illustrative only of the tasks performed by this position and is not all-inclusive.

This list of duties and responsibilities is illustrative only of the tasks performed by this position and is not all-inclusive.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • •Develop lesson plans for the Keres Language Teachers and Teacher Assistants for pre-K through 12th Grades and for the In-School Keres Language classes.
  • •Develop annual Summer Language Immersion Program lesson plans in accordance and applicable to the Tamaya Keres Curriculum.
  • •Provide relevant teaching methodologies from best practices in learning and teaching a second language.
  • •Provides training and professional development to the Keres Language teachers/teacher assistants on classroom management, delivery of lessons, and activities for language learning.
  • •Provide procedural and standards-based lesson planning assistance to all in-coming teacher/teacher assistants within the Pre-school Tamaya Child Care Center.
  • •Assist in the development and implementation of the Pre-school Language and Culture program lesson plans.
  • •Monitor on a quarterly basis all In-school Teachers and Teacher Assistants using observation, individual mentoring sessions, and the Language and Culture Teacher Score Sheet; making recommendations as needed.
  • •Organizes, develops, and implements the Community-based Keres Language classes and amend plans as deemed necessary.
  • •Creates activities that support language development in the areas of science, math, literacy, geography, history, song/dance, and culture that is appropriate to the Pueblo.
  • •Provides support to the future development of a Community Elementary School.
  • •Maintains professional and technical knowledge by conducting research, attending seminars, educational workshops, classes and conferences; reviewing professional publications; establishing networks; participating in professional societies; conferring with representatives of contracting agencies and related organizations.
  • •Provides support to the Department of Education and all other Departments and personnel on common community initiatives.
  • •Compiles an annual Language and Culture Student progress report for each grade level with input from Language and Culture Teachers.
  • •Provides support to parents of children enrolled in the In-School Classroom language classes, Summer Language Immersion and Pre-K.
  • •Serve as the liaison between the Language and Culture Program and the other Education Department Programs supporting the In-School Keres Language class participants, Summer Immersion participants, and the Tamaya Pre-k children to address and resolve immediate language and culture curriculum needs and concerns as needed.
  • •Performs other duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Education or Bi-lingual Education plus 10 years of classroom experience in teaching and planning educational programs. Must be able to speak the Keres Language. Must be able to successfully pass a pre-employment drug/alcohol screen and background investigation including a motor vehicle check. Must possess and maintain a valid New Mexico driver’s license and be insurable under the Pueblo’s insurance.

Knowledge, Abilities, Skills, and Certifications:

  • •Knowledge and understanding of Santa Ana Pueblo traditions, language, history and culture.
  • •Knowledge of the Keres language; understand and speak the language.
  • •Knowledge and understanding of adult and youth learning principles, educational best practices in methodologies and pedagogy, and of a wide range of learning/training methods, techniques, and formats.
  • •Knowledge of lesson plan development.
  • •Knowledge of classroom management techniques.
  • •Knowledge of curriculum development and preparation procedures.
  • •Skill in operating various work-processing, spreadsheets, and programs in the Windows environment.
  • •Ability to exercise independent judgment.
  • •Ability to design, develop, implement, and evaluate training plans, curricula, and methodology.
  • •Ability to interact well with individuals from a wide range of ages and skill levels.
  • •Ability to interact and maintain good working relationships with individuals of varying social and cultural backgrounds.
  • •Ability to interpret applicable federal, state, county and local laws, regulations, and requirements.
  • •Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • •Ability to work independently and meet strict timelines.
  • •Ability to communicate efficiently and effectively both verbally and in writing.

Physical Demands:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly is required to stand; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and talk to hear. The employee frequently is required to walk; and reach with hands and arms. The employee occasionally is required to climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

Work Environment:

Work in generally performed in a classroom setting with moderation to loud noise levels and where employee may be exposed to unpleasant odors, hazardous material and infectious disease. There is frequent interaction with children, staff, the public and Pueblo of Santa Ana employees.