POSITION TITLE:     Pre-School Lang. and Cult. Teacher Assistant
DEPARTMENT:         Education
SUPERVISOR:          Language and Culture Program Manager

GRADE:                     NE5
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Position Summary:

Under general direction of the Language and Culture Program Manager and Language and Culture Pre-School Teacher. Assists teacher with the teaching, organizing and implementation of a Keres language educational curriculum for adults and youth of the Santa Ana Pueblo. **NOTE: job announcement will be initially open 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:

  • •Assists Language and Culture Teacher and all other Keres Language Teachers and Teacher Assistants in providing instructions for the Infants, Pre-K and Head Start Children.
  • •Participates in staff and training meetings.
  • •Organize and arrange a safe classroom environment with cultural relevant themes for children’s comfort while learning.
  • •Interact with children to support play, exploration and learning through cultural relevant props and materials.
  • •Works with the Teacher in; planning, organizing and implementation of activities and lessons in the Keres language.
  • •Assists children during special events, field trips and other activities.
  • •Assists the Overall Language and Culture Program forums and community functions involving the Tamaya Learning and Head Start Children.
  • •Communicate professionally with parents, Tamaya Learning Center and Language and Culture Personnel as it relates to duties and responsibilities.
  • •Contributes to a team effort at all times.
  • •Performs other duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • High school Diploma and some college course work in related field and one-year of work experience as a teacher assistant or equivalent combination of education and experience. Be able to understand Tamayame Keres Language. Must obtain the Native American language Teacher Certification from the New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED), within 6 months of hire. 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 of applicable federal, state, county and local laws, regulations, and requirements.
  • •Knowledge, appreciation, and understanding of Santa Ana traditions, language, history, and culture.
  • •Knowledge of curriculum development and preparation procedures.
  • •Skill in operating various word-processing, spreadsheets, and database software programs in a Windows environment.
  • •Ability to exercise independent judgment.
  • •Ability to assist with curriculum and lesson plan development and implementation.
  • •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 maintain confidentiality.
  • •Ability to work independently as needed.
  • •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 or 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 is generally performed in a classroom setting with moderate to loud noise levels and where employee may be exposed to unpleasant odors, hazardous material and infectious disease. There is frequent interaction with children, school staff, the public and Pueblo of Santa Ana employees.