Culture and Language Provider

Job Closing: Feb 2, 2018

Division:  Education, Early Childhood Development   

Job Code:  25-3099   

Status:  Full-time, permanent   

SUMMARY: Under the general direction of the Head Start Education Supervisor, the Culture and Language Provider is responsible for enriching the Early Childhood Development Program by incorporating Mohawk language and culture into the program, encouraging participants to develop a strong sense of who they are.  The Culture and Language Provider will provide parents, staff and home-based childcare providers with training and workshops to strengthen their knowledge of the Mohawk language and culture so they can more effectively share this knowledge with our children and adults in our program. 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:

Adhere to all standards and practices as stated in the SRMT Personnel Policies, Head Start Performance Standards, NYS OCFS Child Care Licensing and all other applicable regulations pertaining to health, safety and sanitation.

  • Assist the ECDP staff with developing a theme based, age appropriate program plan that depicts the Mohawk language and culture through pictures, books, written and spoken language, music and other learning activities. 
  • Work in collaboration with the ECDP staff to develop a curriculum of traditional Mohawk language and culture that follows the ceremonial calendar and depicts traditional games, activities, way of life, songs, stories, etc.
  • Assist in the development of and implement training sessions and workshops that will enable parents and families to obtain the knowledge to effectively keep the Mohawk language and culture vibrant in the Akwesasne community for future generations.
  • Assist in the development of learning materials that depict the Mohawk language and culture.  (I.e. books, puzzles, clothing, dramatic play items, file folder games, story expanders, etc.) that can be used to address the cultural needs of both children and adults.
  • Assist in the develop of early literacy resource materials with regard to the Mohawk language for parents, home-based child care providers, child care staff, parents and families. 
  • Participate in the classrooms to ensure that ideas are represented appropriately and that the language is properly pronounced and/or used.
  • Assist in the development of monthly lesson plans with the ECDP Teacher input and turned in to the Education Supervisor.
  • Provide classroom support when needed.
  • Follow the behavior management and discipline policies for all programs.
  • Report incidents or allegations of abuse to the Head Start Education Supervisor.
  • Other related duties as assigned.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:

  • Minimum High School Diploma or General Equivalency Diploma (GED) with three to five years’ experience in an administrative setting, or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience can also be considered.
  • Strong knowledge of the Mohawk language and traditions is required, with the ability to break down concepts into an understandable level for young children.
  • Knowledge of Mohawk history, stories and music is essential.
  • One year experience teaching in the Early Childhood field is preferred.
  • Knowledge of Head Start and the Child Care program is preferred.

OTHER SKILLS and ABILITIES: 

  • Strong oral and written communication skills required. 
  • Must have computer skills including Microsoft programs.
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs.

PERFORMANCE EXPECTATIONS:

  • Exhibit a friendly and courteous manner when dealing with our employees, fellow associates, parents and community members.
  • Establish and maintain effective and healthy working relationships with others, including staff, family members and others who may be under distress or duress.
  • Communicate and relate effectively with program staff, families and children.
  • Positively deal with crisis situations. Deal with hostile, aggressive persons or situations.
  • Will be aware and sensitive to the needs that may arise when handling stressful and demanding circumstances.  Immediate debriefing will be made available.
  • Will assist in maintaining a safe working environment in the ECDP. 
  • Knowingly, carelessly, or recklessly divulges any information or documentation which has to come to their attention as an employee of the Tribe and which it is the duty of the employee to keep confidential; or knowingly, carelessly, or recklessly divulges any information of a personal nature relation to fellow employees or clients.
  • Promote a positive image of the ECDP program through healthy relationships with the families and employees served by the program. 
  • Foster a climate of respect and integrity.

REASONING ABILITY:

  • To implement regulations that govern programs for young children; acknowledging that all staff will cooperate to implement a program that far exceeds minimum regulations.
  • To ensure that the rights and needs of children are the highest priority, while also recognizing the needs of other family members.
  • To provide needed human and financial resources that will benefit families and children.
  • To contribute to the ongoing review, evaluation and modification of services as needed by the community, families and children.
  • To provide information about the services of the program to the community.
  • To engage staff in cooperative problem solving, planning and continuing evaluation of themselves and the program.

Applicants must submit letter of interest, resume, supporting documents (certificates, degrees, licenses) and proof of native preference eligibility (Status Card or letter) by email to human.resources@srmt-nsn.gov or by mail to Human Resources, Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe, 412 State Route 37, Akwesasne, NY 13655. Applicants must clearly outline that they meet the qualification requirements on their resume.

NATIVE PREFERENCE POLICY

The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe strives to be an equal opportunity employer dedicated to the policy of nondiscrimination based on race, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, physical disability, veteran status or any other non-job related factor. Among qualified applicants, the SRMT will give preference to the qualified native applicant.

DRUG TESTING POLICY

The successful applicant for employment must submit to and pass a drug test for illegal substances prior to employment being confirmed.

BACKGROUND CHECK

Some positions require candidate(s) to successfully pass a criminal background check prior to beginning employment, used solely for employment related purposes.

ELIGIBILITY LIST

A list of qualified candidates is created from interviews that may be used to appoint individuals to similar positions within the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe for a period of six months.

INTERVIEW

Testing in the applicable skills may be required as part of the interview process.