CULTURAL SPECIALIST

Opening Date:                       October 8, 2021

Closing Date:                         Until Filled

Location:                                Hays, MT

Reporting Relationships:      Director, Aaniiih Nakoda Childcare (Chain of Command)

Employment Status:             Full Time, Hourly, Non-Exempt

Preference:                            Native American Preference, FBIC Veteran Preference

 

JOB SUMMARY:

The Cultural Specialist (Wįcaȟtiyana and Wagą́gana) and (Bitibíiháh Bah’íiiháh) will provide educational planning, cultural advocacy, and guidance to the Life’s Language Lodge education program.

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Provides educational planning, cultural advocacy, and guidance to appropriate professionals and student service offices for Life’s Language Lodge students.
  • Assists teachers and students to create awareness of cultural identity and heritage.
  • Assists and helps organize student organization with a focus on Native American culture.
  • Supports and nurtures a welcoming and culturally sound environment for Native American students.
  • Increases visibility and awareness of current events relevant to Native American issues through planning events, forums, conferences, and collaborations.
  • Collaborate with parents, community members, and local departments in developing comprehensive and integrated efforts to support Native American/Indigenous students.
  • Serves as a liaison between home, school, and community.
  • Performs other related tasks as assigned by the Director.

INTERRELATIONS:

  • Contact with personnel within the company, students, parents, and the community.
  • Work with a diverse population requiring the ability to handle all situations with tact and diplomacy.
  • Expected to interact with all internal and external parents in a friendly and professional manner.

REQUIRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

  • Experience in education, social work, or related field preferred.
  • 30 plus years of personal and professional experience and knowledge of tribal customs and traditions, particularly ɔɔɔ’ɔɔniihnén and nakoda languages, medicines, kinship, stories, oral tradition, and the cultural significance of each.
  • Knowledge of or experience meeting the unique educational and cultural needs of Native American students (awareness of Native American history, values, and contemporary issues in education).
  • Needs to be a positive role model, able to live and work successfully in multicultural communities.
  • Possess the skills pertinent for positive human relationships and the ability to work effectively with central office staff, principals, instructional staff, students, parents, and the community.
  • Proficient PC computer knowledge is required.
  • Ability and patience to work with students and parents.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the ability to take initiative and work independently
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Displays a significant degree of professionalism and confidentiality.
  • Knowledge of Life’s Language Lodge’s mission, purpose, goals and the role of every employee in achieving each of them.

TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Travel will be required for Professional Development, conferences, trainings, and meetings as a representative of Life’s Language Lodge.
  • A valid Driver’s License required.
  • A U.S. Passport may be required for travel.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must be able to lift-up to 25 pounds at times.
  • Works in standard office and school building environments.
  • Must have organization, time management, communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to read and use information from written materials and visual displays.
  • Ability to work in standing/walking positions on a frequent basis throughout the work shift.
  • Ability to bend, kneel, stoop and maintain balance while performing job related tasks.
  • Ability to work outdoors during outdoor student activities.
  • Additional requirements upon request from the Supervisor.

BENEFITS:

  • Health, Vision, and Dental Insurance
  • Company Paid Life, Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance
  • Aflac Large Group Options
  • 401(k)
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Employee Hardship Assistance
  • Education Assistance
  • Paid Time Off
  • Paid Holidays
  • Employee Transit (Hays Location Only)
  • Fitness Center (Hays Location Only)
  • Referral Program  

 

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

IMDG is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and except to the extent required by Native American Preference and Veteran Preference, IMDG prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sex, pregnancy, age, national origin, marital status, physical or mental disability, or any other basis protected by applicable law.  This applies to all employment decisions, including hiring, promotion, termination, and other matters affecting terms and conditions of employment.

Island Mountain Development Group is a drug-free work environment. Pre-employment drug testing may be required. Applicants must consent to a background check.

 Applications may be completed online at www.indeed.com.

or to request application material and submit an application, please contact:

Island Mountain Development Group, Human Resources Department

P.O. Box 470 Hays, Montana 59527 Phone: 406-673-3031 or Fax to: 406-673-3023

E-Mail:  HR@islandmtn.com

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