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Kenaitze Indian Tribe - Kenai, AK

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KENAITZE INDIAN TRIBEJOB DESCRIPTIONPOSITION TITLE: TeacherTYPE OF POSITION: Full Time, Exempt (some evenings/weekends required, 35 wk/yr)REPORTS TO: Early Childhood Center AdministratorINDIAN PREFERENCE: Native preference under P.L. 93-638KENAITZE INDIAN TRIBEPurposeTo assure Kahtnuht'ana Dena'ina thrive forever.Kahtnuht'ana Dena'ina ValuesThese are the beliefs and principles that define our people and will assure our future as tribe: Family: honoring and sustaining health and happiness of family as a first responsibilityStewardship: respectful use of land, resources and all creationsSpiritual Beliefs: acknowledging the existence of a higher power and respecting spiritual beliefs Education: passing down cultural knowledge and traditions and supporting formal educationVisionBy 2025, the Kahtnuht'ana Dena'ina have enhanced strengthened the prosperity, health, and culture of their people Tribe by: Working towards united effort with Native organizations other governments that impact our peopleDeveloping implementing a Tribal education systemLiving our traditional values practicesEmpower our sovereigntyContinuing to demonstrate resiliencyStriving for excellence in all of our programsElevating the wellness of our peopleUsing our talents resources to ensure we are able to take care of ourselves share with othersPOSITION SUMMARYTo create a successful environment that will promote the growth and development of up to 20 Head Start children and families. Teachers will maintain on-going contact with families, and work with all other program components (health, nutrition, family services, mental health) to integrate educational goals and developmentally appropriate practices into the family setting and encourage health and well being of the child by following the guidance of the Head Start Performance Standards. In addition to social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development, teachers also prepare children for a successful transition into the public school system.QUALIFICATIONS (Consideration may be given for equivalent combination of knowledge, skills, abilities, education, and experience - Reference Head Start Act, 2007.

ACF-IM-HS-08-12 Classroom Staff Qualifications)MinimumHigh school diploma or equivalent in addition to CDA (Child Development Associate) credential [If not currently CDA credentialed, employee must obtain CDA within 180 days of hire.] BS/BA in Early Childhood Education or related field, plus two years experience in early childhood; or AA in Early Childhood Education with five years experience in early childhood.Working knowledge of available community resources and Head Start program components.Ability to guide and mentor Classroom/Family Support Liaison, Individual Skills Providers and volunteers within the classroom.Strong knowledge of human development, family dynamics, and the needs of children including health, mental health, and developmental disabilities; ability to create and adapt developmentally and culturally appropriate curriculum to meet the needs of all children including at risk, special needs, gifted, and culturally diverse populations.Ability to collect date and implement and maintain tracking for outcome based curriculum and goals.Current CPR/First Aide Pediatric Certification (or obtain within 90 days)Valid Alaska Driver's license; reliable transportation and clear criminal background check. Policy Council ApprovalPreferredExperience in Head Start/Former Head Start ParentKnowledge and experience with the Creative Curriculum, Teaching Strategies GOLD, DIAL3 and DECA, USDA-Child/Adult Care Food ProgramPrevious experience working with Alaska Native/American Indian populationsESSENTIAL FUNCTIONSPerforms as a team member - sharing classroom with other staff and programs Assure child/staff ratio is maintained at all times (1:10). This ratio only includes Early Childhood Center staff (not ISP's or volunteers)Individualize one-to-one and group activities to reflect the unique needs and strengths of all children in the classroomCollaboratively develop and utilize developmentally appropriate lesson plans which reflect mandated elements, component work plans, parental and cultural influences, and promote the social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development of program children, and identify how it reflects/relates to the eight domains, and outcomes.Follow a consistent schedule which includes small and large group experiences, Dena'ina language, choice time, music and movement, large and small motor activities, skill development, eat snack/meal with children in family style setting, and effective transitions between activities, problem solving social skills curriculum (Project Achieve-Stop Think)Responsible for classroom management, guiding and mentoring Classroom/Family Support Liaison, ISP's, volunteers, and other staff during class and on field trips and delegation of responsibilities to team members according to their abilities, development, and skills to ensure that all classroom activities are carried out.Plan field trips, such as monthly swimming, community, and various cultural trips as appropriateResponsible for encouraging and scheduling regular parent volunteers in classroom and regular Parent Classroom activities/meetings and planned family events. This may require adjusting workday to work occasional eveningsParticipate in regularly scheduled team meetings to plan for and deliver collaborative services across all components as well as trainings, and appropriate professional development activities (may include evenings and weekends)Conduct minimum of two home visits with each family.

May conduct other home visits for purposes of assessment and support, and to share information on parenting, educational strategies, and classroom progressMaintain accurate written records and data entry on database system including: assessments, screening instruments, SEP/IFSP, Special Service form, student individualization, anecdotal observations, monthly reports, telephone contacts, newsletter submissions and other required forms.Conduct regular checks of safety and cleanliness of indoor and outdoor play areas and complete checklist daily. Report any problems on the maintenance form and/or to supervisor. Assists with laundry, sanitizing toys and classroom area.Maintains the utmost confidentiality at all times, according to the Confidentiality Policy, and guides other staff in confidentiality issues.Reports/documents incidents of suspected child abuse and or neglect according to Program Director, and assists other staff that may need to make a report. Documents and follows up on all reports made, according to the Child Abuse and Neglect PolicyPerforms other duties as assigned.

This Job Description reflects Kenaitze Indian Tribe's best effort to describe the essential functions and qualifications of the job described. It is not an exhaustive statement of all the duties, responsibilities or qualifications of the job. This document is not intended to exclude an opportunity for modifications consistent with providing reasonable accommodation.

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