Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community Schools

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Language Culture Teacher (10-Month)

at Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community Schools

Certified Salary Schedule - Found on website
Posted: 10/4/2018
Job Status: Full Time

Job Description


Under general supervision of the Education Native Language Culture Director, the Language Culture Teacher develops curriculum and instructional materials for children in the O’odham and Piipaash languages; is responsible for presenting materials on the bi-cultural and traditional aspects of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community; and coordinates implementation of the Cultural and Language program with classroom staff.

Primary Job Functions

Primary functions may include the following tasks, knowledge, abilities, skills, and other characteristics. This list of tasks is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY and is not intended to be a comprehensive listing of tasks performed by all positions within this classification.

Job Duties

  • Plans, prepares and delivers instructional activities that facilitate active learning experiences; monitors and adjusts as required.
  • Uses formal and informal assessment to monitor student progress toward the school achievement goals.
  • Develops lesson plans using the O’odham Piipaash Language Culture Standards and Arizona State Standards and instructional materials to meet the needs of each student and ensure growth.
  • Provides individualized and small group instruction as appropriate to enhance the learning process.
  • Conducts instruction with clearly stated objectives.
  • Uses a variety of instructional strategies, such as inquiry, group discussion, student-to-student discourse, lecture, and discovery to meet students’ varying needs.
  • Creates an effective learning environment.
  • Integrate the use of educational technology in the classroom to support instruction.
  • Maintains a safe, organized, and high quality environment that facilitates learning and minimized student disruptions.
  • Observes and evaluates students’ performance and development; provide appropriate and timely feedback on work.
  • Maintains accurate and complete records of students’ progress and development, as required by laws, board policies and school regulations.
  • Communicates necessary information regularly to students, colleagues and parents/guardians regarding students’ progress and students’ needs.
  • Identifies students’ needs and collaborates with other professional staff members in assessing and helping students solve health, attitude, and learning needs.
  • Maintains professional effectiveness through in-service education activities provided by the Division and self-selected professional growth activities.
  • Supervises students in and out-of-classroom activities during the assigned working day.
  • Administers and monitors assessments in accordance with district testing protocol.
  • Stays current with developments in subject area, teaching resources and methods and makes relevant adjustments to instructional plans and learning activities.
  • Participates in faculty committees, meetings and the sponsorship of student activities.
  • Demonstrates ethical and professional practices in working with students, parents, colleagues, and student records.
  • Develops cultural activities and materials for teaching the O’odham and Piipaash languages to children, such as songs, dances, art, story-telling, oral history and legends in collaboration with Education Culture Language Specialist
  • Provides classroom instruction for languages (O’odham and Piipaash) as directed by supervisor.
  • Develops dual awareness of importance of academic achievement in conjunction with cultural preservation.
  • Responsible for on-going development of age-appropriate curriculum materials, guides, visual aids, translations, and history in written and oral form languages from the O’odham and Piipaash tribes.
  • Researches history and language within libraries, community and with elders of the community.
  • Provides training, including language classes, to school staff and other Community groups on implementation and presentation of the curriculum materials, guides, visual aids, translations and other materials.
  • Consults with outside resources and may bring in other culture experts to assist with segment of the program.
  • Develops programs to foster long-range success for children's self-esteem, through multi-cultural education. May participate in presentations for Community leaders, families, and others involved with SRPMIC education programs.
  • Attends and develops education/bilingual classes and conferences for school
  • Makes classroom presentations, to supplement teachers' lessons, for special emphasis programs and as requested by supervisor. Coordinates presentations with Native Culture and Language Directors and other staff from the SRPMIC Education Department.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned for the purpose of ensuring the efficient and effective functioning of the work unit.


Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other Characteristics

A willingness to learn and understand:

  • History, culture, traditions, and customs of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community

 Knowledge of:

  • The history, culture, traditions, and customs of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.
  • Curricular frameworks, pedagogy, and quality classroom materials; experience developing and implementing curriculum.
  • High-quality instructional practices and the ability to lead others to implement these practices consistently across classrooms.
  • Arizona State Academic Standards for grade levels/subject area assigned, to include reading and writing across content areas
  • Current curriculum and instruction

 Skilled in:

  • Innovation and problem solving
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with students, staff, parents, Tribal officials outside cultural resources, members of the Community and the public
  • Creating and presenting cultural activities such as art, storytelling, history and legends
  • Presentation (oral and written) materials, displays, posters, and other educational support materials
  • Implementation of effective classroom management
  • Oral and written communication/interpersonal skills
  • Organizing and planning
  • Implementation of multiple instructional strategies
  • Microsoft Office Suite and standard office equipment
  • Relevant technology to support instruction

 Ability to:

  • Make dynamic, effective presentations using professional teaching techniques
  • Research, develop and communicate concepts of the Pima and Maricopa language and culture to students and teachers
  • Work in a collaborative co-teaching environment
  • Engage and inspire
  • Promote critical thinking and engaged learning
  • Communicate verbally and in writing with administrators, colleagues, administrators and parents/guardians
  • Effectively instruct; and maintain emotional control under stress
  • Develop course goals and handle multiple priorities in an efficient manner
  • Embrace change and challenges in a positive and professional manner

 Minimum Qualifications: 

Education and experience:  Must hold current valid Arizona Native Language (O’odham or Piipaash) teaching certificate and/or Valid AZ teaching certificate with required endorsement(s) and/or approved areas(s) for subject(s)/level(s) assigned.

  • Must be appropriately certified in accordance with Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)** in content area** and Arizona Department of Education law and regulations.
  • At least (1) one year of teaching O’odham or Piipaash.
  • Comprehensive Knowledge of Arizona State Standards.

 Preferred:  Native American Language, PreK-12 Certificate (O’odham) and at least one (1) year full-time experience teaching the O’odham or Piipaash Language.

Driving Requirement: Must possess a valid Arizona Driver’s License for the class of vehicle operated. Must be at least twenty-one (21) years of age, unless the Community Manager has determined that the position can be filled by an employees under the age of twenty-one (21).

Must have at least one (1) year of experience in the class of vehicle operated.

Candidates for Driving Positions will not be considered “insurable” and thus are not eligible to operate a Community Vehicle if during the last three (3) years they have been found in violation of any serious driving offense including but not limited to:

  • operating under the influence of alcohol or any controlled substance (DUI) (DWI);
  • suspension, denial, or revocation of a driver’s license or driving privileges (not including minor traffic or non-traffic citations as determined by the Human Resource Department);
  • three (3) or more instances of driving in excess of 15 mph per hour over the posted speed limit
  • any combination of four (4) or more moving violations;
  • three (3) or more at-fault accidents;
  • any one of the following major violations:
    • failure to stop and report when involved in an accident;
    • vehicular homicide, manslaughter, or assault with a motor vehicle;
    • operating a vehicle when license has been revoked or suspended;
    • hit and run;
    • racing;
    • reckless or aggressive driving;
    • attempting to and/or evading a Police Officer;
    • operating a vehicle during the commission of a felony; and/or
    • any egregious violation of motor vehicle laws not listed that would affect the employee’s ability to drive and/or perform the essential functions of his/her position.


 Terms of Employment:  This position is treated as a 10-month, full-time exempt position scheduled for 40 hours per week.

Must be able to pass a Pre-Employment Drug Test and extensive Fingerprint and Background Check. Employee is Subject to Random Drug Testing and completion of a Background Check every five (5) years.

Employment preference is given in the following order:  1) Qualified Community Member 2) Qualified Native American, and 3) Other Qualified Applicant.

The foregoing statements describe the general purpose and responsibilities assigned to this job and are not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills that may be required.

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