TITLE: Immersion Teacher
REPORTS TO: Nikaitchuat Director
DEPARTMENT: Nikaitchuat Iḷisaġviat
CLASSIFICATION: Non-Exempt / Full-Time (Seasonal)
The Immersion Teacher will instruct the teaching of the Iñupiaq Language with the Lead Immersion
Teacher and another Immersion Teacher with P-K-1 students in an immersion school environment at
Nikaitchuat Iḷisaġviat. Organize the system for parent and family communication about student progress,
and works with parents in defining educational goals for student. This position provides linguistic, cultural
and educational services with students in tribal community-based setting while helping to ensure
compliance with tribal, state, and federal regulations and policies. This is a seasonal/full-time position that
works under contract during the Nikaitchuat Iḷisaġviat school year.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Assist with the teaching of the lñupiaq language with P-K-1 students in an immersion
school environment at Nikaitchuat Iḷisaġviat.
- Assist in the development, update, and implementation of the curriculum for
- Assist with daily and weekly classroom lesson planning and preparation.
- Assist with maintaining records to track student attendance and learning.
- Work with staff members in all aspects of immersion education planning, curriculum
and teaching methods.
- Ensure the safety of all students in classroom.
- Assists the coordination for parent and family communication about student progress
and support for families to speak Iñupiaq in the home environment.
- Assists with working with parents and staff in defining educational goals for students
- Organize and participate in regular parent meetings and language nests.
- Be willing to strengthen knowledge of lñupiaq language with continuing education,
courses and training on an ongoing basis.
- Assist in the development and implementation appropriate assessment of students to
track student learning, behavior, proficiency levels and design individual learning plans
to accommodate needs.
- Assists with helping mediate problems between students, staff, and/or
- Assists with organizing and preparing teaching materials needed for classroom
- Assist with Nikaitchuat Steering Committee and other committees as appointed to help
in the development of the school, lñupiaq learning programs, and revitalization
- Help maintain student files and records with confidentiality and the proper disposition
of closed files.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Inupiaq language fluency, with ability to speak, write, and teach inupiaq.
- Within a year, must meet the requirements of the Child Care Associate under the State of Alaska Child Care Licensing Program.
- Must complete and pass a criminal background check.
- Must have a current First Aid and CPR Certificates.
- Ability to work with and teach children ages P-K-4.
- Energetic, upbeat, and possess good communication and interpersonal skills.
- Knowledge of the lifestyle and culture of the people in Kotzebue, and the Northwest Arctic Borough.
- Be willing to strengthen knowledge of lñupiaq language through continuing education, courses, and training opportunities.
PREFERRED KNOWLEDGE, ABILITY, AND SKILLS:
- Associate or higher degree in early childhood education, education, Inupiaq or Alaska Native Studies, or related field.
- 2-years of job experience involving education, bilingual education, or early childhood education.
- Education curriculum development and implementation.
- Tribally enrolled member or the Native Village of Kotzebue.
Native preference will be given in recruiting and hiring, consistent with the Indian Self- Determination and Education Assistance Act, P.L. 93-638, as amended.
Kotzebue IRA is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and all qualified applicants will be considered for employment.