TITLE: Lead Immersion Teacher
REPORTS TO: Nikaitchuat Director
DEPARTMENT: Nikaitchuat Iḷisaġviat
CLASSIFICATION: Non-Exempt / Full-Time (Seasonal)
The Lead Immersion Teacher will lead the instruction of the teaching of the Iñupiaq Language 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:
- Lead the teaching with assistance with Immersion Teachers of the lñupiaq
language with P-K-1 students in an immersion school environment at Nikaitchuat
- Lead the development, updating, and implementation of the school curriculum for
- Lead the daily and weekly classroom lesson planning and preparation.
- Maintain 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.
- Lead the coordination for parent and family communication about student progress
and support for families to speak Iñupiaq in the home environment.
- Work with parents and staff in defining educational goals for students and families.
- Assist Director in organizing and participating in regular parent meetings and language
- Be willing to strengthen knowledge of lñupiaq language with continuing education,
courses and training on an ongoing basis.
- Lead in the development and implementation appropriate assessment of students to
track student learning, behavior, proficiency levels and design individual learning plans
to accommodate needs.
- Help mediate problems between students, staff, and/or parents/guardians.
- Leads the organization and preparation of 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.
- Assist with regular school and office tasks, such as copies, filing, record keeping and cleaning.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Inupiaq language fluency, with ability to speak, write, and teach lñupiaq.
- 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, lñupiaq or Alaska Native Studies, or related field.
- Four-years of job experience involving education, bilingual education, or early childhood education.
- Education curriculum development and implementation.
- Tribally enrolled member.
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.