Native American Youth Cultural Coordinator

As a coordinator you will be expected to plan, develop, and implement the Indian Tribe of Wisconsin (ITW) Lincoln Hills/Copper Lake School Program for Native American juvenile offenders. This position will provide cultural, educational, and historical activities for Native American students residing in a Department of Corrections (DOC) juvenile detention center. Assists in consultation services to school staff, state agencies and at-risk prevention services in the tribal communities. Daily attendance is an essential job duty. Minimal travel is required.

Principal Duties:

·         Provide cultural counseling to Native American youth in individual or group settings within the correctional facilities.

·         Create and implement a curriculum.

·         Ensure program consistency and that services are delivered in a culturally sensitive manner.

·         Educate youth on Native American history, tradition, culture, and spiritual life classes.

·         Provide consultation services to tribal agencies, state agencies and tribal communities with a focus on prevention to at-risk Native American youth.

·         Perform, conduct, and guide cultural events at the correctional facilities.

·         Provide cultural sensitivity training to DOC staff.

·         Train DOC and school staff to deal with negative behaviors based on culture and traditional values.

·         Work closely with participating Tribes and other health and human service departments in the effective execution of goals and objectives of the program.

·         Establish, foster, and maintain professional relationship with Great Lakes Inter Tribal Council administration and relative program directors (such as Foster Grandparents Program) and DOC staff.

·         Establish, foster, and maintain professional relationship with Great Lakes Inter Tribal Council (GLITC) and DOC staff.

·         Develop necessary work plans.

·         Ensure compliance through proper monitoring and reporting.

·         Administer program budget. Collaborate with other health and human services providers to continuously improve the services provided to Native American families and to develop a strong referral network.

·         Engage in ongoing networking activities to remain current on the availability of health and human services available to Native Americans.

·         Assure that all services are delivered in a culturally sensitive manner.

·         Attend all training sessions and meetings as scheduled.

·         Perform other duties as necessary to fulfill the responsibilities of this position.

Additional Duties:

·         Provision of a structured, intensive one week, 20-hour program related to traditional Native American history, culture, and spirituality to be offered to selected youth on a quarterly basis.

·         Provision of a structured, intensive one week, 20-hour program related to cultural sensitivity and awareness to be offered to selected youth on a quarterly basis.

·         Provision of a general, structured program related to the traditional Native American history, culture, and spirituality available to all residents of each living unit per month.

·         Teaching traditional Native American history, culture, traditions, and spirituality to youth involved with the ITW program.

·         Provision of consult services to tribal agencies, other state agencies and prevention services to at-risk youth in the Native American community.

·         Allowance for curriculum planning, development, preparation, and acquisition of resource materials.

·         Hours of services and programming to be documented monthly and submitted to the Lincoln Hills Contract Administrator.

This is a full-time opportunity working Monday through Friday, 2:00 PM to 10:00 PM, 40-45 Hours per week, with some weekends included, at the Lincoln Hills School in Irma Wisconsin. There will be times when services are required outside of these hours.  A mutually agreeable schedule, actual program dates, and times shall be negotiated with the DOC Contract Administrator at Lincoln Hills School.

This position has a starting rate of $47,750 to $53,100 per year with benefits including Annual and Personal Leave and Holiday Pay, Health, Dental, Life & AD&D, STD and LTD Insurance, FSA, and 401k Retirement Plan.

Qualifications: Required: Associate degree in a health and human service field. Minimum three years of experience in health and human services, with concentration on corrections; or an equivalent combination of education and relevant experience. Preferred: Work experience within a correctional facility. Knowledge of Native American history, culture, and traditions. Individual must possess excellent verbal and written communication skills; professional demeanor and appearance; problem solving skills; ability to manage time effectively; self-motivation skills; work effectively under pressure; ability to build positive work relationships with internal and external customers; ability to interact professionally with a wide variety of people; speak in front of groups. Individual must be able to apply advanced reasoning skills to problem solving and use basic mathematical skills. Must possess valid driver’s license and/or reliable transportation with adequate insurance and ability to travel to the central office in Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin.

Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council (GLITC) is an equal opportunity employer applying Native American Preference as defined in Title 25, U.S. Code, Section 44-66 and 47, and fully subscribes to the principles of Equal Employment Opportunity. It is the policy of GLITC to provide employment, compensation and other benefits related to employment based on qualifications of the job applied for, without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, veteran status or disability, or any other basis prohibited by federal or state law. As an equal opportunity employer, GLITC intends to comply fully with all federal and state laws and the information requested on this application will not be used for any purpose prohibited by law. Disabled applicants may request a needed accommodation from the representative of the Human Resource Department, PO Box 9 Lac Du Flambeau, WI 54538 or phone (715) 588-1069 or (800) 872-7207

This position is open until filled.

Tagged as: at risk youth, detention school, native american cultural teacher

About Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council office

Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council is a non-profit organization formed by the Native American Tribes of Wisconsin.  We serve all WI tribes by providing administration of grant-funded programs either directly or with sub grants. Programs serve a range of functions from Children to Elders. Our Mission is: To Enhance the quality of life for all Native People.