Overview

The Serrano Language Revitalization Project (SLRP) consists of linguists, educators and specialists working within the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Education Department to lead language reawakening efforts with the tribal community. Our work is guided by the Tribe’s 2040 Vision, as we endeavor to create more speakers of Serrano within the community.

Under the direction of the Manager, Language Programs, the Serrano Language Instructor works directly with the tribal community and education department staff. The Serrano Language Instructor takes on an intensive study of the Serrano language, engages in Fluency Transfer System (FTS) teacher training, delivers immersive lessons using the FTS curriculum, implements lessons in the after-school program, and provides individualized language classes to Tribal Citizens.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities 
1. Plans, teaches, and reflects on Serrano language immersion classes for Tribal citizens and school staff in the FTS program.
2. Implements and enhances lesson plans (lesson preparation) and relevant instructional materials (such as realia, multimedia, etc.) across various learning platforms to provide appropriate immersion lessons for individualized language instruction and afterschool programming.
3. Maintains a consistent and systematic study of Serrano to gain fluency.
4. Plans and attends, and prepares activities for cultural and language events, such as California Native American Day, Waa’t, Summer Academy; Spring and Fall celebrations.
5. Individually and as part of collaborative work, creates presentations and presents during meetings, conferences, or other events.
6. Perform other duties as assigned to support the efficient operation of the department.

Education/Experience/Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • A minimum of 4 years of teaching or learning in an indigenous language may be considered in lieu of minimum educational requirements indicated above.
  • A minimum of 2 years’ experience in a teaching role is preferred, preferably in a language or related field.
  • Must be willing and capable to learn the Serrano language.
  • Experience working with students of various age ranges and abilities.
  • Knowledge of and experience with American Indian language(s) as well as knowledge of local Indian communities and sensitivity to Indian needs preferred. Especially with knowledge of San Manuel, Morongo, or Serrano-speaking communities, their history, culture, and political structure.
  • Practical experience in tribal community settings strongly preferred.
  • Working proficiency with online and in-person educational platforms and technologies (i.e., Google Classroom and Smartboard, lesson planning and assessment tools, multimedia, etc.) required.
  • Knowledge and working capacity in a variety of computer programs in both Mac and PC environments required.
  • Excellent communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to write clearly and persuasively.
  • Skill in creative problem solving, ability to analyze situations and define problems or objectives, identify relevant factors, formulate logical conclusions, and recognize alternatives.
  • Excellent organization, time management and follow-up skills, high sense of urgency; demonstrated ability to successfully handle multiple projects concurrently.

Certificates/Licenses/Registrations 

  • As a condition of employment with the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Education Department, incumbents are required to undergo and successfully pass pre-employment and annual post-employment background investigation including, but not limited to, Live-Scan fingerprinting, drug screening and criminal history background check.
  • Must successfully undergo and maintain a current negative tuberculosis (TB) test.

San Manuel Band of Mission Indians will make reasonable accommodations in compliance with applicable law.

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