The Suquamish Tribe is seeking an Cultural Specialist for the Marion Forsman-Boushie Early Learning Center.   The Cultural Specialist develops and implements a comprehensive quality Suquamish Cultural Curriculum for all ELC program children, families and staff.

Major Responsibilities and Duties:

1.           Facilitate weekly visits in each of the nine classrooms to guide Suquamish Cultural activities and teach the history of the Suquamish People

2.           Support  Lushootseed language teaching to children, families and staff

3.           Collaborate with Elders and community partners such as the Suquamish Museum, Cultural Coop and Suquamish Lushootseed language program to develop and implement Suquamish Cultural curriculum

4.           Meet with each teaching team at least weekly to support Suquamish Cultural activities on the weekly lesson plans

5.           Develop weekly lesson plans with developmentally appropriate activities for ages 6-weeks to 5-years-old that are reflective of Suquamish Traditions and Lushootseed language, and facilitate the activities accordingly for each classroom.

6.           Plan and facilitate on-ELC campus and off-ELC campus Suquamish cultural field trips

7.           Assist cook to incorporate culture appropriate foods in the menus

8.           Assure appropriate supplies and equipment is available for cultural activities

9.           Support the Family Services/Parent Activities Coordinator to plan and facilitate cultural workshops, yearly events and trainings for families and teachers

10.      Assist the Family Services/Parent Activities Coordinator to process and develop Family Partnership agreements with ELC enrolled families

11.      Be an ambassador for the ELC’s philosophy, goals and services for the children and families.

12.      Plan and facilitate monthly Cultural Committee meetings.


Education and/or Experience:

1.       High School Diploma or GED; AA degree or working towards completion of AA degree preferable

2.       Strong knowledge of history, traditions and territories of the Suquamish Tribe

3.       Two to five years of working within the Suquamish community

4.       Experience working with Tribal families

5.       Good written and verbal communication skills


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

1.       Must have concern for and understanding of low-income families

2.       Must have strong organizational skills

3.       Must have well-developed social interaction and information gathering and distribution skills

4.       Must be willing to work as a team member.

Job Conditions:

1.           The work environment includes office space and regular visits to classrooms with appropriate lighting and heat, adequate ventilation and equipment necessary to the position.

2.           Most of the work is active, including activities such as sitting, standing, walking, bending, lifting and carrying of moderate loads of educational materials and supplies, up to 40 lbs.

3.           The work environment involves everyday risks or discomforts which require normal safety precautions typical of such places as offices, classrooms and kitchen.

4.           Work will require flexibility in hours with a changing schedule to meet the needs of the children and families and will include occasional evening and weekend work.

5.           May occasionally encounter a stressful or dangerous situation, including exposure to communicable diseases in a facility that is open to the public.

6.           Occasional out of town travel for related job duties training and attendance at night meetings.


Health Requirements:

1.           TB Skin Test before first day of employment and every two years thereafter

2.           Have or obtain CPR/First Aid card upon employment

3.           Initial physical exam confirming employee has no communicable diseases prior to first day employment and every two years thereafter

4.           Complete HIV/AIDS Training within three (3) months of employment

5.           Good Personal hygiene and grooming


State/Tribal/Federal Background check required

Pre-Employment drug testing required

Valid WA State Drivers License required

Native American preference


Salary D.O.E., plus benefits package.  You may apply at www.suquamish.nsn.us.  To request a job description, call the Suquamish Tribe Job Line at (360) 394-8414 or e-mail sbayes@suquamish.nsn.us   Closes 12/18/17.

Tagged as: cultural specialist, early learning center

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