Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community

Scottsdale, Arizona, United States

Curriculum Development Specialist (o'odham)

Posted over 1 month ago

Job Description



Under general supervision from O'odham Piipaash Language Program (OPLP) Manager, develops curriculum guidelines for preschool through adult studies of the O'odham language. Utilizes culture and language of the O'odham to develop instructional materials and teaches language classes using materials developed. This job class is treated as FLSA Exempt.

Essential Functions: Essential functions may vary among positions and may include the following tasks, knowledge, abilities, skills and other characteristics. This list of tasks is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY is not intended to be a comprehensive listing of tasks performed by all positions in this classification.

Examples of Tasks

1. Develops curriculum guidelines for O'odham language instruction for OPLP language classes and other instructional language projects for all learner levels.

2. Using curriculum guidelines, assists other OPLP staff in lesson planning and materials development for language classes and other language projects in a variety of deliverable formats (in person/synchronous, remote/online/asynchronous).

3. Researches history and culture information to develop curriculum guidelines, lessons and learning materials for language classes for all student levels.

4. In coordination with other OPLP staff, teaches O'odham language for classes and other language projects for all learner levels.

5. Develops evaluation process to assess the effectiveness of O'odham curriculum, classes and projects.
  • Evaluates teachers in their presentation of materials in this program.
  • Documents evaluation information instruction and material effectiveness.

6. Serves as facilitator in research of the languages and culture with elder speakers for documentation of the languages and curriculum development.

7. Coordinates with other SRPMIC departments to assist in developing a coordinated language curriculum throughout the Community.

8. Assists OPLP Manager with writing grant proposals and program reports.

9. Attends teaching enrichment programs to continually update effective strategies and methodologies used for language class and projects.

10. Performs other job related duties as assigned by the OPLP Manager or Cultural Resources Director.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other Characteristics:
  • Knowledge of advanced educational concepts, principles, theories and their application to the educational needs of the O'odham and Piipaash people, including but not limited to curriculum development, immersion based teaching, and second language acquisition.
  • Knowledge of O'odham and Piipaash traditional customs and traditions.
  • Knowledge of history, culture, tribal laws, rules of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.
  • Knowledge and utilization of SRPMIC orthography for O'odham language.

  • Skill in developing trust relationships with tribal elders to support educational program goals and documentation of language for use in developing curriculum for students.
  • Skill in teaching children and adults using a variety of teaching methods.
  • Skill in curriculum writing and developing curriculum and educational materials in a variety of formats.
  • Skill using a personal computer, videoconferencing, audio recorder, transcription software, audio software.

  • Ability to make dynamic, effective presentations using professional teaching techniques.
  • Ability to travel both in-state and out-of-state to obtain specialized training and to participate in professional development seminars.
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 25 pounds (educational support materials and equipment).
  • Ability to read, write and make presentations in the O'odham languages to develop curriculum and preserve cultural and historical information.
  • Ability to develop and present materials on O'odham languages and culture effectively to students of all ages.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Education: Associates degree in Education, Anthropology, Humanities, or equivalent field is required. Bachelor's or Master's degree in Education, Linguistics, Applied Linguistics or related field is preferred.

  • Experience: Demonstrated knowledge of the O'odham and/or Piipaash language(s), culture, customs and traditions is required. Fluency in one or both languages is highly preferred.
  • At least five (5) years living on the SRPMIC, or working with the SRPMIC, with knowledge of the language, culture, customs, history and traditions required.
  • Two (2) years full-time work in curriculum development, supervision and/or classroom teaching of children and adults highly preferred.

  • Equivalency: Any equivalent combination of education and experience that will allow the applicant to satisfactorily perform the duties of the job may be considered.

  • Underfill Eligibility: An enrolled Community Member whom closely qualifies for the minimum qualifications for a position may be considered for employment under SRPMIC Policy 2-19, Underfill

Special Requirements

  • Due to the nature of work with children and elders, must pass an extensive pre-employment background investigation.
  • May be required to work beyond normal work hours including nights, weekends and holidays.

Prior to hire as an employee, applicants will be subject to drug and alcohol testing. Will be required to pass a pre-employment background/fingerprint check. Employees are subject to random drug and alcohol testing.

"SRPMIC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer" Preference will be given to a qualified : Community Member Veteran, Community Member, Spouse of Community Member, qualified Native American, and then other qualified candidate.

In order to obtain preference, the following is required: 1) Qualified Community Member Veteran (DD-214) will be required at the time of application submission 2) Qualified Community Member (must provide Tribal I.D at time of application submission),3) Spouse of a Community Member (Marriage License/certificate and spouse Tribal ID or CIB is required at time of application submission), and 4) Native American (Tribal ID or CIB required at time of application submission).

Documents may be submitted by one of the following methods:

1) attach to application

2) fax (480) 362-5860

3) mail or hand deliver to Human Resources.

Documentation must be received by position closing date.

The IHS/BIA Form-4432 is not accepted .

Your Tribal ID/CIB must be submitted to HR-Recruitment-Two Waters.

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