LANGUAGE NEST TEACHER

POSITION: LANGUAGE NEST TEACHER
DEPARTMENT: EDUCATION
HOURS OF WORK: FULL-TIME, PERMANENT (35 HOURS/WEEK )
REPORTS TO: EDUCATION MANAGER OR DESIGNATE

POSITION SUMMARY

This position assists with the daily operation of the Language Nest Immersion Program, to provide care and guidance to the children, i.e, age appropriate activities to stimulate and develop intellectual, physical, emotional and cultural growth. The goal of this program is to engage Tsawout children and parents/families, so they can begin or continue to learn SENĆOŦEN.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

Activity/Initiative Planning, Design & Delivery

  • Capacity to work with technology to develop, implement and create age appropriate learning tools.
  • Develop and implement daily activities to promote early childhood development; plan, prepare and present the Language Nest according to program components– culture and language, education, health promotion, nutrition, social support and parent/family involvement.
  • Facilitate positive behaviour; lead activities that include telling or reading stories, teaching songs, demonstrating use of simple musical instruments, preparing and demonstrating the use of craft materials, providing opportunities for creative expression through the art/dramatic play/music/physical fitness, and taking children on field trips to local points of interest.
  • Provide appropriate curriculum, resource materials and activities; develop school readiness in: physical well-being and motor development; emotional health and positive approach to new experiences; social knowledge and competence; language and cognitive skills; spiritual well-being; provide a learning environment that will contribute to their physical, spiritual, emotional, intellectual, and social development.
  • Guide and assist children in developing proper eating, dressing and toilet habits.
  • Speak to the children in a manner that develops self-esteem, mutual respect and vocabulary.
  • Prepare and serve nutritious meals and/or snacks for children and parents.
  • Arrange room and furniture for lunch and rest periods.
  • Keep furniture and equipment clean, and free of any hazardous
  • Supervise children at all times and reinforce safety rules to prevent/avoid dangerous situations.
  • Coordinate visits with the parents in order to check in with children and their families.
  • Provide opportunities the Language Nest parents to have meaningful experiences in planning, developing, operating and evaluating the program; encourage parents to participate in Program activities/initiatives (i.e., Parents SENĆOŦEN Class).
  • Supports extended family, particularly elders, in the teaching of and caring for children.
  • Establish and maintainS collaborative relationships with other community service providers.
  • Present a positive, responsive, informed and professional image of the Language Nest when dealing with parents, and community members.
  • Communicate with the community via public meetings, community newsletter contributions and/or other document(s).
  • Attend regular staff meetings to discuss progress and issues; discuss progress or issues of children with parents.
  • Submit written observations and assist Language Nest Coordinator in maintain child records.

KNOWLEDGE SKILLS & ABILITIES

  •  Ability to effectively plan, organize and implement Language Nest activities.
  • Excellent verbal and written skills in SENĆOŦEN.
  • Strong interpersonal skills; ability to maintain effective and efficient working relationships with parents, staff and community.
  • Possess a strong interest in children and their families.
  • Knowledge of Tsawout First Nation cultural protocols/traditional practices is desirable.
  • Knowledge of pertinent local, provincial and federal policies, laws and licensing standards related to the Program; ability
  • To interpret and explain pertinent Language Nest-related policies and procedures.
  • Good judgment and reliable attendance.
  • Ability to promote health and safety practices in the Language Nest; coordinate safety and sanitation procedures, first aid and emergency medical procedures.
  •  Excellent analytical and observational skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to use software applications including preferably MS Office (i.e., MS Word, Excel and email) to enter, manipulate and retrieve data, and create spreadsheets and reports.
  • Willingness to learn technical skills to support curriculum development.

TRAINING AND/OR EDUCATION

  • Proficient in SENĆOŦEN, along with teaching experience and education, and cultural knowledgE
  • Valid BC College of Teacher’s Language Certificate
  • Valid First Aid Certification
  • Knowledge and understanding of the issues that affect TFN families, children and community members.
  • Valid driver’s license, class 4 preferred, not necessary but would be an asset
  • Team approach with excellent interpersonal skills with parents, community members, staff, and building personnel
  • Responsible and accountable with respect to the teaching profession

OTHER REQUIREMENTS:

  • A criminal record check will be required as a condition of employment.

DEADLINE: Position open until filled.

PLEASE SUBMIT COVER LETTER, RESUME AND 3 REFERENCES USING ONE OF THE METHODS BELOW:

HOW TO APPLY

Apply Now Online

OR

Please direct applications to:

Ellie Bartleman
Education Manager
Tsawout First Nation
7728 Tetayut Rd. Saanichton, BC
V8M 2C3

Email: educationmanager@tsawout.ca
Phone: 250-652-9101 ext. 319
Fax: (250) 652-9114

Pursuant to Section 41 of the BC Human Rights Code, preference may be given to applicants of Aboriginal Ancestry.

We thank all interested applicants, however, only those short-listed will be contacted for an interview.