CHIEF BLACKBIRD CENTER                                      P.O. BOX 39                                              ODANAH, WI 54861

Job Title: Ojibwe Immersion Instructor

Department: Early Head Start, Education

Hourly Rate: Depending on Qualifications

Exempt: Yes    Full Time: 40 hrs per week

Supervisor: Head Start Director

Posting Date: Public

Open Until Filled


The goal of the Ojibwe Immersion Instructor is to build trusting relationships with infants and toddlers 6 weeks to 3 years of age while using the medium of language and culture as a foundation. The Instructor will create a learning environment immersed in language and culture while providing a high-quality educational experience instilled with Anishinaabe seven values of wisdom, love, respect, bravery, honesty, humility and truth. All instruction is conducted entirely in the language, while organizing curriculum around head start performance standards. The instructor is responsible to teach, supervise and ensure safety measures are taken with children inside and outside the classroom.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following:


  1. Create daily lesson plans, observations, monitor Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP), and anecdotal notes and translation into Ojibwemowin.
  2. Maintain a routine-daily schedule, allow for flexibility.
  3. Implement age appropriate materials within the lesson plans as well as cultural activities.
  4. Maintain and update classroom environment that encourages development among children. Complete individual assessment on all students in classroom.
    1. An environment that promotes acceptance respect of gender.
    2. An environment that is inclusive for children with disabilities.
    3. An environment that is safe (See Safety Area)
  5. Understand an Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP).
  6. Provide services in accordance with IFSP.
  7. Ensure Staff, volunteers, and children wash their hands with soap and running water at appropriate times.
  8. Supervision of outdoor and indoor play areas among staff to increase safety for children.
  9. Follow established procedures for handling cases of suspected or known child abuse and neglect that are in compliance with applicable Federal, State, and Tribal laws.
  10. Allow children to determine the order which foods are eaten during established meal times age appropriately.
  11. Encourage children to eat or taste food but are never forced.
  12. Encourage parents to become integrally involved in the development of programs curriculum.
  13. Encourage participation in staff-parent conferences and home visits to discuss their child’s development and education.
  14. Consult with parents immediately when problems are suspected or identified upon consultation with the Education and Disabilities Manager.
  15. Notify parents of opportunities for training.
  16. First Aid and Tot Saver CPR
  17. Shaken Baby training
  18. Mandated reporter training
  19. CDA training
  20. SIDS training

Developmental Assessment



Family Engagement

Training/Personnel development (provided upon hire)

Other duties as assigned by Supervisor.

Qualification Requirements: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below representative to the knowledge, skills, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience:

Minimum Required:

  • Must be at least eighteen (18) years old.
  • High School Diploma or its equivalent is required.
  • Ojibwemowin language knowledge and use
  • Experience in a classroom settingMaintain strict confidentiality in accordance with Privacy Act.
    • A willingness to obtain the following;
      • Enhanced CDA and/or
      • AA in Early Childhood Education and/or
      • BA in Early Childhood Education
  • Work cooperatively with staff, parents, community members and other child support systems in the best interest of children
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Able to pass medical/physical examination which certifies individuals are physically able to work with Infant/Toddlers and pre-school children.
  • Able to pass tuberculosis test
  • Physically able to lift children into and out of Early Head Start furniture and equipment, as necessary.
  • Able to participate in activities with children in Early Head Start.


Other Skills and Abilities Required:

Background Check:. This position requires the Caregiver Background Check regarding working with children and/or elderly. This position is dependent upon ability to pass required background check.

Language Skills:

Use and understand Ojibwemowin proficiently

Communication skills.

Reasoning Ability: Must have positive attitude and enjoy working with children and families.

Physical Demands: Position may require sitting for extended periods of time. Some standing, walking, bending, stooping and lifting up to 50 lbs. on occasion is required.

Work Environment: Subject to inside and outside conditions. Noise level is moderate to loud.

Drug-Free Workplace in accordance with the Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988, P.L. 100-690 and the Bad River Tribe’s Employee Policy & Procedures Handbook. Indian Preference will be given in accordance with P.L. 93-638 and the Tribe’s Preference Policy.


Submit Tribal Application and supporting documents to:

Bad River Human Resources Department

PO Box 39

Odanah, WI 54861

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