Language Specialist I

Smith River, CA

Tolowa Dee-ni Nation

Posted On: Jul-06-2021
Status: This Job is Closed
Position Summary:
The Language Specialist I will become proficient with oral and written Tolowa Dee-ni' language by
using creative methods to promote language fluency. The specialist will attend linguistically diverse
settings, meetings, and gatherings. The specialist will learn effective teaching methods and participate
in curriculum development. The primary duties will include assistance in development and
implementation of language programs and working with the Tribal Community. The specialist will assist
Language Teachers in tasks for daily department activities while providing group and individual
assistance with language promotion and usage. The specialist will develop and publish a YouTube
channel for the Tolowa Dee-ni' Language as well as other forms of social media. The specialist will
also perform skilled abilities with Tolowa Dee-ni' cultural events and activities that promote, sustain,
and implement the Tolowa Dee-ni' language, heritage, and values.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Communicate and commit to the vision of the Dee-ni' Wee-ya' Department and Tribal
community members and interested stakeholders within the Native Language Community.
2. Uphold and commit to Tolowa Dee-ni' Nation's cultural and linguistic standards and practices.
3. Must participate in Professional Development Plan and ongoing teacher development
opportunities, working toward a Tribal Teacher Credential.
4. Transcribe and transliterate current and previously gathered audio data for community access
and proper archiving requirements.
5. Record and develop lessons with our current Tolowa Dee-ni' speakers for current and future
use by all tribal members and Tolowa Dee-ni' wee-ya' stakeholders.
6. Assist in the development of formats, curricula, and lessons for language programs and other
areas as identified.
7. Provide competence in the Tolowa Dee-ni' language, culture, and heritage. Will participate in
the Dee-ni' Wee-ya' Committee, Tribal Events and all cultural specific functions that support
the program and vision of the Tribe.
8. Competent in using computer software such as: Microsoft, Windows Office, Excel, Sound
Editing programs and prefer Adobe Suite, linguistical tools and FLeX experience.
9. Provide frequent feedback and participation in project development using positive and
professional communication skills with all staff, community members, students, elders, and
community partners.
10. Participate and improve in Tolowa Dee-ni' language proficiency, use and knowledge.
11. Have proficient Tolowa Dee-ni' understanding, knowledge and experience of Tolowa Dee-ni'
language, culture and customs and be able to communicate Tolowa Dee-ni' values, heritage
and language.
12. Use the approved language formats, curricula, formulas, and direction as provided by the
Language Department of Tolowa Dee-ni' Nation.
13. Must be willing to work a flexible schedule, work with diversified groups, and be willing to
participate in additional training.
14. Other duties as assigned.TC Approved 1/14/21
Minimum Qualifications:
1. High school diploma or equivalent (GED) is required with 2 years specified experience or AA
degree plus 1 year specified experience; equivalent combinations of specialized training,
education and experience, will be measured.
2. Computer literacy in Microsoft Suite (MS) or willing to work towards becoming proficient in MS
programs required.
3. Must submit to and pass the pre-employment drug and alcohol screen and criminal background
4. Comprehensive knowledge of the history, culture and organization history of the Tolowa Dee-ni'
Nation and the Tolowa people is preferred.
5. Qualified American Indian Preference applies.
Supervisory Responsibilities:
Language Skills:
Must demonstrate an ability to speak, understand and write at a level one beginning speaker of Tolowa
Dee-ni' language. Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional
journals, technical manuals, and government regulations. Ability to write reports, business
correspondence, and procedure manuals, ability to effectively present information and respond to
questions from groups of managers, clients and the general public.
Mathematical Skills:
Ability to work with mathematical concepts, ability apply concepts such as fractions, percentages,
ratios, and pro-rations.
Reasoning Ability:
Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or
diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:
A valid driver's license will be required at the time of appointment; employees may be required to drive
their own vehicle, provide proof of financial responsibility and submit a DMV clearance.
Physical Demands:
While performing the duties of this job the employee is regularly required to sit, use hands and fingers,
handle and feel. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, and ascend and descend steps.
The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 30 pounds and occasionally lift and/move 50
Position may require occasional overnight travel. Requires the ability to drive 7 hours within a 24 hour
Vision Requirements:
1. Close vision (clear vision at 20 inches or less).
2. Distance vision (clear vision at 20 feet or more).
3. Color vision (ability to identify and distinguish color).TC Approved 1/14/21
Work Environment:
The work environment temperature can fluctuate between 50-80 degrees Fahrenheit due to open doors
and windows. The job will could require inside and outside activities. There are many distractions and
the noise level can escalate.
Additional Employment Conditions:
All Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation employees must submit to a background check and abide by all Tribal,
federal, and state laws. All employees must comply with Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation drug free workplace
policy and will be subject to pre-employment, for-cause, and post-accident drug and alcohol testing.
Section 408 of the Indian Child Protection and Family Violence Prevention Act of 1990 (Public Law 101-
630) requires an investigation of the character of each individual who is employed, or is being
considered for employment, in a position with duties and responsibilities that involve regular contact
with or control over Indian children. A criminal history investigation will be performed and the applicant
must meet the minimum standards of the Act.
In compliance with TDN laws and policies, the applicant must be in good standing with TDN and its
entities. Past employment will also be taken into consideration.
I have read this job description and fully understand the requirements set forth herein. I hereby accept
this position and agree to abide by the requirements set forth and will perform all duties and
responsibilities to the best of my ability.
Tolowa Dee-ni' Nation has reviewed this job description to ensure that essential functions and basic
duties have been included. It is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all function,
responsibilities, skills and abilities. Additional functions and requirements may be assigned by Tolowa
Dee-ni’ Nation as deemed appropriate. I further understand that my employment is at-will and thereby
understand that my employment can be terminated at-will by the facility or myself, and that such
termination can be made with or without notice.
Employee’s Signature: ______________________________________Date: ____________
Supervisor’s Signature: _____________________________________Date: ___________