Native Language Developer / Instructor


Position Title:  Native Language Developer / Instructor
Department:  Academics
Accountable To:  Academic Dean / Title III Project Director
Opening Date:  12/29/17
Closing Date:  February 16, 2018
Salary:  $51,800 (minimum)

Summary Of Work:

Under the direction of the Turtle Mountain Community Academic Dean, with shared supervision responsibilities with the Title III Director, is responsible for developing curriculum / courses focused on the broader concepts of culture and tribal language.  Will be responsible for the design, development and of the implementation 4-year curriculum for the Native Language program, ensuring the program meets the HLC standards.  Once curriculum is implemented, may also teach courses.

This position requires a native speaker of the language to ensure that the language is taught within the broader foundation of communication and cultural protocol.  The Developer / Instructor will be involved in the whole curriculum to ensure the content is tailored to the needs of TMCC students.  It is of paramount importance to be a team player, which is essential for a collaborative work environment.


Personal Contacts:  The Developer will be in regular contact with the Academic Dean,   students, faculty, staff and state representatives to ensure that courses and curriculum standards       meet the academic needs of the TMCC students.

Supervision Received:  The Developer is supervised by the Academic Dean with shared supervision responsibilities with the Title III Director.

Supervision Exercised:  None required


  • Skilled teacher with in-depth knowledge of best teaching practices as it pertains to language and cultural practices.
  • Review Native American Studies programs at other institutions, colleges and universities.
  • Implement Native language instruction design for faculty, staff and college community.
  • Develop instructional activities, course syllabi, course outlines and other necessary teaching material.
  • Effectively use modern technology.
  • Work collegially with all individuals in the tribal college setting.
  • Shows a demonstrated commitment to professional development.
  • Demonstrates strong organizational skills.
  • Demonstrates excellent oral and written skills.
  • Ensure that all planning and development are integrated with college, tribal, and regional (HLC) initiatives.
  • Perform assigned responsibilities, duties, and tasks according to established practices, procedures, techniques, and standards in a safe manner and with minimal supervision.
  • Perform other position-related duties as assigned by his/her immediate supervisor.
  • Assists in the continuous recruitment and retention of TMCC students.
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • Knowledge of language and culture content specific to the Turtle Mountain culture.
  • Fluent speaker of the local language.
  • Knowledge of course design and development.
  • Knowledge of curriculum mapping and alignment.
  • Knowledge of the college mission and the 7 Teachings of the Anishinabe People.
  • Knowledge of higher education accreditation is beneficial.


  • Experience and expertise in teaching and course development.
  • Knowledge and understanding of students who have a mix of traditional and non-traditional cultural backgrounds.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills necessary for presentations, reports, and course designs.
  • Critical thinking skills are necessary to design and implement curriculum.
  • Excellent organizational, analytical and planning skills.


  • Ability to organize, prioritize, and schedule.
  • Ability to plan, organize and implement assigned responsibilities and to work well under pressure to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to participate as a team member and ability to adjust to change with a positive attitude.
  • Written and verbal communication.
  • Critical thinking.
  • Availability to work or meet in the evenings and/or on weekends when necessary.
  • Ability to travel as needed.

 REQUIRED QUALIFICATION (Minimum Qualifications)

  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in education or education related field; Or
  • Equivalent tested experience within the field of Ojibwa language.
  • Tribal approval from Language Board is required.
  • Knowledge of writing, speaking and teaching the Ojibwa language and culture is required.
  • Willingness and ability to travel and/or teach at various hours and locations, as necessary.
  • Applicant must be able to pass a drug test and background check.
  • Acceptance of and willingness to support the role that tribal community colleges serve in higher education and specifically its mission, values, goals, culture, and objectives of the Turtle Mountain Community College.


  • Certification in the Ojibwa culture and language from the Education Standards and Practice Board is preferred.
  • Experience in curriculum development.
  • A minimum of three years of teaching experience in Post-Secondary education.
  • Familiarity with and ability to operate or oversee the operation of computers, audio-visual equipment, other relevant technology and software.
  • Ability to competently advise and/or serve students from a variety of background, respecting cultural and socio-economic differences.
  • Able to implement contemporary educational philosophies, methods, and techniques including multi-media to develop and deliver instruction in classroom and lab settings.
  • Successful teaching experience with culturally and academically diverse student population.
  • Ability to teach and work with students with learning disabilities.
  • Demonstrated commitment to professional development.

How to Apply

Application Packet / Submission:  To be considered for open positions at TMCC, prospective applicants must submit an Application for Employment, cover letter, curriculum vitae and/or resume, college transcripts, three current (within 1 year) letters of reference, and, if applicable, enrollment documentation from a federally recognized tribe and/or veterans preference.  Full time regular employees who apply for a position within the college will receive 5 in-house preference points.  Required licensure/certification as specified in the position vacancy announcement is also required.

The packet will be determined to be incomplete if any required documents are missing; thus the application will not be considered.

All completed applications must be submitted to the Human Resource Manager who will determine which applicants meet qualification requirements per vacancy announcement.

Employment Application (1.41 MB PDF)

Please Note


For more information on any of these positions please contact:
Holly Cahill, Human Resources Manager
Telephone: (701)477.7938

Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination Policy

The Turtle Mountain Community College is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex, national origin, age, or handicap. In adhering to this policy the college abides by the requirements with the Title IX, Education amendments of 1972; with Title VI and VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act; by section 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975. Questions or comments may be referred to Holly Cahill, Human Resources Manager, Turtle Mountain Community College PO BOX 340, Belcourt, ND 58316 (701)477-7809, or the Office of Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 10220 North Executive Hills Blvd., 8th Floor, Kansas City, MO 64153-1367.