Pueblo of Sandia
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Pueblo of Sandia


Position Summary

To provide Sandia Tiwa Language instructional services for children, youth and adults in the Pueblo of Sandia Language Program, Child Development Center, and in school- based settings. As the Language Program capabilities develop and the needs of the Sandia Pueblo Tiwa Language are identified, assigned duties and responsibilities will be adjusted by the program managers on community needs basis.

Supervision Exercised

Reports to the Language & Cultural Preservation Administrator.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Prepares and provides high quality developmentally appropriate Tiwa Language educational lessons for students in the Child Development Center, pre-k, kindergarten, school based classes, and adult learners.
  2. Provides individualized instruction in order to adapt the curriculum to the needs of each student.
  3. Uses a variety of tools to document and report students Tiwa Language development.
  4. Interacts with parents as partners on a tri-annual basis for the development of the Language Program educational plan.
  5. Prepares monthly reports of class progress to submit to the program Administrator.
  6. Collaborates and assists in program development of Tiwa language curriculum with the instructional staff, department staff and community members.
  7. Maintains records for each student to include individual portfolios and assessments.
  8. Provides Tiwa Language teaching opportunities that connect to the community and other tribal programs; this will include but will not be limited to youth sports, community garden activities, and responsive interaction during and leading up to cultural/community related activities.
  9. Establishes and maintains standards of conduct to promote positive student behavior and interaction supporting a productive study environment.
  10. Promotes parent and community involvement in the program and participates in school events to promote a sense of community.
  11. Participates in planned professional development training opportunities.
  12. Uses a variety of teaching styles and strategies that are age appropriate.
  13. Actively pursues language growth through interaction with Tribal Elders.
  14. Travels to workshops and training sessions as required.
  15. Ensures that all learning environments meet tribal health and safety codes as well as ensuring that planned activities promote healthy lifestyle choices for children and their families.
  16. Plans and conducts linguistically-oriented events and field trips for members of the community.
  17. Assists in development and coordinates language skills, cultural and traditional educational methods and materials to more effectively acculturate tribal members in the Tiwa ways of Sandia Pueblo.
  18. Provides staff language training opportunities.
  19. Serves as a positive role model.
  20. Performs other duties as assigned.

Secondary Duties and Responsibilities


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  1. Work independently with minimal supervision, flexible/adaptable to constant change.
  2. Knowledge of principles and methods for: a) curriculum development, b) developmentally appropriate teaching strategies, c) differentiating instruction and d) developmentally appropriate assessment and evaluation.
  3. Effective communication orally and in writing and active listening skills.
  4. Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues, parents, families, and service providers.
  5. Ability to evaluate and analyze problems/situations and develop effective solutions.
  6. Willingness to assume responsibility for monitoring/assessing own performance for purpose of individual growth and/or corrective action.
  7. Respect for cultural beliefs, values and traditions of the Pueblo of Sandia.


Minimum Qualifications, Education and Experience


  • High School Diploma, GED certification or equivalent.
  • An applicant who seeks to become a Sandia Tiwa Language Teacher must have a minimum of three years teaching Tiwa or be a proficient native speaker of the Tiwa language.  The Sandia Tiwa Language Program will determine a proficient speaker. 
  • Successful completion of the Pueblo of Sandia Adult Language Resource Development Program may be substituted for the minimum years of teaching.
  • Ability to speak in the Tiwa language.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid, unrestricted New Mexico Driver’s License.

Licensing Status

  1. Must be able to successfully pass a Background and Character Investigation in compliance with PL 101.630.
  2. Will require a post-offer, pre-employment and random drug screening.

Working Conditions

  1. Work is performed indoors and outdoors. Outside work is subject to temperature extremes and inclement weather conditions.
  2. Subject to hazards which may cause personal bodily harm; diseases, cuts; bruises, burns, common cold, influenza, dust, odors, bodily fluids, and elevated noise levels.
  3. Tasks may be performed on uneven, inclined, hard and soft carpeted floors, cement structures and surfaces.
  4. Duties may involve walking, standing for long periods of time, sitting and crouching.