||Job Title: SWO Research Specialist
Reports to: Tribal Secretary
General Supervision: Tribal Education Director
Summary: The Collaborative Research Center for American Indian Health (CRCAIH) is designed to create a platform to bring together Tribal communities and health researchers, from multiple disciplines, to work together in the development of cutting-edge trans-disciplinary research that will address the significant health disparities experienced by American Indians in the tri-state region. This subcontract is to provide funds for the development of a tribal research infrastructure to work in collaboration with partners that form the CRCAIH.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Duties that will be provided but are not limited to:
• Catalog and monitor past and current research at SWO to include funding, publications and other applicable information
• Establish, conduct and enhance day to day LRRB activities to the development of forms, procedures, and policies.
• Provide research information to the community to include news articles, website and electronic
• Meet formally and informally with tribal leaders, tribal health and other American Indian health stakeholders to ensure tribal representatives have a venue to provide input and guidance to research design, activities and provide feedback.
• Assess the current state of data from past research studies, develop a data storage plan, archive as necessary
• Set up, operate and maintain the research computer software program to manage and organize grants, research, and studies
• Develop research procedures and policies regarding future research data
• Conduct network meetings twice a year with HSB and stakeholders to disseminate research information, collect new data on current health priorities, and community risk survey
• Assess current applicable research codes, draft a research code for approval and comply with the Judicial Code procedure
• Maintain a cuff account with monthly reports to TED, on time monthly invoicing to CRCAIH and submit quarterly reports as required
• Assist with summit planning and delivery as needed
• Attend required trainings, webinars, conference calls, etc. to include the National IRB training
• Establish a data base and contact information for a Local Research Review Board and set up by-laws or premises for operations.
• Provide feedback on evaluation of program activities and interpretation of findings.
• Create a website for the research office linked to the Education Department Website.
• Other duties as assigned by Supervisor
• BA or BS required. Preferred in healthcare field, social science or business.
• Verifiable experience in Research required.
• 2 years’ related experience required.
• Must possess excellent communication skills.
• Must pass local, state and federal background checks and subject to SWO Drug and Alcohol Policies.
• Must possess valid driver’s license and must be able to travel.
• Must actively work toward fluency in Dakota.
• Must possess strong organizational skills.
• Must possess strong knowledge and experience with and use of computers.
• Indian preference applies.
Position is contingent upon funding approvals. Salary level is in accordance to funding requirements.
||Tribal Education Department
||Job Title: Van Driver/Janitor
Reports to: Betty Jo Kirk, Program Manager
Work Site: Elderly Nutrition (Ulysses U.K. Abraham Center)
Summary: Delivers meals to homebound and fragile elders Monday through Friday of each week and provide transportation to elders in need of service. In addition, the position entails assisting the program by cleaning the facility to ensure a safe and healthy environment is provided to elders who participate in congregate meals at the center.
Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Assist cooks in kitchen in preparing food for meals as needed.
2. Responsible to assist in preparing trays with appropriate food servings for home delivered meals.
3. Follows scheduled routes to deliver meals to homebound or fragile elders residing in specific areas on the reservation.
4. Must keep accurate daily logs that records the following: elders who receive home delivered meals; number of miles driven, number of rides given, types of services provided such as shopping assistance, any referrals or advocacy services provided to elder.
5. Responsible to assist elder passengers to get on and off vans, and provide comfort by regulating radio, and heating/cooling systems.
6. Inspect vans and check oil, gas, water and make sure vans are cleaned on completion of schedule delivery route for the day. Fill gas tank as needed. Use own discretion.
7. Must immediately report any accidents, delays, and other problems regarding transportation services. In addition, be capable of changing a tire in an emergency.
8. Responsible for kitchen and bathroom maintenance that includes sweeping, mopping, vacuum rugs, cleaning sinks and toilet stools, empty garbage accumulated each day and place in dumpsters.
9. Other related duties assigned by the Program Manager.
1. Must have High School Diploma or GED.
2. Must have a valid SD driver’s license.
3. Beneficial to have some experience in cooking for large number of people.
4. Must enjoy working with people, especially elders.
5. Familiar with elders and ability to relate to all elders, staff and others in respectful and courteous manner.
6. Must be willing to participate in training in the immediate area and willing to travel out of area for training, if required.
||MSPI Prevention Specialist
||Job Title: Meth & Suicide Prevention Initiative (MSPI) Prevention Specialist
Reports to: Richard Bird, Program Manager
The MSPI Prevention Specialist shall develop and implement behavioral health prevention activities on the Lake Traverse Reservation. Primary focus will be on addressing SWO youth members (7-17 years old) on methamphetamine and suicide prevention.
• Develops and implements behavioral health prevention activities to address bullying, violence, methamphetamine/substance abuse and addiction, and suicidal behaviors in accordance with the stated objectives, activities and tasks of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate’s Meth and Suicide Prevention Initiative (MSPI) work plan and SWO Behavioral Health Plan.
• Provides oversight and guidance to the Seventh Generation Oyate Voices (7GOV), Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Youth Council in providing culturally and age appropriate community prevention programming.
• Works closely and cooperatively with the Tribal Health Programs, Indian Health Service, Law Enforcement, schools, community organizations and coalitions/teams.
• Requires flexible work schedule. The work schedule is usually Monday through Friday, but actual hours of work will vary depending on scheduled activities and may include evenings and weekends.
• Performs extensive community outreach, fieldwork, and community education in collaboration with the various programs that serve families and children.
• Utilizes privately owned motor vehicle for local and regional travel, to be reimbursed at the authorized federal rate per mile.
• Off-Reservation travel will be required for up to two national/regional meetings scheduled by the Indian Health Service.
• Uses standard office equipment, including telephones, computers, printers, scanners, faxes, and audiovisual equipment.
• The Prevention Specialist shall be located at the Dakotah Pride Center within the Office of the Tribal Secretary – Division of Tribal Health Programs and shall be subject to the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate policies and procedures.
• Participates as a member of the NE*SO*DAK CAM (Community Against Meth), Behavioral Health Interagency Team, Community Injury Prevention Team, and other prevention coalitions. Shall function in a leadership role to support these various coalitions when elected or assigned.
• At the direction of Dakotah Pride Center Program Manager, supports the above-described teams and coalitions by coordinating Reservation-wide prevention activities to prevent unhealthy behaviors, particularly bullying, violence, Meth/substance abuse and addiction, and suicide, in accordance with the Behavioral Health Plan, Meth and Suicide Prevention Initiative Work Plan, and Native Aspirations prevention model.
• Supports the above-described teams/coalitions by performs associated, assigned tasks, which may include record-keeping, setting up and/or facilitating meetings, taking minutes, and follow-up work.
• Assist partner agencies to develop and implement action plans based on identified community needs to address the problems of alcohol/drug abuse and addiction, bullying, violence and suicide.
• Monitors and evaluates the community’s progress in decreasing the incidence of these unhealthy behaviors.
• Provides community education that promotes alcohol and drug free lifestyles and healthy choices.
• Develops linkages between community agencies and existing groups and resources.
• Organizes appropriate training and community education, as described in the SWO Behavioral Health Plan, MSPI work plan, and Native Aspirations Initiative, including suicide prevention training.
• Submits timely monthly and end-of-year reports, as required by Program Manager, Office of the Tribal Secretary, Human Services Board, and funding agencies.
• Maintains consistent record of contacts/activities to facilitate monitoring and evaluations of prevention services and assists with entry of data into RPMS and Behavioral Health GUI.
• Communicates information and ideas effectively and clearly in both written and oral forms to staff supervisor, coalitions/teams, partners, and outside agencies.
• Maintains discretion and confidentiality as required in all communication with others.
• Conducts him/herself in a manner that promotes a positive image of the SWO and Tribal Health Programs.
• Abides by the philosophy, mission, ethical standards and objectives of the Tribal Health Programs.
• Performs other appropriate duties as assigned by the Program Manager.
• A Bachelor’s Degree in a Behavioral Health or Criminal Justice fields and three years’ experience, or an equivalent combination of post-secondary education plus seven years’ relevant job experience in Behavioral Health or Law Enforcement is required.
• Chemical Dependency Prevention Specialist Certification is preferred.
• Proficient computer skills and ability to use Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and Publisher software applications is required.
• Experience with mass media development and dissemination is desired.
• Experience with Fatherhood/Motherhood is sacred curriculum highly desirable.
• The desire to accept responsibility and take initiative.
• Must be able to work in fast-paced environment with youth as their partners.
• Must be able to multitask on projects and initiatives.
• The ability to respect confidential information and abide by the Dakotah Pride Center code of ethics.
• Knowledge of and ability to relate to people with behavioral health problems.
• Lives and promotes an alcohol and drug-free lifestyle (which includes no current use of alcohol or psychoactive substances, except such as may be prescribed by a licensed medical practitioner and no addictive behaviors).
• A valid South Dakota State and Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate drivers license, or ability to obtain one within two weeks of date of hire, and be approved by the Tribe’s vehicle insurance carrier.
• Must obtain and maintain a personal telephone within 30 days of employment for emergency situations access.
• Must complete a 90-day probationary period.
• Must consent to and pass a criminal background check and character investigation pursuant to P.L. 101-630, the Indian Child Protection and Family Violence Protection Act (no convictions for a sex offense or crime against a child or other person).
• Must submit evidence of having a physical examination by a licensed medical practitioner. Employee must have a negative PPD or TB tine test upon hire, or have clearance to work by a licensed medical practitioner if the test is positive and obtained all vaccinations recommended by the Indian Health Service for health care employees.
• Indian preference policy shall be followed in hiring.
Starting Salary: $16 - $19 per hour, depending on qualifications and experience.
Updated: July 10, 2014
||Job Title: Teacher – Infant/Toddler
Content Area: Education and Early Childhood Development
Supervision: Under the immediate supervision of the Infant/Toddler Facilitator/Education Manager, with overall supervision of the Head Start Director.
Supervision Exercised: Provides in classroom supervision to volunteers and parents assisting in the classroom.
Standard Employment: 9 hour shifts – 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Thursday
4 hour shift – 8:00 a.m. to 12 Noon - Friday
1893 hours per program year
General Description: The teacher is responsible for providing a safe and healthy environment and developmentally appropriate learning opportunities in accordance with the Head Start Performance Standards, 45 CFR 1304.20, 1304.21, 1304.22, 1304.23 and 1304.24 for young children entrusted to them. The teacher must consult and cooperate with the parent/family who has temporarily delegated the responsibility for the care and development of their child to the Infant & Toddler Head Start program. The Dakota language and culture is an integral part of the curriculum, therefore it is the responsibility of the teacher to plan age appropriate cultural activities that will assist the child in developing a positive self-image and gaining knowledge of our heritage. Teacher is assigned and responsible for 4 infants/toddlers in their care and will remain with these children until they exit the program.
Major Duties and Responsibilities:
Safety and Sanitation:
1. Comply with the safety and sanitation policies and other program policies and guidelines for serving infants and toddlers.
2. Post required policies in classroom, i.e. daily routine schedule, curriculum activity schedule, incident reporting, emergency numbers, hand washing, etc.
3. Assure that daily safety and sanitation procedures and precautions are taken to limit the spread of infectious disease by washing off tables, toys, sleeping mats, hand washing, etc.
4. Assure that children are dressed appropriately for the weather and type of play in which they are engaged. During the winter months the teacher must assist with making sure the children are buttoned up with caps.
5. Model and encourage appropriate health and safety habits to support social competence in the child (brushing teeth after meals, hand washing, cleaning up after self).
6. Ensure children are supervised at all times. No child will ever be left alone or unattended.
1. Set up and maintain a welcome and appropriate environment.
2. Create developmentally appropriate and well-defined activity areas in the classroom that allows each child to explore the environment. The physical environment must be child-sized.
3. Ensure that sufficient, appropriate and a variety of materials are displayed and accessible to all children in the classroom.
4. Periodically change or rotate objects to stimulate and challenge infant/toddler in
5. Feed infants and toddlers when they are hungry.
6. Complete safety checklist of indoor/outdoor areas to ensure the environment is safe, secure and provides a variety of opportunities for children to explore.
Schedules, Plans and Transitions:
1. Responsible to comply (to the greatest extent possible) with the daily routine schedule for children enrolled in the program.
2. Provide written weekly lesson plan that includes meaningful culturally relevant activities, 1 health; 1 nutritional and 1 mental health activity. Lesson plans must be turned in to the Education Manager one week before implementation.
3. Ensure daily activities include physical contact, sounds, feeling of textures and tasting and/or smelling foods.
4. Plan and implement appropriate transition activities to assist the children with changes in environment.
5. Assure time schedules are flexible and respect the special needs of the individual child.
6. Provide predictable consistent routines as a part of child’s learning experience to help child gain sense of security.
7. Responsible to accurately record daily attendance
8. Work closely with Education Manager to plan meaningful field trips.
1. Provide environment that supports and encourages verbal interaction between and among children and adults and one that allows freedom of expression.
2. Talk to children using descriptive language and behaviors especially during meals and other care giving routines, or when the child is upset or in a conflict with another child.
3. Support communication through reading stories, singing songs, reciting rhymes and encourage child to hold and look through books.
4. Encourage expression of feelings and interact with child at his/her level.
1. Encourage age and developmentally appropriate problem solving techniques and skills by allowing infants and toddlers to play with and explore objects.
2. Provide children with opportunities to develop self-help skills. Family style feeding is a must and is required.
3. Promote interaction with other children, encouraging use of words.
4. Provide consistent routine with reasonable and appropriate limits and rules for
children’s behavior and explain why to children.
5. Inform, remind and assist children in learning appropriate behavior.
1. Provide opportunities for children to solve problems on their own.
2. Use daily routines to help children master self-help skills and to feel competent.
3. Provide children with meaningful age appropriate culturally relevant activities.
4. Support and encourage children’s natural curiosity about people and objects in their environment.
5. Spend individual time each day with every child in your primary care group.
1. Conduct 2 home visits per child and 2 parent teacher conferences per child at which parents will be informed and involved in planning, implementing and evaluating
services provided and other activities.
2. Promote parent/family education to reinforce learning and development at home.
3. Maintain and document communication with families about child’s experiences at the center.
4. Responsible to complete required developmental and behavioral screens of child and on going observations and assessments with documentation to support child development gains.
5. Record ongoing observations and assessments in the child’s file identifying areas in which the child may need additional assistance.
6. Complete individual child plans that include summaries of the child’s progress. Once complete, place the child plan in child’s file.
7. Promptly refer any child suspected of having special needs to Special Needs Manager for further referral and/or evaluation.
8. Provide services, which respect child’s individual difference and special needs.
1. Participate in learning experiences for personal growth and professional development
and implement appropriate practices in the classroom.
2. Participate actively in all aspects of planning regarding education and early childhood development for the program.
3. Maintain accurate records and submit all required forms and reports, as well as update them within specified time frames.
4. Knowledge of laws regarding the abuse and neglect of children and report suspected mistreatment in accordance with the state law and Head Start policy.
5. Attend and actively participate in weekly teacher meetings to discuss concerns, other issues and make recommendations on correcting concerns or making improvements to the program.
1. Conduct self in a respectful, cooperative manner when interacting with children, co-
workers and others and constructively represent Head Start.
2. Participate in all meetings as directed and keep informed of program activities.
3. Is knowledgeable and complies with Head Start policies and applicable laws and regulations.
4. Provide information in a timely manner as directed by one’s supervisor or the director.
5. Contact Education Manager when sick. In the absence of Education Manager contact the Head Start Director.
6. Identify work that needs to be done and ensure that work is done in a timely manner.
7. Communicate with parent when child is dropped off and picked up. Parents must be made to feel welcome at the center. Serve as host to extended family members and other visitors participating in program activities and other program sponsored events.
8. Responsible for maintenance of inventory of the classroom. A list of damaged items to be discarded and missing items must be documented and given to the Director.
9. Perform other tasks as directed by supervisor or director in order to ensure the quality of the program services.
10. Provide support to new or substitute teachers and volunteers.
11. Other duties as assigned.
1. Must possess a minimum of High School Diploma or GED, must attain a CDA certification within one year of hire. Must work toward Associates of Art degree in Early Childhood Education.
2. Prefer minimum of 6 months to 2 years work experience at an Early Childhood Center based program.
3. Good communication, observation and written skills are required - exhibit ability to communicate effectively with the staff, parents and people in the community.
4. Flexible – exhibit ability to adapt and be flexible in a variety of situations. Must be in good health and physically capable of participating in activities that requires lifting, running, skipping, jumping, crawling, etc.
5. Must exhibit sensitivity and appreciation for the healthy development of young children.
1. Attend staff meetings, in-service training and other career development activities both locally and out-of-area.
2. Must attend mandatory 2-week pre-service training.
3. Must sign a background check permission form upon submission of application to permit a background check at the state and federal level that indicates no convictions of child abuse/child neglect or any violent crimes. Employment is considered temporary until the background check is complete.
4. Must complete CPR and First Aid training within 90-days of hire.
5. Must promote alcohol and drug free lifestyle
6. Must have pre-employment drug test, physical and TB test.
7. Must submit to drug test.
8. Submit 3 letters of reference with application for employment.
9. Must sign a Confidentiality Statement upon hire and adhere to policy.
10. Indian preference applies.
||Early Head Start
||Disabilities & Special Needs Manager
||Job Title: Special Needs/Mental Health Manager
Content Area: Disabilities and Mental Health
Supervision: Under the immediate supervision of the Head Start Director
Standard Employment: 8 hour shift – 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily, 5 shifts per week
December through November of each program year.
Supervision Exercised: The Special Needs/Mental Health Manager supervises the work of the Special Needs Assistant with overall supervision of the Head Start Director.
General Description: The Special Needs/Mental Health Manager is responsible to ensure the Sisseton Wahpeton Head Start program is in compliance in accordance to the Head Start Performance Standards, 45 CFR 1308, Children with Disabilities and 1304.24, Child Mental Health.
Major Duties and Responsibilities:
A. Administration and Management
1. Carries out goals, policies and activities designed to implement education objectives for children identified as having a special need.
2. Updates on an annual basis the Child Mental Health and Disabilities Service plans in conjunction with other staff, parents and policy council.
3. Develop a written plan that includes training for parents, staff and other interested community members.
4. Network with Indian Health Service to ensure mental health services are available on a regular basis.
5. Work closely with teaching staff to initiate mental health activities in the classroom on a weekly basis.
6. Responsible to complete all required reports regarding children with disabilities enrolled in the program.
7. Must order in conjunction with the director all special equipment for children. First priority will be to identify another resource to purchase or rent…the last resort will be for Head Start to purchase or rent.
8. Keep accurate up-to-date records and inform the parent/guardian of all activities pertaining to Head Start referral and treatment record.
9. Establish an Assessment Team of professionals to work closely with Head Start in the evaluation of children with special needs.
10. Acquire, when necessary, additional evaluations to ensure correct diagnosis is
obtained to avoid any undue duress for the family.
1. Assist in the recruitment and enrollment of handicapped children.
2. Coordinate with Early Childhood Intervention program and other community resources to identify children with special needs for enrollment purposes.
3. Accept referrals of handicapped children, ages 3 to 5, from professionals in special needs areas throughout the program year.
4. Network with other community service providers who are working with children to ensure child’s needs are provided for on an on-going basis.
5. Work closely with director and other content area managers to develop Interagency Agreements between service provider organizations.
C. Evaluation and Monitoring
1. Develop and implement a plan and system of monitoring and evaluating activities to ensure the program is in compliance with the Head Start Performance Standards.
2. Works closely with teaching staff to ensure mental health activities are age appropriate.
3. Determine areas of weakness and take corrective action or make recommendations for corrective actions.
4. Studies and prepares recommendations on instructional materials, teaching and related needs.
D. Employee Development and Consultation
1. Assist teaching staff in the implementation of Mental Health activities in the classroom.
2. Works closely with the director in identifying training needs of the teaching staff and other staff to ensure compliance with the Head Start Performance Standards.
3. Assist in the design, development and delivery of in-service training and orientation for all staff.
4. Periodically visit classrooms to monitor mental health activities being conducted in the classroom.
5. Attend teaching staff meetings to discuss any behavioral or learning issues the teaching staff may be experiencing and make recommendations to assist the teachers.
E. Provision and Assurance of Services
1. Assist staff in the development of child’s individual education plans.
2. Ensure that staff and other program resources reflect the multicultural diversity of the children enrolled in the program.
3. Identify, report and provide support services in child abuse cases by working in
conjunction with the Family Service Manager.
4. Responsible for coordinating and organizing the required screens within the 45-day or 90 day time frame.
5. Utilize screen results to determine if a child is in need of additional services.
6. Keep records of all screening result and follow-up as part of the documentation process for referrals and treatment.
7. Assure that a child with special needs receives the full range of child development services available.
8. Perform all services and responsibilities as required by the Head Start Performance Standards.
9. All records on the children will be kept confidential. Child’s records will not be released without the written permission of the parent or guardian.
10. Develop a written Individual Education Plan for each handicapped child with the primary service agency, the assessment team and the parent/guardian within 45 days of the receipt of diagnostic evaluation material.
1. Prefer Bachelor’s Degree in Health Education or other health-related field, or 2 years of experience in working with children with disabilities, but will consider education plus experience in the disabilities field.
2. Must possess good communication and organizational skills.
3. Ability to work with other programs, schools and community service personnel.
4. Must enjoy working with children and families and remain non-judgmental.
1. Attend staff meetings, in-service training and other career development activities both locally and out-of-area.
2. Must sign a background permission form upon submission of application to permit a background check at the state and federal level that indicates no convictions of child abuse/child neglect or any violent crimes. Employment is considered temporary until the background check is complete.
3. Must sign a Confidentiality Statement upon hire.
4. Must have pre-employment physical and TB test.
5. Must complete CPR and First Aid training within 90-days of hire.
6. Must be alcohol and drug free.
7. Must have a pre-employment drug test and submit 3 letters of reference with application for employment.