Vacancy Ann. # STOI-18-001
Department 477/TANF
Rate of Pay $13.50 - $15.19 PER HOUR, DOE/DOQ
Opening Date OCTOBER 4, 2017
Closing Date OCTOBER 18, 2017


The Spokane Tribe of Indians Tribal TANF Program promotes and supports Tribal children and their families reaching their full potential of becoming healthy, productive and self-sufficient.  This is done in a way that protects and benefits the Tribal children, respects and preserves their culture, values and traditions, gives families access as well as input into the full range of programs and services to promote their self esteem, independence, self sufficiency and their educational experiences.

The Pauline Stearns Early Learning Center provides a safe and developmentally appropriate environment that is culturally relevant to children and families which reside, work, or attend school on the Spokane Indian Reservation.  The primary emphasis of the program is to provide Early Childhood learning in and educational setting.  The Early Learning Center promotes competence in our children, parent alliances, community collaboration, and proficiency in our staff.

STOI-477/TANF Pauline Stearns Early Learning Center staff will provide continuous supervision of children in a safe and developmentally appropriate environment under the direct supervision of the STOI-477/TANF Pauline Stearns Early Learning Center Director.


Cook Duties:

  • Prepare approximately 100-130 meals a day that meet Child Care, CACFP, and USDA nutrition requirements, giving consideration to children’s special dietary needs for children, staff, and volunteers.
  • Utilize scratch cooking methods at all times possible.
  • Change or adapt menu if supplies are not present and record changes.
  • Maintain a work schedule in which food production flows smoothly.
  • Develop and follow standardized recipes, and use portion control methods, including the weighing and measuring of meal components. 
  • Maintain monthly Child and Adult Care Food Program documentation as well as monthly meal counts.
  • Ensure all program staff is properly trained on all child nutrition requirements for both sites.
  • Document all training attended and provided.
  • Complete all necessary kitchen documents in a timely manner.
  • Maintain an adequate pantry for emergency food service for up to three days.
  • Prepare a shopping list weekly for the following week’s menu.
  • Purchase food and supplies according to planned menu and seasonal availability each week.
  • Ensure that meals are prepared on a timely schedule, meeting CACFP requirements.
  • Use initiative, judgment, and creativity in seasoning food, estimating amounts to be prepared, utilizing leftovers, and preparing attractive foods.
  • Use food production and food storage procedures that are acceptable to Washington State Health Department.
  • Maintain sanitation, health, and safety standards in work areas including cupboards, ovens, defrosting freezers, wiping spills, etc.
  • Maintain an orderly and clean kitchen at all times, including washing dishes and utensils as required by licensing/Health Department in accordance with mandatory washing/rinsing/sanitizing methods.
  • Collaborate with the ELC Program Manager to ensure the nutritional services meet the USDA, CACFP, and Child Care Licensing requirements; utilizing a rotating menu cycle.
  • Abide by all Child and Adult Care Food Program guidelines.
  • Clean kitchen daily in order to prevent infestation of insects and rodents.
  • Attend mandatory annual training as required by management.
  • Prepare baking for special events such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, and any family events.
  • Maintain congenial and respectful relations with staff, children, families, and community;
  • Maintain and follow annual Memorandum of Agreement with the Back To The Heart Immersion School for all meal preparation and serving needs.
  • Be a contributory team member in a positive/productive manner.
  • Other duties as assigned or delegated.


  • The employee will be required to travel to Spokane one time per week to purchase weekly groceries.
  • The employee may be required to transport meals to the Back To The Heart Immersion School as needed.
  • The employee will be required to travel to Spokane no less than one time per year for CACFP update training.
  • The employee will be required to travel on occasion to attend nutrition training and/or informative round table style discussions.
  • The employee will be required to travel annually to attend the National CACFP Sponsors Conference.
  • The employee may be required to attend other training as deemed appropriate by the PSELC Program Manager.

 Teacher Assistant Duties:

  • Assist in the classroom of most need during any slow kitchen times throughout the day.
  • Provide assistance for all classrooms; including infant, toddler, preschool, and school age classrooms when necessary.
  • Provide a variety of materials and resources for children to explore, manipulate and use, both in learning activities and imaginative play; assist in scaffolding language throughout the day and in a variety of activities with children;
  • Provide a safe environment to prevent and reduce injuries of the children; observe and monitor children’s play activities;
  • Promote an environment that contributes to good health and prevention of illness; instruct children in health and personal habits; such as eating, resting, and toilet habits;
  • Attend to children’s basic needs by feeding them, dressing them, and changing their diapers;
  • Support children’s emotional and social development, encouraging understanding of others and positive self-concepts;
  • Positively discipline children and recommend or initiate other measures to control behavior;
  • Observe and monitor children’s play activities;
  • Read to children and teach them simple painting, drawing, handicrafts, and songs;
  • Provide the children opportunities to understand and acquire communication skills through their thoughts and feelings;
  • Positively interact with the children assisting them in selecting or participating in developmentally appropriate activities;
  • Maintain an open, friendly and informative relationship with children and families; and encourage their participation in the program;
  • Engage the children in appropriate language development through conversation and vocalization;
  • Support the children’s positive self-image through appropriate conversations and positive guidance techniques including negotiating skills; utilizing positive guidance techniques and recommending or initiating other measures to control behavior in accordance with program policies;
  • Perform as a team member to assure that productivity outcome measures are achieved;
  • Attend staff meetings and designated training programs;
  • Assist in preparing food for children and serve meals and refreshments to children as required by the Minimum Licensing Requirements and/or the Child and Adult Care Food Program requirements;
  • Organize, clean and store toys and materials to ensure order in activity areas; maintain classroom upkeep and sanitization on a regular basis;
  • Collaborate with lead staff members in providing education to the children including working with parents;
  • Enforce all Federal, State, and Tribal regulations and policies with regards to the TANF and Child Care Programs;
  • Performs all work related duties as required, and assist with other duties in the Early Learning Center as assigned by the Program Manager.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Knowledge of American Indian culture, traditions, and language;
  • Knowledge in working with low-income children and families;
  • Knowledge of principles and processes for providing services to children, families, and community members;
  • Knowledge of the Child and Adult Care Food Program;
  • Knowledge of healthy menu planning;
  • Knowledge of scratch cooking, especially utilizing whole grains;
  • Ability to maintain a neat and orderly work environment;
  • Knowledge of proper washing and sanitizing techniques;
  • Knowledge of early childhood development and child development stages;
  • Knowledge of program requirements for early childhood/childcare services;
  • Handling conflict, complaints and disputes;
  • Knowledge of culture and traditions of Native Americans;
  • Knowledge of Creative Curriculum and associated assessment materials;
  • Skill in observation and data collection;
  • Skill effective verbal and written communication;
  • Skill in submitting reports in a timely fashion;
  • Ability and willingness to maintain absolute confidentiality of sensitive information;
  • Ability to establish positive communication among parents, co-workers, Tribal staff, public and private agencies in serving the customers;
  • Ability to communicate effectively with other co-workers, management, and other programs as part of CACFP;
  • Ability to make independent conclusions and decisions;
  • Ability to practice tact, courtesy and discretion;
  • Ability to work under stressful conditions;
  • Ability to work flexible hours;
  • Ability to lift and maneuver small children on an ongoing basis and the necessary physical dexterity to work with small children 30-50 lbs. on average.


  • Must be eighteen years of age or older and must have a High School Diploma or GED;
  • National CACFP Child Nutrition Professional Certification OR willingness to obtain within two years of hire date is required, CACFP Management Professional Certification preferred;
  • Washington State Short State ECED Certificate of Specialization or equivalent OR willingness to obtain within two years of hire date is required. Washington State ECED Certificate is preferred.  A signed educational contract will be required if educational mandates are not currently met;
  • Two (2) years experience working with children 6 weeks- 6 years in a group setting is  preferred (or a combination of work and education pertaining to Early Childhood Education);
  • Ability and willingness to maintain absolute confidentiality of sensitive information at all times;
  • Previous experience working in a kitchen setting, especially in which food was prepared for 50+ meals at one setting;
  • Previous experience working with Native American clientele and understanding of their cultural needs preferred;
  • Knowledge of child development;
  • Be of good character;
  • Demonstrate an understanding, ability, personality, emotional stability, and physical health suited to meet the cultural, emotional, mental, physical, and social need of the children in care;
  • Not have committed or been convicted of child abuse or any crime involving harm to another child;
  • Successful clearance of Criminal History and Background inquiry—Tribal, State, and Federal—required to obtain portable background check through Washington State Department of Early Learning within one month of hire date and renew every three years;
  • Completion of TB test prior to employment preferred; must obtain within one month of hire date;
  • Ability to complete 30 hours Basic STARS training within six months of hire, and 10 hours as required on an annual basis;
  • Washington State Food Handlers Certification required prior to start date;
  • Ability to obtain the following certificates and licenses within the specified time frame: “Blood borne Pathogens (1 month), First Aid and CPR certification Infant and Children (2 months); these trainings and certificates are expected to be renewed and maintained;
  • Valid Washington State Driver’s License and ability to be Tribally insured.


Applications Are Available At the Spokane Tribal Human Resources Department or can be downloaded at www.spokanetribe.com
P.O. Box 206, Wellpinit, WA 99040
Contact: Sabrina McCoy or Geraldine Abrahamson
(509) 458-6583, (509) 458-6527,  Fax: (509) 458-6556
E-mail:   sabrina.mccoy@spokanetribe.com or hrfrontdesk@spokanetribe.com
Applications Must Be Received In The Human Resources Department by
 4:30 P.M. On The Closing Date
The Spokane Tribe Reserves The Right To Hire According To Its Indian Preference Policy
All Applicants Will Be Subject To A Pre-Employment Drug Test
All Positions With The Tribe Are Subject to a 90-Day Probationary Period