Vacancy Ann. # STOI-18-075
Rate of Pay $15.32 - $16.79 PER HOUR, DOE/DOQ
Opening Date APRIL 10, 2018
Closing Date APRIL 17, 2018


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 whom reside, work or attend school on the Spokane Indian Reservation.  The primary emphasis of the program is to provide Early Childhood learning in an educational setting.  The Early Learning Center promotes competence in our children, parent alliances, community collaboration and proficiency in our staff.


All 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 Program Manager within the guidelines set forth by Spokane Tribal Licensing in conjunction with Washington State Early Achievers and Washington Administrative Code 170-295.

  • Establish and enforce rules for behavior and procedures for maintaining order in the classroom.
  • Organize and lead activities designed to promote physical, mental, and social development.
  • Teach basic skills to children.
  • Observe and evaluate children’s performance, behavior, social development, and physical health.
  • Read books to entire class or to small groups.
  • Attend to children’s basic needs by feeding them, dressing them, etc.
  • Provide a variety of materials and resources for children to explore, manipulate, and use, both in learning activities and in imaginative play.
  • Assimilate children to the school environment by greeting them, helping them remove outerwear, and selecting activities of interest to them.
  • Serve meals and snacks in accordance with nutritional guidelines.
  • Teach proper eating habits and personal hygiene.
  • Prepare materials and classrooms for class activities.
  • Enforce all administration policies and rules governing students.
  • Identify children showing signs of emotional, developmental, or health-related problems and discuss them with supervisors, parents or guardians, and child development specialists.
  • Establish clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects and communicate those objectives to children.
  • Meet with parents and guardians to discuss their children’s progress and needs, determine their priorities for their children, and suggest ways that they can promote learning and development.
  • Adapt teaching methods and instructional materials to meet students’ varying needs and interests.
  • Plan and conduct activities for a balanced program of instruction, demonstration, and work time that provides students with opportunities to observe, question, and investigate.
  • Arrange indoor and outdoor space to facilitate creative play, motor-skill activities, and safety.
  • Maintain accurate and complete student records as required by laws, policies, and regulations. 
  • Demonstrate activities to children.
  • Meet with other professionals to discuss individual students’ needs and progress. 
  • Confer with other staff members to plan and schedule lessons promoting learning, following approved curricula.
  • Organize and label materials and display students’ work in a manner appropriate for their ages and perceptual skills.
  • Attend professional meetings, educational conferences, and teacher training workshops to maintain and improve professional competence. 
  • Prepare reports on students and activities as required by administration. 
  • Attend staff meetings and serve on committees as required.
  • Select, store, order, issue, and inventory classroom equipment, materials, and supplies.
  • Administer tests to help determine children’s developmental levels, needs, and potential.
  • Supervise, evaluate, and plan assignments for teacher assistants. 


  • Knowledge of Native American culture, traditions, and language;
  • Knowledge in working with low-income children and families;
  • Knowledge of early childhood development and child development stages;
  • Knowledge of program requirements for early childhood/childcare services;
  • Knowledge of principles and processes for providing services to children and families;
  • Knowledge of human behavior and performance, individual differences in ability, personality and interests, learning and motivation;
  • Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of such methods;
  • Knowledge of early childhood developmental stages and developmentally appropriate practices;
  • Knowledge of emergent curriculum, thematic curriculum or project approach method;
  • Skill in observation and data collection;
  • Skill in 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 make independent conclusions and decisions;
  • Ability to handle conflict, complaints and disputes;
  • 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 (bending, stooping, kneeling etc...).


  • Must be 21 years of age or older and must have a High School Diploma or GED.
  • AA Degree in ECE required or willingness to obtain within four years of hire date.  Must make progress towards meeting this requirement as soon as hired. A signed educational agreement will be required.
  • One year (1) experience working with children 6 weeks – 6 years in a group setting is required (or a combination of work and education pertaining to Early Childhood Education). Provide proof of education with Application.
  • Initial Basic STARS 30-Hour Training required within three months of hire date and ability to complete 10 hours as required on an annual basis.
  • Ability to obtain the following certificates and licenses within the specified time frame:
  • Blood Borne Pathogens (1 Month),
  • Food Handlers Certification (2 months),
  • First Aid and CPR Certification Infant and Child (2 months).
  • Ability and willingness to maintain absolute confidentiality of sensitive information for both external and internal systems.
  • Previous experience working with Native American clientele and understanding of their cultural needs.
  • Successful clearance of Criminal History and Background inquiry—Tribal, State and Federal.
  • Successful clearance of National Child Abuse Registry and Neglect Data System.
  • Current and up-to-date immunizations including a current negative TB skin test, annual influenza vaccine, TDap in lieu of Tetanus vaccine, Hepatitis B Vaccination—preferred and required within one month of hire date.
  •  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 (bending, stooping, kneeling, crawling, lifting, etc.).
  • Employee must be willing to travel to all required trainings pertinent to position annually. 


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, PH: (509) 458-6583 Fax: (509) 458-6556
E-mail:   sabrina.mccoy@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