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VACANCY ANN#: STOI-20-122
POSITION: HEAD START TEACHER ASSISTANTS
DEPARTMENT: HEAD START
LOCATION: WELLPINIT, WA
SUPERVISOR: HEAD START DIRECTOR
STATUS: FULL-TIME DURING SCHOOL YEAR
SALARY LEVEL: $13.78 / PER HOUR
OPENING DATE: MARCH 30, 2021
CLOSING DATE: OPEN UNTIL FILLED
INTRODUCTION: The Spokane Tribe of Indians Head Start Program is designed to promote the school readiness of low-income children by enhancing their cognitive, social and emotional development—
1) in a learning environment that supports children’s growth in language, literacy, mathematics, science, social and emotional functioning, creative arts, physical skills, and approaches to learning; and
2) through the provision to low-income children and their families of health, educational, nutritional, social, and other services that are determined, based on family needs assessments, to be necessary.
The Head Start Teacher Assistant reports to and receives direction from the Director and the Lead Classroom Teacher. The Teacher Assistant is responsible for assisting the Head Start Lead Teacher in the daily operation of the classroom and program.
MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Work cooperatively as part of the Head Start team to provide comprehensive and professional services in the best interest of children and families and the Head Start community.
• Document, report and record daily observations as required by the Head Start Child Outcomes Framework and Head Start Performance Standards.
• Contribute to the Head Start Classroom team by maintaining a positive attitude, being patient and friendly with the children, and by being professional in appearance and actions.
• Actively contribute to the classroom with resourcefulness, organization, effective time management and cooperation.
• Model appropriate behaviors and responses to challenging situations.
• Assist in planning, coordinating and implementing the Education Plan.
• Work with the Lead Teacher in helping families in the home to facilitate growth in their knowledge of child development, parenting techniques, and meeting family needs.
• Provide effective and nurturing teacher-child interactions
• Perform job duties with the highest level of confidentiality, ensuring safety of all children, family and staff records and information in accordance with Tribal Policy.
• Assist the Lead Teacher in implementing a curriculum that promotes children’s cognitive development and language skills, social and emotional development and physical development.
• Help children learn to get along with others and encourage feelings of empathy and mutual respect among children and adults.
• Attend to the basic needs of the children—to include hygiene, diapering, and feeding
• Assist in encouraging parental involvement in the education program in the classroom and at home.
• Maintain sanitation and safety practices throughout the program that ensure a safe environment.
• Assist other staff in the coordination of transition services and other activities.
• Demonstrate ability to relate well to and coordinate with the population served, especially low-income Spokane Indian Reservation population.
• Assist in supporting Head Start Teaching staff concerning issues of classroom environments, behavior management and inclusion of children with special needs. This includes, but is not limited to providing one on one attention, written reports, record keeping and tracking of data.
• Adhere to established performance standards.
• Comply with applicable laws, policies and procedures (State, Federal and Tribal).
• Report cases of child abuse and neglect by serving as a mandated reporter.
• Be willing to fill in as needed as cook, bus driver (once qualified) and other duties as assigned.
• Take pride in the appearance of the Head Start facility and help to maintain the necessary daily upkeep—to include, assisting with the daily sanitizing/cleaning of the Head Start building as required during this Pandemic.
• The foregoing statements describe the general purpose and responsibilities assigned to this job and are not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills that may be required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:
• Possess a basic understanding of the scope of the Head Start effort—to include familiarity with Head Start Performance Standards.
• Must maintain strict confidentiality.
• Attention to detail and follow through on assigned tasks.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
• Understanding of Early childhood Developmental Stages and appropriate preschool practices
• Demonstrated ability to relate well to, and coordinate with the population served, especially low-income Spokane Indian Reservation population.
• Possess skills adequate to serve children with disabilities
• Must contribute to the Head Start team in a positive and productive manner with reliability, patience and consistency.
• High School Diploma or GED.
• Successful clearance of Criminal History and Background inquiry with no allegations and or findings of child abuse and neglect.
• Child Development Associate (CDA) credential or a state-awarded certificate that meets or exceeds the requirements for a CDA credential, or enrolled in a program that will lead to an associate or baccalaureate degree, or enrolled in a CDA credential program to be completed within two years of the time of hire.
• First Aid, CPR and Blood Borne Pathogen certification, Food Handlers Permit, and Mandated Reporter Training to be obtained during probation period.
Applications Are Available In The Tribal Human Resources Department
Or, can be downloaded online at:
P.O. Box 206 Wellpinit, WA 99040
Contact: Sabrina McCoy or Andrea Flett
Ph# (509) 458-6583, (509) 458-6527, FAX (509) 458-6556
Applications Must Be Received In the Human Resources Department
No Later 4:30 p.m. on the Closing Date
The Spokane Tribe Is An Equal Opportunity Employer
The Spokane Tribe Reserves The Right To Hire According To Its
Indian Preference Policy
Applicants Are Subject To A Pre-Employment Drug Test
Positions With The Spokane Tribe Are Subject To A 90-Day Orientation Period
Due to the power outages in and around the reservation and the continued wind storm, the Spokane Tribe will be closed today Wednesday January 13, 2021. The exception being critical services.
Please be safe. Spread the word.
June 25, 2020
Dear Tribal Member,
On June 15, 2020, the Election Committee received a petition to hold a special election on an initiative which seeks to distribute financial assistance to the tribal membership – $2,000 per adult and $1,000 per child – from the Tribe’s portion of funding from Title V of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”). The Election Committee has determined that the petition satisfies the signature requirements of the Constitution of the Spokane Tribe (“Constitution”). Accordingly, a Special Election will be held on July 11, 2020. A copy of the Petition is attached to this letter.
First, under the CARES Act, the Tribe can only spend Title V money on necessary expenditures incurred due to the COVID pandemic. If CARES Act Title V monies are not spent in accordance with these requirements, the Tribe will be required to pay those funds back to Treasury. Second, Article VIII of the Tribe’s Constitution grants Tribal Council certain power and duties, including the authority to provide financial assistance to tribal members, “to the full extent permitted by Federal Law.” Here, that means complying with the CARES Act, including Title V spending limitations. Third, to avoid federal tax liability to Tribal Members, direct distributions of CARES Act, Title V money must also meet the requirements for the “General Welfare Exclusion” – which excludes certain payments from tribes to their members from federal income taxes, but only if certain requirements are met.
Accordingly, the Tribe is working with a well-respected Indian country auditing firm, REDW, to develop a direct distribution program designed to comply with the CARES Act and other federal law so we can provide financial assistance to the membership while minimizing the risk of paying the money back to Treasury or exposing our members to federal income tax liability. Treasury recently clarified that “a per capita payment to residents of a particular jurisdiction without an assessment of individual need is not an allowable expense,” so any program developed will likely require Tribal Members to complete an application and certify that any direct distributions will be used to pay COVID-related expenses or to backfill COVID-related income losses.
Regardless of the outcome of the July 11, 2020 Special Election, Tribal Council stands ready to authorize direct distributions of CARES Act Title V monies to our membership, consistent with the requirements of our Constitution and federal law. That will likely require your assistance – namely, filling out some paperwork- prior to receiving any direct distributions.
Finally, on June 30, 2020 at 10:00 A.M. we will conduct a video conference via “GoToWebinar” in order to further discuss these important issues. Information on how to attend this informational webinar is attached to this letter. We look forward to answering any questions you may have.
We the undersigned Tribal Citizens of the Spokane Tribe hereby formally request the following issue to be placed as an initiative on a Special General Election Ballot within 45 days in accordance to the Spokane Tribe’s Constitution: Article X Section 4.
An Initiative to immediately distribute through direct payment $2,000 to every Spokane Tribal Citizen age 18 and older as of June 30, 2020 and $1,000 to every Spokane Tribal Citizen 17 and younger as of June 30, 2020 from the recently received $19,000,000 CARES Act Funds to provide our membership with emergency relief assistance during this COVID-19 pandemic. Due to this being relief funding to the tribal citizens, there will be no holds applied.
It’s the opinion of the enrolled Tribal Citizens who have signed this petition that, per Federal Guidance regarding the compliance and tax considerations under the CARES Act for Tribes that the Tribal Business Council may deem it necessary and appropriate to allocate a portion of the CARES Act funds for this emergency distribution and Whereas, the Tribal Business Council can determine the distribution is for the benefit of Tribal Citizens on a nontaxable basis. Further Federal guidance reaffirms that relief funds may be used for distributions to ALL Tribal Citizens by merely documenting the economic necessity. We feel that at the very least approximately 25% of the $19,000,000 received by the Spokane Tribe should be distributed to Every Spokane Tribal Citizen to cover unforeseen and/or emergency needs of ALL its Tribal Citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic. The only administratively feasible means of providing emergency relief assistance to ALL of our Tribal Citizens is through direct payment to those that have been impacted by the pandemic. This distribution fulfills the purpose and intent of the CARES Act funding. It is impossible to assist all of our Tribal Citizens without including them in the discussion and/or distribution of these funds. It is the constitutional right of the enrolled Tribal membership to use the petition process to request that important issues that have a direct effect on Tribal health, education and general quality of life be put to a vote.
How to Join the Webinar:
Please register for the Tribal Council Informational Webinar on Initiative Re: CARES Act Funds on Jun 30, 2020 10:00 AM PDT at:
When registering, please use your legal name. This meeting is intended for Tribal Members and authorized staff only. We may dismiss or remove unauthorized individuals from the Webinar.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
If you are using the mobile app the webinar ID is 375-617-347
Ifyou will be joining by phone call 1-415-655-0060 and use the access code 700-473-618 (you will be muted for the duration of the webinar on phone call, however you can still ask questions by calling the number set forth below).
How to Ask Questions During the Webinar:
If you are using the mobile app you can ask questions directly to the moderator who will then convey your questions to Tribal Council.
If you will be joining by phone, you will not be able to ask your questions directly to the group. However, you may call 458-6513 and relay your question or comment to Breann Brigman who will convey the message to the moderator and Tribal Council on your behalf.
Fellow Spokane Tribal Citizens,
On behalf of Spokane Tribal Business Council, I would like to provide you with an update on how we intend to utilize federal COVID-19 related stimulus money the Tribe has received in recent weeks Since the pandemic set in, Tribal Business Council and staff have worked hard to maintain and even increase services we provide to membership. Thankfully, we managed to avoid layoffs and furloughs during this difficult time and Tribal Business Council continues to pursue opportunities that will benefit all Tribal citizens.
In the spirit of transparency, I want to share with you our list of COVID-19 related funding priorities that Tribal Business Council approved this week. Although there is a degree of flexibility with COVID-19 related funding, there are also many restrictions. I feel that Tribal Business Council and staff have done an excellent job at being creative with how to apply the funding but also protecting the Tribe from auditing risks once the money is spent. For instance, we intend to provide food security payments to Tribal Elders, construct infrastructure that provides broadband internet service, and enhance drug abuse treatment services to Tribal members.
Finally, Tribal Business Council intends for our priority list to grow as staff conducts diligence around numerous items that are currently not reflected on the list. We look forward to updating you as the priority list evolves with our changing needs.
Tribal Council’s door is always open. We welcome your thoughts and feedback as we manage our way through these unprecedented times. We are a resilient Tribe and we survived many difficult times by banding together and protecting each other. Thank you for your thoughtfulness and consideration.
David C Wynecoop Memorial Clinic
As of April 4, 2020 the CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. In response, the David C. Wynecoop Memorial Clinic will require all patients and visitors to wear a face mask when inside the building. To help our clinic preserve as many masks as possible, please bring your own face mask to the clinic if you have one. If you do not have one, one will be provided for you before you enter the building.
In the following video, Vice Admiral Jerome Adams, U.S. Surgeon General, provides recommendations on how to create your own re-usable cloth mask: