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VACANCY ANN#:    STOI-20-066
STATUS:                    REGULAR, FULL-TIME
SALARY LEVEL:     $13.50 – $17.37/PER HOUR


The Spokane Tribal TANF Children’s Center provides a safe and developmentally appropriate environment for young children. We value, accept and welcome all children and families. The primary emphasis of the program is to provide Early Childhood learning in a positive, educational setting.


  • Ability to prepare, organize, and lead activities, occasionally on your own, designed to promote physical, mental, and social development.
  • Ability to observe and accurately evaluate children’s performance, behavior, social development, and physical health; ability to relay this information to parents, management, other staff members, and other professionals correctly;
  • Ability to provide a variety of materials and resources for children to explore, manipulate, and use, both in learning activities and imaginative play;
  • Ability to books out loud to entire class or small groups of children;
  • Ability to maintain accurate and complete student records as required by licensing, policies, and other administrative program requirements;
  • Ability to identify children showing signs of emotional, developmental, or health related problems and discuss them with supervisors, parents or guardians, and child development specialists;
  • Ability to organize and label materials and display students’ work in a manner appropriate for their ages and developmental domains and level of visual perception per Early Achievers;
  • Ability to prepare reports on students and activities as required by administration.
  • Assist with the planning and conduction of activities to provide students with the most quality time to observe, question, and investigate;
  • Ability to arrange indoor and outdoor space to facilitate creative play, motor-skill activities, and safety;
  • Ability to follow staff-to-child ratios inside and outdoor;
  • Ability to follow licensing and program requirements to ensure safety of children at all times;
  • Assist in meeting with parents and guardians and other professionals or programs to discuss their children’s progress and needs, determine their priorities for their children, and suggest ways that they can promote learning and development and ability to relay pertinent and correct information;
  • Assist with adapting teaching methods and instructional materials to meet students’ varying needs and interests; Confer with other staff members to plan and schedule lessons promoting learning, following approved curricula.;
  • Assist with the planning and supervisor of class projects, field trips, visits by guests, or other experiential activities and guide students in learning from those activities;
  • Assist with the storage, ordering, issuing, and tracking inventory classroom equipment, materials, and supplies; must be able to prioritize and organize accordingly and recall where items needed for the classroom may be at during all times;
  • Assist with providing disabled students with assistive devices, supportive technology, and assistance accessing facilities;
  • Assist with administering screenings, evaluations, or other instruments to help determine children’s developmental levels, needs, and potential.
  • Assist with prep and implementation of individualized programs for children with challenging behaviors or those who require additional assistance or help;
  • Assist and on occasion perform alone to administer administrative duties, such as bus monitoring, bus driving, and bus loading and unloading;
  • Assist with the supervision, evaluation, and planning of assignments for use during small, and large group activities with children; on occasion may do this alone if a lead is out or unavailable;
  • Occasionally work alone with children with regular, scheduled, and documented oversight and on-the-job classroom training from the classroom’s assigned lead teacher who is primarily responsible for the care of the same group of children for the majority of their day;
  • Act as an substitute lead for up to two weeks should a lead teacher be on PTO or a position be vacant;
  • Provide support to other assistant teachers, leads, the program supervisor/director, and parents;
  • Responsible for serving meals and snacks in accordance with nutritional guidelines and program regulations; responsible for accurate logs regarding meal counts with assistance;
  • Attend staff meetings and serve on committees as required.
  • Attend to children’s basic needs by feeding them, dressing them, teaching healthy and proper eating habits and personal hygiene etc.;
  • Demonstrate activities to children and provide positive model guidance;
  • Participate and follow all recommendations per Early Achievers and Washington State licensing requirements for child care facilities;
  • Other duties as assigned;


  • Knowledge of American Indian culture, traditions, and language;
  • Knowledge in working with low-income children and families;
  • Knowledge of public assistance laws, rules, regulations, service programs and child care programs preferred;
  • Knowledge of human behavior and performance, individual differences in ability, personality and interests, learning and motivation;
  • Knowledge of early childhood developmental stages and developmentally appropriate practices;
  • Skill in observation and data collection;
  • Skill in effective verbal and written communication;
  • Ability to maintain positive communication among parents, co-workers, Tribal staff, public and private agencies in serving the customers;
  • Ability to handle conflict, complaints and disputes;
  • Ability to practice tact, courtesy and discretion;
  • Ability to work under stressful conditions;
  • Ability to maintain dependable and punctual shiftwork in order to sustain a well-structured environment for the children served by the ELC;
  • Ability to work flexible hours, shifts and rotate between various classrooms and kitchen as needed;
  • Ability and willingness to maintain absolute confidentiality of sensitive information.


  • Must be eighteen years of age or older and must have High school diploma or GED
  • Washington State Short State ECED Certificate of Specialization or equivalent; OR willingness to obtain within two years of hire is required. *Must sign and agree to a Higher Education agreement upon hire.
  • Ability to complete 30 hour STARS training within six months of hire.
  • Previous experience working with Native American clientele and understanding of their cultural needs.
  • Ability to obtain the following certificates and licenses with the specified time frame: Blood Borne Pathogens (1 month), First Aid and CPR Certification infant & child (2 months).
  • Successful clearance of Criminal History and Background inquiry
  • Must be physically able to perform job duties, including sitting, standing, bending, crawling, and lifting small children repeatedly.


  • Completion of TB test prior to employment
  • Show proof of MMR immunity
  • Must complete 10 hours of STARS training annually.
  • Must re-certify Food Handlers Permit, and infant & child First Aid and CPR before expiration.
  • Blood Bourne Pathogens training required yearly


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 Andrea Flett

(509) 458-6583 (509) 458-6527  Fax: (509) 458-6556

E-mail:   hrfrontdesk@spokanetribe.com

Applications Must Be Received In The Human Resources Department by 4:30 PM 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