Native Cultural and Language Instructor

Pine Ridge School
Pine Ridge, SD

POSITION TITLE & GRADE: Native Cultural and Language Instructor, CY-0301-03

POSITION INFORMATION: Full time, School Year

SALARY RANGE: $20.93 TO $33.28, Per Hour

LOCATION: Pine Ridge School, Pine Ridge, SD



ISSUE DATE:09/22/2021

CLOSING DATE:10/21/2021 – 4:30 pm, Mountain (DST) Timezone

The Bureau of Indian Education’s mission is to provide quality education opportunities from early childhood through life in accordance with the tribes’ needs for cultural and economic well-being and in keeping with the wide diversity of Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages as distinct cultural and governmental entities. The Department of the Interior (DOI) places a high value on diversity of experience and cultural perspectives and encourages applications from all interested eligible candidates. Diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) are fundamental principles that guide the Department and allow us to successfully achieve our mission.


Incumbent will create and maintain a safe, positive learning environment to ensure the holistic development of each student and staff member through cultural, social, spiritual, physical and academic experience. Incumbent will support the Bureau of Indian Education’s mission, which is to provide high quality education opportunities from early childhood through life while considering a tribe’s need for cultural and economic well-being. In performing this mission, the BIE takes into account the spiritual, mental, physical, and cultural aspects of school-aged children within their family and tribal community. To meet its trust responsibility to Indian Tribes, BIE works to strengthen education opportunities for American Indian students to be successful and competitive globally; to enhance student participation in their tribal communities; and support tribes in nation-building, in development of the next generation of tribal leaders.

The Native Cultural and Language Instructor teaches tribal culture and language to Native American students in the classroom. Instructors plan, design and develop the curriculum and media to be used to provide the instruction. Serves as the resource person on Native culture, history and language at the school. They establish and maintain collaborative and cooperative working relationships with Native traditionalists, school management and education personnel, school staff and other stakeholders.

INDIAN PREFERENCE POLICY: Preference in filling vacancies is given to qualified Indian candidates in accordance with the Indian Preference Act of 1934 (Title 25, USC, Section 472). Verification Form BIA-4432 must be submitted with the application if claiming Indian Preference. Indian preference eligible that are not currently employed in the Federal Service will be appointed under the Excepted Service Appointment Authority (Schedule A). Consideration will be given to Non-Indian applicants in the absence of qualified Indian Preference eligible.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: Within the scope of Indian preference, all candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, sex, age, religion, sexual orientation, national origin or other non-merit factors.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION LANGUAGE: This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify this agency. The decision in granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

Refer to BIE Job Category Standards for additional qualification requirements and substitutions for education. Applicants must meet the qualification requirements contained in the BIE Job Category Standard.

Current South Dakota Educator Certification for Native American Lakota, Dakota, Nakota Language and culture permit .

BIE employees occupying Title 25 positions are required to be fully vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2(COVID-19). Accommodations may be possible.


Once the announcement has closed, all applicants for this position will be rated based upon the extent and quality of their experience, training and/or education as reflected on their resume.  The judgement of qualification will be based on materials submitted, therefore, it is the applicants’ advantage to give complete thorough and complete information in a neat and orderly fashion.

You must be a U.S. citizen to qualify for this position.
Applicant is subject to a favorable background investigation. This is a Non-Critical Moderate Risk Position subject to a favorable adjudicated background investigation.
Subject to a probationary period for equivalent to two (2) academic semesters, which may be extended.
All male applicants born after December 31, 1959, will be required to complete the certification document to confirm their selective service status.
Government Housing is NOT available.
Relocation expenses WILL NOT be paid.
NOTE: Persons submitting incomplete applications will be given credit only for the information they provide. It is the applicant’s responsibility to submit all required documentation in support of their application in order to receive full credit for their Indian Preference, education, training and/or experience. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION WILL NOT BE SOLICITED BY THIS OFFICE.

HOW TO APPLY: To apply for this position, submit a complete Application Package which includes: Applicants must submit a resume or any other written format of the applicant’s choice. Your resume MUST CONTAIN the following:

Vacancy Announcement Number
Job Title
Duties and Accomplishments
Employer’s name and address
Supervisors name and phone number
Starting and ending date (month and year)
Hours per week
High School Graduation/GED information. Month and year graduated or date GED received plus name/location to include city and state.
Complete names and telephone numbers of 3 professional/employer references (must be within the past 5 years). List people who are not related to you and who know your qualifications and fitness for the kind of job for which you are applying.

Other supporting documents: Form BIA 4432, available at Verification of Indian Preference for Employment (PDF), Verification of Indian Preference for employment, is required for claiming Indian Preference. The form must be completed by the appropriate official with the federally recognized tribe where the applicant is enrolled as a member. No other form will be accepted.
OF-306, Declaration of Federal Employment can be located at (will be required upon selection)
Indian Child Protection Requirement Form, must contain original signature and date (will be required upon selection). This position is covered by P.L. 101-647, Indian Children Protection Requirements, and persons convicted of crimes enumerated in the law are not eligible for the position. (2019 version)
Copy of Official College Transcripts can be submitted as verification of post-secondary education. (If selected, applicant must provide Official College Transcripts for final verification and pay setting.)
Form GSA 3607, Motor Vehicle Operator’s License and Driving Record, available at:, (USE NONFILLABLE PDF VERSION). Optional during the application process; however, selectee will be required to submit as part of the pre-appointment process.
Copy of most recent SF-50, Notification of personnel Action, for current or former Federal employees to indicate prior Federal service and/or highest previous rate.
DD214 (member copy 4) for consideration of service credit for leave purposes.
Applicant’s qualifications will be evaluated solely on the information submitted by them in their applications.

Applications become part of the official record and will not be duplicated or returned.
This office will accept telefaxed applications.
Applications mailed using Government postage and/or envelopes are in violation of OPM and postal regulations and not be considered.
E-mailed applications/resumes will NOT be accepted.
Applications and all accompanying documents must be received by 10/21/2021 – 4:30 pm, Mountain (DST).

SCHOOL MAILING ADDRESS: Pine Ridge School P.O. Box 1202 Pine Ridge, SD 57770


FOR INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael Carlow, Principal, (605) 867-5198

For VERIFICATION of our receipt of your application-resume, please contact: Michael Carlow, Principal, (605) 867-5198

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