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Director of Indian Education

at Bernalillo Public Schools

Posted: 9/28/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 3213

Job Description



General Job Description:

The Director of Indian Education advocates for and communicates the needs of Native American students in the district and develops programs and services designed to meet the needs of tribal parents and children. This position will build relationships between the school district, tribal communities and tribal education departments. This position also works to facilitate appropriate educational opportunities. This position is responsible to ensure adherence to all federal, state, and local laws regarding the education and adequacy of programs for Native students.  

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Engage in activities to improve communication and collaboration between the school district, tribal education departments, and tribal communities.
  1. Work collaboratively with district programs (Special Education, Curriculum & Instruction, Bilingual, Etc.) to ensure that all Native American students are provided with an adequate education and post-secondary preparation opportunities.
  2. Work collaboratively with district programs (Special Education, Curriculum & Instruction, Bilingual, Etc.) to ensure that at-risk students are provided with adequate programs and services.
  3. Oversee college and career-readiness programs in the district for at-risk students.
  4. Grant writing, maintain and improve funding of programs; write timely narratives and submit statistical and financial reports for each grant program.
  5. Provide written/oral reports to parents, students, and Tribal Administrators.
  6. Create and oversee distribution of the BPS annual Tribal Education Status Report (TESR)
  7. Ensure that schools have the necessary resources, instructional materials, and curriculum to provide opportunities for a sufficient education for all Native American students including those at-risk.
  8. Ensure that Native American students have access to opportunities to gain a sufficient knowledge of economic, social, and political systems to enable the students to make informed choices.
  9. Ensure that Native American students have access to opportunities to gain a sufficient understanding of government processes to enable the student to understand the issues that affect his or her community, state, and nation.
  10. Ensure that Native American students have access to opportunities to gain a sufficient grounding in the arts to enable each student to appreciate his or her cultural and historical heritage.
  11. Serve as a resource for all matters related to culturally informed curriculum and the adoption of approved materials.
  12. Network and establish business partnerships with federal, state, and local institutions for enhanced educational services.
  13. Provide leadership and support for schools and departments to implement culturally-based research best instructional practices and approved Keres language programs.
  14. Serve as a resource for the district’s professional development program, supporting district and school 90-day plans and quality instruction.
  15. Prepare and modify budgets, student counts, and reports as required by grants, state, or other reporting.
  16. Identify and pursue grants that will support adequacy in programs and services for at-risk students.
  17. Oversee department budgets, student counts, and verification.
  18. Oversee district efforts to adhere to NM Legislation (including but not limited to SB250 and HB5).
  19. Perform other duties as directed by supervisor.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

Indian Education programs and staff.


  1. BS/BA in Education Administration, Education, or a closely related field required: Master’s Degree preferred.
  2. A Current New Mexico Administrator’s license is preferred but not required.
  3. Must be knowledgeable about Indian Education/Pueblo history, best practices, pedagogy, and ideologies.
  4. Three years’ experience in classroom is preferred.
  5. Knowledge of Federal, Tribal, and State Laws and Policies as well as available programs.
  6. Experience with planning, development, and implementation of policy, regulations, guidelines and procedures pertaining to Indian Education programs.
  7. Demonstrated experience with grant writing and data collection.
  8. Enhanced advocacy skills to assist Tribal families with the school district processes and/or IEP process.
  9. Successful experience with the creation of Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs).
  10. Keres language speaker preferred.

Physical Requirements:

Sitting, standing, lifting and carrying (up to 50 pounds), climbing stairs, reaching, squatting, kneeling, having full mobility of fingers/hands, and moving light furniture may be required, unless ADA accommodations have been mutually agreed on and does not create an undue hardship upon the district.

Safety and Health:

Knowledge of universal hygiene precautions (blood borne pathogens, body fluids, etc.)

Equipment/Material Handled:

Must know how to properly operate, or be willing to learn to operate, multi-media equipment including current technology as needed.

Work Environment:

Must be able to work within various degrees of noise and temperature.  Interruptions of work are routine.

Flexibility and patience are required.  Must be self-motivated and able to complete job assignments without direct supervision.  After hours work may be required.  May need to make site visits when required.  May work under stressful conditions on occasion.

Terms of Employment:

237 Day Contract

* All BPS Positions are Dependent on Funding

Primary Location: District Office

Shift Type: Full-Time

Job Contact Information
Name Tamie Pargas
Title Deputy Superintendent

Applications will be accepted beginning
Friday, August 30, 2019 12:00 AM
(Central Standard Time)