REPORTS TO: Dakota Studies Program Director
TOUR OF DUTY: Grant Funded Position
The primary duties and responsibilities of this position is the implementation of the Kaksiza Caŋhdeṡka or “Hoop Hollow” Center for Dakota Linguistics, funded by the National Science Foundation. The Linguist will also assist the Dakota Studies Program. Incumbent will be required to study the Dakota language, which includes language documentation and the ethnographical components necessary to support language revitalization. The Kaksiza Caŋhdeṡka Center, and the Linguist, are responsible for documenting the evolution of the Dakota language. This includes creating phonemic transcriptions, morpheme glosses, clause-level translations, and annotator notes of important anthropological phenomenon.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Understanding job or program specifications and completing all language translations, interpretations, analyses, and research.
2. Identifies and makes sense of language patterns.
3. Analyzes documents and texts and translates complex information into simple language.
4. Studies the Dakota language, culture, and societies; works with fluent first language Dakota speakers and elders on language documentation.
5. Provides training and supervision to the Dakota Language Learners and Interns.
6. Demonstrates an understanding of Dakota Wicohan, its ethics and principles.
7. Complies with all College, Tribal, and Federal policies, regulations, and laws that govern the college.
8. Performs other duties as assigned.
• Master’s Degree in Linguistics; a candidate with a Master’s Degree in Native American Studies or related discipline with an emphasis in Linguistics (which could include holding a bachelor’s degree in linguistics) would be considered.
• Must have excellent communication and active listening skills.
• Must complete SWC’s Dakota Language courses within an appropriate timeframe or demonstrate an existing high level of proficiency in the language.
• Demonstrate knowledge of federally funded grant management, policies and regulations, along with a working knowledge of basic accounting and budgetary practices.
• Prior teaching experience.
• Excellent planning, organizational, and time management skills (including punctuality).
• Ability to work well as a team player.
• Displays high standards of ethical conduct. Conducts oneself with Dakota Wicohan.
• Works with minimal supervision. Demonstrates responsible behavior and attention to detail.