Tribal Education Director


Job Location     Tribal Administration Office - Anza, CA

Position Type   Full Time

Job Shift              Day

Position:         Education Director
Department:   Education Department
Salary:            $25/hr. or DOE
Reports To:    Tribal Administrator

SUMMARY: The primary function of the Education Director is to provide administrative oversight, management, and advocate for the Tribes education needs. This position will manage the American Rescue Plan Act Aid to Tribal Governments funding to implement an immersion childcare/pre-school/after-school learning center. Including the development of a childcare license, developing standards, and policies and procedures for the program. Will supervise the Education Coordinators, Childcare Workers, and Program Cook. Additional duties include evaluation and development of education programs and funding opportunities such as Early Head Start, Child Care Development Funds, and HHS-Administration for Native Americans. The Tribal Education Director is responsible for Education Departments program development, planning, annual operating budget preparation, contract and grant development, negotiations, supervision of grant implementation, monitoring, and reporting.


  • Administrate and manage all Cahuilla Tribal Education programs in compliance with State and Federal laws and grant requirements, as directed by the Tribal Administrator
  • Uphold, implement, and adhere to Cahuilla Tribal policies, laws, and regulations as approved by the Cahuilla General Council
  • Responsible to provide ongoing supervision of Cahuilla Tribal Education program staff, including leadership towards program alignment for seamless education services for children and families
  • Prepare all necessary annual operating program budgets
  • Prepare and submit annual, quarterly, and monthly programmatic and grant reports to granting agencies, tribal administration, and Tribal Council
  • Enhance current Tribal Education Programs through increased funding, educational opportunities, and program development
  • Responsible for the development and implementation of education department program policies and procedures
  • Support and supervise the development and implementation of program policies
  • Work closely with Tribal and local school districts for seamless services to enhance and expand services. Advocate on behalf of the Tribes sovereignty rights in education
  • Work closely with the Tribes youth and cultural departments and committees in program development
  • At the request of the Cahuilla Tribal Council or Tribal Administrator, represent the Cahuilla Tribe at meetings, conferences, community gatherings, and other occasions deemed appropriate


  • Working history of grant/contract writing, negotiating and implementation
  • Experience completing, monitoring, and reporting grant requirements and deliverables
  • Excellent understanding of Tribal Sovereignty, Government to Government relationships and PL 280
  • Demonstrate experience in education and early childhood education program planning and development including long and short-term strategic planning
  • Recent working history of preparing annual budgets and presentation of annual budgets to Tribal Council or General Council
  • Possess excellent organizational skills and rigorous oral and written communication skills
  • Experience working with education systems including early intervention or special education programs
  • Demonstrate experience working with County, State, and Federal agencies for the purpose of advancing Tribal education, early childhood education, and family services
  • Possess a good understanding of laws and licensing requirements for childcare standards
  • Ability to foster and support staff educations and learning for professional development
  • Possess expertise and experience in Tribal communities supporting culturally relevant and culturally responsive programs and services


  • Minimum of a bachelors degree in Education Administration or related field
  • Five years recent working experience in education administration or early childhood education administration in a Tribal community
  • Must possess a valid California State Drivers License
  • Must obtain CPR/First Aid certification

To qualify for this position, all minimum requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.


  • Work schedule is 40 hours per week
  • This is a full-time position
  • Tasks are performed mostly indoors in an office environment
  • May be required to push, pull, lift, and/or carry up to 40 pounds


  • Background Investigation
  • Pre-employment Drug Screening

Preference in employment is provided to qualified Native American applicants. After providing Native preference in employment as allowed by Federal law, Cahuilla Band of Indians strives to be an equal opportunity employer dedicated to the policy of nondiscrimination based on race, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, veteran status or any other non-job-related factor.