Required Qualifications: BA/BS degree plus 2 years professional experience, or 6 years combined equivalent education and experience. Excellent Ojibwe language skills and a demonstrated commitment to the Ojibwe community and the Ojibwe language. Experience in documenting and/or teaching the Ojibwe language, or in other areas of Ojibwe language revitalization. Have a fundamental knowledge of the workings of Ojibwe word class, word stem classification, and other phenomena related to Ojibwe morphology and discourse. Comfort in a digital environment and experience in learning and deploying a variety of software. Excellent organizational skills.
Preferred Qualifications: Master’s degree in linguistics, or equivalent knowledge and experience. Familiarity with linguistic description of Ojibwe language structure and discourse. Experience with database or content management systems. Demonstrated ability to prioritize and balance multiple tasks and responsibilities. Ability to work well and communicate effectively (both verbally and in writing) with diverse populations, including elders and other members of Indigenous communities, co-workers, faculty, and students. Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team setting, and to supervise a research/technical assistant. Strong writing skills to include proofing, editing, and presentation layouts. Grant-writing experience.
Duties: Maintain and expand the online Ojibwe People’s Dictionary (https://ojibwe.lib.umn.edu). The Ojibwe People's Dictionary is a searchable, talking Ojibwe-English dictionary that features the voices of Ojibwe speakers. A continually expanding resource for Ojibwe language and culture, the Ojibwe People's Dictionary is heavily used by language speakers, learners, and teachers across Anishinaabewaki.
The editor will guide the dictionary’s growth by maintaining the current dictionary; adding entries to the dictionary; identifying existing audio files to illustrate language usage or work with Ojibwe speakers to obtain or create such audio files; exploring ways of updating file and website formats and implementing changes as needed; maintaining good relations with Ojibwe speakers and teachers in order to obtain needed guidance and audio; seeking resources and grants to ensure the long-term growth and viability of the dictionary. The editor is expected to work closely with the retiring founding editor (who will provide training) and to work with a graduate student research assistant.
The editor will also work under the supervision and guidance of the Ojibwe People’s Dictionary Editing Board which will provide consultation and/or support, if needed, in order to maintain the accuracy and overall quality of the Ojibwe People’s Dictionary.
The editor will teach one course per year in Ojibwe language.
Internal Number: 336384
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