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Kickapoo Human Resources

Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas
Human Resources Mission Statement

The Human Resource Department will serve as administrative strategic partner with our employees, and individuals seeking employment opportunities with the Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas. We will provide leadership and guidance in the development, implementation, and equable administration of policies and procedures, thus fostering a positive work environment.

The mission of Human Resources is to support our right to practice Indian Preference, while maintaining confidentiality and our promise of fair treatment, accountability while promoting and supporting recruiting strategies, as well as collaborating with departments to create a high performing, diverse workforce.

Our Vision

The Human Resources Department is a resource for the Kickapoo Reservation Community and is recognized as a dynamic team of knowledgeable professionals who impact and promote equity and fair human relations throughout the tribal organization. We will seek and provide solutions to workplace issues that support and optimize the operating principles of the Kickapoo Tribe.

Human Resources Director: Jona Rupnicki

Duties are to oversee the Kickapoo Human Resource Department and staff. Responsibilities are to interpret, develop, and support written personnel policies and procedures. For further questions, please call toll-free (877) 864-2746, extension 246, or email Jona.Rupnicki@ktik-nsn.gov

Job Announcements Updated 06/15/2015

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Submit resume and application to:
(A completed Employment Application form must be submitted in order to be considered.)
Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas
Attn: Human Resources Department
1107 Goldfinch Road
Horton, KS 66439
Or email to Jona.Rupnicki@ktik-nsn.gov

Phone: 785-486-2131 ext. 246
Fax: 785-486-2277
Indian Preference is exercised.



Title: Director of Human Resources

Reports to: Tribal Chairman

Exempt Status: Exempt

Location: Kickapoo Reservation in Kansas

Primary Duties and Responsibilities: This full-time management position works under the direction of the Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director and is responsible for the overall successful administration of the Human Resources Department of the Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas. The Director shall provide technical assistance to CEO/ED, Tribal Council, committees, and management staff on Federal, State, and Tribal employment laws and regulations as they pertain to the Tribal government operations. The Director of Human Resources shall be a part of the administrative team representing the Tribe in all labor relations issues.

The Director shall be responsible for all employment matters from recruitment, selection, classification, compensation, benefits such as retirement and medical, training, employee development, compliance with Indian Preference and other Tribal employment ordinances, career counseling, employee relations, adverse actions, disciplinary counseling, organizational analysis & development, and interpretation and application of Tribal employment policies and procedures.

The Director of Human Resources shall be responsible for the development, implementation, and administration of an effective and successful employee policy manual.

This position shall maintain a high level of communication and work cooperatively with other departments and programs. This position shall perform all other related duties as assigned by the immediate supervisor.

Required Education/Experience Requirements:

  • B.A. Degree in Human Resources, Business, or other related field.
  • At least two (2) years successful supervisory experience with two (2) or more staff.
  • Must have at least five (5) years of successful experience in Human Resources.
  • Must have superior working knowledge of Tribal, Federal, and State employment laws and regulations as they pertain to a Tribal operation.
  • Successful working knowledge developing and implementing a full employee benefits package including retirement, health/medical, 401k, ERISA, COBRA.
  • Demonstrated successful work experience with tribal government agencies.
  • Experiences in the development and implementation of personnel policies and procedures.
  • Able to provide training to managers, supervisors, and employees on various employment topics.
  • Experience in developing, managing, and administering annual operating budgets.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with superiors & subordinate staff, other programs & departments, public and private officials, and general public.
  • Maintain adherence to confidentiality policies and practices.
  • Experience with employee relations, employee benefits programs
  • Understanding of Tribal sovereignty as it relates to Federal, State, local laws, ordinances, and regulations, especially in labor laws and other matters of employment within a Tribal operation.
  • Working knowledge of employee drug testing programs.
  • Experiences dealing with disciplinary actions up to and including terminations.
  • Highly developed organizational and communication skills, computer skills, and skill dealing with the public.

Other Requirements:

  • Must be able to pass a criminal history background check, be bondable, and eligible to obtain a valid Kansas State Drivers License and be insurable under the Tribe’s vehicle insurance policy.
  • Must pass an initial drug test and participate in a random drug-testing program of the Tribe.

Drug-free Workplace Policy: The Kickapoo Tribe In Kansas is committed to a drug-free work environment and requires all employees to participate in an employee drug-testing program as a condition of employment.

Indian Preference Policy: Preference in filling vacancies is given to qualified Indian candidates in accordance with Indian Preference Act of 1934 (Title 25, USC, Section 472). Verification must be submitted with the application if claiming Indian Preference. Consideration will be given to non-Indian applications in absence of qualified Indian Preference eligible.

Privacy Act: The Director of Human Resources must comply with all requirements and provisions of Subpart D, of 43 CFR, Part 2, which implements the Privacy Act (5USC 552a) (i)(l).

Opening date: 06/29/2015, Closing date: 07/14/2015

Position Title: Head Start Nutrition Provider
Reports to: Head Start Director
Status: Non-exempt — 42 Weeks
Position Purpose: To ensure the compliance of the performance standards in the preparation, storage, and cleanup of meals provided to/by Head Start. Develop and maintain required records and systems, assure food delivery to classrooms and prepare meals per USDA and Head Start standards.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

Performance Indicators Food Production/Preparation (50%)

  • Direct the preparation of breakfast, lunch, and snacks a day that meet Head Start and USDA nutrition requirements.
  • Plan work schedule so that food production flows smoothly
  • Develop and follow standardized recipes, and use portion control methods, including the weighing of meal components.
  • Ensure that meals are prepared on schedule.
  • Use initiative, judgment, and creativity in seasoning food, estimating amounts to be prepared, utilizing leftovers, and preparing attractive food.
  • Use food production and food storage procedures that are acceptable to Brown County Health Department.
  • Maintain daily menu production records.
  • Prepare monthly menus for program and monthly food lists for parent meetings.
  • Prepare EVCO weekly food lists.
  • Assist in maintaining Special Diet list with other staff
  • Track and assist in ordering food and non-food items and receipts of food service venders
  • Reconcile weekly inventory of food and supplies.
  • Assist with reconciliation of Daily Meal Count with Attendance Record.
  • Assist in reconciliation of invoices as requested.

Kitchen Operation/Food Prep/Clean Up (40%)

  • Responsible for efficient main kitchen operation including giving direction to substitute nutrition providers.
  • Ensure that the kitchen operation needs, issues or problems are communicated to the Director in a timely and professional manner.
  • Respond efficiently and appropriately to the unexpected (staff shortages,
    equipment malfunctions etc.) while maintaining strict meal schedules
  • Prepare high quality, high quantity nutritional food, following standardized recipes as directed by Food Service Manager.
  • Assist in receiving orders from vendors, ensuring that proper items have been delivered.
  • Adhere to sanitation and safety procedures prescribed for the Head Start kitchens, i.e. proper food temperatures, storage and preparation guidelines.
  • Assemble food, dishes, utensils and supplies needed for timely meal preparation.
  • Prepare and sort food for meals.
  • Wash dishes pots, pans and utensils using approved sanitation methods.
  • Return all items to their proper storage site.
  • Complete routine maintenance of kitchen and equipment, including weekly deep cleaning.
  • Develop and test standardized recipes, using portion control methods, including weighing of meal components.

Minor Job Responsibilities (10%)

  • Maintain good personal appearance and hygiene.
  • Take monthly food inventory and place order for items needed; give copy to Nutrition Specialist.
  • Plan and complete routine cleaning and maintenance of kitchen and equipment.
  • Wash utensils and dishes as necessary.
  • Keep records of food purchases and record quantities of foods prepared on a daily basis.
  • Supervise volunteers.
  • Help to integrate the kitchen into Head Start programs by participating in nutrition education activities.
  • Maintain a cooperative working relationship with Head Start staff and parents.
  • Communicate and problem solve with Nutrition Specialist
  • Attend in-service training and staff meetings.
  • Order and pick up misc. supplies as needed.
  • Perform other duties as requested.


  • Work cooperatively with Head Start staff, families, and food service delivery staff
  • All communications are potentially sensitive and are subject to Head Start's policy on confidentiality.

Knowledge/Skills/Experience Required

  • Previous experience in a large-scale food production operation.
  • Ability to work independently and supervise volunteers.
  • Knowledge of quantity food preparation, equipment, and food purchasing.
  • Reliable transportation.
  • Skill in handling sensitive situations and information in a professional manner.
  • Must have a valid Driver's License
  • CPR/First Aide certified

Employment conditional upon results of the following:

  • Passing Criminal History Registry
  • Passing Drug Screen
  • Recent Physical, Negative TB Test and Up-to-Date on Immunizations
  • Physical/Mental Abilities and Processes
  • Regular kneeling, stooping and bending.
  • Frequent lifting up to 501bs.
  • Frequent decisions to assure compliance with performance standards.

Position information:

  • 10 months
  • Supervised by Nutrition Specialist

Title: Health & Wellness Coordinator
Position: Fulltime
Position Location: Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas
Supervisor: Tribal Administrator/KHW Project Director

Position Overview: The Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas seeks a full-time Health and Wellness Coordinator to work with Tribal entities to ensure outcomes of the CDC-funded A Comprehensive Approach to Promoting Health and Wellness in Indian Country are met. The Health and Wellness Coordinator will deliver interventions and inform policies that increase the availability and use of traditional and other healthy foods and beverages; provide opportunities for physical activity; reduce exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke; and provide culturally relevant health education throughout the community. The Coordinator will work in partnership with the University of Kansas Center for Public Partnerships to evaluate the project. This position will organize, plan, and collaborate with project partners and connect with other community-based organizations supporting health and wellness of members of the Kickapoo Tribe.

General Description:

  • Provides day-to-day coordination of Kickapoo Health and Wellness activities
  • Promote the health and wellness of members of the Kickapoo Tribe of Kansas
  • Develop, implement, and maintain the Kickapoo Health and Wellness strategic plan based on the Tribe’s Community Health Assessment Survey results
  • Coordination with the Kickapoo Diabetes Coalition for the delivery of public health education and intervention
  • Deliver evidence-based prevention services and public health education as appropriate, based on training and qualifications
  • Assure provisions of the evidence-based practices are being maintained
  • Work closely with tribal partners, including the health clinic, Head Start/Early Head Start, Kickapoo Social Services, and Tribal Council to address policy barriers to community well-being
  • Identify, support and maintain primary partners around health and wellness for the entire Kickapoo population, including children and adults
  • Coordinate with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment on the Kansas Healthy Tribes 2020 Initiative
  • Collect and report data on Kickapoo Health and Wellness activities, in partnership with the KU Center for Public Partnerships
  • Participate in required monthly calls with Federal Funding Agency
  • Establish relationship with multiple organizations and guide interagency collaborations with various community-based organizations and public health services.

Minimum Qualifications:
Bachelor degree and/or Master degree (preferred) in health education, public health, nursing, social work, or related field. At least 2 years of experience coordinating public or community health programs. Experience should include working knowledge of diabetes, obesity, chronic heart disease prevention, as well as the community resources available to address these issues. A successful applicant will also have experience with community organizing and health program planning, development, and implementation.

Note: equivalent combinations of education and experience may be considered.

Title: Registered Nurse

Position: Full Time / Exempt

Location: Kickapoo Health Clinic

Supervisor: Health Clinic Director

Job Summary: This individual is responsible for ensuring the well-being of patients and for providing a positive, supportive environment of care for patients. Provide nursing care to patients as specified in the SDPI-Competitive Grant Program, and Project LAUNCH program; and includes primary responsibility for providing outpatient nursing care and education for community members of the Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas.

Position Title: Child Family Advocate
Full Time

Position Summary: To assist the Early Head Start program by providing services focusing on the promotion of moving families/individuals through the poverty cycle to personal self-sufficiency. To educate parents of enrolled children in the Home Based Early Head Start Program in different aspects of child and family development. Promote and support Part B: Early Childhood Development/Health and Part C: Family/Community Partnerships of the Head Start Performance Standards.

Position Title: Child Development Specialist
Full Time

Position Summary: To provide a successful, safe and supervised educational setting for children while they are in the Head Start environment (classroom, outdoor play area, and field trips). To promote the social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development of Head Start children. Encourage parent involvement in all aspects of the program. To support individual goals for children, provide on-going assessment on progress and facilitate transition into kindergarten.
To provide training and resources that will support staff and parents in working effectively with children with disabilities. Manage the work plans to provide service to children with disabilities. Ensure individualization for all children through screenings and ongoing assessments.

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