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Position Description
Indigenous Storytelling & Communications Strategist

Location: First Alaskans Institute (FAI), Anchorage

Reports to: Vice President

FTE / Wage: 1.0 Regular Full-Time Equivalent / $65,000-$75,000, DOE

FSLA Designation: Exempt

Core Purpose of this Role

The Indigenous Storytelling & Communications Strategist (‘Strategist’) thoughtfully and creatively engages the community in our work through our communications, marketing and media relations and as a primary point of contact for First Alaskans Institute (FAI). This vital position expertly conveys the work of FAI and the priorities of our Alaska Native communities across a wide variety of platforms and mediums including targeted public advocacy campaigns, and the creation of digital, web and print content, among other responsibilities. This role is integral to sharing the stories of our work to increase awareness of the opportunities and challenges faced within Alaska Native communities.

Recognizing that the work of FAI is rich and varied, the Strategist will provide the vision and professional skills necessary to engage across all of our initiatives to proactively implement a communications plan that uplifts the stories of our work, engages our community in the opportunities we offer, and advances the priorities outlined within our Strategic and Work Plans.

This is an excellent role for an independent and highly detail-oriented person who is passionate about the beauty of our Alaska Native peoples and enjoys utilizing creative expression to share our work in ways that are meaningful, engaging and inspiring with the community. A strong Strategist has a curious, strategic, and culturally based spirit, deeply loves our peoples, and works in service of connecting others to the work of FAI.  

Critical to this position is a high level of efficiency, autonomy and follow-through with adaptability to develop, manage, and implement Indigenized communication and marketing strategies that exemplify our Native peoples within a team that uplifts, supports, and utilizes our cultural and organizational values. All FAI staff members are expected to actively grow their understanding of and advocacy for our Native peoples, including addressing social justice issues facing our communities, understanding intergenerational trauma and healing, and uplifting our cultural practices and knowledge. Essential to this team approach are members who are the right fit and bring the capacity and experience that contribute to our ability to succeed in our work for and with our Native community. 

Duties and Responsibilities


Education & Work Experience

Bachelor’s degree or a higher degree/professional certification in communications, journalism, English, marketing and the like with a minimum of 2 years of experience in progressive communications oversight preferred. Equivalent educational and professional experience may be substituted as deemed appropriate by FAI to fulfill the requirements of this role. 

Equipment and License needs

All FAI staff must have reliable access to a personal cell phone, internet and a valid state driver’s license to effectively work no matter where they are.  

To Apply

Our streamlined application requirements are as follows and constitute a complete* application:

*Incomplete application packets will not be considered. Please email your complete application packet to [email protected] with the subject “Indigenous Storytelling & Communications Strategist”.

Applications accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until position is filled.

FAI is a dynamic organization changing as needed to best address its goals. This job description is representative of duties at a moment in time and is intended as a “living document” updated periodically to reflect changes in job responsibilities and/or emphasis. It is not intended or implied to be an employment contract but is a method of communication to explain responsibilities, advertise the job, identify performance measures and potential training needs. 

First Alaskans Institute requires employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of hire.