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Position Description

Gyedm si ndzox (One who makes camp in Sm’algyax)
Indigenous Leadership Continuum Coordinator

Location: First Alaskans Institute (FAI), Anchorage

Reports to: Indigenous Leadership Continuum Director

FTE / Wage: 1.0 Regular Full-Time Equivalent / $41,000-$54,000 ($20-$26 hourly, DOE)

FSLA Designation: Non-exempt

Core Purpose of this Role

The work of First Alaskans Institute (FAI) for our Native community is rich and varied. To advance our ways of life, we embrace the honor of uplifting and growing the leadership and advocacy of our peoples. The Gyedm si ndzox role supports these aspects of our work by partnering with the Indigenous Leadership Continuum (ILC) Director to implement leadership development programs that catalyze the power of our peoples at all stages of life. 

The Gyedm si ndzox requires adaptability and foresight to coordinate and help steward ILC programs such as our internship, fellowships, and Elder & Youth conference with a good attitude and grounded in love of our peoples. The Gyedm si ndzox embodies the core ILC principle of walking alongside our people to uplift, amplify, and strengthen their inherent and collective responsibility to this place and each other. Critical to this position is a strong foundation in community development, event planning, a high level of efficiency, autonomy, follow-through, and contribution to a dynamic team focused on advancing our Native community.

A strong Gyedm si ndzox loves supporting others, brings good energy and creativity into nurturing a welcoming environment for our community; one who connects well individually and in large groups, shares and is open to knowledge and constructive feedback, models Indigenous values, and is interested in learning and promoting our ways of life. This is an excellent role for a person who enjoys meeting new people, nurturing ongoing relationships, has a keen eye for detail and enjoys administrative responsibilities. 

We look to all members of our team for positive and professional attitudes, as well as a strong work ethic that exemplifies the high expectations of our Native values. Essential to our team approach is finding members who are the right fit and bring the flexibility, capacity, passion, and experience necessary to contribute to the work we are honored to do for our Native community.

All FAI staff members are expected to grow their understanding of and advocacy for our Native peoples, including addressing social justice issues that face our communities, intergenerational trauma and healing, and uplifting our relationships, cultures, and languages. It is imperative that candidates for any of FAI’s positions be aware of and willing to do their own personal work in this area in order to be prepared and ensure their work for FAI is culturally and professionally grounded.

Duties and Responsibilities


Education & Work Experience

Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of two years’ experience working in relevant fields is preferred. Equivalent experience and skills may be substituted for the bachelor’s degree and other requirements 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 “Gyedm si ndzox”.

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. 

Download the position description: Gyedm si ndzox

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