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Gyedm si ndzox (Person that Makes Camp)
Indigenous Leadership Continuum Coordinator

Location: First Alaskans Institute (FAI), Statewide & Anchorage (Office and Remotely)
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 Gyedm si ndzox (“person that makes camp” in Sm’algyax, the language of the Ts’msyen people) position works closely with the Indigenous Leadership Continuum Director (ILC). This position is inspired by the detailed planning, gathering, support, and decisions that must be made when our Alaska Native people go to camp to gather and process food that will sustain our families and communities, as well as the other labor intensive work that must be done to coordinate our community traditions that bring our people together to celebrate our ways of life. This position will host gatherings, maintain relationships and connections with our participants, and support programs that catalyze and fortify the life-long leadership of our people guided by our Native ways of being, diverse cultures, languages, and ways of knowing. A core ILC operational principle the Gyedm si ndzox helps operationalize is that we walk alongside our people, and from a rites of passage approach, help to uplift, amplify, and strengthen their inherent leadership that comes from our collective responsibility to this place and each other. 

The ILC provides opportunities to grow thriving leaders who can bring the best of who they are into serving our peoples and communities, no matter what role or capacity they are in.  We constantly seek ways to indigenize leadership through professional, personal, and cultural development, for the betterment of our collective wellbeing.  We strengthen leadership by growing networks, connecting with diverse leaders, knowledge, language, and culture bearers, and practitioners across the state, and support this growth within our participants. We embolden leadership to engage in critical thinking, action, and discourse, ready to enact solutions driven by our peoples and communities. We advance inter-generational healing as a journey, along with healthy conflict resolution skills as core elements of supporting leaders who can respond meaningfully to their communities.  Our curriculum shares our true history and supports leaders to be grounded and strong through the foundation of their cultural and community knowledge. We prepare our leaders for advocacy by sharing knowledge about the processes at the Tribal, state, and federal governments and providing opportunities to engage in various forums as leaders. Current ILC programs include our FAI Annual Statewide Elders & Youth Conference, Summer Internship Program, Al Adams Young Political Leader Fellowship, Public Policy Fellowship, Rural Governance Fellowship, and First Nations’ Futures Program. Gyedm si ndzox helps bring this to life.

A successful Gyedm si ndzox will be an auntie- or uncle-like person that loves supporting others, brings good energy and creativity into providing a welcoming environment, connects one-on-one with individuals as well as with large groups, shares knowledge and constructive feedback, role 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 with alumni and organizations, has a keen eye for detail and enjoys administrative responsibilities. Critical to this position is a strong foundation in community development, event planning, a high level of efficiency, autonomy and follow-through, while being able to effectively contribute to a dynamic team focused on advancing our Native community. This position requires adaptability and foresight to develop, manage, and implement ILC programs and create new ways of serving our community with a good attitude and love of our peoples. 

We look to the Gyedm si ndzox to uplift our ways of life and show love to our community while efficiently completing tasks to maintain our programming efforts. 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. The Gyedm si ndzox must have reliable access to a personal cell phone and internet in order to effectively work remotely and/or in person.

Duties and Responsibilities

General Performance Capacities Needed for Position


Education & Work Experience

Bachelor’s degree with experience in event planning, community engagement, teambuilding, administrative work, or communications is preferred. Creative or technical writing experience, with strong communication and organization skills necessary. Equivalent educational and professional experience may be substituted as deemed appropriate by FAI to fulfill the requirements of this role.

First Alaskans Institute 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 the responsibilities, advertise the job and identify performance measures and potential training needs.

To Apply 
Submit the following current information to [email protected]:

* 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.

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