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Ikayuq (Assistant/Helper in Yugtun)

Location:  First Alaskans Institute, Anchorage (Office and Remotely)
Reports to:  Finance Director 
FTE / Wage:  1.0 Regular Full-Time Equivalent / $37,440-$52,000 ($18-$25 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. We embrace the honor of uplifting and growing the leadership advocacy of our peoples to advance our ways of life. The Ikayuq position plays a critical role as the first point of contact for our community and support for our day-to-day operations. This position is anchored in Indigenous Operations – the heartbeat of our efforts – to support the administrative and financial processes throughout FAI endeavors so we can do the work of our peoples and advance our vision, mission, and values of FAI in an Indigenized team environment. 

The Ikayuq provides administrative support services across initiatives with the professional skills necessary to nurture relationships both internally and externally to FAI. A strong Ikayuq enjoys interacting with people, being helpful behind the scenes, supporting and identifying smooth and efficient processes, keeping things organized, jumping in to help with all that needs to be done, and is comfortable being trained in FAI’s dialogue hosting process to help when needed on a range of topics that often include trust-building, racial equity, and intergenerational trauma and healing. 

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

General Performance Capacities Needed for Position 


Education/Work Experience

Minimum of 2 years of experience in administrative support, accounting and/or finance support, and experience in general coordination is necessary. 

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 “Ikayuq”.

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 (PDF): Ikayuq

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