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Ikayuq (Assistant/Helper)

Location: First Alaskans Institute, Anchorage (Office and Remotely)
Reports to: Vice President & Indigenous Operations Director
FTE / Wage: 1.0 Regular Full-Time Equivalent / DOE 
FSLA Designation: Non-Exempt

Core Purpose of this Role

The Ikayuq (“Assistant/Helper” in Yugtun, the language of the Yup’ik people) position plays a critical role within the First Alaskans Institute (FAI) team as the first point of contact for the community, supporting day-to-day Indigenous Operations and providing support throughout our various initiatives (Indigenous Operations, Alaska Native Policy Center, Indigenous Leadership Continuum, and Community Engagement). This position is anchored in Indigenous Operations – the heartbeat of our efforts – circulating administrative and financial process support through all FAI endeavors so we can do the work of our peoples and advance our vision, mission, and values of FAI in anIndigenized team environment.

To effectively advance our vision and mission, the organization must run smoothly. The Ikayuq providesadministrative support services across initiatives with the professional skills necessary to nurture relationships both internally and externally to FAI. This position is an excellent role for a person who enjoys: working with people, being helpful behind the scenes, supporting smooth and efficient processes, keeping things organized, jumping in to help with all that needs to be done, is able to cross-train across positions, 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. This position is designed for a person who is excited to be part of a team focused on Indigenizing our work and advancing our Native community.

We look to the Ikayuq for a great and professional attitude, 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. The Ikayuq must have access to a personal cell phone andinternet in order to effectively work virtually and/or in person.

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, andexperience in general coordination is necessary.

FAI is a dynamic organization changing as needed to best address its goals. This job description isrepresentative 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.

Non-exempt / Regular / Full-time
Salary range: $18.00 – $23.00 per hour (DOE)

To Apply

Submit the following current information to [email protected]:

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

First Alaskans Institute

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