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Indigenous Knowledge Advocate

Location: First Alaskans Institute, Statewide & Anchorage (Office and Remotely)
Reports to: Alaska Native Policy Center Director 
FTE / Wage: 1.0 Regular Full-Time Equivalent / $52,000-$62,000 ($25-$29.80 hourly, DOE)
FSLA Designation: Non-Exempt

Core Purpose of this Role

With 10,000+ years of intimate Indigenous knowledge and stewardship methods as self-sustaining peoples, we have much to draw upon from our ancestral connections to collectively advance as peoples in today’s context. The Indigenous Knowledge Advocate speaks to the hearts and minds of the Alaska Native and broader Alaskan community on the issues we care about by both identifying and uplifting critical Indigenous knowledge, research, and analysis, and producing technical and culturally relatable content that shapes the knowledge that informsdecision-making for our communities and peoples.

The Advocate will help our community relate to and understand complex issues and systems for theadvancement of our ways of life by applying an Indigenous lens to creating or analyzing data and information about Native peoples – and indigenizing the ways information is being collected, analyzed, used and shared – in order to advance our self-determination, cultures, languages, and ways of living, being, and knowing.

A strong Indigenous Knowledge Advocate deeply loves our peoples and works in service of amplifying our voices and ways of transmitting knowledge. This is an ideal position for someone who loves to write and think expansively about how we uplift our peoples’ stories and wisdom, and proactively seeks opportunities to make space andinclude our peoples’ voices on the issues that impact us.

We look to the Indigenous Knowledge Advocate for a work ethic that exemplifies our Native peoples and effectively contributes to an indigenous team environment that embodies the strength and knowledge of our peoples, values, and cultures. Essential to this team approach are members who are the right fit and bring the capacity and experience that contributes to our ability to succeed in our work for our Native community.

Duties and Responsibilities


Education/Work Experience

Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of one-year experience with Indigenous and/or qualitative research methods, storytelling and Indigenous evaluation preferred. Creative or technical writing experience, with strong communication and organization skills necessary. Equivalent educational and professional experience may besubstituted 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 “Indigenous Knowledge Advocate”.

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

First Alaskans Institute

Progress for the next 10,000 years…

True to identity, heritage, and values, Alaska Natives are informed and engaged in leading the decisions that shape the future.

Download the position description: Indigenous Knowledge Advocate