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Community Programs

Director of Cultural and Educational Programs

JOB STATEMENT/PURPOSE: The Director of Cultural and Educational Programs (C&E), under the direction of the Executive Director (ED), is responsible for running programs to further the mission of Alaska Native Heritage Center. The position is responsible for programs funded through both the Social Enterprise activities of the Center and those that are funded via grants and donations. Working with the ED, responsible for designing, implementing, directing and evaluating summer and winter public programming at the Center. Works to ensure programs are balanced among the cultures that are being represented.  Working with Development Department, works to educate potential partner organizations on how they can utilize and support the Heritage Center, speaks at public events as a representative of the center to help educate various Native and non-Native organizations.


  1. Provide effective operational leadership in the execution of short- and long-term strategic and operating plans for the Cultural and Education - Social Enterprise and Educational Program Department.
  2. Responsible for operational targets/parameters, particularly as it relates to Alaska tourism and educational programs.


  1. Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Education, Social/Human Services, Organizational Leadership, or related fields of study.
  2. Seven to 10 years of progressively more responsible management experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  3. Demonstrated community leadership experience that shows the candidate’s ability to create new partnerships and carryout impact.
  4. Experience with non‐profit finance, federal and foundation‐based grant writing, compliance and reporting.
  5. Experience with managing and tracking budgets and understanding of financial reporting.
  6. Knowledge of current professional practices for program conception, development, implementation and evaluation.
  7. Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the social, health, educational, and cultural status of the Alaska Native community.
  8. Knowledge, understanding and sensitivity of Alaska Native history, culture and peoples.


  1. Committed to achieving results under demanding time frames.
  2. Demonstrated ability to provide leadership to staff and to foster a cooperative environment amongst multiple departments utilizing a collaborative team approach.
  3. Delegates work assignments, gives authority to work independently, sets expectations and monitors delegated activities.
  4. High level of planning/organization to prioritize work activities and realistic action plans.
  5. High level of quality management, continuous improvement and demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness.
  6. Excellent verbal and written communications and presentation skills.
  7. Demonstrated ability to work effectively with staff and the general public at all levels.
  8. Strong computer literacy.

Preference for individuals familiar with Alaska Native/Native American culture. We reserve the right to make hiring decisions preferential to Native Alaskans.