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Cultural Specialist - Ilakucaraq Project


Under the supervision of the Ilakucaraq Project Director, the Cultural Specialist will provide cultural and Alaska Native language-based programs to include cultural learning activities for cultural and language program development, to expand the range and quality of services for the Ilakucaraq Program’s internal and external stakeholders and to assist in the development of a model for cultural mentoring. 

Supports and maintains partner and client relationships to ensure excellent customer service, proper planning, and execution of cultural and language program development and implementation.  This position will work in partnership with the Ilakucaraq Project Coordinators, Elders, and other team members to provide cultural and language programming and administrative support for I.P.’s clients: Indigenous students and educators in school districts in Alaska. 


  • Provides cultural and language development for the Ilakucaraq grant’s cultural and educational programs for clients including facilitation of cultural programming (i.e. storytelling incorporating an Alaska Native Language, Dance, and Art activities)  

  • Assist with developing a cultural mentoring model for Tier 4 clients (educators and school district employees) 

  • Supports the Ilakucaraq Project Director in I.P.’s cultural planning, program development, coordination and implementation including internal and external communications with Elders and other Indigenous instructors in expanding Tier 4 course options for professional development for teachers in Alaska 

  • Trains and serves as a cultural mentor and facilitator in support of I.P. clients’ learning and growth 

  • Contributes to the Culture and Education Department’s growth and goals and improves services and quality of the Ilakucaraq grant’s programs 

  • Coordinates the creation of a cadre of Elder Instructors for future I.P. Tier 4 course facilitation 

  • Supports cultural training for staff and helps to facilitate cultural orientations and classes 

  • Serves as a liaison between Ilakucaraq Programs and facility and event rentals to book events and classes 

  • Supports internal ANHC programming for various departments as needed. 

  • Additional duties as assigned 


  • Demonstrated Indigenous life experience and cultural knowledge, including an Alaska Native language, dance, storytelling and art.  

  • Strong written, verbal, and interpersonal cross-cultural communication skills in a professional environment. 

  • Demonstrated ability to mentor and facilitate Indigenous cultural learning  

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and in a team environment. 

  • Excellent organizational, communication, and time management skills. 

  • Ability to manage multiple cultural projects independently. 

  • Excellent problem-solving and critical thinking skills. 

  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize projects and adapt to high pressure situations. 

  • Must be flexible and able to work some evenings and weekends. 

  • Demonstrated ability to work well with vendors and all clients in a professional manner. 

  • Experience working with the Microsoft suite of products. 

  • Provide excellent customer service to both internal and external stakeholders. 

  • 2 to 4 years of experience working in an administrative role in a fast-paced and ever-changing environment. 



  • Indoors: Primarily in an environmentally controlled office;  

  • Outdoors: Ability to work outside in all weather conditions typical for Anchorage Alaska Summers. 

Noise level:  

  • Quiet to moderate. 

Physical requirements:  

Must be able to lift and/or move up to 50 lbs.  

  • Frequently required to sit, stand, walk, use hands/fingers to handle or feel, climb, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl, talk/hear, see, taste/smell, and carry weight/lift. 


  • High School diploma or equivalent.  

  • Must be at least 18 years of age. 

  • 2-4 years of Indigenous cultural facilitation, training, and mentoring  

  • 1-3 years of professional administrative experience. 


  • Fluent in an Alaska Native language and 2 years of experience teaching language, dance, and storytelling. 

  • 3+ years of professional administrative experience. 

  • Demonstrated Indigenous knowledge and understanding of the social, health, educational, training, and cultural needs of the Alaska Native/American Indian community. 

  • Experience mentoring and facilitating cultural and Alaska Native language learning for youth and adults.