Alaska Native Languages Program Director – Anchorage, AK

Alaska Native Languages Program Director

Alaska Institute for Justice

Anchorage, AK


Job Description

About this Position: This is a full-time position based in Anchorage, Alaska.


AIJ is committed to providing language access to clients, partners, and communities across Alaska.  The ideal candidate for this position must:


  • Speak either Yup’ik, Inupiaq, or Iñupiaq
  • Be knowledgeable about Alaska Native Languages
  • Have a deep understanding of Alaska Native cultures and histories
  • Have or be able to create and nurture strong and respectful working relationships with individuals and organizations that AIJ serves
  • Have strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Have the ability to lead and facilitate conversations and discussions with groups of various sizes
  • Have a vision of how to work within Alaska’s language access ecosystem to ensure strong collaborations


Qualifications for Alaska Native Languages Program Director

  • Minimum 5 years of demonstrated experience working with Alaska Native languages or communities
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Ability to create program budgets and track program financials
  • Ability to schedule travel and work with Alaska Native translators and interpreters
  • Ability to travel
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.)
  • Able to effectively prioritize and meet deadlines


Primary Responsibilities:


  • Create qualified and trained pool of available Yup’ik interpreters and translators to meet the language access needs across the state of Alaska;
  • Manage all aspects of the Alaska Native Languages program daily operations in the provision of statewide interpretation and translation services;
  • Oversee customer invoicing and interpreter/translator payments for provision of Alaska Native language services;
  • Maintain interpreter and translation standards consistent with existing National Codes of Interpreter Professional Ethics;
  • Identify resource and training needs to provide Yup’ik interpreter and translation services across the state of Alaska;
  • Identify terminology development needs to provide Yup’ik interpreter and translation services;
  • Secure, negotiate and administer language access contracts with customers;
  • Analyze Alaska Native language needs, vocabulary development for specialized terminology, assign priorities and formulate both short and long range strategies to meet language needs and priorities;  
  • Participate in relevant community and funder meetings to promote language access and provide language access guidance; and
  • Provide expertise to state and federal government agencies and public and private entities to identify and respond to Alaska Native language access needs.


Education/Experience: Bachelor’s degree or higher in any field that supports the duties and tasks of the position.


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