Traditional Healer

Traditional Healer

Full-Time, Regular


Anchorage, AK, US

Requisition ID: 1854





Job Title:          Traditional Healer

Department:    Alaska Native Justice Center (ANJC)

Reports To:      Assistant Director of Operations

Supervises:       None 

FLSA Status:    Non-Exempt 

Pay Grade:        N7

Job Type:          Regular, Full-Time

AKBCU:             No             ICPA: No 


General Functions:

The Alaska Native Justice Center (ANJC) Traditional Healer is responsible for consulting with participants on matters concerning physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. Through training (traditional and contemporary) and experience, develops and implements culturally relevant strategies appropriate to the perceived needs of the participant, and provides holistic healing via traditional methods (holistic counseling, healing hands, etc.).


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Create, develop and nurture culturally-appropriate interactions and connections with each other, participants and the community.
  • Serve as a member of the participant’s multi-disciplinary treatment team to evaluate the participant’s immediate health needs, and suggest and/or apply traditional treatment as indicated as an adjunct to care. 
  • Consult with appropriate program case management/advocate staff regarding participant’s progress and needs. 
  • Review with the participant the complete treatment history and suggest areas in which traditional healing practices and/or collaborative care are indicated. Focus will be holistic in nature with emphasis on prevention and health maintenance. These treatment strategies may involve a wide spectrum of services that will complement, supplement, and enhance the participant’s existing treatment plan. 
  • Provide the following treatments with skill and understanding of the participant’s needs: 
    • Healing hands
    • Healing touch 
    • Traditional prayer and blessing
    • Song and dance
    • Education on cleansing and purification
    • Culturally sensitive supportive counseling, e.g., family advocacy, dealing with end of life issues, grieving, issues of meaning and relationships to one’s environment, spiritual wellness, etc. 
    • Healing practices not presented here require authorization by the attending physician
  • Provide, at request of the participant, culturally relevant consultation to the relationship of the treatment plan to the participant’s traditional cultural practices and beliefs. 
  • Share and receive information, opinions, concerns and feedback in a supportive manner.
  • Work collaboratively by building bridges and creating rapport with team members within departments and across the organization.
  • Make meaningful improvement to services, programs and processes, and/or organizational effectiveness that creates new value for participants and employees.
  • Participate in the development, evaluation, and presentation of training programs related to traditional healing practices, and implement these as directed by traditional healing staff. 
  • Seek out additional learning opportunities to continue to develop the technical and professional skills needed now and in the future.
  • Take responsibility for all work activities and personal actions by following through on commitments.
  • Partner with Operations Coordinator, Office Coordinator, and ANJC Directors to ensure that all data collection, reports, grant submissions, and budgets are complete.
  • Collect quarterly statistics and narratives for programs and ensure tracking procedures correlate to data needed and grant requirements.
  • Adhere to all best practice service models as outlined in ANJC and CITC policies and procedures. 
  • Represent ANJC on state and national levels.
  • Establish rapport with CITC internal departments, community partners, state and local service agencies, and community employers and develop partnering opportunities when possible.
  • Participate in scheduled on-site and off-site meetings and trainings, committee meetings, and off-site community meetings as requested.
  • Maintain confidentiality according to regulations, policies, and procedures.
  • Other tasks as needed or assigned.

 Job Specifications:

  • Excellent verbal communication and technical writing skills.
  • Knowledge of contemporary health practices and associated procedures. 
  • Demonstrated ability to interpret and apply state and federal policies, laws, and statutes.
  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate multiple activities and meet deadlines.
  • Strong organizational and leadership skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to motivate and empower staff.
  • Strong knowledge of Alaska Native Community needs throughout the state of Alaska.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Alaska Native and American Indian culture and or community resources.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a member of a team. 
  • Outstanding organizational skills, including the ability to prioritize tasks effectively and work on multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain composure and use diplomacy.
  • Demonstrated ability to interpret and apply program rules, regulations, policies, and procedures. 
  • Ability to actively listen and respond effectively in a changing environment.
  • General knowledge and understanding of the social, health, educational, training, and cultural needs of the Alaska Native and American Indian community.
  • Demonstrated experience working with Alaska Native people, an understanding of their values and belief systems, and ability to provide culturally competent services.

 Minimum Core Competencies

CITC Values, Respectful Leadership, Professionalism, Emotional Intelligence, Problem Solving/Critical Thinking, Communication Skills.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Social Services or related Human Services field.  Relevant experience may substitute for the educational requirement on a year-for-year basis. 
  • A minimum of three (3) years of working knowledge regarding the culture and traditional practices of Alaska Native People.
  • Two (2) years of experience and acceptance as a native healer in providing traditional practices.
  • Currently practicing as a traditional native healer (Traditional Healer).  

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Social Service or related Human Services field.
  • Previous experience in domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, adult re-entry, youth development, or social service programs, and non-profit management.

NATIVE PREFERENCE STATEMENT: Pursuant to the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act of 1975 (PL 93-638) and as further guided by CITC’s Native Preference Policy 6.120, CITC maintains preference in all phases of employment for Alaska Native, American Indian (AN/AI) and Native Hawaiian people, including direct lineal descendants and foster or traditionally adopted children. Also included are non-Native head of household members for Native families, which includes foster or traditionally adopted Native children.



The information provided in this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by incumbents within this job.  It is not designed to be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, qualifications and working conditions required of employees assigned to this job.  Management has sole discretion to add or modify duties of the job and to designate other functions as essential at any time.  This job description is not an employment agreement or contract.

Anchorage, AK

16 day(s) ago