North Slope Cultural Specialist

The Alaska Humanities Forum The Alaska Humanities Forum (the Forum) is dedicated to connecting Alaskans and strengthening communities across the state. Using the humanities - literature and storytelling, history, art, music, philosophy, our shared cultural heritage - we create the space for Alaskans to share their stories, ideas, and perspectives so that they may better understand themselves, one another, and the human experience. Since 1974, the Forum has represented and served Alaska as one of 56 state and territorial councils supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and as a member of the Federation of State Humanities Councils.

The Forum's work falls into three main categories: (1) We utilize cultural immersion, reflective learning, and place-based exploration to better prepare and connect educators and youth in rural and urban communities across Alaska. (2) Our leadership programs build capacity across industries and sectors to grow a statewide network of thoughtful, engaged, ethical, and courageous leaders for Alaska. (3) The Forum leads, hosts, and funds public events, programs, and community discussions. We empower Alaskans as co-creators in our state's history, narrative, and future. The Forum embraces diversity and equal opportunity. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be.

The North Slope Cultural Specialist will be part of the team to implement the educator portion of a project addressing low academic achievement of students in the North Slope Borough School District.  The project is focused on increasing teacher retention by preparing newly hired teachers with a cultural immersion and ongoing supports throughout the school year, including mentorships and two additional gatherings.  The Cultural Specialist works as a member of the Education Program team to help plan and implement the cultural immersions and midyear gatherings. Additionally, they will be a main point of contact for recruiting and selecting newly hired teachers for the program. As a point-of-contact for the participants, they will be responsible for ensuring regular communication. They will use their cultural knowledge to assist participants in answering basic questions about the region and its peoples in order to prepare participants for the experience. They will work closely with the Program Coordinator and Curriculum Advisor on planning of the culture camps, midyear gatherings, and meetings. The Cultural Specialist will help facilitate culture camps, midyear gatherings, and meetings. The Cultural Specialist is also expected to contribute to the overall work of the Forum.

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Anchorage, AK

8 month(s) ago

Closing Date 2019-10-31