Position Title: Office Assistant
JOB SUMMARY: This is a full-time position located in the Alaska Institute for Justice (AIJ) Anchorage office. AIJ is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the human rights of all Alaskans. AIJ includes three programs: (1) Alaska Immigration Justice Project dedicated to providing legal representation to Alaska’s immigrant and refugee communities; (2) Language Interpreter Center dedicated to training bilingual Alaskans to work as interpreters in the medical, legal and social service professions and provide an interpreter referral service for state, federal, private and non-profit organizations; and (3) Research and Policy Institute focused on social and climate justice issues. Activities include a variety of general office administrative duties including staffing AIJ’s front desk, greeting clients, basic bookkeeping, making copies, filing, and data entry under supervision of grant administrator.
AIJ is the only non-profit agency in Alaska that provides statewide low cost and free legal services to immigrants, prioritizing legal services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and legal services to all human trafficking victims, including United States citizens and lawful permanent residents and operates a statewide Language Interpreter Center. AIJ works with hundreds of survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking annually. The Alaska Institute for Justice has been on the frontlines of promoting justice and equality of treatment for immigrants and refugees residing in Alaska. As an agency we uphold a commitment to equity and justice, and respect for the rights and dignity of others. The successful candidate must possess a commitment to social justice issues and supporting the work of a small non-profit agency.
AIJ operates the only Language Interpreter Center (LIC) which is a statewide collaborative of public and private organizations within Alaska dedicated to creating a pool of qualified and trained interpreters. AIJ’s Language Interpreter Center has trained over 300 interpreters in 37 different languages. AIJ has eleven staff who speak English, Spanish, Korean, French, Hmong, Arabic, and German. AIJ’s award winning program with dedicated professionals includes the FBI award in 2012 for its work with human trafficking survivors and limited English proficient crime victims. The Alaska-based chapter of the International Soroptimist’s Society awarded AIJ the Advancing the Rights of Women for its work with crime victims, and the Anchorage-based nonprofit organization Bridge Builders awarded AIJ the 2014 Diversity and Community Service award.
Personal: The individual for this position must possess excellent communication skills in English and Spanish, excellent interpersonal skills and attention to detail. The person must be capable of dealing with many tasks at once, and identifying priorities in a small and busy office environment. The person must also be dependable and able to work with people from diverse cultures whose first language is not English.
Education/Experience: Fluency in English and Spanish required. College (BA/AA) degree and/or office experience preferred. One year of administrative assistance experience preferred. Computer/accounting experience preferred.
Salary: DOE with generous benefits package. AIJ is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. Position open until filled.
To apply please submit a cover letter referencing this position and resume with three professional-related references by e-mail to:
Kari Robinson Deputy Director Alaska Institute for Justice
Position Title: Tribal Liaison Director
About Alaska Institute for Justice
The Alaska Institute for Justice is a non-profit organization headquartered in Anchorage, Alaska. Our mission is to protect the human rights of Alaskans. The Alaska Institute for Justice includes three programs: Alaska Immigration Justice Project dedicated to providing legal representation to Alaska’s immigrant and refugee communities; Language Interpreter Center dedicated to training bilingual Alaskans to work as interpreters in the medical, legal and social service professions and providing an interpreter referral service for state and federal government agencies and non-profit organizations; and Research and Policy Institute focused on social and climate justice issues. As an agency we uphold certain basic values. These include:
- Commitment to equity and justice, and respect for the rights and dignity of others.
- Integrity, responsibility and accountability in all our work.
- Pursuit of excellence, in an environment characterized by principles of shared values and team engagement.
About the Research and Policy Institute: The Research and Policy Institute includes a small team of people dedicated to social and climate justice research to inform public policy at the local, national and international levels.
About the Position: The successful candidate plays a critical role in leading AIJ’s effort to forge meaningful, sustainable relationships with Alaska Native communities. The Research and Policy Institute Tribal Liaison Director will be supervised by the Executive Director of the Alaska Institute for Justice and located in AIJ’s Anchorage office. The successful candidate will work with tribal communities across Alaska to improve their capacity to prepare for and respond to climate-related environmental impacts. This involves elevating Alaska Native voices, values, and priorities throughout ongoing community-based environmental monitoring and climate adaptation policy development. This is an excellent role for a person who enjoys meeting new people, planning exciting events, nurturing authentic relationships and meaningful partnerships, is passionate about our work, and can lead innovative opportunities and administrative aspects of the work.
This position has both external and internal-facing leadership responsibilities. Externally, the successful candidate represents the Alaska Institute for Justice as liaison to Alaska Native communities and state and federal government agencies. The successful candidate must possess the ability to effectively advocate on behalf of Alaska Native communities, and engage in conversations on a range of topics related to climate adaptation. Internally, the candidate will primarily be responsible for communicating to the staff of the Research and Policy Institute the climate adaptation issues affecting Alaska Native communities. In addition, the successful candidate will be required to:
- Collaborate with the AIJ team to develop and implement strategies to promote AIJ’s Research and Policy priorities among key leaders, coalitions, policymakers and other stakeholders and build relationships with the same.
- Represent AIJ with state and federal government entities and other local, state, and national organizations to advance AIJ’s Research and Policy Institute priorities.
Position Required Qualifications
- Bachelor’s degree in ethnic studies, environmental studies, social psychology, or a related field that includes coursework and/or experience communicating and working with Alaska Native communities.
- Strong written and oral communication skills, and ability to build lasting relationships.
- Strong knowledge of Alaska Native policy, cultures, histories and government relations, including concepts of sovereignty and self-determination.
- Minimum two years of experience working with Alaska Native communities.
- Ability to communicate across cultural lines to include interpretation of policy between tribal and federal and Alaska state governments.
- Self-starter, strong time management skills, must be able to work well independently and as a team member.
- DOE with a generous benefits package.
- The Alaska Institute for Justice is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
- Position open until filled.
To apply please submit a cover letter referencing this position, a resume, a writing sample and the names and contact numbers for three professional-related references electronically to:
Alaska Institute for Justice