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An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


June 28, 2003 - Issue 90


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Opportunities - Page Five


Here you will find listings of:


  • Positions Available - including Fellowships and Internships;
  • Scholarship, Award and Grant Information; and
  • Event Announcements.

We receive these announcements from various sources including Harvard University Native American Program (HUNAP) and NativeShare


To view additional listing from previous issues, click here Opportunities Button



Position Announcement - Executive Director

The Search
The Alaska Native Arts Foundation (ANAF) seeks an Executive Director to lead this new Anchorage-based organization into the next stage of its development. The Alaska Native Arts Foundation is a non-profit corporation established in September 2002 to broaden the understanding of, and stimulate demand for Alaska Native art. The Foundation is a marketing organization, which acts as a non-profit wholesaler and internet-based retailer of all forms of Alaska Native Art. More information is located on the foundation web site .

Executive Director Responsibilities
Because ANAF is a small organization, the E.D. is responsible for a wide range of duties including:

Management of the daily operations
  • oversee day-to-day financial procedures
  • prepare annual operating budget and related reports for the Board
  • provide budget recommendations to the Board for all administrative functions
  • supervise maintenance and monthly updates of computer-based accounting records
  • supervise all federal and state government-required reports by due dates
  • monitor insurance needs - for inventory, directors, equipment, and health care for employees
  • ensure that the organization is effectively structured and staffed
  • coordinate recruitment, selection, and hiring of all staff positions (and/or oversee the recruitment of interns and volunteers)
Drive financial support of the organization
  • Manage fund-raising activities of the organization with fund development team and Board of Directors
  • design and implement individual fund-raising campaigns
  • assist in the cultivation and solicitation of individual donors
  • prepare grant, contribution, and sponsorship applications to foundations, corporations, state and federal agencies
  • submit interim and final reports to grant makers as requested
  • work with Board to develop and solicit corporate donor prospects
  • prepare all institutional gifts solicitations
In coordination with staff and the Board
  • assist in developing programs and other artistic activities
  • communicate effectively with partners and collaborators, other arts organizations, public agencies and the general community to promote, publicize, and ensure the smooth operations of the organization

The Ideal Candidate
ANAF's Executive Director will have the following professional experience and personal characteristics.

Qualifications and Experience
  • Non-profit experience preferred
  • Experience with arts and Alaska Native culture
  • Experience managing budgets
  • Experience managing or coordinating staff
  • Experience working with volunteers
  • Experience with grant-making institutions & process (including, searching, applying for, and reporting on funding)
  • Experience in building and nurturing major donor fundraising
  • Events management experience
  • Experience with publicity and marketing
  • Track record of community service and leadership
  • College degree or equivalent experience
Desired Characteristics
A strong, collaborative team player who can lead people and programs who is:
  • a detail-oriented person, comfortable with varied organizational processes
  • an individual with an independent, self-sufficient, yet flexible work ethic
  • a relationship builder with strong persuasion skills
  • an individual who is comfortable representing the Foundation to the public
  • a person who is able to interact easily with a non-profit Board of Directors
  • a high-energy person who is a fast learner, and who has a passion for the mission of the Foundation
Functional Skills
  • Broad business skills including strategy implementation, basic financial and operational management
  • Strong organizational and multi-tasking skills
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to direct small staff, volunteers, vendors, and paid consultants
  • Ability to implement creative approaches to leveraging minimal resources
  • Knowledge of and ability to use standard office software such as Microsoft (Word, Excel, e-mail/Internet) and accounting and database programs such as QuickBooks & FileMaker Pro

Compensation and Benefits
This is a permanent full-time position and the salary will be based on experience. Benefits include paid vacation (10 days) and sick leave, not including holidays. Holidays: 10 Days: Seven recognized holidays (New Year's, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, day after Thanksgiving, Christmas), plus three additional days of the employee's choice.

Equal Employment Opportunity
The Alaska Native Arts Foundation shall provide for the implementation of equal opportunity employment for candidates without regard to race, ethnic origin, sex, age, marital status, or disability.

To Apply
Interested candidates should send a letter explaining his or her interest in the position, a short professional writing sample, a resume, recent salary history, and a list of references. Please also note where you learned about the position.

Please submit materials as Microsoft Word Document or PDF files to The deadline for submissions is COB on July 9, 2003. Questions about the search or position should be directed to No phone calls please.

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Employment Opportunities at the Central Office of the
National Mental Health Association

Internship Opportunities - Summer 2003

The National Mental Health Association, a nonprofit organization addressing all aspects of mental health and mental illness, is seeking undergraduate and graduate students for its internship program. The program is designed to provide a unique opportunity for students to gain real-world work experience relevant to their academic and career goals. Internships are available in Fundraising/Development, NAMHPAC, Communications/Media and Publications Sales. See the internship program section of this web site for more details or to apply online. Other application options include sending a resume to NMHA/JDL, 2001 N. Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA 22311, a fax to (703) 684-5968, or an e-mail No phone calls please. EOE

Public Affairs/Communications
Vice President, Media Relations

Mental health advocacy organization seeks senior level media relations professional to manage all reactive and proactive communications with print and broadcast reporters. The candidate must demonstrate experience with promoting and maintaining national media relations activities including a protocol for responding to media requests on a timely basis. This position will be responsible for crafting responses and training spokespersons for media interviews, and for advising senior management on publicizing the organization. Requires 10+ years experience in progressively responsible positions, excellent communication skills, experience in management, budget and supervision. Knowledge of cultural competence. Experience with non-profit organizations is helpful in addition to mental health advocacy.

Send resumes to NMHA, Attn: LBM via email: or fax: 703-684-5968.

Research and Services
Program Coordinator

National Mental Health Association seeks Program Coordinator to coordinate programs that contribute to the work of the research and services area. Responsibilities include coordinating a technical assistance program, general contract and project management, and providing support to board and several committees. Requires Bachelor's degree, Master's preferred. Must be proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Access and Outlook). Good benefits.

Send resume to: NMHA, Attn: JS, 2001 N. Beauregard Street, 12th Floor, Alexandria, VA 22311, fax: 703-684-5968 or email to: No phone calls please. EOE

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New money for aboriginal scholarships

Aboriginal students will have greater access to scholarship money thanks to a new $12 million fund.

The Canadian government announced the establishment of this fund on Friday.

The goal of the fund is to enhance the capacity of the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation to provide post-secondary scholarships to aboriginal students, said Sheila Copps, minister of Canadian Heritage during a telephone conference from Hamilton, Ontario.

The foundation currently provides $2 million a year in scholarships to about 600 students.

The fund will provide an extra $500,000 a year to be distributed across the country.

The scholarship money is awarded on a case by case basis. "Any aboriginal person is eligible.

"There is no age restriction and there is no particular sum of money attributed to a particular region," said John Kim Bell, founder and president of the NAAF.

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The National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation (NAAF) is a nationally registered charity with a mandate to actively assist talented Aboriginal artists and cultural workers. NAAF has established a fund to provide financial assistance for education and training initiatives in the performing, visual, crafted, media, literary and graphic arts.

NAAF delivers its mandate through the operation of four programs:
Fine Arts Awards Program:Arts Education & Professional Development Awards Recipients
Visual Arts Acquisition Awards Program Recipients
Special Awards Recipients
The Business, Sciences, and General Education Program Program Recipients
The Aboriginal Health Careers Program Program Recipients
Cultural Projects Program Cultural Projects Program Awards Recipients

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