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Position Available at Wisdom of the Elders, Inc.

Dear Colleagues,

Wisdom of the Elders, Inc. (Wisdom) is currently recruiting a full-time and a part-time Native Youth Development Specialist. The individual will serve as educator for Wisdom and work in a team of three to provide Chemawa Indian School students with health and wellness and community leadership skills so they can graduate prepared for success in college, career, and life.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please review the position description below (also attached) and email your bio/resume and a cover letter to Rose High Bear, Executive Director at Wisdom at [email protected]org by Monday, January 30. Feel free to contact email questions or inquiries about the position.

Native Youth Development Specialist
Position Description
Wisdom of the Elders, Inc. (Wisdom) currently has an opening for a Native Youth Development Specialist. The specialist will serve as classroom educator with a team of three providing 350 high school students at Chemawa Indian School with leadership skills and health and wellness support. Chemawa Indian School is located in Salem, Oregon, 40 miles south of Portland and is the oldest Indian boarding school west of the Mississippi River.To strengthen students’ educational engagement and achievement, Wisdom uses its own culturally-tailored multimedia curriculum. Lesson plans are compatible with Alaskan Native / American Indian learning styles and include health and wellness; environmental and climate; cultural arts; and multimedia learning materials. This is a dynamic collaboration between several organizational partners including Indian Health Service at Chemawa Indian School, Project Venture, Synergo, Inc. and Wisdom of the Elders.Wisdom of the Elders, Inc. (Wisdom) is a Native American non-profit corporation with a vision of cultural and environmental sustainability, multimedia education and race reconciliation. Our mission: Wisdom records, preserves and shares oral history, cultural arts, language concepts, and indigenous science of exemplary Native American elders and scientists in collaboration with environmental organizations, educational institutions and government agencies.

Primary Responsibilities:
• Work with a team of Wisdom educators and partners to provide 350 Chemawa Indian Students with one-hour classes three or four days weekly using our culturally-tailored multimedia lesson plans
• Submit brief daily reports on classroom activities and other issues arising during the school day
• Attend weekly meetings with partners and a Monday meeting at Wisdom’s office
• Co-facilitate occasional afterschool or weekend activities and/or out-of-school summer activities
• Help develop occasional announcements and flyers; use social media for community outreach

The successful applicant will meet the following requirements:
• Knowledge of the American Indian/Alaskan Native community, especially including Native high school students, and an understanding of their diverse strengths and needs
• Experience working with American Indian/Alaskan Native community organizations or educational institution and serving community members, especially youth
• Academic background and/or hands on experience in behavioral health working with Native youth
• Good communication and collaborative teamwork skills, engage as an exemplary mentor for students, work well with others and maintain a professional appearance
• Must have reliable transportation

Rose High Bear, Executive Director


The staff, board and other supporters here at Wisdom of the Elders, Inc. wish you Happy Holy Days! In the tradition of our Native American ancestors, we are gifting you with this link to the first in our series of Climate and Native Wisdom documentary films.

“The People of the Whale” features the Inupiaq people of Alaska who are experiencing unprecedented changes and yet are continuing to cherish their rich way of life in the uppermost part of arctic Alaska.

The People of the Whale

Our Climate and Native Wisdom Documentary Film Festival will be held at Portland Art Museum on Sunday, April 16, 2017 in partnership with the Northwest Film Center. Tickets will be available early in 2017.



Wisdom Welcomes
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Wisdom provided services to thousands of individuals, families and communities within our local, regional and national community during 2016. We are recipients of the Riffle Award from Johnson Creek Watershed Council and the Force of Nature from The Intertwine Alliance for Equity and the Environment during 2016.

Wisdom Workforce Development

Discovering Yidong Xinag

Climate and Native Wisdom Documentary Film Series

Discovering Our Story

Northwest Indian Storytelling events

Wisdom Executive Transition Project