Employment Opportunities

The Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA) serves self-identified American Indian youth and their families in the Portland, Oregon, metropolitan area. Founded in 1974, NAYA provides a continuum of year-round services for children, youth, and young adults, including middle and high school educational case management and after-school tutoring, employment services, financial wellness and housing education, foster care, cultural arts classes, and sports and recreation programs. NAYA also provides domestic violence case management, crisis intervention services, parenting classes, and emergency food supplies.

NAYA’s mission is to enhance the diverse strengths of our youth and families in partnership with the community through cultural identity and education.

Who we are looking for

NAYA is committed to bringing quality, culturally-specific services to our community members.
Applicants for our vacancies should have a strong connection to the Native American population, as well as a significant understanding of Native American history, the diversity of the local American Indian/Alaskan Native community, and issues surrounding the Urban Indian experience.

NOTE: COVID-19 Vaccination Required

By start date, all new staff must be able to show proof of being fully vaccinated (two weeks after a two-shot or one-shot regiment) unless a reasonable accommodation is provided to and approved by the NAYA HR department.

NAYA Job Listings (January 20, 2022)

Homeownership Counselor  (Open until filled)

Youth Housing Coordinator  (Application Deadline: January 24, 2022)

Mamook Cultural Arts Program Coordinator  (Open until filled)

MSI Housing Advocate  (Open until filled)

COVID 19 Housing Advocate  (Open until filled)

Infant Toddler Teacher 1 2 OCDC- 1.3.2022  (Open until filled)

Youth Career Skills Coach  (Open until filled)

Parent-Child Support Specialist 12-16-21  (Open until filled)

Preschool for All Family Navigator  (Open until filled)

Resident Services Coordinator  (Open until filled)

Data Entry and Client Support Specialist-2021.11.30   (PENDING)

DVHUD Horizons Housing Advocate (Open until filled)

KEEP Group Leader Recruiter (Open until filled)

Communications Manager  (Open until filled)

Energy Assistance Coordinator (PENDING)

Outreach Specialist  (Open until filled)

Community Health Worker (COVID-19 Community Support)  (Open until filled)

Domestic Violence Housing Advocate (DVHA) (Open until filled)

Outreach Case Manager   (Open until filled)

Youth Parent Support Specialist  (Open until filled)

Pathways to Adulthood ILP Specialist (Open until filled)

Culture and Outreach Specialist   (Open until filled)

Youth Advocate Job   (Open until filled)

Many Nation Academy -Classroom Teacher-Language Arts  (Open until filled)

Youth Housing Advocate  (Open until filled)

ECA Substitute Classroom Teacher (On-Call Position; Always Accepting Applications)

     * ECA Hiring Information 

Application Process

To apply interested candidates should submit a complete application by the deadline listed in the job announcement. Only applications submitted in response to a job announcement will be considered. Applicants may submit materials online via email to (preferred) or via fax, mail, or hard copy delivery  A complete application consists of:

1. A Cover Letter addressing qualifications and explaining interest in joining the NAYA Family Center team

2. A Resume

3. A completed NAYA-Application-for-Employment

    • Note – please do NOT use a web browser to fill out your application!  Download the file and save it to your computer.  Then use a PDF compatible software program to open it, fill it out, and save it.

4. MNA (Teaching) Applicants ONLY: Philosophy of Education Statement

Attention: Incomplete applications will not be considered.

*Adobe Reader/Acrobat format preferred.  If you do not receive a confirmation email within 1 business day of submitting your application form electronically, please feel free to contact us via email to inquire as to whether it was properly received.

NAYA updates our job postings regularly. We encourage you to visit our page frequently to see new opportunities.

Applicants will be notified of any changes to their application status via email.

Job applicants are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the NAYA Family Center and the urban Native community of Portland prior to applying by reviewing the below document.

Making the Invisible Visible

Fingerprinting & Background Check

In order to maintain a safe environment for NAYA students, staff and the community, the  Native American Youth and Family Center conducts criminal records screening on employees and volunteers who have the potential for direct, unsupervised contact with students.

When reviewing criminal records, NAYA also considers the safety of NAYA students, staff and community, the nature of the offense, time since conviction or sentence, the nature of the employees or volunteers work and the positive impact the individual may have had within the community since the conviction or sentence.

Disqualifying Crimes List

Fieldprint Announcement ODE

Electronic Fingerprint FAQ

Request for Proposals

Consultant to Produce a Strategic Plan
NAYA is seeking a strategic plan consultant with knowledge and preferably direct experience working with culturally specific non-profit organizations for the development of a multi-year strategic plan. More information.

Volunteering & Background Checks

More information Coming soon!

VV consent & disclosure form

Learn more about  volunteer opportunities at NAYA Family Center.