Employment Opportunities

The Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA) serves self-identified Native American youth and their families in the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area. We provide a range of education, health, housing, economic development and community engagement programs, helping our community create stability, build prosperity, and find their voices in leadership and civic engagement. Impacting the lives of more than 10,000 individuals each year, we believe that traditional cultural values are integral to regaining sovereignty and building self-esteem. Our five programmatic areas include our alternative high school, the Many Nations Academy, Youth and Education Services, Family Services, Community Economic Development Services, and Housing and Stabilization Services.

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. Job applicants should have a strong connection to the Native American community, as well as a significant understanding of Native American history, the diversity of the local Native American/Alaskan Native community, and issues surrounding the urban Native experience.

NAYA is an equal opportunity employer.

Job Listings (May 24, 2023)

All positions are open until filled, unless noted with a deadline.

Family Services

Parent-Child Support Specialist

KEEP Group Leader Recruiter

Healing Circle Manager

Foster Care- Independent Living Program Coordinator

Infant-Toddler Teacher 1 & 2

DV HUD Horizons Housing Advocate

Housing and Stabilization

Resident Services Coordinator -Mamook Tokatee

Family Housing Advocate

Family Housing Advocate -MHT

MSI Housing Advocate

Energy Assistance Specialist

Youth and Education

Youth Advocate

Youth Advocacy Coordinator

Career Skills Coach

Alcohol & Drug Specialist

Connection Coach

Many Nations Academy

High School Teachers – Many Nations Academy

Finance and Operations

Community Reception Manager

Grants and Contracts Accountant

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

*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 Proposal

NAYA is seeking a professional architectural and engineering consultant team with knowledge and preferably direct experience working with culturally specific nonprofit organizations to design NAYA’s Early Learning Center, which will contain classroom space to operate Head Start, Early Head Start, and affordable childcare/early education programs. 

More information

Volunteering & Background Checks

More information Coming soon!

VV consent & disclosure form

Learn more about volunteer opportunities at NAYA Family Center.