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.  Thank you for considering NAYA for employment.

Job Listings

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


Chief Executive Officer

Community Development

Affordable Housing Property Manager 

Community Development Director

Housing Referral Coordinator

Southwest Washington Homeownership Coordinator

Development & Communications

Communications Manager

Family Services

Independent Living Program Specialist

Parent-Child Support Specialist

Housing and Stabilization

Family Shelter Advocate

Family Shelter Housing Navigator

RLRA Housing and Retention Advocate


Human Resources Manager

Youth and Education

Alcohol & Drug Specialist

Life Skills Advocate

Peer Mentor Specialist

Youth Advocate

Application Process

NAYA welcomes all candidates to apply for all positions they believe they qualify for.  We celebrate diversity.  Please submit a resume and cover letter describing your interest in the position and what you would bring to NAYA.  At this time, we are only able to accepts resumes and cover letters for open positions. Applicants may submit materials online via email to (preferred) or mail.  A complete application consists of:

1. A cover letter addressing qualifications and explaining interest in joining the NAYA Family Center team.

2. A resume for the position.

NAYA updates our job postings regularly. We encourage you to visit our page frequently to see new opportunities. You may also find our job postings on

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.  Many positions required driving and NAYA has a driving standard policy we adhere to.

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

NAYA Application for Employment

Volunteering & Background Checks

More information Coming soon!

VV consent & disclosure form

Learn more about volunteer opportunities at NAYA Family Center

Request for Qualifications

Native Gathering Garden Public Art Mural

We are seeking an experienced Native American artist(s) to design and create a distinctive, sitespecific, original mural for the storage container (photo below) within Thomas Cully Park (5810 NE 72nd Ave) that holds maintenance equipment for the Native Gathering Garden.