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.

NAYA Equity Statement

NAYA is proud to share Native American cultures with our community, partners and neighbors within the context of NAYA programs. As a culturally specific mission-based organization, NAYA services are designed to be responsive to the needs of the Native American/Alaska Native community. We welcome anyone who seeks our services and strive to communicate effectively and respectfully within the context of varying beliefs, behaviors, orientations, identities and cultural backgrounds.

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.

NAYA is an equal opportunity employer.

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 (June 30, 2022)

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

Youth Advocacy Manager  (Application Deadline: July 18, 2022)

Youth Housing Navigator  (Application Deadline: July 18, 2022)

Maintenance Technician   (Application Deadline: July 14, 2022: applications will be accepted until a candidate is selected)

Energy Assistance Specialist

Mamook Tokatee Cultural Arts Program Coordinator

Life Skills Advocate

Educational Re-engagement Coach

College Preparation Coach Grades 8 – 10

College Preparation Coach

Kitchen Manager

Infant Toddler Teacher 1 & 2

Foster Care Support Specialist

Family Housing Advocate


Parent-Child Support Specialist  

IDA Coordinator  

Economic Development Support Specialist

Asset Manager

Resident Services Coordinator

Grants and Contracts Accountant


Communications Coordinator

Native Marketplace and Retail Coordinator

Community Health Worker

FUP Housing Advocate

Community Leadership Coordinator

Pathways to Adulthood ILP Specialist

Family Parent Support Specialist

Homeownership Manager

Youth Housing Advocate

DVHUD Horizons Housing Advocate

Domestic Violence Advocate

COVID 19 Housing Advocate

Youth Parent Support Specialist

Culture and Outreach Specialist

Many Nation Academy -Classroom Teacher-Language Arts

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

     * MNA 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 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.