Chemical Dependency Prevention Advocate

Ain Dah Yung Center is seeking a Chemical Dependency Prevention Advocate within the
Ninijanisag (Meaning Our Children in Ojibwe) program. Ninijanisag teaches American Indian youth about problem-solving, leadership, and communication skills in a cultural context specializing in the prevention of suicide, chemical dependency, and commercial tobacco use.

The main goal for this position is to decrease the risk factors of chemical use among participant youth by engaging them in cultural education activities centered on the dangers of chemical use and creating positive community norms in collaboration with other advocates and agencies. This position will be responsible for outreach to schools, other agencies, and the larger community engaging youth between the ages of 10 – 17. This advocate will facilitate prevention groups and activities working to build a strong sense of leadership with the youth they are working with. Position includes afternoon/evening and some weekend hours.

• Responsible for decreasing the risk factor of chemical use among participant youth by
involving them in the planning and implementation messaging and outdoor/indoor
community events
• Develop a curriculum specific to the American Indian/Tribal culture and facilitate youth
groups. Areas of interest will included but are not limited to; chemical use prevention,
public policy, and systems change, healthy living, and cultural traditions and teachings
• Case management – Intake new youth into the program utilizing proper paperwork and
administration assessments. Maintain complete and accurate files on youth participation.
• Responsible to maintain a calendar of events for programming monthly
• Conduct home visits and include families in programming
• Listen to client concerns and provide crisis intervention as required
• Outreach to the Native community, community agencies and schools
• Teach advocacy skills to youth and advocate on their behalf within systems they are
involved with – schools, city programs, agencies, etc.
• Identify, develop and maintain referral partnerships with local social service agencies
that effectively assist clients to achieve their basic needs and goals
• Responsible for understanding program budgets and ability to plan activities/groups
• Organize community events and youth projects as well as participate in various other
community collaborative initiatives.
• Act as a support system to the youth and family and provide supportive resources.
• Foster a positive, engaged community and actively seek ways to help people and
• Collects and records all required statistical information; accurately reports data in a timely manner
• Prepare monthly statistical reports and other data as required
• Directly reports to the Community Services Director
• Participates in agency efforts to promote a mutually respecting, multicultural
environment; participates in training opportunities related to economic, racial and cultural
diversity as requested
• Attend all agency and Ninijanisag meetings and trainings including the completion of
HIPAA, and Mandated reporting for minors

• Must have at least 2 years of education in human services or related field or 3 years’
experience in chemical dependency. A Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services or related
field is preferred.
• At least two years of experience working with at-risk youth in a group, educational or
human service setting.
• Must have working knowledge of traditional American Indian culture, community, and
family systems including spiritual ceremonies that reflect our local Indigenous community
• Must have experience working in the Native American Community and be familiar with
the resources available to American Indian youth.
• Must have an understanding of risk factors facing American Indian Youth and have an
ability to provide educational information to youth and family members.
• Clear understanding of structural racism and historical trauma and its impact on the
American Indian community.
• Knowledge of evidence-based practices preferred, specifically Harm Reduction,
Motivational Interviewing, Trauma Informed Care and Person-Centered approaches
• Experience working with youth and families of diverse racial and socioeconomic
backgrounds, preferably in a nonprofit organization within the Native Community
• Commitment to diversity and inclusion, both personally and organizationally
• Maintain confidentiality and understand its implications in both the workplace and the
• Knowledgeable about and able to respond effectively to the complexities of participants’
• Ability to interact with people in a manner which shows sensitivity, respect, and
• Ability to promote a professional work environment that is affirming, respectful and
understanding of diverse people.
• Capability to exercise good judgment and problem solving in a variety of circumstances
• Ability to think clearly and act appropriately under pressure
• Must be able to work with a high level of accuracy and attention to detail
• Ability to maintain professional boundaries and act as a role model to clients
• Ability to work constructively with youth who exhibit a wide array of challenging
• Knowledge of identifying signs of active addiction
• Ability to work cooperatively as a team member within a multidisciplinary team
• Self-motivated and self-directed
• Proven capacity to manage multiple tasks including identifying priorities, adjusting scope as necessary, and adhering to strict timelines.
• Requires creativity, flexibility and inclusivity in the approach to group planning and in
supporting youth and their families.
• Strong communication skills, including inter-personal communication and written reports.
• Knowledge of relevant safety measures to promote effective operations for the
protection of people, data, and property.
• Knowledge of various principles and methods for teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
• Ability to talk to others to convey information effectively and give full attention to what
other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking
questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
• Communicate effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
• Skilled in using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of
alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems, considering the relative
costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one
• Skill of monitoring/assessing yourself, Ninijanisag clients and program to suggest
improvements or take corrective action
• Ability to receive constructive feedback
• Ability to manage one's own time and the time of others.
• Skilled in considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the
most appropriate one for grant funding
• Ability to engage members of collaborative partnerships in healthy discussions,
cooperation, and working relationships
• Ability to apply rules and combine information to reach an appropriate conclusion to
people and programs.
• Ability to identify when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong and focus on reaching conclusions to solve the problem.
• Skilled in assessing the needs of the individual and community and seeking ways to
address these needs
• Skilled in developing a positive rapport with peers, families, and community members
• Understanding the importance of self-care in human services environment
• Must be free of problematic substance use for at least two years immediately preceding
hiring and must sign a statement attesting to that fact.
• Strong communication skills, including inter-personal communication and written reports.
• Must have good organizational and coordination skills
• Must have a valid MN Driver’s License with insurance and maintain a good driving
• Experience with Microsoft Office, Zoom, and either Android or Apple smart phones
Physical and Environmental Demands:
– Travel between sites and other business-related destinations.
– Learn technical information for assessment, testing, reporting, and evaluating
– Communicate effectively with high-risk populations and community partners.
– Frequent talking and listening.
– Standing, Walking, stooping, bending, and lifting up to 20 lbs.
– Frequent use of hands and fingers to operate computer, phones, and writing
– Occasional exposure to high-risk situations.

Please send your resume and cover letter to

Ain Dah Yung Center (ADYC) is committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion. We value our employees for their unique talents and abilities. ADYC’s leadership is devoted to continue to nurture our positive work environment where all employees can reach their full potential and maximize their contributions. All employees are valued for their individual differences and the unique contributions that help us achieve our mission. We are committed to our employees’ dignity and well-being and make every effort to provide all employees with a safe and professional work environment. ADYC strives to treat its employees fairly, with respect, and to maintain a workplace that is free from discrimination, harassment, and other offensive or unprofessional behavior. As an equal opportunity employer we embrace and encourage our employee’s differences in backgrounds and experiences. Come walk with us and apply today! 



 Central Minnesota Legal Services: Staff Attorney Position

Central Minnesota Legal Services is seeking to fill a full-time staff attorney position in its Saint Cloud office.

Responsibilities: The attorney will focus primarily on family law and employment law, with expansion into other practice areas within CMLS priorities. This position will involve regular litigation. The office has a commitment to service work, including litigation, community legal education, and community outreach, as appropriate to client needs. These activities may take place in person or remotely. Travel may be required throughout the nine counties served by the CMLS office in Saint Cloud.

Background: The mission of Central Minnesota Legal Services is to increase access to justice by providing high-quality legal services to individuals experiencing poverty, challenging inequities, and empowering community members to participate in our civil legal system. CMLS is a 3-office program with 28 employees providing free legal representation to low-income clients in 21 counties in central Minnesota. The Saint Cloud office serves Itasca, Chisago, Mille Lacs, Sherburne, Benton, Stearns, Morrison, Todd, and Wright counties.

CMLS is funded primarily by a grant from the Legal Services Corporation. CMLS also has other funding sources to provide civil legal services to specific low-income populations in its service area. CMLS enjoys a good rapport with, and strong support from, the organized bar and the local judiciary.

Qualifications: Demonstrated commitment and sensitivity to the problems of marginalized communities and individuals experiencing poverty. Prior family law experience preferred. Poverty law litigation experience or law school clinical experience a plus. Candidates should be licensed to practice law in Minnesota or be a candidate for Bar admission. Attorneys admitted to practice in another state with 18 months’ employment in a poverty law office can obtain temporary pre-exam admission. Valid driver’s license and reliable vehicle required. Ability to speak a second language, particularly Spanish or Somali, is a plus. Demonstrated commitment to furthering principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and ability to work effectively with people from different cultural backgrounds is essential. Must have strong communication skills, ability to work constructively in a team setting, exhibit good judgment, ability to learn quickly and work independently, and be able to effectively handle contested hearings.

Salary: $53,500 -$64,737 D.O.E. pursuant to the CMLS salary schedule. Excellent benefits.
Starting Date: December 1, 2021 or earlier if possible.
Application Deadline: November 5, 2021 or until filled.

No Phone Calls Please
Central Minnesota Legal Services is an Equal Opportunity Employe




New Native Theatre (NNT) which creates authentic and transformative plays and events through the lens of the Native American experience is seeking an experienced Administrative and Finance Manager to manage the administrative and business practices of the company. Founded in 2009 by award-winning playwright, and NNT Artistic Director, Rhiana Yazzie, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, NNT’s focus is to nurture and develop Native American artists.

NNT’s mission is to engage artists and audiences by 1) Producing commissioned and existing plays by Native playwrights. 2) Producing community-created plays about cultural and social justice topics. 3) Presenting the best Native American productions from around North America. 4) Providing an array of theatre training to Native American community members. 5) Engaging in collaborations with Native artists and Native organizations of varying artistic disciplines.

Applicants from populations underrepresented in the arts and aligning with NNT’s mission and priorities focusing on playwrights, community access, and a passion for Native arts are strongly encouraged to apply.

NNT is committed to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Accessibility and welcomes candidates who have demonstrable experience advocating for underrepresented communities.

Position Summary
The Administrative and Finance Manager administers the accounting, grant management, and budgeting. As part of a team, the Administrative and Finance Manager implements the business practices necessary to ensure an exemplary culture of professional artists and the priorities of the company. The Administrative and Finance Manager will act in collaboration with the Artistic team. As NNT is poised for growth and development, the Administrative and Finance Manager will help build infrastructure and systems, to manage and budget for growth, and to populate our work with quality passionate individuals. The Administrative and Finance Manager reports to the Artistic Director and Board of Directors.

Desired Skills and Experience
The ideal candidate will desire to be part of a vital and innovative company and possess leadership skills to represent both internally and externally: experience interacting with artistic personnel: exceptional communication, written and verbal; experience in developing and managing project budgets; highly organized with effective time-management skills. Experience with theatrical management experience
and nonprofit management are preferred.

This is a full-time, hourly and exempt position available immediately, starting at $30/hour. Benefits include paid-time-off with additional benefits pending implementation.
Application Instructions. Please email a cover letter and resume with references to:
Beverly Bushyhead and/or Joy Persall with “NNT ADMIAdministrative and Finance Manager” in the subject line.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, ancestry, national origin, citizenship, religion, gender, sex, sexual orientation, affectional preference, gender identity or expression, sexual and reproductive health decisions, pregnancy, disability, genetic predisposition, age, military or veteran status, marital or familial status, or any other protected characteristic, in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.

NO phone calls, please. For more information about New Native Theatre, please visit

Send inquiries and Resumes with Cover Letter expressing your interest and experience to: Beverly Bushyhead at
or Joy Persall at



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