First Alaskans Institute (FAI) is pleased to announce its 2024 Public Policy Fellowship (PPF) to place Alaska Native and rural Alaskans in Juneau during the 2024 Legislative Session. The goal for the PPF is for Fellows to become familiar with the legislative process; understand the history of Alaska Native people; learn and use the skills of past, present and future leadership; and understand the evolving issues that confront Alaska Natives and the State of Alaska. Participants will have hands-on experience working with the legislative and political process, and create a real-time two-way flow of information between the Alaska State Capitol and our Alaska Native communities.

If your office is interested in learning from the knowledge and experience of our Alaska Native and rural Alaskan Fellows and supporting the further development of Alaska's leaders, then we invite you to employ a fellow. Placement will be based on the experience, interests and needs of our Fellows and Legislators.

Timeline:
  • Placement with Host Legislative Office Finalized: Wednesday, December 20, 2023
  • Placement with Legislative Office during 2024 Alaska State Legislature 1st Regular Session: January – April 2024 
Legislator and/or Legislative office responsibilities:
  • Provide office work space for the Fellow January – April 2024;
  • Provide on the job training as needed;
  • Provide meaningful work experience;
  • Designate a supervisor for day-to-day interaction and program coordination;
  • Allow the Fellow to participate in monthly check in calls between FAI and the Fellow;
  • Allow Fellow to engage in research of Alaska Native issues relevant to the office needs;
  • Evaluate work performance of the Fellow;
  • Work with FAI staff to schedule a site visit in February (in person or virtually);
  • Contact FAI immediately with any concerns or problems as they arise.
First Alaskans Institute’s responsibilities:
  • Recruit, screen, interview and hire Fellows;
  • Assume all liabilities as employer of record for the Fellow such as workers comp;
  • Provide an orientation before session starts;
  • Provide the Fellow a round-trip ticket to Juneau, monthly living stipend and daily stipend;
  • Work with Legislator office and the Fellow to create and revise the scope of work as needed;
  • Provide advice and support to Fellow in contacting leaders in Alaska Native politics and education as part of their research projects;
  • Conduct monthly check-in phone calls and a February site visit with Fellow to review successes and challenges;
  • Discuss performance challenges and mediate discrepancies as needed; 
  • Conduct debriefing session at the end of the Fellowship.
Questions can be directed to Indigenous Leadership Continuum at leadership@firstalaskans.org or by calling 907-677-1707.

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* 1. Please complete the following information.

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* 2. Will you require your Fellow to work full time in person in your Juneau office or work full time remotely from their home? Should your Fellow be required to move to Juneau for the dates of the session?

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* 3. If you are chosen to host a Fellow and require them to work remotely, are you able to cover the costs for internet, a computer, and all necessary office supplies for the Fellow?

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* 4. Due to Covid-19 some offices are requiring employees to work in person in their office while following social distancing procedures (wearing a mask while in the office, staying 6 feet apart from others, wiping down surfaces after use, etc.), are you requiring your staff to practice and follow these requirements while in your office?

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* 5. Brief summary/description of work:

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* 6. Please share duties and responsibilities that the fellow will execute in a bulleted list:

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* 7. Please share qualifications, knowledge, competencies, skills & abilities required for your office in a bulleted list:

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* 8. What are your priorities for the upcoming session? 

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* 9. How do you see the PPF Fellow strengthening your progress throughout the session?

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* 10. How do you plan be a good relative to Alaska Native and/or rural Alaskan constituents during this session?

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* 11. Fellows will engage in the mandatory ethics training hosted by the Legislative Affairs Agency, are you able to coordinate this? 

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* 12. Describe what the Fellow can look forward to learning in your internal office training and onboarding?

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* 13. Please share additional comments we should take into consideration as we decide on placements of our Fellows:

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