Traditional Healer
Kenaitze Indian Tribe
 Kenai, AK

Traditional Healer

Dept./Program: DWC Wellness

Division: Health Systems

Reports To: Wellness Director

Revision Date: 11/06/2019

Employment Status: Full Time

FLSA Status: Exempt Professional

Schedule: 40 hours/week

Supervises: Traditional Healing Apprentice

Preference: TERO Ordinance 2017-01, P.L. 93-638

Job Summary

Responsible to assist in promoting holistic (mind, body and spirit) healing for Un'ina (customers) in individual or group settings. Through training (traditional and contemporary) and experience, develop and implement culturally relevant strategies appropriate to the perceived needs of the client. Responsible for coordinating and providing learning opportunities for traditional healing integration for services provided at the Dena'ina Wellness Center and promote the mission of Kahtnuht'ana and indigenous ways of restoring balance within the context of self, culture, and community.

Essential Functions

  • Creates, develops, and nurtures culturally honoring interactions and connections with each other, Un'ina (customers) served throughout Tribal programs, and the community.
  • Serves as a member of the integrated care team to evaluate wellness needs and/or apply traditional treatment as indicated. Consults with appropriate care team members regarding progress and needs of Un'ina (customers).
  • Reviews treatment history with Un'ina (customers) and suggests areas in which traditional healing practices and/or other services provided at the Dena'ina Wellness Center are indicated.
  • As appropriate to the gifts of the Tribal Doctor, provide the following treatments with skill and understanding of the needs of Un'ina (customers):
  • Healing hands
  • Healing circle, Talking circle, and Group visits
  • Prayer and Blessing
  • Songs and dance
  • Education on cleansing, purification and centering
  • Traditional plants and Loving Food workshops
  • Culturally sensitive counseling
  • Other Wellness opportunities
  • Must refrain from practices that could be considered more invasive traditional practices such as poking, body or tissue penetration of any kind, and genital contact.
  • Provides culturally relevant consultations including, but not limited to:
  • Client education regarding treatment plans and/or medications
  • Client status regarding the course of the treatment plan
  • The relationship of the treatment plan to the client's traditional cultural practices and beliefs
  • Shares and receives information, opinions, concerns, and feedback in a supportive manner.
  • Works collaboratively by building bridges, and creating rapport with team members across the organization.
  • Excellent oral presentation skills and strong written communication skills.
  • Effectively utilize electronic medical record to document traditional healing care plan.
  • Ability to listen and respond effectively to sensitive inquires.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a member of the integrated care team.
  • Participates in continuous quality improvement process and customer satisfaction activities.
  • Participates in the development, evaluation, and presentation of training programs and Learning Circles related to traditional healing practices and integration into services and classes provided at Dena'ina Wellness Center for both Un'ina (customers) and staff.
  • Seeks out additional learning opportunities to continue to develop the technical and professional skills needed now and in the future.
  • Maintains a personal level of physical, mental, and spiritual wellness appropriate to serve as a role model.
  • Knowledge of contemporary health practices and associated procedures.
  • Ability to maintain quality, safety and infection control standards.

It is the intent of this job description to highlight the essential functions of the position; however, it is not an all-inclusive list. The incumbent may be called upon and required to follow or perform other duties and tasks requested by his/her supervisor, consistent with the purpose of the position, department and/or the Kenaitze Indian Tribe's objectives.

Working Conditions

Lifting Requirements

Medium work Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

Physical Requirements

  • Stand or Sit (Stationary position)
  • Walk (Move, Traverse)
  • Use hands/fingers to handle or feel (Operate, Activate, Use, Prepare, Inspect, Place, Detect, Position)
  • Climb (stairs/ladders) or balance (Ascend/Descend, Work atop, Traverse)
  • Stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl (Position self (to), Move)
  • Talk/hear (Communicate, Detect, Converse with, Discern, Convey, Express oneself, Exchange information)
  • See (Detect, Determine, Perceive, Identify, Recognize, Judge, Observe, Inspect, Estimate, Assess)
  • Taste/Smell (Detect, Distinguish, Determine)
  • Pushing or Pulling
  • Repetitive Motion


Hazards and Atmospheric Conditions

  • Noise

Moderate noise (i.e. business office with computers and printers, activity area ambient noise).

OSHA Categories

Category II Normal routine involves no exposure to blood, body fluid or tissue, but exposure or potential for exposure may occur

Equipment and Tools

Equipment used for job: Computer, scanner, fax, copier and other office equipment.

Drives KIT or Personal Vehicle: Not required


  • Local
  • In-State
  • Out-of-State

Travel may be required for training.



  • High School Diploma or GED


  • Advanced level of knowledge regarding the culture and traditional practices of Alaska Native people
  • Five years of experience preferred and acceptance as a Native healer in providing traditional healing services
  • Three references from established traditional healing practicing communities or organizations preferred


  • Currently practicing as a traditional Native healer
  • CPR and AED certification
  • State of Alaska Food Worker Card

Special Skills

  • Knowledge of HIPAA and 42 CFR, Part 2 regulations