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Beauty for Ashes Cultural Advisor
Job Code:2022-08-022
FT/PT Status:Regular Full Time
Salary Minimum$39,576
Salary Midpoint$49,470
Position Closes:

Job Responsibilities & Qualifications:

Primary Function

To ensure that the Beauty for Ashes (BFA) program becomes a model of culturally infused patient care, and that the principles of culturally relevant service delivery are infused throughout the behavioral health service lines at Analenisgi. This position is responsible for providing primary, discipline specific, expertise for the Beauty for Ashes (BFA) program service and related program services within the Analenisgi clinic. In addition to the direct service time specified in the job description, the position will also provide direct oversight and supervision of all cultural coordinators and cultural volunteers within the BH programs associated with the BFA service line.


This includes, but is not limited to: Serving as a care team (cultural advisor) member for related trainings and activities in the BFA program, as a learning circle leader, trainer, and presenter. Target population(s) served are EBCI and IHS eligible or those in partnership with the needs of the community. This position will bring the expertise of the Cherokee culture into the context of BFA service delivery and will develop and build relationships with other experts in the field. The cultural advisor position will work to increase the cultural knowledge of BH staff and invite those in the community to learn and connect with the Cherokee culture on their way to healing.


Job Description


Overall Core Duties


  • A demonstrated commitment to preserve and protect the history, culture, and stories of the Cherokee.
  • Experienced in and commitment to working in a team-oriented environment.
  • Ensure effective team work across all ages, disabilities and programs to meet the behavioral health and social needs of the EBCI.
  • Project a proactive, warm, and welcoming, professional presence within the community served. Work effectively with internal and external stakeholders and those with tribal/indigenous affiliations.
  • Possess an extensive knowledge of Cherokee history and culture with a willingness to learn more.
  • Substantive knowledge of the Cherokee language.
  • Means for vetting cultural practices and traditions proposed by other areas in the health system.
  • Willingness to travel and assist for community events and collaboration.
  • Demonstrate cultural sensitivity for Cherokee culture and other cultures with experience in teaching others in these areas.
  • Willingness to learn more with supplemented training and advisement from elders and other cultural experts in Cherokee culture, language, various art forms, and performed arts.
  • Complete all trainings associated with the department and organization as assigned.
  • Identify and coordinate cultural reflection for the Beauty for Ashes Program.
  • Willingness to learn and respect other cultural practices as they apply.
  • Core knowledge of Cherokee crafts, or willingness to learn, is necessary.
  • Knowledge of and willingness to perform, lead and teach traditional songs, stories, and dances with population served.
  • Knowledge of safety concerns, legal and reporting mandates, and evidenced based practices with population served.
  • Willingness to research Cherokee history, culture, and craft/artistry.
  • Responsible for all related policies, procedures and forms needed to ensure continuity.
  • Willingness to wear and guide others around traditional and present day cultural dress.
  • Coordinate volunteers as assigned.
  • When appropriate, document practices for continuation and fidelity.
  • Ability to document plans and budget related details for supervisor.
  • Adhere to and document all grant related requirements as assigned.
  • Other duties as assigned.




  • Act as an effective team member to ensure the continuation and on-going development of all Beauty for Ashes program services, including but not limited to Beauty for Ashes, Advanced Learning and Education Training (ALET) program, Peer Led/Educational/Clinical Circle Leader training program, presenter training program, ongoing Learning Circles in support of the population assigned.
  • Complete Beauty for Ashes core program as a foundation to perform this specific role.
  • Participate in learning circles as a leader, when assigned with the program philosophy of being a participant first.
  • Develop and embrace community partnerships and relationships to ensure an open invite for those who entering into the Beauty for Ashes program services.
  • Must be able to work a flexible schedule during events (early morning, late evenings and weekends, as set).


  • Ensure a schedule of cultural classes/learning circles.
  • Ability to work well independently on assignments given and inform leadership of progress.
  • Ensure services are under consultation and in conjunction with BFA Program Supervisor and BH Director/Designee.
  • Operated under the direct supervision of the Beauty for Ashes Manager with Guidance from the BH Director.
  • Seek direction and guidance from assigned Clinical Administrator during events for clinical concerns, safety and mandated reporting issues.
  • Willing to work in a variety of BH and community based settings as assigned in the BFA program.
  • Offer introductory cultural classes to those in the Beauty for Ashes Services by teaching or coordinating with those specialists in area of focus.
  • During BFA Events, acts as a discipline specific care team member or other trainer roles as assigned. Supervision will be set in events per the related area of focus as highlight in policy.


    Cultural Expertise General BH Service


  • Develop, lead, and advise BH leadership about approach to care through the cultural lens. Also, provide discipline specific supervision and guidance to the cultural coordinator(s).
  • Oversee the cultural discipline of the other cultural coordinators in Behavioral Health in conjunction with their operational specific supervisor.
  • Ensure integrity of the cultural approaches use in the program assigned.
  • Be open to advisement of the BH Leadership team to ensure support and guidance.
  • Engage the population served on what area they are interested in learning more about.
  • Inform BH staff about cultural events and opportunities by maintaining a calendar of events for distribution to staff and social media/email/paper flyers.


    BH Care-team/treatment team Documentation Requirements


  • Complete training to ensure appropriate documentation standards set-forth in medical record by governing bodies.
  • Responsible for attending clinical/care team staffing as an integral component of the treatment team, facilitating the discussion of patient data, and formulating changes to the treatment plan.
  • Assist in the individual treatment plan that includes a comprehensive assessment, the development of time limited, quantified, measurable, and salient goals, and give input from cultural standpoint assisting in prescribing procedures and interventions which lend to goal attainment.
  • Timely record all treatment and clinically significant events for the medical record in the manner prescribed by CIHA policies and procedures.
  • Ensure complete, accurate and timely documentation and billing for services.
  • Follows the provisions contained in all applicable privacy/confidentiality policies, procedures, and practices for maintenance and release of patient records and clinical information, including EBCI, CIHA, IHS, DHHS, HIPPA, JCAHO, CFR 42, or other licensing bodies.




  • Must have a High School Diploma or GED.
  • Willingness to share story as a culturally appropriate approach to treatment.
  • Enrolled Member of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indian.
  • 5 years experience in a cultural related role or commensurate with extensive experience working with the Cherokee culture.
  • At least 5 identified developed relationships with cultural mentors in the area of Cherokee culture.
  • Successfully complete the Beauty for Ashes program services core program within the first 12 months of employment as a condition of employment.
  • Required to engage as a learning circle leader immediately upon hire as assigned.
  • Experience in working with those with behavioral health and substance use experiences.
  • Must be proficiency in Microsoft Suite (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), and electronic health Records/documentation software
  • Must possess valid drivers' license.
  • Must have experience working with American Indian/Alaskan Natives.
  • Experience in working in Behavioral Health, integrated team or healthcare facility.
  • Completion of the BFA core program (ie. 5 day or adaptive BFA model)
  • Understanding of clinical/medical documentation.
  • Advanced degree (associate degree or higher)
  • Licensure in the field of BH/substance use (PSS, CDAC, LCAS, LCSW, LCMHC, other related licensure)


    Job Knowledge


    • Knowledge of Cherokee traditional songs, stories, and dances with population served.
    • Knowledge of self-awareness and self-care techniques for good work life balance.
    • Knowledge of core issues that may arise in BH settings, such as safety concerns, legal and reporting mandates, and best practice with population served.
    • Knowledge of Cherokee history, culture, and craft/artistry.
    • Knowledge of historic grief and trauma and impacts.
    • Knowledge of the Cherokee Language.
    • Knowledge of the impacts of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) and Social factors on population served.
    • Knowledge of substance use and behavioral health related disorders
    • Knowledge of trauma and how it impacts population served
    • Ability to learn computerized treatment systems including but not limited to RPMS, and ability to maintain records and files manually and on the computer.


Complexity of Duties

This position is responsible for assisting in maximizing the available resources to meet the behavioral health needs of the community. Must have the ability to interpret policy, laws and regulations in order to make decisions when a precedent is not available. Duties require the application of judgment and problem solving skills in order to be effective. Judgment often involves decisions that may have life or death results.

Supervision Received

Works under the direct guidance of the Beauty for Ashes Manager for the discipline where goals, objectives, policies, and procedures are defined, but require judgment in application. Works independently within applicable licensing regulations where latitude for creative thinking, initiative and discretion are given to achieve department goals and objectives.

Responsibility for Accuracy

Failure to provide adequate clinical services or to properly manage and direct activities could result in poor client outcomes, delays in patient treatment, and negative patient and community relations. Ineffective health planning could have adverse effects on the health status of the community by limiting access to necessary resources. Accuracy of data and research is critical in the allocation of tribal resources. Employee is responsible for the adherence to policy and procedure. Inappropriate actions or inaccuracies in judgment could result in improper diagnosis and treatment, serious liability for the tribe, or serious health risks to patients.

Contacts with Others

Interacts frequently with coworkers, hospital staff, patients, and other health professionals for the purpose of exchanging information, obtaining, or providing assistance. Serves on various local, community, and health committees, boards and advisory councils, as appropriate. Tact, courtesy, and professional conduct are required to maintain positive working relationships. Utmost sensitivity and confidentiality is required when dealing with patients and families.

Confidential Data

The provision of medical care requires that the incumbent maintain strict appropriate confidentiality regarding all patient information. The employee will have access to patient records and highly confidential information and must function with utmost integrity to safe guard this information. The employee complies with EBCI policy on confidentiality of patient records, Cherokee Indian Hospital Authority Confidentiality policy and HIPAA requirements. Violations of confidentiality regulations may result in disciplinary action and other action as allowed by federal regulations. 


Job duties can be mentally and emotionally stressful at times given the complexity of the duties, management and supervision of staff and the clinical areas being addressed with the people being served. Close mental concentration and attention to detail are required. Physical activities require the ability to be mobile, sit, reach, bend, and be in front of groups and deliver training for extended periods of time.   Some physical exertion and stamina is required such as required to transport training materials or to travel. Must have visual acuity, manual dexterity, and the ability to speak and hear. Must be able to lift 30 lbs. 

  • Position requires: stand (under 1/3 time); walk (under 1/3 time); sit (to 2/3 time); talk or hear (over 2/3 time).
  • Weight lifted or force exerted: none.
  • Special vision requirements: Close vision (clear vision at 20 inches or less).



The employee works primarily in a hospital or outpatient clinical environment but may be required to work at other offices and locations. The work environment involves moderate risks of exposure to infectious disease, radiation, electrical hazards, and irritant chemical and explosive gases. Employee must strictly adhere to OSHA guidelines and protocol for maintaining sterile conditions.

Some travel is required.  Infrequent overnight travel may be required for meetings or to attend training. 

Emergency Privileges


In the case of an emergency, any member of the Medical Staff, to the degree permitted by his/her license shall be permitted to do everything possible to save a patient’s life or save a patient from serious harm, regardless of the individual’s clinical privileges. This shall be defined as those situations in which a delay could result in serious harm or death and in which a more qualified member is not immediately available.


Customer Service

Consistently demonstrates superior customer service skills to patients/customers by demonstrating characteristics that align with CIHA’s guiding principles and core values. Ensure excellent customer service is provided to all patients/customers by seeking out opportunities to be of service.