Denali Universal Services Joins Army Partnership

Nov 8, 2022 | Government, News

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Denali Universal Services CEO Maria Bourne (left) receives a certificate of appreciation from Lieutenant Colonel David Jurva, director of personnel for the Alaska Army National Guard, during a Partnership for Your Success ceremony in Anchorage on September 20, 2022.

Sergeant Seth LaCount | US Army National Guard

The newest partner in a program providing career opportunities for Alaska National Guard members is the Anchorage-based facility management company Denali Universal Services.

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Partnership for Your Success (PaYS) is a program of the Army National Guard involving private businesses, universities, and public institutions increasing prospects for civilian employment for citizen soldiers. Partner companies guarantee Guard members an interview which could lead to employment. Through this partnership, employers benefit from a controlled flow of honorably serving candidates who have established a positive work ethic, possess mid-level leadership skills, and are drug free.

“It’s really our honor to welcome Denali Universal Services as our newest partner. We appreciate their participation in this program,” says Lieutenant Colonel David Jurva, Alaska Army National Guard director of personnel.

Denali Universal Services joins Northrim Bank, which became the first private-sector partner in Alaska last year. More than a dozen agencies and nonprofit organizations in Alaska are also PaYS partners. More than 900 other companies are in the partnership nationwide.

As an integrated facilities management company, Denali Universal Services employs security, facilities, maintenance, housekeeping, and culinary professionals with a wide range of clients and job locations across Alaska and throughout the United States.

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“Our organization’s values and culture are very much aligned with the Alaska Army National Guard and the US Army. We have several employees today who have served or continue to serve, and we really pride ourselves in that,” says Maria Bourne, CEO and President for Denali Universal Services. “We are very excited and honored to be selected as your partner, and we look forward to seeing this relationship grow while offering more opportunities for Soldiers and their families.”

The Alaska Army National Guard is looking for more companies to join the program. Partner companies must be able to forecast full-time positions that align with skills and abilities Army Guard soldiers possess. Positions must be for full-time permanent employment and cannot be classified as temporary hire. The program does not charge a fee to become a partner, and companies that charge a fee for employment or placement are not eligible. Upon approval, the employer signs a Memorandum of Agreement with the US Army.

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