Jobs at NATIFS

The Covid-19 epidemic has forced us to slow down our Indigenous Food Lab ramp up and staffing — while also shining the light on how the world needs indigenous foods and wisdom now more than ever. We are still forging ahead, just with a slightly delayed timeline. 

As a result, we are extending the deadline on accepting applications for the positions we have posted to April 15. We will continue to receive applications on a rolling basis, but priority will be given to those received by April 15. Be well! Pilamaye!


Executive Director

NATIFS is seeking an Executive Director.

Responsibilities

The Executive Director leads the organization and, under general direction of the Board of Directors, has overall strategic and operational responsibility for staff, finance and budget management, fundraising, programs, and execution of NATIFS’ mission and strategic goals, including the Indigenous Food Lab restaurant and training center and all other NATIFS projects. The Executive Director is based in the Twin Cities, Minnesota metro.

Qualities

NATIFS is looking for a collaborative, values-driven leader who possesses an indigenous perspective, is passionate about justice and food and can skillfully manage a complex, dynamic organization. Successful candidates will have:

  • Stature in a relevant field;
  • Excellent leadership and project management skills;
  • Strong relationship-building skills with demonstrated experience working within and in partnership with diverse communities;
  • Ability to think creatively under pressure;
  • Strong communication skills, including comfort with public speaking and strong writing skills, with the ability to convey accurate, persuasive messages to multiple audiences;
  • Experience facilitating meetings and/or organizing groups around a common goal;
  • Familiarity with the landscape of organizations and agencies serving Native people in Minnesota and/or nationally;
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, rapidly changing environment, self-direct and prioritize among competing goals, and to work both independently and collaboratively;
  • A clean and philanthropic reputation;
  • Nonprofit management experience, including managing earned income projects;
  • Experience and success in fundraising;
  • Experience in or knowledge of nonprofit back office functions including operational activities, budgeting, finance, accounting, legal and human resources;
  • A warm and engaging personality that builds consensus, while simultaneously being able to have challenging conversations.

Benefits and Compensation

Compensation for this position is $75–90,000, based upon qualifications and experience. As a new organization, benefits are under development but include paid time off and a stipend toward health insurance coverage (until such time as a benefits plan is implemented).

To Apply or Inquire for Further Information

To apply, please send the following materials to the NATIFS Search Team at HR@natifs.org, with the subject line as follows: ED_(last name)_(first name):

  • One-page cover letter
  • Resume or CV
  • In your cover letter, please speak to your experience working in as many of the following areas as applicable. We don’t expect any candidate to have experience in all areas: experience living in or working in Native communities, nonprofit management, restaurant/food service, volunteer coordination, fundraising, public speaking, social services, research and development, curriculum/class management, Native agencies/faculty/nonprofits, or any other experience you believe makes you a successful candidate for this position.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, but priority will be given to those received by April 15.


Indigenous Education Director

Indigenous Education is the core of our work. Indigenous Education is thousands of years of ancestral, regional knowledge that passed down countless generations, giving us the blueprint for a healthy, sustainable, community-based lifestyle. Realizing the loss of our Indigenous Education through boarding and residential school assimilation efforts, on top of the current euro-centric curriculum that is taught in schools today, it is imperative as indigenous peoples that we define and share our own knowledge base. We need to revive ancestral knowledge in danger of being lost, re-imagine a modern indigenous food system based on this ancestral knowledge, and restore health and wealth to Native communities. Research and development in working with and understanding myriad Native ingredients will be a key focus of our work.

NATIFS is seeking an Indigenous Education Director.

Responsibilities

The Indigenous Food Lab will utilize Indigenous Education to run classes on a variety of curriculum focused on Indigenous food systems. Classes will include Native American agriculture, farming techniques, seed saving, wild foods, ethnobotany, indigenous medicines, cooking techniques, regional diversity, nutrition, language, history, health, and healing.  We will also offer modular training available as short-run workshops intended to train groups coming from various areas who want to learn specific parts of the work around indigenous foods; Native and non-Native nutritionists, for instance, who are interested in learning more about the preparation and nutrition of an indigenous diet. We envision our classes to be hands-on, fun, and accessible to anyone. In addition to the dedicated classroom training area, the restaurant will be a live training center, utilizing our staff as trainers to teach hands-on how to process and work with these foods. We will work with the participants of our programming to help them to develop, implement, and maintain an Indigenous food entity for their community, which could be as small as a catering operation, or as large as a full-scale restaurant, depending on the means and resources of the community. These enterprises will help directly influence community members by giving them access to healthy Indigenous foods that are designed to represent their tribe, in their language, using their regional flavors, and giving them the resources to grow community gardens, create permaculture landscapes, process and preserve foods, and hopefully create more Indigenous food leaders and food processors to plug into our growing network.

The Indigenous Education Director is based in the Twin Cities, Minnesota metro.

Qualities/duties

NATIFS is looking for a collaborative, values-driven leader who possesses an indigenous perspective, is passionate about justice and food and can skillfully plan and execute a robust curriculum targeted to varying student needs. Successful candidates might have:

  • Experience designing/planning curriculum for a primarily Native audience;
  • Experience planning curriculum/classes for youth and adults;
  • Excellent leadership and project management skills;
  • Strong relationship-building skills with demonstrated experience working within and in partnership with diverse communities;
  • Knowledge of/contacts with relevant educators/experts (such as chefs, nutritionists, ethnobotanists, etc.);
  • Strong communication skills, including comfort with reaching out to and recruiting a diverse audience, from guest educators to students of all ages;
  • Experience evaluating programs, utilizing collected data, and adjusting programming accordingly;
  • Familiarity with the landscape of organizations and agencies serving Native people in Minnesota and/or nationally;
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, rapidly changing environment, self-direct and prioritize among competing goals, and to work both independently and collaboratively;
  • Experience overseeing research and development projects;
  • Experience working with academic/scholarly partners on designing metrics for measuring, for instance, impact of a Native diet on health, nutritional information of Native foods, effects of Indigenous foods on mental and spiritual health, etc.;
  • Experience recruiting, registering and tracking participants;
  • Experience designing and implementing e-learning modules and/or maintaining electronic educational materials and resources.

Benefits and Compensation

Compensation for this position is $60–75,000, based upon qualifications and experience. As a new organization, benefits are under development but include paid time off and a stipend toward health insurance coverage (until such time as a benefits plan is implemented).

To Apply or Inquire for Further Information

To apply, please send the following materials to the NATIFS Search Team at HR@natifs.org, with the subject line as follows: EID_(last name)_(first name):

  • One-page cover letter
  • Resume or CV
  • In your cover letter, please speak to your experience working in as many of the areas listed above as applicable. We don’t expect any candidate to have experience in all areas. Please mention experience living in or working in Native communities, and any other experience you believe makes you a successful candidate for this position.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, but priority will be given to those received by April 15.


NATIFS is committed to the principle of equity. We actively encourage women, people of color and LGBTQ individuals to apply for these and all positions at NATIFS.

NATIFS is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military status or any other characteristic as established by law.


About NATIFS

North American Traditional Indigenous Food Systems (NATIFS), founded by James Beard award winners The Sioux Chef, is dedicated to addressing the economic and health crises affecting Native communities by re-establishing Native foodways. We imagine a new North American food system that generates wealth and improves health in Native communities through food-related enterprises. Our mission is to promote Indigenous foodways education and facilitate Indigenous food access.

NATIFS is launching the Indigenous Food Lab in Minneapolis that will house an indigenous restaurant and training center covering all aspects of food service; research and development; indigenous food identification, gathering, cultivation, and preparation; and all components of starting and running a successful culinary business based around Native traditions and indigenous foods.

By providing education and training that give Native people access to healthy, local, indigenous food, we can not only address serious issues of malnutrition, food-related illness, and economic impoverishment on tribal lands – we can also use our shared heritage to build bridges and build power within and between Native communities and our allies. With skills and support from the Indigenous Food Lab, trainees will be equipped to open satellite food businesses in their tribal communities. After the successful launch of the Minneapolis Indigenous Food Lab, we envision Food Labs in urban areas across the country, featuring the Native culinary traditions unique to each region.