Culinary Program Director

Position: Culinary Program Director

Salary Range: $70,000-$85,000

Position Summary:  The Culinary Program Director is responsible for oversight of Indigenous Food Lab Professional Indigenous Kitchen and Training Center (IFL).  The position oversees the production of fast-casual food to serving clients, like the Indigenous restaurant and sister organization, Owamni.  The Culinary Program Director leads administrative work expanding the culinary program to include packaged foods for public purchase and other initiatives as we grow throughout Indian Country and across Indigenous communities globally. 


Skills and ability in planning and implementing a robust curriculum targeted to varying student needs, including the following considerations:

  • 2+ years’ experience in program leadership
  • Demonstrated knowledge of current restaurant industry trends
  • Must possess culinary creativity
  • Must have an interest or experience in working with Indigenous foods and expanding skills and knowledge in this area
  • Experience providing direction and supervision to kitchen staff
  • Knowledge of basic Spanish is helpful, fluent is ideal  Detail orientation
  • Highly organized
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Skill in conflict management
  • Financial management skills sufficient to assist with purchasing, invoice payment, and budget (P&L) management
  • Effective communication skills, both written and verbal

Engagement with NATIFS’ mission:

  • Lead by example.
  • Practice Indigenous values identified as NATIFS workplace cultural expectations.
  • Represent NATIFS and reflect values in community.  
  • Willingly step up as requested. 
  • Generate new ideas.
  • Work on strategies, activities, and funding.
  • Engage with board as appropriate.
  • Attend and participate in required events and meetings.
  • Communicate internally in a timely manner.

ADA requirements:

  • Extended periods of standing
  • Written and verbal communication ability
  • Ability to lift up to 40 pounds
  • Computer use for ordering, inventory, invoice management

*English speaking, conversational Spanish preferred, with knowledge of Indigenous language value

To Apply or Inquire for Further Information

please send the following materials to, with the subject line as follows: CPD_(last name)_(first name):

  • One-page cover letter
  • Resume or CV
  • In your cover letter, please mention any experience living in or working in Native communities, and any other experience you believe makes you a successful candidate for this position.

NATIFS is committed to the principle of equity. We actively encourage women, people of color, and LGBTQ individuals to apply for this position 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.