Indigenous Food Lab Project Manager

NATIFS is seeking a full-time Project Manager for the Indigenous Food Lab. The Project Manager manages the Indigenous Food Lab’s role as a consultant, incubator and accelerator for Indigenous tribal culinary programs and Indigenous food entrepreneurs. This person will be responsible for the overall coordination, execution and completion of these projects and initiatives to advance our organization’s strategic goals. 

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Project Management, Organizational Management or equivalent 
  • Minimum 2 years of program-related experience 
  • Demonstrated ability to identify, develop and implement project-based planning and solutions 
  • Demonstrated ability to manage projects in a way that assures projects meet benchmarks and goals

Salary and Benefits

  • Annual salary of $48,000-55,000 DOQ
  • Employer-paid health insurance with HSA 
  • Four weeks of paid time off + 11 paid holidays per year 

North American Traditional Indigenous Food Systems, is a 501c3 nonprofit founded in 2017. Our mission is to promote indigenous foodways education and facilitate indigenous food access. We spread Indigenous food knowledge, train and develop Indigenous food producers, create Indigenous food access in tribal communities, and provide Indigenous education focused on Indigenous food systems.

Our culinary training center, called the Indigenous Food Lab, is located in Minneapolis, MN. The Indigenous Food Lab offers different kinds of education on all aspects of Indigenous-focused food service, including Native American agriculture, farming techniques, seed saving, wild foods, ethnobotany, Indigenous medicines, cooking techniques, regional diversity, nutrition, language, history, health, and healing. 

The goal for this training center is to help tribal communities and Native individuals develop, implement, and maintain Indigenous food entities for their communities, which could be as small as developing a product for market or designing a small catering operation utilizing products grown by Native farmers, or as large as a full-scale restaurant, depending on the means and resources of the individuals and the community. Once open, these satellite tribal entities 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 create more Indigenous food leaders and food processors to plug into our growing network. We help with business planning, securing initial financing, and providing ramp up support for these satellite businesses.

To Apply or Inquire for Further Information

To apply, please send the following materials to the NATIFS Search Team at, with the subject line as follows: PM_(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.

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

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.