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Executive Director

North American Traditional Indigenous Food Systems (NaTIFS)
Minnesota, United States
$125,000.00 - $130,000.00
Closing date
Apr 20, 2023

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Position Type
Community Development
Employment Type
Full Time


North American Traditional Indigenous Food Systems (NāTIFS) 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 regenerates wealth and improves health in Native communities through Indigenous food-related enterprises. 

Reclamation of ancestral education is a critical part of reversing the damage of colonialism and forced assimilation, and food is at the heart of this reclamation. NāTIFS will drive sustainable economic empowerment and prosperity into tribal communities through a reimagined food system that also addresses the health impacts of injustice. 

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, but also, we can 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 (IFL), 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.

NāTIFS has opened the Indigenous Food Lab (IFL) in the Midtown Global Market on historic Lake Street in Minneapolis as a professional Indigenous kitchen and training center covering all aspects of food service; research and development; Indigenous food identification, gathering, cultivation, and preparation; and all components of launching and running a successful culinary business based around Native cultures and Indigenous foods.

For more information about NāTIFS, please visit our website at:



NāTIFS is actively seeking a dynamic Executive Director to lead the organization in the next phase of our service to the community and the development of a healthier Native food system throughout North America. This will be accomplished in partnership with Chef Sean Sherman and the 31-member staff, as we expand at our headquarters in Minneapolis, MN, and in locations across the country. 

The Executive Director will be passionate about food, regenerative food systems, and Native food sovereignty. They will have excellent internal systems skills and experience growing a start-up organization to a full-fledged national nonprofit. The Executive Director will manage two major strategies: (1) Managing day-to-day operations for continued growth; and (2) engaging potential partners to continue expansion of Indigenous Food Labs to other parts of the continent through partnerships, donations, and contracts. The Executive Director will share the vision of an organization that provides resources, opportunities, and connections for our partners.



  • 8+ years’ experience in nonprofit management including fundraising, organizational development, board governance, and operations.
  • 5+ years’ experience in related topics that may include one or more of the following: public policy; food systems; fund development; Native cultures and institutions; etc.
  • Management skills with staff diversity including language; culture; protected characteristics such as ethnicity, gender, etc.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Lived experience working in Native American/First Nations communities.
  • Experience in upper-level management in a Native-led or other BIPOC organization.
  • College degree
  • Bi-lingual Native American/First Nations, Indigenous, or Spanish language.

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