Educational Programming and Community Engagement Leader

Reports to: Executive Director

Location:  Minneapolis, MN  

Position:  Full-Time, Exempt

Salary:  $80,000 – $87,000

Position Summary: The Educational Programming and Community Engagement Leader leads educational program development and strategic planning as well as supervising and supporting the rest of the education and community engagement team. The Educational Programming and Community Engagement Leader leads curriculum planning and development for the Indigenous Food Lab professional Indigenous kitchen and training center, studio kitchen and classroom. This position also develops and leads community engagement activities and programs.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Leading Overall Educational Programming Direction and Strategy:
    • Supervising and coaching employees in their Department
    • Planning, directing, and coordinating Department efforts
    • Ensure Department is fulfilling grant deliverables 
    • Managing Departmental budgets 
    • Communicating with founder and board members
    • Understanding conflicts with teams and providing solutions
    • Coordinate with other Leaders and the Executive Director to identify organizational goals and priorities 
    • Lead Department’s strategy to create more equitable access to programs in underserved communities
    • Develop and implement NATIFS’ community engagement strategy and maintain standards for community engagement to meet strategic goals
    • Represent NATIFS at community events and activities as a brand ambassador
  • Educational Programming and Community Engagement Program Management:
    • Develop NATIFS’ educational offerings and programs, including but not limited to:
      • Creating and maintaining a framework for NATIFS’ workshops and classes in NATIFS’ Kitchen classroom & garden 
      • Planning and prepping NATIFS staff to teach & implement workshops and classes in NATIFS’ Kitchen classroom & garden 
      • Build and maintain a network of external guest teachers to teach & implement workshops and classes in NATIFS’ Kitchen classroom & garden 
      • Other educational programming as assigned or envisioned by the Educational Programming and Community Engagement leader and/or NATIFS’ leadership team
    • Lead promotion of NATIFS’ educational offerings 
    • Design evaluation protocols, utilizing collected data, and adjusting programming accordingly to fulfill the needs of the community
    • Partner with Projects and Organizational Development Leader to develop curriculum for client incubation programs 
    • Partner with Projects and Organizational Development Leader (and others as appropriate) to develop NATIFS internship and fellowship program(s)
    • Oversee partnerships with academia/academic institutions and partners to ensure academic rigor in all programming
    • Help inform research and development projects
    • Organize recruitment, registration and tracking of programming participants
    • Organize design and implementation of e-learning modules and/or maintenance of electronic educational materials and resources
    • Lead outreach efforts with reservation and urban Indigenous communities 
    • Other duties as assigned 


  • English speaking with knowledge of Spanish or Indigenous language value
  • Exceptional organization and communication skills
  • Experience collaborating with and accepting feedback from other departments 
  • Problem solving skills (including ability to handle stressful situations in a professional manner)
  • Demonstrable proficiency with Google Workspace 
  • Proven ability to set and meet expected deadlines in a timely fashion 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated success leading and implementing collaborating teams
  • Demonstrated success mentoring and instructing individuals in professional environments
  • Demonstrated collaborative style, cultural competency, and effective relationship building
  • Demonstrated success in managing multiple projects concurrently and completing on time
  • Provide a strong network of contacts and connections in Indigenous education/academia 
  • Demonstrated experience working on reservations and/or within tribal communities

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 the board as appropriate
  • Attend and participate in events and meetings
  • Communicate internally in a timely manner


  • Employer pays 100% of health insurance premium, with additional employer contribution to Health Savings Account
  • Employee contribution to 403(b) at 1% or more of salary is matched with 3% of salary employer contribution
  • Four weeks of paid time off + 11 paid holidays per year

ADA requirements:

NATIFS will provide reasonable accommodations (such as a qualified sign language interpreter or other personal assistance) with the application process upon request as required to comply with applicable laws.  If you have a disability and require assistance in this application process, please reach out to [email protected] for additional information. Additional ADA notice of requirements:

  • Periods of sitting and standing
  • May endure prolonged periods of computer use
  • Written and verbal communication ability
  • Scan, handle and move material efficiently and safely, including lifting or moving up to 40 pounds
  • Flexible work schedule (e.g., occasional nights, weekends, and holidays) and regular attendance necessary
  • Reasonable accommodations can be made as needed

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

To Apply or Inquire for Further Information

please send the following materials to [email protected], with the subject line as follows: EPCEL_(last name)_(first name):

  • Resume or CV
  • Cover Letter explaining your experiences working in Indigenous and/or diverse communities as well as why you would be a good fit for the position.

You may also choose to come into the Indigenous Food Lab at the Midtown Global Market to complete a paper application. 

NāTIFS 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 NāTIFS.

  • NāTIFS is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to any protected category under federal or Minnesota law, including but not limited to the following categories as and to the full extent protected by applicable law: age; race (including traits associated with race, including but not limited to hair texture and hair styles such as braids, locs, and twists); color; creed; religion; national origin and/or ancestry; sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, related medical conditions); sexual orientation; gender identity and/or expression; marital status; familial status; disability; military and/or veteran status; status with respect to public assistance; membership or activity in a local commission; genetic information; citizenship; or any other protected characteristic as established by law.
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