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Native Foodways Program Manager at The Cultural Conservancy - 16535

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Native Foodways Program Manager
The Cultural Conservancy
95472 CA ,
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Job Description: 


The Cultural Conservancy’s flagship Native Foodways Program and our growing Land Stewardship work on our two land sites, Heron Shadow and Indian Valley Organic Farm & Garden, are areas critical to the mission and vision of our organization as a whole. Through these programs, we engage in local, regional, and national work in Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK), Native farming and agricultural sciences, seed sovereignty, Indigenous ethnobotany, and community food justice work.

The Native Foodways Manager is a key full-time position that manages and coordinates the design, development, and implementation of the Foodways Program, as well as working to support our growing Land Stewardship work and programming at Heron Shadow. The Foodways Program Manager reports directly to the Chief Program Officer (CPO) and works in close collaboration with the Farm Manager and Land Team. This position is focused on program management and administration with key areas of responsibility that include: educational and community programming and events, regional food distribution and food justice collaborations, and supporting national and international Native Foodways networks.

Duties & Responsibilities: 


1. Native Foodways Programming and Community Education: support, develop and manage Native Foodways community programing, educational events, and workshops

Plan and implement educational events and workshops, including Spring Planting and Fall Harvesting gatherings, community workdays, event booths, cooking classes, youth and student workshops and other relevant community educational programs in collaboration with TCC team

Manage and supervise TCC interns/apprentices, program participants, and volunteers for Native Foodways and Land programming and activities

Manage the refinement and development of Native Foodways curriculum and content in collaboration with other TCC team and departments/programs

Support Native Foodways program assessment and community feedback circles assisting in ongoing program reflection, refinement and responding to community requests

Support organizational events and farming/growing/land tending team activities on the ground across all sites

Support good communications and relationships with all community programming partners

In collaboration with the Chief Development Officer, support program fundraising activities and

development work including identifying funding opportunities, supporting grant writing activities, and supporting the creation of outreach materials

2. Community Food Distribution: manage and support TCC’s community food and seed distribution, food justice collaborations and partnerships

In collaboration with CPO and Farm Manager, support, grow and manage a regional community network for Native and organic foods, seeds, plant, and medicine distribution

Manage food distribution delivery, schedule and communication with partner organizations and farms

Support distribution program assessment and community feedback circles to better understand community food sovereignty/food justice requests and needs

Participate in and support TCC farm operations and partner meetings as related to food distribution work

3. National and International Native Foodways Networks: in partnership with the CEO, support, manage and grow TCC’s national and international Foodways networks and communications

Continue to develop and maintain TCC’s work in national and international Native Foodways circles including attending workshops, conferences, and community events

Maintain TCC representation in Slow Food, Slow Food Turtle Island Association, and Indigenous Terra Madre networks

Manage and respond to TCC requests for Native Foodways information and input in local, regional, national, and international spaces

Education & Experience: 

Skills & Experience

Professional or lived experience with Indigenous food sovereignty and implementation of programs that serve/work with Native communities

Experience in program development or project management in a nonprofit setting or similar professional experience, including organization and attention to detail

Understanding of and commitment to Indigenous issues of food justice, ecocultural health and healing, and revitalization of traditional learning spaces.

Ability to work independently and prioritize duties: must work well under deadlines, balance multiple and competing demands and follow projects through to completion on time and budget

Excellent interpersonal skills and respectful collaborator, with a desire to work in a team- oriented environment, proactively communicating changes and progress

Adaptability and flexibility; ability to navigate in a rapidly growing organization and constantly evolving work environment

Superb written and clear oral communication skills, including presentation abilities and speaking in groups and educational sharing settings

Experience and interest supporting and learning from Native and Indigenous youth and Elders, and cultivating inter-generational educational experiences

Excellent strategic, critical, and creative thinking skills

Financial literacy to manage budgets

Experience in and/or willingness to learn grant writing and fundraising research

Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, Google Suite

Experience in Adobe Photoshop or similar helpful

BA degree preferred

Reliable personal transportation for regular travel and food distribution to/from our farms in Sebastopol (Sonoma County) and Novato (Marin County) with a valid driver’s license, auto insurance, and clean driving record

Readiness to walk, drive, lift and carry heavy items (up to 40 lbs.)


Available for weekend community events when needed

Willingness to travel for conferences and workshops

Schedule & Pay

Full-time, 40 hours/week

Salary range $65,000 - $75,000

Insurance, benefits, and mileage reimbursement

Application Instructions: 


Please send (1 page) cover letter and resume to Arlene Kato at

Native/Indigenous individuals strongly encouraged to apply

Two-spirit, queer, and GNC/trans* relatives strongly encouraged to apply

We will accept applications until the position is filled

We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and we value diversity. TCC does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, national origin, veteran status or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business needs.

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