Intertribal Agriculture Council Land Access Project Director Remote · Full time

The Director of the Land Access Project will provide strategic leadership and vision in establishing and managing the National Indigenous Land, Capital, and Market Access Program, overseeing participant subawards, guiding discussions amongst partners, and compiling grant report information for submission to the USDA. This program, funded by the USDA, aims to address systemic inequities and empower Native producers by providing access to land, capital, and market opportunities. The Director will collaborate with internal teams, partners, and key stakeholders to set priorities, develop partnerships, and ensure the successful implementation of the program. A pivotal aspect of the role involves coordinating with project partners to ensure comprehensive wrap-around services for program participants, covering land, capital, and market access opportunities. Success in this position hinges on recognizing the potential to transform a program into a broader movement. This role will report directly to the Chief Strategy Officer, is guided in their work by the IAC’s National Intertribal Food Business Center Director, works in partnership with Akiptan, Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative (IFAI), and Indian Land Tenure Foundation (ILTF), and serves with the core goal of revitalizing Indian Country food systems. They will provide innovative thought leadership, identifying and securing funding to support Native producers throughout Indian Country in their food production, processing, and distribution endeavors.

Description

PURPOSE AND DESCRIPTION: 

Intertribal Agriculture Council (IAC) was founded in 1987 to pursue and promote the conservation, development, and use of our agricultural resources for the betterment of our people. Tribal leaders, in a true expression of self-determination, identified and delegated their representation within the IAC Charter, comprising the voting membership that remains in existence today. This organizational leadership structure uniquely positions the IAC to inform federal policy and program implementation at federal agencies like the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and the Department of Agriculture (USDA), simultaneously redefining and supporting the rebuilding of self-determined Tribal food systems.


The IAC promotes the Indian-use of Indian resources for the benefit of Indian People. Programmatic offerings have expanded over nearly four decades to include legal and policy development, technical assistance, natural resources management, domestic and international marketing support, and Native youth in food and agriculture leadership development. Informed by the trade routes and food systems that existed on this continent before colonization, IAC seeks to address systemic inequities to better serve Native producers and Indian Country as a whole.


The Director of the Land Access Project will provide strategic leadership and vision in establishing and managing the National Indigenous Land, Capital, and Market Access Program, overseeing participant subawards, guiding discussions amongst partners, and compiling grant report information for submission to the USDA. This program, funded by the USDA, aims to address systemic inequities and empower Native producers by providing access to land, capital, and market opportunities. The Director will collaborate with internal teams, partners, and key stakeholders to set priorities, develop partnerships, and ensure the successful implementation of the program. A pivotal aspect of the role involves coordinating with project partners to ensure comprehensive wrap-around services for program participants, covering land, capital, and market access opportunities. Success in this position hinges on recognizing the potential to transform a program into a broader movement.


This role will report directly to the Chief Strategy Officer, is guided in their work by the IAC’s National Intertribal Food Business Center Director, works in partnership with Akiptan, Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative (IFAI), and Indian Land Tenure Foundation (ILTF), and serves with the core goal of revitalizing Indian Country food systems. They will provide innovative thought leadership, identifying and securing funding to support Native producers throughout Indian Country in their food production, processing, and distribution endeavors.


ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: 

Oversee Strategic Programmatic Leadership

  • Establish, manage, and report on the program to USDA in alignment with IAC’s mission and goals.
  • Collaborate with the NIFBC Director, program directors, other key IAC staff to set programmatic priorities, goals, and strategies for the program through a collaborative decision-making process.
  • Monitor and evaluate program outcomes and impact, and make recommendations for program improvement and expansion.
  • Ensure alignment and collaboration between the Indigenous Land Access and Partnerships program and other organizational initiatives.
  • Collaborate with the Chief Strategy Officer to develop and implement organizational strategies and initiatives.
  • Establish the programmatic structure and staffing framework for the project, providing mentorship and guidance to staff members involved in the program.


Develop a Strategic Partnership Approach

  • Identify and cultivate strategic partnerships with tribal leaders, nonprofit organizations, community groups, government agencies, and other stakeholders aligned with our mission and goals.
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with existing and potential partners, serving as the primary point of contact for relevant partnership inquiries and collaboration opportunities.
  • Facilitate cross-sector collaboration and knowledge-sharing initiatives to drive innovation and collective action.
  • Track and evaluate partnership performance to assess alignment with IAC’s organizational values and priorities.
  • Develop and nurture strategic partnerships with Native communities, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and other stakeholders to support program objectives.
  • Represent the organization in external forums, conferences, and meetings to advocate for Indigenous land rights and food sovereignty.


Lead Funding, Grant, and Subgrant Oversight

  • Oversee the management of participant subawards, grant reporting, and compliance with USDA requirements.
  • Guide discussions between partners for the Request for Applications (RFA) creation process and award selection, and coordinate closely with IAC’s program directors on the Stakeholder Services and Strategy teams. 
  • Coordinate with project partners to ensure wrap-around services for program participants for land, capital, and market access opportunities. 
  • Lead efforts to identify and secure additional funding opportunities to support Indigenous land access and food sovereignty initiatives.
  • Review and submit programmatic reports that include the metrics required by USDA, as well as any metrics developed by the IAC Leadership team to monitor progress on program-specific priorities;
  • Assist with the preparation of reports and presentation of data for any and all aspects of the program.
  • Prioritize sub-grantmaking for areas and communities of highest need and those who have been historically excluded from federal funding and programming.
  • Travel to the location of grantee project sites to assist, monitor, and evaluate project performance under the conditions present at the time of site visit.


KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND QUALIFICATIONS: 

  • Bachelor's degree in a relevant field and/or equivalent experience.
  • Proven relationships and 5+ years’ experience working in, for, and/or with Native communities.
  • Experience in the field of agribusiness, business planning, facilitation and network management, local food systems, sustainable agriculture, fundraising, grant management, and/or grant making.
  • Extensive experience with government funding opportunities and granting programs; familiarity with funding portfolios specifically rooted in the food system and agricultural development sectors are a preference.
  • Basic understanding of networking and relationship management not only with Native community serving organizations, but also USDA program teams.
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, with the ability to engage diverse stakeholders and effectively convey complex information.
  • Strong organizational abilities, with a demonstrated track record of managing multiple tasks and priorities.
  • Flexibility to travel occasionally and work collaboratively with teams and partners across different regions.
  • Knowledge of or willingness to learn about issues impacting Native food and agriculture, including understanding of tribal sovereignty, cultural sensitivity, and historical context.
  • Previous experience in outreach, community engagement, or related fields preferred.
  • Strong project management skills with the ability to prioritize tasks, meet deadlines, and work effectively in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to work effectively in a collaborative team environment with different working and communication styles.
  • Excellent computer skills, including utilization of Google Drive, Google Suite, and Smartsheets.
  • Valid driving license and a background that would meet the requirements for car rental for job-related purposes.


WORK ENVIRONMENT AND PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS : 

  • Location: The Land Access Project Director is expected to work in a variety of environments: 
  • Primary location: Work from home office/remote or from the field, which includes site visits to locations in the field (including, but not limited to: farms, ranches, undeveloped properties, etc.).
  • Secondary locations: Travel is required for internal and external meetings. Examples include the IAC Annual Conference or in-person team meetings at various times during the year.
  • Physical Requirements: Must be able to remain in a stationary position, working at a desk, 50% of the time. Must be able to visit farms, ranches, undeveloped properties, etc.


The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned. Intertribal Agriculture Council has the right to revise this job description at any time. The job description is not a contract for employment, and either you or the Intertribal Agriculture Council may terminate employment at any time, for any reason.


Consistent with its obligations under the law (including the American Disabilities Act), the Intertribal Agriculture Council will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of their job.


Intertribal Agriculture Council is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Salary

$77,100 - $113,225 per year