IAC Seeks Assistant for the American Indian Foods Program

IAC Vacancy Announcement

Position: Program Assistant, American Indian Foods Program

Salary Work Schedule

Based on experience & qualifications Full-time permanent





Do you want to work for an organization whose mission is "To provide a unified effort to promote change in Indian Agriculture for the benefit of Indian People"? The Intertribal Agriculture Council was founded in 1987 to pursue and promote the conservation, development and use of our agricultural resources for the betterment of our people. Since that time, IAC has grown to prominence in Indian Country, among the federal government agencies and the agricultural field with which it works on behalf of individual American Indian producers and Tribal enterprises. IAC is widely recognized as the most respected voice within the Indian community and government circles on agricultural policies and programs in Indian Country.

IAC conducts a wide range of programs designed to further the goal of improving American Indian and Alaskan Native Agriculture. IAC promotes the Indian use of Indian resources and contracts with federal agencies to maximize resources for tribal members. Consequently, the American Indian Foods (AIF) Program provides a viable alternative for Indian producers to market and promote their products overseas through collaboration with the USDA Foreign Ag Service and other federal agencies.

AIF is a program of the Intertribal Agriculture Council that began in 1998 under contract with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service. The partnership was developed as a platform for American Indian food businesses to showcase their products and share tribal cultures with the world.

Duties and Responsibilities:

This position is a multi-tasking position under the direct supervision and guidance of the American Indian Foods Program Director (PD). The Assistant Director will provide assistance to ensure the program complies with all federal regulatory requirements.

The successful applicant is expected to know and work in all facets of the Intertribal Agriculture Council, while having detailed knowledge about the American Indian Foods Program, carrying out the following duties:

  • Under the general supervision of the Program Director (PD), the Assistant Program Director (APD) of the AIF Program will work closely with the PD in the accomplishment of all the program goals and objectives.

  • Works closely with the PD to inform federally recognized Tribes, Alaska Native Villages and their respective members of potential export marketing opportunities.

  • With general direction from the PD the APD will function regularly with a team of professionals including other trade organizations to develop and implement mutual foreign export goals for the betterment of Native Americans and their agriculture products.

  • Assist PD to develop and maintain a current AIF “operational process” and “accounting” procedures manual. To include filing and maintaining financial record keeping in compliance with all pertinent MAP regulations.

  • Assist PD to ensure successful completion for all trade missions and events.

  • Assist PD to ensure all pre-, on-site, and post- trade-show registration, logistics, coordination, management, transportation planning, surveys, reports, and correspondences are carried out.

  • Prepare, file and maintain necessary financial documentation as required for proper management and compliance with AIF funder regulations.

  • Oversees the “Made/Produced By American Indians” trademark application process and onboard participants.

  • Assist with social media and other marketing initiatives to drive promotion strategies of AIF and trademarked producers/companies.

  • Track project status and meet deadlines.

  • Complete monthly accounting audits to ensure accuracy and updates are reflected. Answer general inquiries received through various platforms, including AIF website, Facebook, Instagram and aif@indianag.org.

  • Collaborate with APD to formulate and execute food and beverage related marketing initiatives and strategic planning to create profitable impacts for AIF members.

Position Requirements:

Financial and project management are key qualifications in the position. The Assistant Program Director will work with the Program Director in establishing accounting standards and practices for accountability and daily operation

The ability to communicate orally and in writing with diverse interest groups, ranging from Indian Producers to Foreign Ambassadors and other dignitaries is also a critical skill necessary for the position.

The successful applicant will work with all other staff in accomplishing the goals of the organization related to the American Indian Foods Program and assisting with outreach and related functions to ensure Tribes and Producers are aware of the program and participating at their capability level.

The successful applicant will have a working knowledge of Tribal sovereignty, Indian land administration issues, Tribal government operation and reservation communities.


Extensive and extended travel required for field visits, training, trade shows, meetings, and work related activities.



Requires a Baccalaureate or higher degree in Accounting, Business, Marketing or related field; is preferred. However, proven organizational and supervisory skills through a combination of work experience and specific education and work experience in financial systems,business development, or accounting may be substituted for the educational requirements.

Requires the ability to have or attain a passport for international travel. Requires light duty physical work during general office duties, trade shows, market promotions and international travel.

Conditions of Employment:

  • An initial six (6) month probationary or trial period may be required.

  • Must possess and maintain a valid driver's license.

  • Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.

How You Will Be Evaluated:

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

You will be evaluated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the education, experience, and training you describe in your resume and cover letter. Applicants who meet the basic minimum qualification requirements and are determined to be among the best qualified candidates will be invited to participate in an interview. The interviews may be conducted on a pass/fail basis or may be scored.


Full health, life, and dental insurance for the employee; 6% equivalent of the annual salary will be contributed to a retirement account. Eligible for holiday, annual, and sick leave as established in the personnel policy.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy:

The Intertribal Agriculture Council does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Reasonable Accommodation:

The IAC will provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the IAC directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, organizations utilizing federal funding must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.

  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.

  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis. Send accommodation requests to the Director of Programs: Kari Jo Lawrence kari@indianag.org


Submit required documents via email only to: kari@indianag.org


In the interest of filling this position as efficiently as possible, we are requiring the following:

  • If called for an interview, applicants must be available to interview by phone or in person within 3 business days of being contacted.

  • If a tentative job offer is extended, the selectee will have 2 business days in which to accept or decline.

Required Documents:

The following documents are required for your application to be complete. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.

  • Cover Letter

  • Resume which includes: 1) personal information; 2) education; 3) work experience including work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment; and title, series and grade if applicable; 4) supervisors phone number, email address for each work period listed, and whether we may contact reference checks; and 5) other qualifications.

  • A sample demonstrating your writing ability.

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