Job Description

Primary Responsibilities

  • Develops and nurtures relationships with New Mexico’s Pueblo, Navajo, and Apache communities and organizations centered around food insecurity, food access, local food systems development, and food sovereignty issues.
  • Advocates for Roadrunner Food Bank’s position and strategic initiatives before tribal governments, including respective tribal leaders and councils and related local governmental bodies.
  • Maintains ongoing professional contacts and relationships with key appointed and elected tribal officials.
  • Researches, interprets, and analyzes public policy issues regarding tribal governmental affairs (may include national, state, local, and municipal governmental affairs as appropriate).
  • Oversees and manages specific RRFB programmatic and strategic initiatives, including but not limited to Cultural Training Workshops.
  • Represents RRFB at tribal functions, fundraising events, seminars, conferences, and workshops for the purpose of enhancing RRFB’s image, perception, and visibility.
  • Serves as a member of the RRFB Executive Staff, which is the core leadership body of the organization.
  • Works with the RRFB Strategic Support Team and other organizational staff to implement a strategic approach to meet the hunger relief and food access needs of food-insecure Indigenous community members.
  • Works to develop community-based connections and coalitions within New Mexico’s Indigenous communities.
  • Designs, implements, and continually advances the RRFB Indigenous Partnership Programming model(s) using evidence-based best practices coupled with stakeholder feedback, keeping community members and those impacted by decisions centered in the process.
  • Builds RRFB internal capacity to cultivate relationships with Pueblo, Navajo, and Apache communities and organizations.
  • Advises Executive leadership and the RRFB Board on key emerging issues, themes, evidence, and approaches specific to the priorities of RRFB in the context of Pueblo, Navajo, and Apache communities.
  • Works with the RRFB Executive leadership team and organizational staff to ensure that the organization conducts its work in an environment that recognizes the effects of colonization and is mindful of the historical and current circumstances that have led to significant food insecurity issues facing Indigenous people.
  • Promotes the need for unique approaches to address food insecurity issues in Indigenous communities.
  • Partners with Feeding America and other national and local organizations to benchmark best practices in the work of developing a comprehensive approach to hunger-relief activities for Indigenous communities.
  • Advocates, mentors, and develops partnerships with key stakeholders at the local, statewide, regional, and national levels in support of programmatic work.
  • Works in partnership with RRFB Executive leadership and the RRFB Board of Directors for the establishment and programmatic work of an RRFB Indigenous Peoples Advisory Council for Hunger Relief.
  • Provides regular updates to RRFB leadership and the RRFB Board of Directors on all programmatic activities.
  • Develops programmatic goals and budget, including ongoing review and analysis of activities, costs, and data analysis to determine progress toward programmatic plans and objectives.
  • Participates in organizational meetings and works collaboratively with the RRFB team to promote organizational goals and culture.
  • Champions the evaluation and feedback loops, which consider the impact, reach, equity, and effectiveness of RRFB’s mission-related activities.
  • In collaboration with other departments, develops annual operating priorities and plans that support Indigenous Partnerships programmatic and mission-impact activities.
  • Other organizational duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent relevant work experience.
  • Related experience in (and/or knowledge of) social services and/or nonprofits.
  • Member of or identification with a New Mexico Tribe.
  • Must have a valid Driver's License.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Commitment to serving Indigenous populations and addressing food insecurity in those communities.
  • Knowledge of NM tribal governments and how to effectively conduct business interactions.
  • Tribal stakeholder relationship-building and facilitation skills.
  • Knowledge and experience in working with New Mexico tribal governments, their history and policy, business development, diverse cultures, and environments.
  • Two years of program management experience, preferably with a Native- or Tribal-focused program.
  • Two years of experience in customer relations, preferably face-to-face interactions, assisting individuals with services.
  • Desire to make a difference for Indigenous communities.
  • Cultural knowledge and sensitivity to work with sovereign nations, including tribal courts and tribal governments and agencies.
  • Strong commitment to removing barriers that prevent access to healthy, nutritious, and culturally appropriate foods for Indigenous communities.
  • Highly organized with superior attention to detail and excellent follow-up skills.
  • Ability to think strategically and to resolve problems; strong strategic planning and negotiating skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively across functional and programmatic teams and amongst diverse people and groups.
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills, including group facilitation skills.
  • Results driven and ability to manage time effectively by prioritizing tasks and managing competing priorities.
  • Ability to travel statewide, regionally, and nationally to collaborate with key partners, communities, and stakeholders.
  • Proficiency with the Microsoft Office environment and standard office equipment.

Required Language Proficiency

Our hiring preference will be for candidates with language proficiency in English and one or more of the following Pueblo languages:

Tiwa – Taos, Picuris, Sandia, Isleta
Tewa – Ohkay Owingeh, Santa Clara, San Ildefonso, Pojoaque, Tesuque, Nambe
Towa – Jemez
Keres – Cochiti, Santo Domingo, San Felipe, Santa Ana, Zia, Laguna, Acoma
Zuni – Zuni
Athabaskan – Jicarilla Apache Nation, Mescalero Apache Tribe

Physical Environment

  • Primarily an office environment.
  • Occasional exposure to extreme temperatures through trips to the warehouse or programmatic work located outside of the building.
  • Extensive computer operation with repeated finger motions.
  • Filing and minimal lifting (5-15 pounds).