Position Title: Food Sovereignty Coordinator - Closes October 13, 2023 at 5:00pm

Department: Academic Affairs

Reports Directly to: Land Grant Director

Status: Exempt; Full-time

Salary: $50,000-$65,239 (DOE)

Summary of Duties:

  • Provide instruction to students through various delivery methods, including classroom/laboratory instruction, outdoors, and learning community activities.
  • Teach a maximum of eighteen (18) credits per calendar year, fall, spring and summer semesters.
  • Monitor and report student attendance, academic progress, and alerts in the Jenzabar system on a weekly basis throughout each semester.
  • Schedule guest speakers for learning opportunities related to food sovereignty for UTTC students and community members, including identifying speakers, collecting the ingredients, setting set up the space, and collaborating with College Relations for promotional purposes.
  • Provide hands-on demonstrations on campus for UTTC students and community members on topics related to food sovereignty, such as foraging, hunting, gardening, preparation preservation and storage of traditional foods, plants used for food, medicine, materials, and other customary uses.
  • Collaborate with the Agroecology Extension Educator on utilization of the hoop houses; to include germinating edible and medicinal plants, garden and permaculture systems maintenance, and other duties as needed to establish native prairie gardens on campus.
  • Revitalize and maintain prairie gardens on campus that include grasses, forbs and woody vegetation native to the Northern Plains region to be used for cultural practices of plant gathering, horticulture, and uses, as well as increasing food sovereignty and food security.
  • Collaborate with the Agroecology Extension Educator to create and disseminate agroecology educational print/electronic resources and materials for members of the UTTC community.
  • Assist Land Grant Director in data collection, managing systems of evaluation, and inputting applicable data into for areas of success and improvement.
  • Develop and maintain food sovereignty network and partners with Tribal Nations throughout the Great Plains region, growing relationships that are mutually beneficial with other like-minded food systems organizations.
  • Participate in college-sponsored professional development activities, college wide meetings and department/division/faculty meetings.
  • Participate in department meetings, academic meetings and any others on campus as appropriate.
  • Performs all other related work delegated or required to accomplish the objectives of the college.

Supervisory Responsibilities: Student Interns

Working Conditions:

  • Normal working hours are from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm with one hour break for lunch
  • Monday through Friday
  • Will work outdoor in a variety of weather conditions during the planting, growing and harvesting seasons
  • Occasional evening and weekend work may be required

Physical Demands:

  • Regularly be able to remain in a stationary position
  • Ability to work in the gardens and greenhouses on campus, including bending, stooping, and reaching
  • Frequently move about inside an office, classroom, and kitchen lab
  • Operate a computer and other office/classroom equipment
  • Occasionally move, transport, or position up to 30 pounds
  • Will need to ascend/descend stairs

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in ethnobiology, ethnobotany, biology, natural history, agroecology, horticulture, sustainable agriculture, or related field from an accredited university.
  • Minimum of five (5) years relevant work experience required.

Knowledge & Skills:

  • Knowledge of American Indians, cultures, and histories
  • Communicate clearly and effectively
  • Experience/training in food production
  • Maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others
  • Ability and proven ability to report to work on a regular and punctual basis
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Knowledge of the ethnobiology of Northern Plains tribes

Required Documents:

  • UTTC Application
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Unofficial Copies of College Transcripts
  • Valid Driver’s License (must submit a copy)

Opening Date: August 3, 2023

Closing Date: October 13, 2023 10:00 pm

Additional Information:

United Tribes Technical College (UTTC) does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religious preference, age, handicap, marital status, political preference, or membership or non-membership in an employee organization, except as allowed by the Indian preference provision of the civil rights act of 1964, as amended.

A conviction record will not necessarily be a bar from employment. This information will only be used for job-related purposes and only to the extent permitted by applicable law. Federal laws require that employers hire only individuals who are authorized to be lawfully employed in the United States. In compliance with such laws, UTTC will verify the status of every individual offered employment with UTTC. UTTC will not sponsor work-related visas.

Applicants are responsible for providing proof of enrollment in a federally recognized tribe if Indian preference is claimed. Applicants are responsible for providing a copy of his/her United States Government Form DD214 or his/her honorable discharge certificate from any branch of the military service if veteran’s preference is claimed. Failure to provide proof will result in loss of Indian or veteran preference in employment.

Application and required documents can be completed and submitted online at https://uttc.edu/careers/, via email to vpatterson@uttc.edu, or mail to Human Resources Department, United Tribes Technical College, 3315 University Drive, Bismarck, ND 58504. Applications and Required Documents received after the closing date and time of a job posting will NOT be considered.

Upon selection, the applicant is responsible for obtaining and completing a Transcript Request Form from the last institution attended. The applicant will submit the completed form to the Human Resources Department. The Human Resources Department will cover any fees required to obtain official transcripts.