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USDA Food Distribution Director

Opening Date: October 25, 2021
Closing Date: November 1, 2021
Job Title: USDA Food Distribution Director
Salary/Wage: $24.19/hr.
Tribal Level: 19
Location: Siletz, OR
Classification: Full Time, Non-Exempt
Job Posting Number: 202179

New employees are required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination prior to their first day of employment or submit a request for exemption to the Human Resource Manager, prior to starting employment.


This position is responsible for managing the entire USDA Food Distribution program for Siletz and other qualifying Indians in the greater Willamette Valley area.  As department director, supervises, directs and evaluates the activities of the Food Distribution team, consisting of one clerk, one or more trainees, and community service workers.  This position also coordinates nutrition education provided by Community Health Representatives and Advocates and other services provided by volunteers.  Food distribution and related nutrition education are provided to improve the physical well being of Native Americans when other resources are not available.


Associate’s degree and one year experience managing inventory, budgeting, purchasing, scheduling, and computer databases, – OR – an equivalent combination of education and/or experience. Knowledge of: Sanitation principles, practices, and procedures as applied in warehousing, transporting, and distributing food. Basic computer databases used in purchasing and inventory management. US Department of Agriculture Federal Regulations, eligibility criteria specific to tribal programs. Case management, release of information, and program review process. Computer skills are required, with specific knowledge of USDA Database. Other Tribal, State, or Federal programs to assist low-income families. Statistics to assess distribution workload and establish quality controls. Ability to: Communicate effectively using both verbal and written skills. Obtain forklift operator’s certificate within 6-months. Lift and move objects weighing up to 60 pounds several hours per day. Interpret and follow Federal regulations that govern the USDA food distribution programs, SNAP, and related entitlement programs. Establish and maintain positive relations with USDA staff, other program staff, and the clients who apply for commodities. Work with a wide variety of people, and good oral and written communication skills, using tact and diplomacy. Monitor activities identifies and analyzes problems and proposes and implements improvements. Other: Must possess a valid Oregon State driver’s license, insurance and be eligible to drive a GSA vehicle.


Office: Plans, develops, conducts, and evaluates a food distribution program based on projecting number of clients and needs. Prepares or reviews, and selects culturally appropriate informational materials for dissemination to clients, tribal newsletters, and other groups or consumers. Encourages individuals to assume personal responsibility for improving their health and gives practical assistance in accomplishing their goals. Prepares oral or written reports to summarize activities and progress at regular intervals, or for periodic and special reports. Certify low income household by determination of income, household size, and residency. Data entry into the USDA computer system. Preparation of monthly inventory reports and maintenance of computer system reports.  Review on an ongoing basis client files, client data by county, income, household size. Maintain daily, weekly and monthly records for freezer temperatures, inventory, etc. Maintain adequate filing procedures to maintain case files.  Order and accept monthly food & fresh produce orders. Conduct periodic program reviews. Administrative: Plan work to be accomplished by subordinates. Set priorities and prepares schedules for completion of work. Assign work to subordinates based on priorities, difficulty and the requirements of the assignments, and the capabilities of employees. Gives advice, counsel, or instruction to individual employees on both work and administrative matters. Directs activities to assure responsiveness to client and program needs. Performs other duties as necessary and as requested by the Programs Director in areas of his/her expertise. WAREHOUSE: Stack and move heavy boxes of commodities in both the Siletz and Salem warehouses as needed. Assist in loading and unloading delivery and refrigerated truck by hand and by operating Forklift as needed. Pest and rodent control.

All new employees will serve a six-month probationary period to enable the General Manger to determine their suitability as a tribal employee. After the six-month probation the employee will be evaluated of his/her performance and at that time, it will be, decided if the employee is entitled to a regular employee status.

How to Apply

All applicants must submit a Tribal “Application for Employment Form”, found here: Employment Application
Applications must be received by the closing date of this announcement to receive consideration.


If applying for more than one position, separate applications will be required for each position.
The high school diploma/GED requirement will be waived for Tribal Elders

Send Applications To

Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians
Attn: Human Resources Department
P.O. Box 549
Siletz, OR 97380

Fax number: 855-573-1032
Human Resources: 1-800-922-1399 ext. 1274

Conditions of Employment

The selectee will be required to submit to a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use before employment.

New employees are required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination prior to their first day of employment or submit a request for exemption to the Human Resource Manager, prior to starting employment.

May need to provide DMV Driver Record and proof of Automobile insurance.

The Tribe’s Indian Preference Policy will apply. Tribal government will not discriminate in selection because of race, creed, age, sex, color, national origin, physical handicap, marital status, politics, membership, and non-membership in an employee organization.