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District Food Systems Coordinator [FL]


The Family Nutrition Program (FNP) is the Florida component of the SNAP-Ed program (formerly food stamp nutrition education). 

District Procurement Coordinators (DCs) will help to support capacity building among school food authorities, communities, and farmers in order to provide them with the education and technical support to increase the availability of specialty crops in the school lunch program and to increase the number of farmers selling to local farmers markets using appropriate procurement processes while meeting state and federal food safety standards. Other duties are to provide outreach and support for school food service and producers throughout the state of Florida to promote Farm to School in Title 1 Schools, to provide fresh fruits and vegetables to low-income communities, to help develop pilot programs, and/or to implement new relationships for the sale of local products. DCs will travel throughout the counties in their district and meet with school food authorities, farmers, distributors, Extension agents, and other stakeholders as relevant to increase procurement of local food. Farmers will be introduced to food safety requirements for schools and given information on relevant training opportunities, including selling to schools and accepting EBT.  DCs will also assist schools with implementing school gardens.

District Program Coordination and Collaboration

• Assist the PIs, project staff and UF-IFAS county faculty in fostering strategic partnerships within the institution and broadly throughout the state by working in collaboration with Farm to School partners.
• Help to support capacity building among school food authorities, communities, and farmers in order to provide them with the education, technical support, and ability to meet state and federal food safety standards to increase the availability of specialty crops in the school lunch program and to increase the number of opportunities and points of contact in communities where consumers are able to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables directly from the farmers.
• Provide outreach and support for school food service and producers throughout the state of Florida to promote Farm to School in Title 1 Schools, to provide fresh fruits and vegetables to low-income communities, to help develop pilot programs, and/or to implement new relationships for the sale of local products.
 
Training & Programming

• Farmers will be introduced to food safety requirements for schools and given information on relevant training opportunities, including selling to schools.  
• Responsible for the design, development, and implementation of training and educational programs related to food safety, gardening, and procurement.
• Implement school and community gardens.
• Participate in and contribute to the design and delivery of statewide meetings as needed.
• Facilitate distribution of educational/training materials to FNP staff and training recipients.

Management, Administration, and Coordination

• In counties with FNP county-based programming, coordinate all procurement and gardening activities with the FCS faculty/FNP supervisor.  In counties without FNP county-based programming, ensure that the local county extension director is aware of activities being performed.
• Support the research, analysis, development and implementation of Farm to School best practices.
• Provide project-based programming support, including contributions to written reports/materials/presentations that summarize and communicate programs.
• Develop monthly progress reports and contribute to other reports needed by the PI.
• Maintain regular communication with FNP program staff to remain informed of new developments, policies and procedures, communicate successes, and work collaboratively to overcome barriers.

Travel
• DCs will travel throughout the counties in their district and meet with school food authorities, farmers, distributors, Extension agents, and other stakeholders as relevant to increase procurement of local food.

Other
• Undertake other responsibilities and special projects required by the PI.

This position will be supervised by the Assistant Coordinator for Gardening and Procurement. This position will not supervise other positions.  

Schedule

Flexible daily schedule; 40 hours a week or more as needed. Most work will occur during business hours Monday through Friday, 8 am – 5 pm. Variation includes travel to counties for program visits and reviews; some weekend work may be necessary. Travel within Florida and to attend national meetings for training and outreach is required.

ADVERTISED SALARY:

$43,652- $49,109;commensurate with qualifications and experience.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

Bachelor's degree in an appropriate area and four years of relevant experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

Experience in agriculture, nutrition, or food system development a plus. Candidates must have the ability to positively interact with a wide variety of business and organizational partners as an ambassador of the Florida FNP and articulate the program’s goals, strategies and outcomes with confidence. Experience working in a college or university setting a plus. The successful candidate must be able to integrate quickly and effectively into a busy team. Excellent communication skills are essential. Excellent attendance history in prior positions; excellent oral and written communication skills, including a courteous and helpful manner in all communications; completeness, accuracy, and timeliness in all work, scheduling and event management experience; proficiency with MS office software, social media tools and other web computer applications are keys to success. Candidates must have a general knowledge of food systems, and some combination of experience in one or more of the following fields: nutrition, agriculture, marketing, curriculum development, program evaluation, extension programming, and/or web design.

Bilingual (English/Spanish) highly preferred.

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