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Extension Program Specialist - Southwest Food Systems [FL]


The Family Nutrition Program (FNP) is a grant-funded program that helps limited-income families and youth acquire the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and changed behavior necessary to improve their diets with better nutrition. 

Regional Food Systems Specialists (FS Specialists) operate as the face and key facilitator for the Food Systems team within the FNP. FS Specialists support capacity building among school food authorities, communities, and farmers to expand access to local, delicious, fresh, and nutritious food for the limited resource populations in Florida. FS Specialists support the direct education efforts of the FNP by implementing Policy, Systems, and Environmental supports such as: implementing school and community gardens; supporting local procurement efforts in schools; serving on wellness committees; and working with farmers to increase marketing channels while meeting state and federal food safety standards. Other duties include: provide outreach and support for school food service and producers to promote Farm to School activities in Florida schools with a high percentage of free or reduced lunches; increase fresh fruit and vegetable access to low-income communities; help develop trainings and pilot programs; and implement new relationships for the sale of local products. FS Specialists will travel throughout the counties in their area (using personal and rented vehicles) to meet with school food authorities, farmers, distributors, Extension agents, and other relevant stakeholders to increase procurement of local food and promote healthy food choices for limited resource residents. This position is located in Sarasota County and serves counties within the Southwest UF/IFAS Extension District (DeSoto, Hardee, Manatee, Sarasota).

 

JOB DUTIES: 

District Program Coordination and Collaboration

*             Assist the PIs, project staff and UF/IFAS Extension county faculty in fostering strategic partnerships within the institution and broadly throughout the state by working in collaboration with Farm to School partners.

*             Support capacity building among school food authorities, communities, and farmers; provide education, training, and technical support to equip them to meet state and federal food safety standards in order to increase the availability of specialty crops in the school lunch program and to increase locations and opportunities for consumers to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables directly from farmers in their communities.

*             Provide outreach and support for school food service and producers to promote Farm to School in Florida schools with a high percentage of free or reduced lunch; to provide fresh fruits and vegetables to low-income communities; to help develop trainings and pilot programs; and/or to implement new relationships for the sale of local food products.

 

Training & Programming

*             Introduce farmers and teachers to food safety requirements for schools and provide information on relevant training opportunities related to food safety, school food procurement processes, and other relevant topics.

*             Design, develop, and implement trainings and educational programs for teachers, farmers, providers, and community leaders related to food safety, gardening, procurement, and strategies to promote healthy food choices among limited resource residents (e.g., smarter lunchroom techniques, food pantry “nudges”).

*             Assist with planning and implementing school and community gardens; enhance and support the capacity building of teachers and community leaders to increase garden sustainability and promote educational engagement.

*             Participate in and contribute to the design and delivery of national and 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 FNP supervisor.  In counties without FNP county-based programming, ensure that the local county extension director is aware of activities being performed and that appropriate nutrition education is being taught.

*             Support the research, analysis, development and implementation of Farm to School best practices within the scope of the SNAP-Ed grant.

*             Provide project-based programming support, including contributions to written reports/materials/presentations that summarize and communicate programs.

*             Develop monthly and annual 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; document successes; and work collaboratively to overcome barriers.

 

Travel

*             FS Specialists will travel throughout the counties in their district and meet with school food authorities, farmers, distributors, Extension agents, and other relevant stakeholders to increase the procurement of local food and to support an environment that promotes healthy food choices.

Other Job Characteristics:

May require lifting and carrying materials and/or supplies up to 40 lbs. May require standing, stooping, pushing, and/or pulling.  May require standing for prolonged periods of time both indoors and/or working outside to provide education sessions. 

Flexible daily schedule; 40 hours a week. 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 will be necessary. Travel within Florida and to attend national meetings for training and outreach is required.

EXPECTED SALARY:          $40,976 - $46,098 annually

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:       Bachelor's degree in an appropriate area; or an equivalent combination of education and relevant experience.

Valid Florida driver's license.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:    Master's degree preferred.

Candidates must have a general knowledge of community food systems, and some combination of experience in one or more of the following fields: nutrition, agriculture, marketing, gardening, curriculum development, program evaluation, and extension programming. 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.

 

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS TO APPLICANTS:  This is a time-limited, grant-funded position headquartered in Sarasota County.

Please upload a cover letter and resume.

A pre-employment criminal background check is required.

Application must be submitted by 11:55 p.m. (ET) of the posting end date.

HEALTH ASSESSMENT REQUIRED:             No.        

 

ADVERTISED:01 Apr 2019  Eastern Daylight Time APPLICATIONS CLOSE:14 Apr 2019 Eastern Daylight Time

 

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