The Farm to school position enriches the connection communities have with fresh, healthy food and local food producers by changing food purchasing and education practices at schools and early care and education settings. Students gain access to healthy, local foods as well as education opportunities such as school gardens, cooking lessons and farm field trips.
Farm to school empowers children and their families to make informed food choices while strengthening the local economy and contributing to vibrant communities. This includes coordinating the development of a district level nutrition program and develop statewide nutrition education for school districts and school food authorities in regards to Farm to School and its important work across the State of New Mexico.
Continue the development of a uniform programs across all agencies, including the administration of state appropriated monies, on-boarding and verifying of farmers, and trainings/professional development for nutrition providers
Organize an annual NM Grown Trainings to solicit community feedback on program expansion (adding additional products, increasing funding request from legislature, and more)
Provide technical assistance to school food authorities that are having difficulties meeting the requirements, procuring locally grown farmers and assisting with the process of helping farmers getting funding for their produce.
Ensure compliance and work closely with Governor’s Office to ensure program is meeting State requirements.
Providing technical assistance to over 225 school food authorities.
“A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success, as well as working with broadly diverse communities.”
$24.11 – $38.58 Hourly
$50,155 – $80,248 Annually
This position is a Pay Band 70
THIS POSTING WILL BE USED FOR ONGOING RECRUITMENT AND MAY CLOSE AT ANY TIME. APPLICANT LISTS MAY BE SCREENED MORE THAN ONCE.
How does it get done?
Recruit and develop relationships with local farmers. 10%
Oversee the creation of program related education materials. 10%
Coordinate and implement with school food authorities farm-related nutrition education for elementary school students and NSLP 15%
Provide technical assistance to school food authorities that are having difficulties meeting the requirements, procuring locally grown farmers and assisting with the process of helping farmers getting funding for their produce. 20%
Ensure compliance and work closely with Governor’s Office to ensure program is meeting State requirements. 5%
Who are the customers?
Schools, local farmers and vendors across the State.
The Ideal candidate has experience in working with United States Department of Agriculture school nutrition programs, knowledge of federal and state programs oversight, working with different farmers across the State and experience in providing technical assistance to a wide variety of school entities.
Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, Psychology, Guidance and Counseling, Education, Sociology, Criminal Justice, Criminology and/or Family Studies/Services and four (4) years of any combination of experience including working with communities, working on health or social service related matters, social work/case management experience, behavioral health and/or health care. Substitutions apply. See Substitution Table below.
These combinations of education and experience qualify you for the position:
- Education and years of experience must be related to the purpose of the position.
- If Minimum Qualification requires a specific number of “semester hours” in a field (e.g. 6 semester hours in Accounting), applicants MUST have those semester hours in order to meet the minimum qualifications. No substitutions apply for semester hours.
Must possess and maintain a valid New Mexico’s Driver’s License.
State of New Mexico employees may be impacted by the Public Health Order dated December 19, 2022, which requires facilities licensed or certified by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”), including all hospital types, long-term care facilities, nursing homes, hospice facilities and rehabilitation facilities, as well as assisted living facilities and adult day care settings, to adhere to all COVID-related requirements prescribed by CMS, including, but not limited to masking and staff vaccination.
Work is performed in an office setting: late hours and weekends work may be required. Will be exposed to regular periods of video display terminal and keyboard usage and stressful situations. Travel may be required. Incumbent will work under stress and frequent time constraints. Must have own mode of transportation. Incumbent may be required to furnish a personal vehicle for carrying out assignments.
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Agency Contact Information: Michael Chavez, 505-699-4562, or Email
For information on Statutory Requirements for this position, click the Classification Description link on the job advertisement.
Bargaining Unit Position
This position is covered by a collective bargaining agreement and all terms/conditions of that agreement apply and must be adhered to