Farm to School Program Specialist in Remote in Pierre, SD

South Dakota State Government

Job ID: 24517 Agency: Department of Education, Child and Adult Nutrition Services (CANS) Location: Pierre, Negotiable, Remote Salary: $26.72, DOE Pay Grade: GJ Closing Date: 9/21/2023
This is a Full Time 40 Hour Weekly position with the Department of Education. For more information on the Department of Education, please visit
The South Dakota Department of Education (SDDOE) is looking for a motivated individual to fill the Farm to School Coordinator position. This temporary position will manage a three-year U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) grant with the SDDOE Child and Adult Nutrition Services. The mission of the South Dakota CANS Division is to guide and support South Dakota program operators in their efforts of providing nutritious meals and food to eligible participants.
Under general supervision, this position coordinates the SDDOE child nutrition farm to school program (commonly known as farm to school), including program development, financial grant management, staff support, community development, allied collaboration, and public relations. Provides leadership and coordination of activities by working with state and local governmental, and non-governmental partners to increase utilization of SD fresh and minimally processed food, and promote garden-based educational activities in school districts and childcare institutions that participate in the USDA School Nutrition Programs (SNP) or Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). Will serve as a core member of the South Dakota Farm to School network.
This position is located in Pierre, SD. For highly qualified candidates, a remote position within the state of South Dakota may be considered.
Licenses and Certifications:

SD driver’s license or ability to be licensed to drive a vehicle.

The Ideal Candidate Will Have:

an understanding of SD and USDA laws and regulations affecting the procurement procedures and use of SD agricultural products in nutrition programs;
experience developing resource materials to support replication of successful Farm to School project components;
an ability to compile and disseminate Farm to School resources;
experience managing and completing grant requirements, reporting, and program evaluations;
experience conducting workshops, in-person and virtual training sessions, and providing technical assistance for child nutrition program personnel, producers, key stakeholders, and allied organization in all areas of farm to school;
experience in a professional capacity which provided a working knowledge of nutrition education, wellness, grant administration, or budget preparation and management;
a college degree in education, education administration, nutrition, or a related field is preferred;
highly qualified candidates will have a relevant college degree plus two years of experience with a federal nutrition program, federal grant management, farm to school, or agriculture.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Collaboration – Seamlessly guide and collaborate various stakeholders, allied partners (for example, local producers and growers, school food service, growers associations, child care food service, etc.), and the state farm to school network; appropriately identify situations that require the need for leadership in balance with general membership and support opportunities.
Strategic Thinking – Ability to formulate objectives and priorities independently in consideration of multiple and competing priorities; proposes plans consistent with the long-term interests of the organization; assembles and implements accepted proposals; capitalizes on opportunities and manages risks;
Oral and Written Communication – Ability to express information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience understanding and the nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); make clear and convincing oral presentations; actively listens, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately; appropriately apprises department, network team, and stakeholders of work.
Research – Knowledge of the scientific principles, methods, and processes used to conduct a systematic and objective inquiry; including study design, collection, analysis, and interpretation of data; and the reporting of results.
Technical Documentation – Knowledge of procedures for developing technical and operational support documentation.
Marketing and Training Materials – Ability to synthesize complex information and concepts, and create simple, appealing marketing and training materials from multiple stakeholder perspectives.
Grants Management – Knowledge of requirements, practices, and procedures for soliciting, receiving, reviewing, and processing proposals, and awarding and administering state and federal grants and agreements.
Conference Operations – Knowledge of planning in-state conferences and trainings that includes in-person classroom training, virtual training opportunities, and field trips; following state and federal competitive procurement for conference locations, other vendors (for examples, buses or vans), speakers, exhibits and booths; manage all aspects of conference operations.
Technology – Knowledge of implementing and advancing website presence of state network; maintain and update online library of resources.
Confidentiality – Ability to maintain confidentiality of work-related issues, records, and department information.
Multi-tasking and Flexibility – Work and manage all other aspects of farm to school with consistent and professional representation the department; maintain resource library and website updates; occasional work outside normal business hours.
Complete, Accurate, and Timely – Ability to meet soft, hard, and competing deadlines with a high degree of accuracy on time.
Travel – Ability for in and out of state travel; travel is estimated at between 30-60%, actual travel will be driven by needs of the grant and will encompass the entire state of South Dakota.

Additional Requirements: To be considered, please attach your resume and cover letter expressing interest and qualifications. Submitting these documents will ensure your application receives the highest consideration.
This position is eligible for Veterans’ Preference per ARSD 55:10:02:08.
NCRC: If you possess a National Career Readiness Certificate, please submit the certificate with your application. For more information on how to acquire a National Career Readiness Certificate contact a South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation Job Service Office. A certificate is not necessary to be considered.
The State of South Dakota does not sponsor work visas for new or existing employees. All persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and complete an Employment Eligibility Verification, Form I-9. The State of South Dakota as an employer will be using E-Verify to complete employment eligibility verification upon hire.
The State of South Dakota offers employer paid health insurance plus eleven paid holidays, generous vacation and sick leave accrual, dental, vision, and other insurance options, and retirement benefits. You can view our benefits information at This position is a member of Class A retirement under SDRS.

Must apply online: You must apply online, emailed resumes or submissions will not be accepted. South Dakota Bureau of Human Resources Telephone: 605.773.3148 Email: “An Equal Opportunity Employer”

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