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The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) Coordinator of Nutrition Services is responsible for coordination and implementation of the Arkansas Child Nutrition programs. This position

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Frequent in-state and overnight team or solitary travel is required. Employee must provide vehicle for travel. In case of an emergency, travel may be required on short notice. State agency staff training requires completion of the Manager and Director Ce

Typical Functions:

Coordinates and implements the annual ADE Child Nutrition Certification Training Workshops and Director Certification Workshop to ensure participant’s achievement of the research-based entry-level competencies, by presenting appropriate training modules. Manages the Child Nutrition Manager and Director Certification database elements in order to produce required reports for tracking the progress of individuals or school districts in the certification process; ensures compliance with Arkansas state laws and regulations, and federal reporting requirements. Manages the budgets and financial records for assigned training programs or special projects to meet state and federal audit standards. Completes special projects, evaluations, research projects, and/or other assignments to meet federal and state requests, such as evaluations and data reports requested by the USDA, OANE, Food and Nutrition Services, U.S. Center for Disease Control, or National Food Service Management Institute, etc. Conducts Coordinated Review Effort (CRE) visits and School Meals Initiative (SMI) nutrient analyses, in compliance with applicable federal and state requirements. Prepares monthly activity reports to support compliance with federal initiatives the USDA approved Arkansas State Plan. Provides training and technical assistance to schools, districts, state staff, communities and other professionals involved in state and federal activities to improve the health of Arkansas students. Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

Knowledge of federal child nutrition programs and the operation of Arkansas public schools. Knowledge of the rules, regulations, and statues relating to USDA School Nutrition Programs. Knowledge of planning, research, and analysis techniques and procedures used for grant writing in the area nutrition. Ability to plan and organize comprehensive projects and reports. Ability to interpret/apply Arkansas state and federal laws and regulations governing the state and federal nutrition standards. Ability to develop, evaluate, and monitor the effectiveness of Child Nutrition programs. Ability to communicate in a technology based environment.

Minimum Qualifications:

The formal education equivalent of a Master’s Degree in Nutrition or a related field, Registered Dietitian licensed to practice in Arkansas with experience in federal grants management preferred including at least five years of experience in federal child nutrition programs at the local, state or federal level is preferred. Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Office of Personnel Management. OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE.

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