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FARM SCHOOL COORDINATOR

The Farm to School and Early Childhood Program Coordinator is responsible for developing and coordinating the statewide Farm to School program and for providing

Class Code:

B144C

Job Grade:

GS10

Special Job Requirements:

None

Typical Functions:

The Farm to School Coordinator will coordinate statewide goals and strategic planning for a state Farm to School and Early Childhood program; conduct general outreach and awareness activities regarding farm to school and early childhood in Arkansas; perform duties supporting the procurement of locally grown products for Arkansas farm to school and early childhood programming including facilitating relationships between stakeholders, identification and dissemination of resources, and development of new technical assistance and training materials; act as a main contact for farm to school stakeholders including producers and institutional food service professionals for technical assistance and to help comply with federal, state, and local procurement regulations; develop training materials aiding farm to school stakeholders including producers and institutional food service professionals in the procurement process. The coordinator may supervise administrative staff or interns and will need to travel extensively in state and attend meetings and collaborate closely with the Arkansas Department of Education, other state agencies and support service organizations and practitioners of Arkansas farm to school. Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

Knowledge of the administration and management of school nutrition programs and the federal and state guidelines governing them. Knowledge of supervisory practices and procedures. Ability to research, collect, organize, and manage data. Ability to supervise a small to medium sized staff. Ability to evaluate the effectiveness of existing program initatives. Abilityto plan, prepare, and conduct training and educational programs or events. Ability to interpret and apply federal or state laws and agency policies. Ability to apply problem-solving techniques to determine improvements and outcomes. Ability to communicate effectively through written and oral communcation.

Minimum Qualifications:

The formal education equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in education, business administration, public policy, or a field directly related to the assigned program area; plus three years of experience in the field, including two years in a supervisory capacity. 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 QUALIFICATION REVIEW COMMITTEE.

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Exempt:

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