Healthy Schools Program Specialist (Program Specialist II)

State Of Nebraska Lincoln , NE 68501

Posted 2 months ago


The Nebraska Department of Education is looking for a Healthy Schools Program Specialist to implement administrative and financial components of a five-year Center for Disease Control (CDC) Healthy Schools grant and provide technical assistance to stakeholders including school districts, Local Health Departments (LHDs), and partner organizations (DHHS, Children's Center for the Child & Community, Shape NE).

This position is fixed term, with an end date of 6/29/2023.

Nebraska Department of Education employees are working from hybrid work locations. This approach includes both working in the work office and from a home office. The amount of time spent working from home or in the office is subject to supervisory approval and will be discussed at the interview.

Budgeted Salary Range:

$22.165 - $25.855 This range is based upon available budget funds. The selected candidate's skills, abilities, education, and experience will determine the salary offer within this posted range.


NDE is committed to advancing equity, inclusiveness, and diversity in all that we do. As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, we encourage applications from ALL qualified candidates and assure they will receive consideration for this position regardless of sex, race, color, national origin, religion, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

This position is federally funded and may be governed by the Federal Hatch Act. Clickhere to review the Act.

Examples of Work

  • Develops, coordinates, and supports trainings and professional development related to health, nutrition, physical activity, and social emotional learning practices.

  • Develops and manages grant budgets and supplemental funding, including reviewing and approving all grant expenditures.

  • Conducts needs assessments regarding Whole Child framework, nutrition, physical activity, and childcare centers, afterschool, and summer programs in collaboration with partnering organizations.

  • Provides sub-grants and other funding opportunities to support implementation of Whole Child efforts and school wellness policy implementation.

  • Provides support andtechnical assistance to all grant partners, LHDs, and districts participating in the Nebraska Healthy Schools program.

  • Develops and disseminates resources to support schools with assessment of wellness policies. Provides technical assistance to local education agencies (LEAs) and local health departments (LHDs).

  • Writes contracts, progress reports, and final reports in compliance with federal and CDC guidelines.

  • Collaborates with the Department of Health & Human Services evaluation team to plan, organize, implement, and coordinate evaluation and epidemiological activities.

  • Supports the Whole Child statewide coalition to support the development of school health infrastructure and collaborates on developing collective goals for Nebraska.

  • Demonstrates commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working and learning environment.

  • Possesses a valid driver's license, travels independently, and works in a variety of settings.

  • Maintains regular and reliable attendance.

Other Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assists with the preparation of reports required by the CDC and other entities.

Working Conditions and Travel:

This position requires approximately 75% of work time in an office environment and the remaining 25% of work time spent traveling and working in sites such as schools, educational service units, local health departments, and other agencies.

Qualifications / Requirements

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree in a related field and three years of experience related to the essential functions of the position. Any equivalent education and/or work experience may be substituted in order to meet the minimum qualifications of the position.

Preferred Qualifications:

Master's degree in a related field (e.g., public health, nutrition, dietetics) and at least five years of experience directly related to the essential functions of the position.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities


  • State and federal regulations related to child nutrition programs.

  • Best practices and principles related to program management.

  • Public health practices for supporting healthy school environments.

  • Formats used in written business communications.

  • English grammar, spelling, and composition needed for correspondence.

  • Computer software necessary to carry out job responsibilities.

  • Types and uses of office equipment.

  • Office management principles, methods, and procedures.

  • Established policies, procedures, practices of the Nebraska Department of Education.


  • Collect and use data to engage, education, and for decision making and problem solving.

  • Present to variety of audiences to provide training related to the position.

  • Work independently on multiple tasks with minimal supervision.

  • Communicate orally and in writing with agency staff and the public.

  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships.

  • Understand, interpret, and apply rules, administrative policies, and program guidelines.

  • Operate office equipment necessary to perform the required duties.

  • The Supplemental Questions section of the application assists us in determining candidates to interview, so answering them completely with requested details is highly encouraged. Each written response area has ample space to provide a complete response; due to screen size, we do not recommend filling out this application on small mobile devices.

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