The Office for Food and Nutrition Programs (FNP) at the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) administers programs that contribute to the health and well-being of the Commonwealth's children, by supporting nutritious meal service in schools, day care centers, family day care homes and summer feeding programs through school and special nutrition federal programs.
The Office for Food and Nutrition Programs is seeking a School Meal Programs Training Specialist who will provide training and technical assistance to organizations interested in and currently participating in the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) School Meal Programs, including the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program. This includes the evaluation of educational programs; the establishment of relationships; and working with other related agencies.
The selected candidate will:
Participate in the design, implementation, pilot testing and evaluation of a new sponsor training program;
Coordinate activities and communication with school districts interested in expanding meal services or meal quality;
Develop a monitoring system for the progress and accomplishment of education and training objectives and activities;
Assist supervisor and/or staff in assessing projects associated with education and training impact on program integrity;
Collaborate as a part of the Nutrition and School Wellness Education and Training section to provide technical assistance to programs to maintain efficient and effective management practices to support program integrity;
Provide participating schools and community agencies with assistance to improve nutrition and nutrition education services by providing resources and successful strategies to school and community nutrition programs;
Work across department clusters and with collaborating agencies on activities to enhance department goals;
Work actively to ensure all program activities are conducted in compliance with USDA and DESE affirmative action non-discrimination policies;
Collaborate on projects with colleagues and perform other duties as required.
Based on assignment, travel throughout the Commonwealth may be required.
The successful candidate will possess:
A commitment to the advancement of school meal programs in public, private, charter and residential school districts.
Ability to develop and present training and technical assistance materials to a variety of audiences
Knowledge and ability to implement current learning theory and practices with diverse audiences;
Knowledge of the Child Nutrition Programs (CNP) operations and requirements, specifically the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program;
Ability to work on multiple tasks;
Demonstrated ability to participate effectively in professional team efforts;
Strong oral and written communication skills;
Excellent interpersonal and group processing skills with diverse groups of people;
Expanded technology skills;
Critical thinking and problem-solving using technology; and
Ability to maintain a varied schedule of local, regional and statewide activity which is not restricted by access to public transportation.
Questions regarding this posting or the application process should be referred to Dawn DeRoche at email@example.com or 781-338-6101.
First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.
Minimum Entrance Requirements:
Applicants must have a Bachelor's degree and at least (A) four years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional experience in a specific, relevant, or related content area, educational program or service.
Substitutions: A Master's degree or higher in a specific or related educational content area may be substituted for two years of the required experience.
30 semester hours equals one year of experience for substitution purposes. Education toward a degree in a specific or related educational content area will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed.
Based on assignment, possession of a current and valid Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Operator's License or the equivalent from another state may be required.
An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.
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