Education Specialist: Child Nutrition
Salary: This is a full-time 12 month position at 232 days with an annual salary of $60,052. This is a grant-funded position and continued employment is contingent upon Texas Department of Agriculture renewal.
Job Title: Education Specialist: Child Nutrition
Division/Department: Academic Services/Child Nutrition
Reports To: Project Coordinator: Child Nutrition
Job Summary (Primary Purpose): Provide training and technical assistance of the administration of federal food and nutrition program operations at central and individual entity levels as directed by the Texas Department of Agriculture.
Required Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, & Education/Certificates):
- Bachelor’s degree in Institutional Management, Nutrition, Family and Consumer Science, Public Health, Education, or related field
- Three (3) years administrative, supervisory, or consultative experience in management of school or institutional food service operations
- Three (3) years training experience with adults
- Strong presentation skills to deliver complex information to diverse professional groups.
- Strong organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills
- Ability to adapt well to changing priorities and direction of federal nutrition program regulations.
- Experience in self-directed work
- Demonstrate effective job-related skills that model effective integration of technology into curriculum development.
Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, & Education/Certificates):
- Knowledge of systematic planning strategies
Major Job Responsibilities/Essential Functions:
- Serve as a liaison among Contracting Entities (CE) (e.g. schools) and state and federal agencies.
- Plan, develop and conduct training workshops for school food service personnel and school business personnel.
- Develop and evaluate plan for providing technical assistance to each CE according to the needs identified by the CE, Administrative/Procurement Reviews and in various other reviews and audits performed by the Texas Department of Agriculture and/or the United States Department of Agriculture.
- Collaborate with other ESC regions to ensure equitable availability of training specialists across the statewide training.
- Gather and deliver information relevant to improving the quality of the food and service delivered to children through the National School Lunch, School Breakfast, and Snack Program by participation in professional growth activities, including self-directed studies.
- Provide technical assistance and guidance to Contracting Entities (CEs) and ESC Region 13 clients in all components nutritional and educational programs and services related to specific assignments based on changes in nutrition policies and guidelines through research, development and collaboration.
- Attend and participate in state staff meetings, special committees and workgroups as directed by TDA.
- Identify emerging nutrition trends and anticipated needs of CEs.
- Maintain records of service to CEs for local, state and federal agencies.
- Serve as a representative of ESC Region 13, displaying courtesy, tact, consideration and discretion in all interactions with other members of the educational community and with the public.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
Working Conditions (Physical/Mental Demands & Environmental Factors):
- Communicates effectively (verbal and written)
- Follows policies and procedures
- Maintains emotional control
- Manages time and schedule to fulfill all responsibilities and commitments
- Travels independently to fulfill the responsibilities of the position
- Prolonged or irregular hours
- Extensive reading and writing
- Lifting and carrying (0-15 pounds)
Computer and peripherals, audiovisual equipment, photocopier, etc.