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Montana Team Nutrition Program Co-Project Director Farm to School

Company: Montana State University
Location: Bozeman
Posted on: May 17, 2023

Job Description:

Montana Team Nutrition Program Co-Project Director Farm to SchoolPlease see Special Instructions for more details. Flexible remote work schedule may be available General Statement Montana Team Nutrition ( MTN ) was established in 1995 with funding from the USDA through close collaboration with Montana Office of Public Instruction. In collaboration with partners across the state, MTN leverages evidence-based practices and policies to provide training, resources, and support to K-12 schools that promote engaging food-based education, foster positive food relationships, and cultivate healthy school environments. MTN's vision is to cultivate healthy Montana children and communities by shaping lifelong positive food and physical activity habits. Montana Farm to School is a collaboration between Montana Office of Public Instruction, Montana Team Nutrition Program, Montana State University, and other partners. The work for Montana Farm to School is largely driven via the Montana Farm to School Leadership Team. Duties and Responsibilities

  • Manage and provide leadership for Montana Farm to School portfolio of projects.
  • Hire, supervise, and direct staff schedules to carry out activities with the grant timelines and budget.
  • Coordinate effective internal control process for managing funds at Montana Office of Public Instruction, grant sponsors, and at Montana State University.
  • Manage grant budgets.
  • Manage sub-grant and sub-contract award process, forms, and payment system to school districts or to partners as needed. Ensure that the sub-grants meet grant requirements. Monitor grant spending and collect reports from sub-grant recipients to ensure funds are spent correctly and prudently.
  • Maintain a network of partners to collaborate with to implement activities and achieve outcomes and maintain effective communication with those key partners and grant sponsors.
  • Participate in MSU Department and College activities to provide mentoring to students via service-learning projects or working with HHD interns, including the Montana Dietetic Internship Program; and/or participate in committees, upon request.
  • Facilitate statewide coalitions and teams, including but not limited to the Montana Farm to School Leadership Team, as needed per work plan or to ensure on going collaboration with partners.
  • Pursue, write, and submit grant applications as needed and apply guidance received by funders/sponsors to management practices.
  • Complete and submit required reports to funder and/or sponsor.
  • Evaluate program and project effectiveness and impact.
  • Develop and maintain project and communications materials.
  • Oversee and manage communications platforms and strategies including website, social media platforms, media, newsletters, etc. Required Qualifications - Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
    • Bachelor's Degree in nutrition, sustainable foods, or related field and/or substantial knowledge and successful experience managing grant-funded projects in same or similar fields.
    • Substantial experience with USDA Child Nutrition Programs including Team Nutrition, National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, etc.
    • Proven record implementing farm to school initiatives (experience leading, managing, and teaching farm to school nutrition education, procurement, or school gardening) at the local, state, or national level.
    • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with university, state, federal partners individually and on coalitions or committees.
    • Demonstrated project or program management experience, preferably with federal grants.
    • Experience and strong skills in program planning, proposal development, personnel leadership, and budget management. Preferred Qualifications - Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
      • Masters Degree in nutrition, food systems, or related field.
      • Demonstrated experience in applying for and managing USDA Team Nutrition or Farm to School grants. The Successful Candidate Will
        • Demonstrate strong leadership skills and experience in successful program management, specifically projects funded by federal grants.
        • Demonstrate experience in budget management, fiscal oversight, and sub-contract management.
        • Demonstrate experience in effective personnel management including hiring, training, supporting, and supervising staff.
        • Demonstrate success in submitting and being awarded federal and/or state grants.
        • Demonstrate proficiency in effective communication strategies, both oral and written.
        • Demonstrate experience in creating program materials, publications, and educational messages in a variety of formats including creating web-based content, social media, and print materials.
        • Demonstrate experience using computer and software systems such as Microsoft Office Suite, calendar apps, social media platforms, spreadsheets, database systems, email, basic graphic design, and virtual meeting platforms such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and Webex.
        • Demonstrate the ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with a diverse group of audiences ( MTN staff, school staff, State Agency staff, program partners, USDA , public, etc.).
        • Be able to travel to meet with grant sponsors, project partners, school districts, and organizations, as needed per grant requirements or workplan projects.
        • Possess ability to organize and prioritize large volumes of work with a high degree of accuracy, timeliness, and confidentiality, while adapting to changing priorities and maintaining a positive and professional approach.
        • Take initiative to improve program efficiency, problem solve, and be able to be flexible with meeting the training needs of program participants and target audiences.
        • Demonstrate proficiency in design, implementation, and delivery of effective training programs virtually and in-person to local and statewide audiences.
        • Demonstrate proficiency in accurately collecting, managing, analyzing, and reporting data associated with program evaluation.
        • Utilize new and current technologies and education strategies for effective communication and delivery of trainings.
        • Ensure compliance with all university, agency, department, and sponsor reporting requirements. Position Special Requirements/Additional Information Continuation of employment is contingent upon availability of funding.

          Flexible remote work schedule may be available

          This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University's rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time. Physical Demands
          To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. This position has supervisory duties? Yes Number of Vacancies 1 Desired Start Date Position End Date (if temporary) Open Date Close Date Applications will be: Screening of applications will begin on May 17th, 2023; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established. Special Instructions Flexible remote work schedule may be available Diversity Statement
          Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

          In compliance with the Montana Veteran's Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran's preference please complete the veteran's preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile.

          MSU's Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be located on the MSU Website: Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

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