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Job Detail: Food Systems Specialist

Position Summary:

The Family Nutrition Program (FNP) is the implementation agency in Florida for the SNAP-Ed program. The Food Systems (FS) team within the Family Nutrition Program supports the development of robust food systems that contribute substantially to the quality of life for school children, farmers, and their communities. The State Food Systems Specialist will provide statewide leadership and support to Regional Food Systems Specialists who support capacity building among school food authorities, communities, and farmers to expand access to local, delicious, fresh, and nutritious food for the limited resource populations in Florida. FS Specialists reinforce the direct education efforts of FNP by implementing policy, systems, and environmental strategies such as: implementing school and community gardens, increasing local food procurement efforts in schools, serving on wellness committees, and working with farmers to increase marketing channels while meeting state and federal food safety standards. This position will supervise, train, and support the Regional FS Specialists to promote and expand food systems and healthy food access at the regional and county levels within an extensive and diverse network of school authorities, parents, and children; farmers and distributors; University of Florida Extension faculty and administrators; staff of federal and state agencies; and representatives from other public and private organizations. The position will be responsible for: coordinating with school food hubs; providing support and training for school, child care, and community gardens; promoting farmers market nutrition education; designing and developing training programs to support Food Systems priorities; leading communication among team members; performing outreach to the public; and planning and implementing meetings and training events.

Position Responsibilities:

Supervision of Regional Specialists

  • Provide leadership to regional specialists in all aspects of their job, including training on food safety and food systems, connecting school authorities to Florida farmers (in collaboration with FDACS), designing and implementing school and community gardens, and working effectively with Extension faculty and other team members.
  • Conduct weekly or monthly “check-ins” to ensure regional specialists have the support and resources required to complete their jobs.
  • Conduct site visits to ensure regional specialists are appropriately and consistently implementing program objectives.
  • Evaluate regional specialists on an annual basis.
  • Approve and monitor purchasing and time and leave requests.

Ongoing Training and County Program Support

  • Implement and manage trainings and resources related to school food procurement (in collaboration with FDACS); school, child care, and community gardens; access to healthful foods; working with vendors and farmers markets; food banks and food pantries; and other areas as needed.
  • Provide technical support and assistance to FNP supervisors in creating on-going training opportunities for program assistants using established program assistant core competencies as a guide.
  • Work collaboratively with other state-level education specialists to develop and provide training support to counties.
  • Create presentations for statewide and national meetings and conferences.
  • Identify research-based educational materials, including but not limited to, curricula, fact sheets, and brochures for project participants and recipients.


  • Draft monthly project status updates for contract manager.
  • Assist with completion of other reports as needed.

Program Administration

  • Schedule and facilitate conference calls among PI, Program Coordinator, Extension faculty, and stakeholders.
  • Document and disseminate best practices through statewide and local meetings using a variety of communication tools.
  • Develop and coordinate schedules and timetables for project milestones and deliverables.
  • Assist the PI, Program Coordinator, and fellow staff members to foster strategic partnerships within the institution and broadly throughout the state to work in collaboration with Florida food systems partners.

Position Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree in an appropriate area and four years of relevant experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Valid Florida driver's license

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience managing multiple employees; excellent attendance history in prior positions; excellent oral and written communication skills, including a courteous and helpful manner in all communications; completeness, accuracy, and timeliness in all work, scheduling and event management experience; proficiency with MS office software, social media tools and other web computer applications are keys to success. Candidates must have a general knowledge of food systems, and some combination of experience in one or more of the following fields: nutrition, agriculture, marketing, curriculum development, program evaluation, and/or Extension programming.

Candidates should have the ability to positively interact with a wide variety of business and organizational partners as an ambassador of the Family Nutrition Program’s Food Systems team and articulate FNP’s goals, strategies, and outcomes with confidence. Experience working in a college or university setting a plus. The successful candidate will manage and prioritize tasks, anticipate problems and work towards resolution without intensive management, pay attention to detail, exhibit superior time management and organizational skills.


$50-$55,000; commensurate with education and experience

To Apply:

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About the job

Location Gainesville, Florida
Field Administrative
Time Full-time
Date 04 February 2019

About the company

Company name Family Nutrition Program
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Form Company
Employees 0-10


Phone (352) 273-3535


Street 1408 Sabal Palm Drive 2nd Floor
City Gainesville
District FL
Zip 32611
Country United States