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Job Detail: Planning and Research Associate


This is professional services work developing and implementing a new local foods procurement program to increase the use of local food by state-funded and other institutions (such as hospitals, jails, and schools). Work involves establishing program objectives and metrics; drafting program rules, policies, and procedures; coordinating with other state agencies and stakeholders; engaging stakeholders to implement the program and collecting and analyzing data. The position will entail significant outreach work, including working directly with food producers, distributors, and institutions. 

Position Qualifications: 

  • Develop program guidelines and tools and guidance for producers and institutions to increase local foods being procured by public institutions. Establish metrics, collect, and analyze related data, as established in LD 1584, which took effect in October 2018.
  • Partner with other state and federal agencies to set and monitor goals for the new program.
  • Act as a liaison to entities working to increase marketing and promotion of Maine agricultural products to public institutions.
  • Write, submit and administer program budgets to ensure adequate resources and funds to administer the program.
  • Assist with promotion and implementation of Department grant programs that help farmers and producers scale up to institutional sales
  • Work within the Division’s overall marketing plan to promote the program to the agricultural industry, other professionals and the public. Create related marketing information including reports, charts, research documents, and promotional documents like press releases, newsletters, and social media communications.
  • Work with farmers looking to market products to institutions and create resources (including materials and workshops) to facilitate the process.
  • Entry level knowledges, skills, and/or abilities may be acquired through, but are not limited to, the following coursework/training and/or experience: An eight (8) year combination of education, training, and/or experience providing a knowledge of planning and research principles, practices, and techniques

Compensation and Benefits:  

Value of State’s share of Employee’s Retirement: 14.47% of pay, Employee Pays: 7.65% of pay
Value of State-paid Dental Insurance:  $14.31 biweekly

Value of State-paid Health Insurance*:

Level 1:  100% State Contribution = $461.75 biweekly (employee pays nothing)
Level 2:  95% State Contribution = $438.66

Level 3:  90% State Contribution = $415.58 biweekly (Employee pays: 10%)
Level 4:  85% State Contribution = $392.49 biweekly (Employee pays: 15%)
*The level of actual value of state paid Health Insurance will be based on employee’s wage rate and status with regard to the health credit premium program.

How to Apply:

Apply online here!

About the job

Location Augusta, Maine
Field Administrative
Time Full-time
Date 04 October 2019

About the company

Company name Department of Agriculture Conservation and Forestry
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