Iowa State University Program Coordinator I - 1062 in Ames, Iowa

Classification Information

University Title Program Coordinator I - 1062

Pay Grade 33

Salary Commensurate with qualifications

Base of Employment P - P&S

Job Category Professional and Scientific

Pay Frequency Monthly

Posting Details

Posting Number 80239P

Working Title Program Coordinator I - Farm to School

Advertised Employing Department Agriculture & Natural Resources Extension and Outreach

Appointment Type Professional & Scientific - Term

Proposed Start Date As soon as possible.

Proposed End Date or Length of Term 06/30/2019

Number of Months Employed Per Year 1

Full or Part Time Full-Time

Summary of Duties and Responsibilities

The Value Added Agriculture and Local Foods program unit of the Iowa State University Agriculture and Natural Resources Department of Extension and Outreach is seeking qualified candidates for a Program Coordinator I – Farm to School. The Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension and Outreach at Iowa State University is heavily involved in local food system development in Iowa through the Local Foods and Value Added Agriculture Programs. The Programs supports the development of resilient food systems and healthy communities through research, education and outreach in collaboration with diverse partners.

The Program Coordinator I – Farm to School Coordinator will develop new and enhance existing partnerships with organizations involved with farm to pre-school and farm to school programs (i.e. Iowa FoodCorps, Iowa Department of Education, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Iowa Department of Public Health, Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach 4-H programs (campus and county), state and local FFA chapters and various Iowa-based non-profits and other organizations. This position will develop or co-develop educational programs for farm to pre-school and farm to school audiences, develop programs to assist teachers and staff to integrate nutrition education, school gardening skills including STEM curriculum, and/or to advance school local food procurement, and collaborate with Iowa FoodCorps Program State Coordinator and service site supervisors to help provide training and resources specific to service site supervisors and members. In addition, this position will facilitate the Local Food and Farm Initiative (LFFI) and contribute to other legislative efforts assigned to ISU Extension and Outreach that are related to regional and local food system efforts; lead the creation and development of annual reports related to the Local Food and Farm Initiative; and identify potential new partnerships and strategies to strengthen existing regional and local food system partnerships and development of future regional projects. The Program Coordinator will also assist in the design and administration of specific grant related evaluation protocols; the management of quantitative and qualitative data; and the generation of project-related reports and documents as well as assist in the overall evaluation of the Local Foods Program and its component programs related to the generation, interpretation and analysis of data, and reporting of evaluation results.

The Program Coordinator will provide leadership, outreach and education initiatives, along with coordinating statewide, multi-agency, multidisciplinary programs, projects and grant development opportunities. These opportunities will be directly related to ISU Extension and Outreach involvement in the state’s regional and local food system development. The position will initiate, deliver, and co-lead programming efforts related to farm to school and farm to pre-school programs, and assist with the evaluation of these efforts.

The successful candidate will have the ability to work independently and manage multiple programs and grant projects simultaneously. The ability to communicate well, both orally and in writing, with a wide variety of internal and external audiences and to seek new and enhance existing partnerships will be important to the incumbent’s success. The program coordinator also will have the ability to understand the complexities and intricacies related to the development of regional and local food systems in Iowa, as they will work with multiple partners around the state and develop place-based opportunities for food system development. Excellent networking and partnership development skills are essential as well as strong project management, organizational, and communications skills.

About Iowa State University and the Ames Community

Iowa State University is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. More than 36,000 students are enrolled and are served by over 6,200 faculty and staff.

Iowa State University is a global and culturally diverse university committed to providing an inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment for both learning and employment. We know that diversity in experience and perspective is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and building an inclusive academic community. At Iowa State, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituents. The university has an expectation that all employees will demonstrate a contribution to diversity and inclusion as embodied in Iowa State University’s Principles of Community.

Ames, Iowa is a progressive community of 60,000, located approximately 30 minutes north of Des Moines, and recently voted one of the best college towns in the nation.

Iowa State University is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including women, underrepresented populations, and veterans. ISU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, is dedicated to work-life balance through an array of policies, and is an NSF ADVANCE institution.

All employees are expected to exhibit and convey good citizenship within the program, the department, college, university activities, collegial interactions, and maintain the highest standards of integrity and ethical behavior.

Required Education and Experience

Bachelor’s degree and 2 years of related experience; OR a Master’s degree; OR a combination of education and/or related experience totaling 6 years unless otherwise specified under supplemental required education and experience. Experience must be at a comparable level and directly related to the duties of this position.

Supplemental Required Education and Experience

Preferred Education and Experience

Additional years of related experience. Experience working with farm to school and/or farm to pre-school programs. Experience working direct to service farm to school programming with students, teachers, and administrators. Experience developing resources such as farm to school curriculum, marketing materials for programming events, and/or other related materials. Experience developing partnerships or collaborative efforts among different organizations. Experience developing, marketing, delivering, and reporting on new educational programs. Experience with conducting evaluations, such as developing evaluation methods, designing data collection instruments, collecting and organizing data, or reporting evaluation results.

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Additional Information

Department Contact Name Kaela Black

Department Contact Phone 515-294-3283

Department Contact Email

Department/Unit Website

Application Instructions

To apply for this position, please click on “Apply for this Job” and complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following:1) Resume/Curriculum Vitae 2) Letter of Application/Cover Letter 3) Contact Information for Three ReferencesIf you have questions regarding this application process, please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.

Special Instructions Summary

Guaranteed Consideration Date 06/03/2018

Pre-Employment Screening

All offers of employment, oral and written, are contingent upon the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by federal and state law, ISU policies/procedures, and may include the completion of a background check and/or a consumer credit check.

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EO Statement

Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, 515 294-7612, email