State of Massachusetts Special Nutrition Programs Training Specialist - Educational Specialist C in Malden, Massachusetts

The Office for Food and Nutrition Programs (OFNP) at the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) administers programs that contribute to the health and well being of the Commonwealth's children by supporting nutritious meal service in schools, day care centers, family day care homes, and summer feeding programs through school and special nutrition federal programs.

The Special Nutrition Programs Training Specialist will promote the importance of healthy eating habits and nutrition in Child Nutrition Programs located in schools and communities. This includes the evaluation of food services programs, guidance on program administration, integrity and operations, development of educational programs and establishment of relationships with related Department units and programmatic partners.

The selected candidate will perform the following duties:

develop, implement and administer a training system for Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Sponsors that incorporates compliance and program standards for Child Nutrition Programs to support program integrity addressed in the CACFP Management Improvement Guidance and other related federal and state requirements;

develop and conduct workshops for ESE staff to maintain efficient and effective practices to support program integrity including CACFP Management Improvement Guidance and ESE’s nutrition policies and procedures that ensure efficient and effective service delivery to Child Nutrition Sponsors;

provide participating community agencies and schools with assistance to improve nutrition and nutrition education services;

provide resources and strategies for success to Child Nutrition Program Sponsors;

analyze technical data to help monitor the integrity of Child Nutrition programs;

evaluate food and nutrition programs using program policy, goals and guidelines and develop improvement plans as necessary;

participate in the promotion of Child Nutrition Programs to reach all eligible participants;

maintain an ongoing and regular communication with Child Nutrition Program Sponsors by phone, mail and emails; and

perform other related duties as assigned.

Based on assignment, travel throughout the Commonwealth and out of state is required.

Preferred Qualifications:

The successful candidate will possess:

a commitment to quality child nutrition and nutrition programs in schools and communities;

recent training and education in current nutrition and education issues in Massachusetts;

knowledge of school-community partnerships to support student performance;

knowledge of State and Federal child nutrition laws, rules and regulations;

knowledge of community-based organization and resources interested in promoting nutritional and educational needs and ideals;

ability to gather, analyze and evaluate data of moderate complexity from a wide variety of sources and make recommendations;

ability to establish, maintain effective and harmonious relationships with superiors, peers, and with federal, state and local officials concerned with child nutrition programs;

ability to work with various computer programs such as Microsoft Office suite including Excel and PowerPoint;


excellent verbal and written communication skills; and

ability to work in a team environment.

* *Questions regarding this posting or the application process should be referred to Dawn DeRoche atdderoche@doe.mass.eduor 781-338-6101.

This requisition will remain open until filled; however, first consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.

Minimum Entrance Requirements:

Please note: The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) is in the process of updating the job specifications and minimum entrance requirements for this title. Therefore, the Department will screen resumes based on the following:

applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree and at least four years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional educational experience in a specific or related content area, educational program/or service;

a Master’s degree or higher in a specific or related educational content area may be substituted for two years of the required experience -- 30 semester hours equals one year of experience for substitution purposes.

Education toward a degree in a specific or related educational content area will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed.

Special Requirements: Based on assignment, possession of a current and valid Massachusetts Class D Motor Vehicle Operator's License or the equivalent from another state may be required.

An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Job: *Education

Organization: *Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Title: Special Nutrition Programs Training Specialist - Educational Specialist C

Location: Massachusetts-Malden - 75 Pleasant Street

Requisition ID: 1700035Y