Farm to School Program Analyst

Farm to School Program Analyst

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Position Type
Organization Type
Government Agency/Public Sector
Professional Level
Non-Competitive Eligibility
Advanced Degree Required

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Farm to School Program Analyst
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Job Posting Date July 23, 2014
Application Deadline August 6, 2014


The USDA Farm to School Program seeks an enthusiastic, detail-oriented Program Analyst to support all aspects of the program.

The term “farm to school” broadly describes efforts to bring local food into school cafeterias and teach children where their food comes from. Though USDA has long supported such efforts, Congress handed the department a formal mandate, and funding, to create a Farm to School Program in the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act (HHFKA) of 2010. Specifically, the authorizing legislation tasked the Secretary with implementing programs that improve access to local foods in schools participating in the National School Lunch or School Breakfast Programs. Housed within the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) branch of USDA, the USDA Farm to School Program fulfills this mission through training, technical assistance, grant funding, and research. For more information, visit

  • Provides broad based support to the Farm to School Program and works on several key initiatives.

Administrative and Team Support:

  • Provides broad based general operational and administrative support to the Farm to School Team, particularly its National Director. Books travel, prepares expense reports and purchase orders, maintains the Director’s schedule, etc.

Grant Support:

  • Provides support to the Farm to School Grants Manager, helping answer applicant questions and generally supporting applicants throughout the grant submission process.
  • Confirms receipt of submissions.
  • Prepares proposals for review.
  • Assists in training reviewers.
  • Writes grant reports and prepares grantee summary information of various kinds.
  • Manages Farm to School Grant Program webpages and presentation of all public information.
  • Prepares press releases.
  • Coordinates, plans, and staffs all grantee gatherings.
  • Conducts orientation sessions for grantees.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Evaluation Support:

  • Helps collect, analyze, and report data for program evaluation.
  • Assists in reviewing and collating grantee progress reports, documenting best practices and success stories as relevant.
  • Summarizes progress to date and prepares summary reports of various kinds.
  • Recommends process improvements as necessary.

Communications Support:

  • Prepares communications materials of various kinds, such as: power point presentations, blog posts, white papers, summary reports, press releases, web content, and e-letter content.

Technical Assistance Support:

  • Researches best practices and relevant policy opportunities and constraints.
  • Contributes to and/or develops technical assistance materials and summaries.

Customer Service:

  • Responds to routine constituent inquiries and manages information flow by maintaining accurate program files and organizing the dissemination of information, among other duties.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Current noncompetitive eligibility.
  • B.A./B.S. required; Master's degree preferred.
  • Knowledge of local food systems and sustainable agriculture required, previous farm to school experience preferred.
  • Knowledge of school culture, especially primary and middle schools, is helpful.
  • Resourceful and able to perform a variety of administrative and organizational tasks with a creative approach to problem solving.
  • Flexibility to work independently, with minimal supervision, as well as collaborate with others in a virtual team setting.
  • A flexible and creative approach to working with diverse audiences and situations.
  • Efficient and effective organization skills, including attention to detail and proven ability to follow through with tasks.
  • Αbility to multi-task and organize large amounts of data.
  • Proficiency in Survey Monkey, Access, Microsoft Office, especially Excel, and experience using web and blog-based programs preferred.

Additional Information

This job is available to applicants with active non-competitive eligibility (NCE) status. NCE is a special federal hiring status applicable for certain federal jobs. For more information on NCE, visit


$52,146 - $82,019

Location Details

  • This position will be housed in either the USDA Whitten Building in Washington, DC or in a satellite office in Alexandria, VA. In any event, the position in based in the DC Metropolitan region.

Application Instructions

Additional Application Materials:

For more information and to apply, email your cover letter, resume, up to three references, and 500-word writing sample to with the subject line: Program Analyst Application.

Appropriate writing samples include blog posts, letters to the editor, or excerpts from reports for which you were the primary author.

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