Program Specialist

USDA-Food and Nutrition Service

About the organization

The mission of the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is to increase food security and reduce hunger in partnership with cooperating organizations by providing children and low-income people with access to food, a healthy diet, and nutrition education in a manner that supports American agriculture and inspires public confidence. FNS provides excellent opportunities for specialized training through its own facilities and outside resources. Career guidance and on- and off-the-job training programs are tailored to an individual employee's needs. If you want to apply your knowledge and skills to food program activities that seek to strengthen America, there is a challenging and rewarding career waiting for you with FNS!

FNCS is hiring program specialists in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) division and the Special Nutrition Programs (SNP) division (i.e., Child Nutrition, Food Distribution, and the WIC Programs) of the Northeast Regional Office (NERO).

Duties

In the Child Nutrition Operations Branch, a Program Analyst is expected to perform some or all of the duties below:
• Work with State Agencies to obtain USDA Foods orders for the National School Lunch Program, the Child and Adult Care Food Program, the Summer Food Service Program, and the Nutrition Services Incentive Program and help States ensure optimal use of USDA Foods through resolution of ordering, delivery, and distribution issues.

• Work with the Agricultural Marketing Service to procure food orders and determine optimal methods of soliciting USDA Foods.

• Prepare analyses of program data to support operations, identify operational best practices, and analyze trends to monitor program effectiveness, efficiency, and adherence to program requirements.

• Participate in temporary groups within the Division or Agency to study and recommend solutions to program issues and developing technical assistance materials for FNS staff, State and local program operators, and other stakeholders.

Qualifications

GS-09: One year of Specialized Experience which is defined as: researching and analyzing information such as laws and regulations that govern Federal Nutrition Assistance Programs or other public assistance programs in order to ensure compliance with program requirements.
OR
EDUCATION: Master’s or equivalent graduate degree or two (2) full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B or JD in a related field.

GS-11: One year of Specialized Experience which is defined as: assisting in providing oversight and technical assistance to a Federal Nutrition Assistance Program or other public assistance program and researching and analyzing regulations and policies to ensure compliance with program requirements.
OR
EDUCATION: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or three (3) full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M in a related field.

GS-12: One year of Specialized Experience which is defined as: providing oversight and technical assistance to a Federal Nutrition Assistance Program or other public assistance program and interpreting regulations and policies to ensure compliance with program requirements and provide recommendations for program improvement.

Salary

$58,909-85,428

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

Please submit your complete application to the contact email provided.
Your complete applications MUST include:

1. Résumé
2. Peace Corps service/certification of noncompetitive status letter.
3. Transcript (not required but suggested as it may help you to qualify at a higher grade).
4. Email from you including one of the following statements:

I closed my Peace Corps service on (mm/dd/yyyy). Since that date was less than one year ago, I have noncompetitive eligibility.

OR

I closed my Peace Corps service on (mm/dd/yyyy). However, I am/was enrolled in a full-time graduate program at [university name] from mm/dd/yyyy until (mm/dd/yyyy). I therefore have X months of noncompetitive eligibility left.

OR

I closed my Peace Corps service on (mm/dd/yyyy). However, I am/was a member of the U.S. military from (mm/dd/yyyy) until (mm/dd/yyyy). I therefore have X months of noncompetitive eligibility left.

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