Program Specialist (Farm to School)

USDA Food & Nutrition Service (FNS)

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!

Be a part of America's nutrition assistance safety net. The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is hiring program spec(s) in the Southwest Regional Office (SWRO). The full time position currently available may start at the GS-11 level with promotion potential to a GS-12.


- Plan, direct, and participate in oversight functions of State, local program and/or Farm to School grantee operations.

- Analyze and provide technical assistance and consultation on all aspects of assigned grants management, financial or program operations.

-Provides technical training and guidance and identifying gaps in the broader farm to school community.

-Prepares reports and maintains records of regional work accomplishments on routine farm to school reporting requests, FNS monthly progress reports, media tracking and impact reports.

-Meet with State agency representatives and/or farm to school grantees to discuss areas of policy and operational non-compliance.

- Prepare special reports and briefings to alert management to positive trends as well as deficiencies and inconsistencies.

-Work closely with the Team Lead, Branch Chief and/or Office of Community Food Systems to implement and accomplish goals and objectives of the FNS Strategic Plan and unit work plan.

-Coordinate regional training efforts including train state and local staff in program requirements through formal and information presentations, and development of materials.


To qualify for the GS-11 level, your resume must clearly demonstrate that you have one full year of specialized experience comparable in difficulty and responsibility to at least the GS-09 level in private and/or federal service. Examples of qualifying experience include the following types of tasks performed on a regular and recurring basis:

1. Providing oversight and technical assistance to Federal, State or local entities regarding program operations;

2. Interpreting regulations and policies to ensure compliance with program requirements;

3. Providing recommendations for program improvement; and

4. Communicating program findings and recommendations orally and in writing.

Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including time-in-grade restrictions, specialized experience and/or education, as defined.



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)
4. Email from you including one of the following statements:

I closed my Peace Corps service on mmddyy. Since that date was less than one year ago, I have noncompetitive eligibility
I closed my Peace Corps service on mmddyy. However I am/was enrolled in a full-time graduate program at [university name] from mmddyy until mmddyy. I therefore have X months of noncompetitive eligibility left
I closed my Peace Corps service on mmddyy. However I am/was a member of the U.S. military from mmddyy until mmddyy. I therefore have X months of noncompetitive eligibility left
I am/was a Peace Corps civil service employee. Enter on duty (mmddyy) and separated from the PC on mmddyy [or, I have not yet separated from the PC.

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