Program Coordinator I

Job description          

Do you want to make a difference in the lives of hungry children across the State?

Do you want to be the link that connects schools with local food systems that benefit children?

If so, this position might be the perfect job for you!

The Department of Education and Early Development, Division of Finance and Support Services, Child Nutrition Programs section is recruiting for a long-term, non-permanent Program Coordinator I to administer the Farm-to-School Program.

The primary responsibilities of this position are to support the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development by providing content management of the Farm-to-School Program and overall leadership and coordination of activities by working with state and local governmental and non-governmental partners to increase utilization of Alaska grown, harvested, and processed food and promote garden-based educational resources and activities.

The incumbent will be the point of contact for counterparts with Childhood Nutrition Program sponsors, non-governmental agencies, and community stakeholders active in enhancing the utilization of locally produced foods in Alaska schools/programs. This position does require the incumbent to travel within Alaska several times per year.

We are seeking an applicant with some or all of the following knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience: Experience with clearly communicating program information to agencies, organizations, and individuals both orally and in writing Experience in developing and presenting training materials Experience with local food systems Experience with federal procurement requirements Experience in grant writing and grant management Proficiency in standard computer software such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook, as well as experience with database systems Strong research, analytical, and problem-solving skills
Applicants must supply a responsive cover letter that addresses their knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience as related to the traits listed above in order to advance to the interview phase of the recruitment process. Please provide examples of duties from specific positions you have held which helped you gain the skill or experience. Applicants are NOT required to have experience in every area. If you do not have experience with a particular trait, simply say so.
A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in any field.
Two years of professional experience assisting with planning, coordinating, and implementing administrative controls, work processes, and procedures for a program, project, business, or organization. OR SUBSTITUTION:
Additional qualifying experience may substitute for the bachelor's degree (3 semester hours or 4 quarter hours equals one month of work experience). There is no substitution for the required two years of professional experience. OR SUBSTITUTION:
A master's degree from an accredited college in a field closely related to the specific field of the program may substitute for the required experience (2 semester hours or 3 quarter hours equal one month of experience).
A cover letter is required for this position. The cover letter should be in standard business format and should highlight your knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience as they relate to the key responsibilities and desired traits listed in the job description above.

This is not a traditional cover letter. It is expected that your letter will exceed one page in length. Please ensure that you have responded to the desired traits fully.

Please attach the cover letter to your application before submitting it online or, if unable to attach to your application, fax it to the contact number provided in the job posting. Your cover letter will be used as a writing sample and will be used to help determine which applicants will advance to the interview phase of the recruitment and selection process.

If post-secondary education is required to meet the minimum qualifications, you must fill in the Education section of the application. If you have not obtained a degree, please indicate the number of units completed. Copies of transcripts are required to verify educational credentials if used to meet the minimum qualifications for a position. Transcripts can be attached at the time of application or provided at the time of interview.

Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the minimum qualifications listed above. If utilizing this education, you must show that the education credentials have been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and that such education has been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs; or an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution reports the other institution as one whose transcript is given full value, or full value is given in subject areas applicable to the curricula at the post-secondary institution. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.

If using work experience not already documented in your application, also provide the employer name, your job title, dates of employment, and whether full-or part-time. Applications will be reviewed to determine if the responses are supported and minimum qualifications are clearly met. If they are not, the applicant may not advance to the interview and selection phase of the recruitment.

Questions regarding application submission or system operation errors should be directed to the Workplace Alaska hotline at 1-800-587-0430 (toll free) or (907) 465-4095 if you are located in the Juneau area. Requests for information may also be emailed to If you choose to be contacted by email, please ensure your email address is correct on your application and that the spam filter will permit email from the '' domains.

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The State of Alaska complies with Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Individuals with disabilities, who require accommodation, auxiliary aides or services, or alternative communication formats, please call 1-800-587-0430 or 465-4095 in Juneau or TTY: Alaska Relay 711 or 1-800-770-8973 or correspond with the Division of Personnel & Labor Relations at: P.O. Box 110201, Juneau, AK 99811-0201. The State of Alaska is an equal opportunity employer.

At the time of interview, applicants must submit the following documentation, if it is not already attached to their application package: A copy of your college transcripts, if education is being used to meet the minimum qualifications for the position. A list of at least three professional references with current contact information, at least two of which are current or former supervisors.
Name: Debbie Soto
Phone: 907-465-8712
Fax #: 907-465-2806
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