Stephen Smith  |  6/6/2017 2:36:19 PM

Extension Associate

(Farm to School Procurement Specialist)

(This is a grant-funded, non-tenure track position. Funding must be available for any continuation of appointment.)

WORK LOCATION: School of Plant, Environmental and Soil Sciences, LSU AgCenter, Baton Rouge, LA

POSITION DESCRIPTION: The Extension Associate will perform work related to the procurement of locally grown products for Louisiana farm to school programming; act as a main contact for Louisiana school food and other institution authorities for individual technical assistance and to help comply with federal, state, and local procurement regulations; develop training materials aiding school food authorities in the procurement process. The training materials for school food authorities include: model contracts, solicitations, and cooperative purchasing strategies that meet federal regulations; development of case studies of local food procurement best practices; a state seasonality chart that informs how Louisiana products correlate with the USDA vegetable and fruit categories; tutorials on how to strengthen solicitations, solicitation scoring, and contracting to procure more local products. The specialist will need to travel extensively in state and attend meetings and collaborate closely with the Louisiana Department of Education, Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, LSU AgCenter, and practitioners of Louisiana farm to school. Other duties may include tasks as they are assigned. Experience in building and supporting farm to school programs, including school gardens and school farms, is valued.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: BS degree AND 3 years or more professional level work experience in federal child nutrition programs that includes a demonstrated experience in sourcing locally. Or, Master’s degree in food, nutrition, or dietetics AND at least one year of experience with federal child nutrition programs that includes a demonstrated experience in sourcing locally. Or, Associate’s degree or higher in the culinary arts AND 3 years or more of professional level work in food service management that includes demonstrated experience in sourcing locally. Experience with federally funded child nutrition programs, contracts, financial accounting and with the complex federal regulations in child nutrition programs and procurement; independent, reliable, flexible, organized with excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work well independently or within a collaborative team is preferred.

SALARY AND BENEFITS: Salary will be commensurate with education and experience. The LSU AgCenter has an attractive benefits package with a wide variety of benefit options. Benefits offered include retirement, multiple medical insurance options, supplemental insurances (dental, life, long-term disability, accident, vision, long-term care, etc.), Tax Saver Flexible Benefits Plan (saves tax dollars on some child care and medical expenses), university holidays (14 per year, typically includes a week off at Christmas), generous annual (vacation) and sick leave benefits, Employee Assistance Program, and possible educational leave and tuition exemption for coursework at campuses of the LSU System. Specific benefits depend on job category, percent effort and length of employment.

DATE AVAILABLE: Upon completion of selection process.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: June 30, 2017 or until a suitable candidate is identified

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Apply online at https://lsu.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/LSU (or through Workday for internal applicants) by attaching cover letter with resume, transcripts, curriculum vitae and contact information for three references. (Paper, faxed or e-mailed application materials will not be accepted.) For more information contact:

Dr. Carl Motsenbocker

School of Plant, Environment and Soil Sciences

LSU AgCenter

Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70803

Phone: (225) 578-1036

E-Mail: cmotsenbocker@agcenter.lsu.edu

Web site: www.lsuagcenter.com

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