• This Health and Nutrition Services (HNS) Specialist position is on the Onboarding, Renewal and Point of Contact Team and serves as a subject matter expert and point of contact for program operators, provides technical assistance and support to sponsors and school food authorities (SFA) statewide for all of the USDA child nutrition programs. The specialist reviews entity applications for participation and maintains all working documentation within established web-based technology systems. This position is responsible for reviewing budgetary, planning and service systems of new and existing program operators. For prospective new operators, the application review will include conducting pre-approval visits on-site at the entity's location and providing authorization of participation in CNPs and related grants. This position is also responsible for learning, interpreting, and applying technical program regulations to assure compliance, primarily during the application and renewal phases of program participation and through the duration of the year; this is accomplished by interacting daily with customers to provide resources, ongoing assistance, best practices, and guidance.
• In-state and out-of-state travel is required for this position.
• Effectively apply knowledge of program regulations and procedures to review highly technical and fiscal information on program applications using web-based technology systems; acts as authorizing official for state-level program participation approval
• Engage in a high degree of collaboration within the division to ensure high-quality services to operators and align the internal processes for program/grant application processing with other division initiatives and services, specifically in the areas of program improvement, growth, nutrition, budgeting and compliance; maintain awareness of program participation trends of program operators
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships to provide program guidance and technical assistance to program operators daily via phone and written communication; accurately and proactively compose professional correspondence regarding program information to assigned entities; occasionally will travel statewide to conduct on-site visits to ensure entity processes align with the program application information submitted to the state agency
• Seek and absorb new information pertaining to technical program regulation/procedural changes, new funding opportunities, and recognition opportunities for program operators; initiate professional learning of new information by attending team and agency meetings, and participating in professional learning or training sessions at the local, state, and national level
Please note: For those selected for interviews, skills assessments may be administered as part of the interview process.
• Federal regulations, state laws, and policies pertaining to all Child Nutrition Programs
• Grant application processes and funding objectives
• Federal or state-funded program administration
• A Bachelor's degree in business or communications or nutrition/dietetics or related field is required
• Simplifying complex regulatory language to provide differentiated technical assistance and support
• Interpersonal skills
• Intermediate skill in using Microsoft Excel, Word, Teams, SharePoint, and Outlook
• Effective use of electronic file storage systems
• Manage a variety of different tasks and monitor progress
• Deliver courteous, helpful customer service and approach work as service-minded
• Review, synthesize, interpret, and apply technical, specialized knowledge of program and financial compliance for applications and budgets
• Collaborate successfully in a team environment
• Perform to stated deadlines and produce expected results
• Absorb highly technical, specialized knowledge related to the USDA Child Nutrition Programs and other federal, state, and local programs
Preference will be given to those applicants with:
• Work experience in schools or child nutrition or health programs or other federal programs
• Registered Dietitian (RD)
• Dietitian Technician, Registered (DTR)
• School Nutrition Specialists (SNS) Serve Safe certified or Certified Food Safety Manager
• Position requires possession of and ability to retain a current, valid state-issued driver’s license appropriate to the assignment. Employees who drive on state business are subject to driver’s license record checks, must maintain acceptable driving records and must complete any required driver training (see Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12.).
• Offers are contingent upon successful completion of all background and reference checks, required documents and, if applicable, a post-offer medical/physical evaluation.
ADE’s comprehensive benefits package includes:
• Affordable medical, dental, life, and short-term disability insurance plans
• Tuition reimbursement program available for education/professional development advancement
• Hybrid schedule (combination of telework and in-office) may be available for some job roles
• Top ranked retirement and long-term disability plans
• Deferred compensation plan
• Accrued sick leave and vacation leave
• Ten paid holidays per year
• Wellness plans
For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page
You will be required to participate in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) upon your 27th week of employment, subject to waiting period. On or shortly after, your first day of employment you will be provided with enrollment instructions and effective date.
The Arizona Department of Education is an EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer. During all phases of the selection process, people with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation, such as a sign language interpreter, by contacting the ADE Human Resources office at (602) 542-3186 or via e-mail at HumanResourcesGroup@azed.gov.
ARIZONA MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (AMS)
All Arizona state employees operate within the Arizona Management System (AMS), an intentional, results-driven approach for doing the work of state government whereby every employee reflects on performance, reduces waste, and commits to continuous improvement with sustainable progress. Through AMS, every state employee seeks to understand customer needs, identify problems, improve processes, and measure results.
State employees are highly engaged, collaborative and embrace a culture of public service.
The State of Arizona is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.