THE NEW YORK STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT
Food Programs Evaluation Specialist 1, Grade 18 (PEF)
Food Programs Evaluation Specialist Trainee 1, NS (Equated to SG-13)
The New York State Education Department’s Office of Education Policy is seeking candidates for three Food Programs Evaluation Specialist 1 positions in the Office of Child Nutrition. This office is responsible for providing technical assistance and performing field inspections of School Food Authorities (SFAs), sponsors, and residential child care institutions participating in the School Breakfast Program (SBP), National School Lunch Program (NSLP), and the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) to ensure compliance with State and federal regulations, including the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. Under the direction of a Food Programs Evaluation Specialist 2, duties of these positions include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Independently conduct comprehensive administrative reviews of child nutrition programs;
- Plan, develop, implement and evaluate child nutrition programs to support the mission of State and federal programs;
- Demonstrate a professional knowledge and understanding of State and federal regulations and interpret regulations for schools and school districts;
- Develop, implement and disseminate written guidance, policy and program agreements for child nutrition programs to ensure compliance with rules and regulations;
- Independently schedule and prepare materials for administrative school reviews and field inspections;
- Review and monitor implementation of corrective action plans, generate follow-up correspondence, and conduct unannounced school visits;
- Propose recommendations for withholding funding, imposing special conditions on contractors and sponsors and termination of programs;
- Assist in the design of program and compliance reviews and procedures;
- Ensure uniform program monitoring and compliance review efforts statewide;
- Administer electronic or manual recordkeeping and reporting instruments and generate reports as needed;
- Conduct comprehensive nutritional analyses to ensure menus meet appropriate age and grade nutrition requirements;
- Evaluate and assess compliance with cost principals, audit requirements and Civil Rights requirements;
- Monitor program payments for accuracy and timeliness;
- Recommend necessary follow-up actions associated with claims and correspond with Reimbursement Unit to report irregularities; and
- Assist in the administration of grants, data collection and special program initiatives, as needed.
Reassignment: Candidates must have one year of permanent competitive or 55b/c service as a Food Programs Evaluation Specialist 1.
55 b/c Appointment: This position is eligible for 55 b/c designation and is subject to verification of applicant eligibility. Candidates must possess the minimum qualifications and a current 55 b/c eligibility letter.
Provisional Appointment to Food Programs Evaluation Specialist 1: In the absence of an eligible list with three or more candidates willing to accept a position, a non-permanent provisional appointment may be considered. For non-permanent provisional appointment, candidates must have either:
- a bachelor’s degree* and two years of nutrition or food program compliance experience**;
- OR An associate’s degree* and four years of nutrition or food program compliance experience**;
- OR New York State certification as a Certified Dietitian, Certified Nutritionist, or Certified Dietitian Nutritionist; and two years of nutrition or food program compliance experience**;
*Qualifying bachelor’s and associate’s degrees must be either of the following: Nutritional Science, Nutrition Education, or Dietetics; OR, Food Service Management, Institutional Food Service Management, or Hotel and Restaurant Management, including at least three credit hours in nutrition.
Provisional Appointment to Food Programs Evaluation Specialist Trainee 1: In the absence of an eligible list with three or more candidates willing to accept a position, a non-permanent provisional appointment may be considered. For non-permanent provisional appointment to Food Programs Evaluation Specialist Trainee 1, candidates must have either:
1. An associate’s degree* and two years of nutrition or food program compliance experience;
Or 2. New York certification as a Certified Dietitian, Certified Nutritionist, or Certified Dietitian Nutritionist.
*A qualifying associate’s degree must be either of the following: Nutritional Science, Nutrition Education, or Dietetics; OR, Food Service Management, Institutional Food Service Management, or Hotel and Restaurant Management, including at least three credit hours in nutrition.
**Examples of non-qualifying work experience: Food service worker; wait or catering staff; fast food or short order cook; chef, sous-chef, or other restaurant kitchen staff; food demonstrator/sales; grocery store clerk/cashier; butcher; dietary aide; marketing associate; personal trainer; food production; fitness coach; and home health aide.
The following will be a permanent or non-permanent provisional appointment: OHE-813/60253. OHE-811/60233 and OHE-816/60235 will be contingent permanent or non-permanent provisional appointments. Provisional candidates must take the examination for Food Programs Evaluation Specialist 1 when it is next offered and must be reachable on the resulting eligible list to maintain employment. Promotions and transfers may change appointees’ negotiating unit. Candidates should be aware that changes in negotiating units may affect their salary, insurance, and other benefits. Verification of degree and work experience will be required at the time of interview for all candidates. This position will require frequent overnight travel (50% of assignment).
This position may be filled as a traineeship. The salary above applies to candidates appointed to Food Programs Evaluation Specialist 1, SG-18. The salary for candidates appointed to Food Programs Evaluation Specialist Trainee 1 starts at $42,986 and, for current New York State employees, is based on the candidate’s salary at the time of hire. Candidates appointed at the trainee level will be required to successfully complete the traineeship in order to advance to the journey level title and salary.
* Leads to a maximum salary of $71,980 based on annual performance advances.
Qualified candidates should send a resume and letter of interest by January 26, 2021 to firstname.lastname@example.org (email submissions are preferred). You must include the Box number (OHE-811/60233, OHE-813/60253, OHE-816/60235) of the position in the subject line of your email and cover letter to ensure receipt of your application.