Farm to School Coordinator

Minneapolis Public Schools is hiring a Farm to School Coordinator. Deadline to apply is May 29th. For more info go to


Nutrition Center/Food Services

 Position Code:

30024088 - Coordinator, Farm to School Program

 Work Hours:

1.0/52 Weeks

 Application Deadline:


 Position Description:


 Under general supervision, coordinates MPS Farm to School Program, including program development, financial oversight, staff support, community development, and public relations; liaison with internal and external partners including local procurement and food educational efforts.

 ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS --Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following representative duties, knowledge, and skills.  This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed by incumbents of this class. Employees are required to be in attendance and prepared to begin work at their assigned work location on the specified days and hours. Factors such as regular attendance at the job are not routinely listed in job descriptions, but are an essential function. Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

      Works with local small and disadvantaged farmers to procure local foods for the MPS school food programs.

    Works with MPS Culinary Center staff to assure efficient and effective incorporation of local products into food service operations.

    Develops, manages and evaluates pilot programs including but not limited to monthly local food taste tests in MPS cafeterias; local farm field trips; and bringing local growers to school sites.

    Partner with outside organizations to establish MPS urban farm as a site for farm field trips, school garden support, training opportunities, youth development, and special events.

    Coordinates Farm to School special events including but not limited to Minnesota Farm to School month, Food Day, Harvest Festivals, etc.

    Coordinates community development, outreach and public relations programs; recruits new advisory council members, trains community leaders, and builds relationships with community partners, media, non-profit and governmental organizations.

    Works with Culinary Center staff to promote and market MPS Farm to School programs; assures effective communication of program offerings; develops promotional materials, e-marketing, and public service announcements; coordinates community outreach and volunteer recruiting programs.

    Demonstrates courteous and cooperative behavior when interacting with students, clients, visitors, and MPS staff; acts in a manner that promotes a harmonious and effective workplace environment.

    Enthusiastically promotes the Superintendent’s goals and priorities in compliance with all policies and procedures.

    Maintains absolute confidentiality of work-related issues, records and MPS information.

    Other duties or tasks may be assigned on an as-needed basis.

    At times may be required to work outside normal business hours and work extended hours to accomplish requirements of the position.


  Education, Training and Experience Guidelines

 Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, Nutrition, Agriculture, Education, or a closely related field; AND four (4) years of professional experience administering public education support programs; OR an equivalent combination of education, training and experience as determined by Human Resources.

  Knowledge of:

     Applicable policies, procedures and regulations covering specific areas of assignment.

    Rules and regulations of the Minnesota Department of Education and other governing agencies.

    State and Federal laws governing public sector grant funding programs.

    Local community resources, agricultural advocacy groups, and regional agricultural programs.

    Personal computers utilizing standard software, and specialized MPS and state agency software applications and procedures.

    Principles of record keeping and records management.

    Safety rules and regulations.

  Skill in:

     Understanding and applying program standards, public sector fund accounting procedures, applicable Federal and state rules and regulations, and MPS policies and procedures.

    Using initiative and independent judgment within established procedural guidelines.

    Coordinating and administering educational and school support programs.

    Identifying problems and opportunities, and developing solutions.

    Assessing and prioritizing multiple tasks, projects and demands.

    Providing effective customer service, and dealing tactfully and courteously with the public.

    Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with co- workers, clients, advocates and representatives from community groups and government agencies.

    Effective verbal and written communication.


 A valid Minnesota State Driver’s License may be required.


 Work is performed in a standard office environment which requires occasionally lifting such articles as file boxes or heavier materials with help from others and/or lifting and carrying light objects frequently. A job in this category may require walking or standing to a significant degree or may involve sitting most of the time with long periods of computer work and heavy phone usage.


Bargaining Unit:    AMP

Grade:                   G 53

Salary:                   $59,744 - $73,929

FLSA Status:        Exempt

Job Group:            Food Services

 Diversity is one of Minneapolis Public Schools core values and is essential to our goal of putting children first and making them college-ready.  Diversity of our workforce provides us with a competitive advantage and allows us to better understand, communicate with and educate our diverse student body.

Minneapolis Public Schools will not deny anyone the opportunity for training or employment because of sex, race, religion, color, creed, national origin, marital status, age, sexual preference, disability or status with regard to public assistance.

 Minneapolis Public Schools strongly encourages diverse candidates to apply.


All applicants, including MPS employees, must complete an on-line application at (click on Careers).  In addition, upload an electronic copy of both your cover letter and resume to your application at the time that you apply.  Make sure that you apply for the specific position in which you are interested.


Only complete applications, which include all of the following items, will be


     Cover Letter


    On-Line Application

 Final candidates may be invited to interview with a committee.  Final appointment to this position will be contingent upon passing a criminal background check.

Minneapolis, Minnesota
Publicaton Date: 
Thursday, May 23, 2013 - 12:00am
Company Name: 
Minneapolis Public Schools
Job Type: