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Date: Jan 13, 2021

Location: TALLAHASSEE, FL, US, 32399

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Requisition No: 269662 

Agency: Agriculture and Consumer Services

Working Title: FNW PROGRAM SPECIALIST IV-DACS - 42005560

Position Number: 42005560 

Salary:  $43,507.36 - $47,858.20 

Posting Closing Date: 01/22/2021 






Rick Parks (850) 617-7431


A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and four (4) years of professional experience in consumer complaint program work, business administration, customer or public relations, investigations; or administrative work and/or professional regulation, or a field related to the area of responsibility.

A master's degree from an accredited college or university can substitute for one (1) year of the required experience.

Professional or technical experience as described above can substitute on a year-for-year basis for the required college education.

Requires possession of a valid Driver’s License.


To be considered for a position with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:

  • All fields in the Candidate Profile must be completed.
  • Work history, hours worked, and formal education fields must be filled out to determine qualifications for this position.
  • Responses to Qualifying Questions must be verifiable in the Candidate Profile.


The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services values
and supports employment of individuals with disabilities. Qualified
individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


Must be a registered dietitian (RD) as defined by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as a condition of employment.

Must be willing to obtain additional training appropriate to job functions.

Moderate travel required.


Successful applicant must pass a background screening, including fingerprinting, as a condition of employment.

Actual hours of work shift will be established by supervisor and based on providing departmental coverage for established business hours.

Some weekend and evening travel required for attendance/presentations at conferences and meetings.

The aniticipated hiring salary for this position is $43,507.36 annually.


This position provides shared responsibility for ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements for school meals and supporting healthy school environments within the framework of the child nutrition programs.

Analyze and evaluate National School Lunch Program (NSLP), School Breakfast Program (SBP), Afterschool Snack Program (ASSP), and Summer Programs (SFSP and SSO) menu plans submitted by prospective (new) and existing school food authorities to ensure they meet minimum requirements. Evaluate nutrition and menu related information to ensure planned menus for the appropriate age/grade group (infant, pre-K, K-5, 6-8, 9-12) are met for both self-preparation and vended program meals. This includes checking plans to ensure creditable food items from each of the required food components are offered and the minimum portion sizes and quantities are served as required for federal reimbursement. Using nutrient analysis software or other tools, conduct nutrient analyses or nutrient assessments to verify calories, sodium, saturated fat and trans fat meet established nutrition standards. Complete USDA Menu Certification Worksheets and/or approved USDA software program. Provide technical assistance to school food authorities related to menu development, standardized recipe and yield information, nutritional analysis and menu certification, and best practices related to customer service, marketing program meals and smarter lunchroom techniques.

Assist all division program areas with developing, implementing, and presenting nutrition-related training and training resources, as assigned. Develop and maintain nutrition-related resources and materials for use by agency staff and school food authorities, which includes, but is not limited to, the development of menu template forms, sample menu plans, documents and reports. Serve as content expert for agency staff and school food authorities related to menu planning, meal pattern compliance, menu certification and nutrient analysis.

Review and respond to nutrition-related requests (i.e., whole grain-rich waivers), special diet and meal modification inquiries, food production record reviews, Smart Snack and competitive foods questions, and other applicable program inquiries. Research federal and state regulatory guidance and respond to requests, as assigned, to include school food authority, parent or community member and Capitol correspondence inquiries.

Review wellness policies submitted by school food authorities to ensure compliance with the federal wellness policy rules. Assist school food authorities in the development of local school wellness policies by assisting with research and providing recommendations that are effective, evidence-based strategies to consider when developing local school wellness policies and goals. Serve as a resource and content expert on wellness policies and healthy school teams for agency staff and school food authorities.

Assist in the selection, training and evaluation of the dietetic interns during the program year. Serve as a content expert and assist the Dietetic Internship Program with the review, implementation and/or conducting of nutrition related projects as needed.

Work with division chef or other staff to analyze nutritional content of recipes.

Assist with the emergency management functions of the bureau during periods of disaster. Perform other related duties as required or assigned.


  • Knowledge of methods, techniques, and equipment used in quantity food production, including purchasing, menu planning, merchandising, sanitation, food storage, staffing, and equipment.
  • Knowledge of basic nutritional needs of children.
  • Knowledge of food cost accounting.
  • Knowledge of state and federal laws and regulations pertaining to Child Nutrition Programs.
  • Ability to learn, interpret and apply applicable state and federal rules and regulations.
  • Skill in communicating effectively and advising program participants on the application of nutrition principles.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Ability to analyze program-related issues accurately and adopt an effective course of action.
  • Skill in integrating nutrition education with school food service programs.
  • Ability to advise sponsors on the application of nutrition principles to the food service programs.


The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

VETERANS’ PREFERENCE.  Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans’ Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply.  Candidates claiming Veterans’ Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code.  Veterans’ Preference documentation requirements are available by clicking here.  All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement. 

Nearest Major Market: Tallahassee