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Child Nutrition Research & Info Specialist III (Vermont Agency of Education)

Organization Vermont Agency of Education
Location 219 North Main Street, Ste. 402
Barre, VT 05641


The Agency of Education is seeking a Research and Information Specialist III to join our Child Nutrition team in the Federal & Education Support Programs division. The AOE serves children and adults across Vermont through meal programs overseen by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in both school and organizational settings. Our division is responsible for ensuring these programs are in compliance with federal and state regulations and that individuals running those programs are well trained so that students receive the best possible food and nutrition support.

Job Responsibilities:

  • This position will support the Child Nutrition team in four main areas: reporting to USDA, acting as a supporting reviewer during administrative reviews, providing administrative support to the team, and reviewing free and reduced meal eligibility documents. 
  • The position is responsible for compiling, formatting and uploading data for required regular reporting to USDA. The data is drawn from a variety of sources, including Excel exports from the Child Nutrition online application and claiming system, review documents created by other child nutrition staff, and hard copy reports submitted by school food authorities and sponsors. 
  • The position also assists with Administrative Reviews (i.e., a type of USDA audit) of school meal programs, and Summer Food Service Program and Child and Adult Care Food Program sponsors.  The position acts in a supporting capacity to the lead reviewer prior to, during, and after such reviews. Examples of work include maintaining review schedules, reviewing free and reduced meal for errors, reviewing documents submitted by the field for completeness, checking review files to ensure completeness, and formatting and sending review notices and reports and other correspondence written by the lead reviewer. 
  • The position performs child nutrition program specific administrative support for eight other child nutrition staff members. Examples of such work include: assisting with planning and logistics for child nutrition conferences and training events, formatting and sending program correspondence, formatting items to be posted to the web, assisting program staff with approving applications from program sponsors, and maintaining extensive program files. 
  • Finally, the position will be responsible for reviewing back-up data submitted by School Food Authorities (SFAs) for participation in the Community Eligibility Provision and Provision 2 programs. This includes checking student names supplied by the SFA against a list maintained by AOE, and reviewing free and reduced meal applications to ensure that correct eligibility determinations were made.

Note: The position is currently located in Barre, VT, although we anticipate moving to Montpelier in Fall 2019.

Date Posted July 9th, 2019
Deadline July 23rd, 2019
# of Positions Available 1
Categories Food Access and Nutrition, Child meal site / nutrition programs, Support organization: Food Access and Nutrition, Farm to School programs
Type Full Time
Compensation Pay Grade 22. Step 1 of this Pay Grade is $22.06 per hour. Total Compensation: As a State employee you are offered a great career opportunity, but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits that are worth about 30% of your total compensation, including: 80% State paid medical premium Dental Plan at no cost for employees and their families Flexible Spending healthcare and childcare reimbursement accounts Two ways to save for your retirement: A State defined benefit pension plan and a deferred compensation 457(b) plan Work/Life balance: 11 paid holidays each year and a generous leave plan; many jobs also allow for a flexible schedule Low cost group life insurance Tuition Reimbursement Incentive-based Wellness Program Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program Want the specifics? Explore the Benefits of State Employment on our website.
How to Apply Applications must be submitted through the State of Vermont Careers website. Visit and search for Req ID: 2083.

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