Farm to School/Institution Director

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The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection is seeking an Economic Development Consultant to work as a Farm to School/Institution Director within the Wisconsin Ag and Food Center in the Division of Agricultural Development. The Wisconsin Ag and Food Center (WAFC) provides guidance to agricultural and food businesses on business planning and development.  The WAFC partners with the University of Wisconsin-Extension and industry stakeholders to support all types of Wisconsin agribusinesses.

The agency works hard to serve the people of Wisconsin to assure: safe, wholesome food; consumer protection and fair business practices; animal and plant health; a clean environment; and strong agriculture and commerce. This position is located in Madison, Wisconsin. This rewarding full time position offers great work life balance as well competitive pay and excellent benefits.

Position Summary:  

The incumbent in this position has a statewide responsibility to stimulate the State’s economy by increasing the market share of Wisconsin food and agricultural products, and to foster new investment in agriculture and agricultural infrastructure in Wisconsin. Duties related to development of economic programs include: analyzing legislative mandates, developing statewide systems and networks, researching and identifying training or educational needs of Wisconsin agribusiness companies, and recommending policy or operating procedure for new and existing programs. The position serves as an expert for the assigned portfolio of business and market development for local and regional food systems with an emphasis on institutional markets.

This position also makes recommendations for the enactment of legislation, initiatives or best practices related to the market or economic development priorities issued through the Governor’s and Secretary’s offices which includes implementing the 2009 Wisconsin Act 293 Farm to School program.

To request a complete position description, please email Vicki Drover at [email protected]

Special Notes:   

  • Considerable amount of statewide travel is required.
  • Valid driver’s license or the ability to provide one’s own transportation for work purposes is also required.
  • A criminal background check will be conducted prior to an offer of employment.
  • Applicants must be legally entitled to work in the United States (i.e., a citizen or national of the U.S., a lawful permanent resident, an alien authorized to work in the U.S. without DATCP sponsorship) at the time of application.


Minimum Qualifications (Required - Candidates must have experience and/or education relevant to these areas in order to be considered for the position):
1.) Experience in a Program Coordinator/Management role (e.g. serve as a technical field expert involving development, planning, building consensus for cooperative action, coordinating training, marketing and implementation of a complex project with extensive collaboration involving the facilitation of partnerships with multiple internal and external stakeholders.)

2.) Experience working in the Agricultural Supply Chain (e.g. collaboration with post-production users to identify opportunities, development and implementation of projects that address supply chain challenges, experience building local and regional supplier relationships and fostering opportunities to bring Wisconsin agricultural products through the supply chain into institutions and broad line distributors.)

A Well Qualified Candidate will also have experience in the following areas:

  1. Broad Line Distribution Process Experience: (e.g. Account executive, Purchasing Manager, Regional or District Salesperson, or other applicable foodservice broad line experience involving management of a wide variety of accounts as well as an aggregate purchasing program offering a complete inventory of products to meet the needs of foodservice operators.)
  2. Experience in the Farm to School or similar nutritional based programming involving the local and/or regional food system with an emphasis on institutional markets: (e.g. Experience with business and market development services, initiatives and programs involving Wisconsin producers, suppliers and post-production users to support, advance, and promote the 2009 Wisconsin Act 293 Farm to School program.)
  3. Experience in making recommendations for enactment of legislation, initiatives, or best practices in order to identify and reduce impediments to providing Wisconsin produced agriculture to schools and other institutions that administer agriculture-related programs.

How To Apply:  

  • To apply, click "Log In" to access your WiscJobs account (or to create a new account if you don't already have one).  Once you are logged in, click "Apply Now."  You will be asked to provide your personal information, attach a resume and insert your cover letter/summary of experience.
  • Application materials must be submitted by 11:59pm on the deadline date listed above.
  • Your submission will be evaluated by one or more job experts. Candidates who are deemed eligible will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process where vacancies exist. Please address questions regarding the application process to Vicki Drover at [email protected]
  • Permanent classified state employees who are eligible for consideration (transfer, voluntary demotion, or former employees as a reinstatement) for a position assigned to broadband pay schedule/pay range 81-03 or a counterpart, should also complete this application process to apply.

Starting salary is between $52,000 and $62,400 per year depending on qualifications and experience, plus benefits. Pay on appointment for current or former state employees may vary and will be based on transaction type and the provisions of the State Compensation Plan. The pay schedule-range for this position is 81-03. A 12 month probationary period will be required. Applications are due by 2/19/2018. Apply online