Career Opportunity

Program Administrator for Community-Based Programs (Principal Consultant #1358)
$55,251 - $69,821
$55,251 - $94,029
Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
August 17, 2022
Open Until Filled

​Reporting to the Director, will perform work ranging from moderate to considerable complexity applying practices and technical expertise in the areas of child nutrition program and fiscal management and technical assistance for the administration of the Summer Food Service Program.

  • ​Coordinates the administration and program management for the Summer Food Service Program. 
  • Serves as a primary contact for program related questions from program participants, legislators, USDA, and program advocates.
  • Interprets, develops, and oversees the implementation of federal and state regulations, policies, and guidelines. 
  • Develops procedures and technology systems for efficient program administration.
  • Coordinates and monitors schedules and timelines related to the completion of federal and state completion of reports and activities. 
  • Collects and analyzes data to determine program reach and outreach.
  • Oversees compliance with federal program requirements.
  • Participates in the approval and administration of the Child and Adult Care Food Program. 
  • Approves sponsoring organizations and their sites for participation in the Summer Food Service Program.
  • Reviews participant management plans.
  • Reviews program participant information and financial documentation to ensure that the sponsoring organization is capable, viable, and able to participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program.
  • Provides program technical assistance to local education agencies, program administrators, advocacy groups, legislators, and agency staff. 
  • Serves as a primary contact for programmatic, fiscal, and nutrition related questions.
  • Researches, develops, and disseminates training and technical assistance materials.
  • Develops and makes presentations in a variety of training venues such as workshops and webinars.
  • Coordinates the outreach and marketing of the Summer Food Service Program. 
  • Writes and reviews Requests for Proposals and/or information for bids for traditional and social media and outreach campaigns.
  • Monitors the contracts to ensure implementation of campaigns per specifications and budget.
  • Reviews, updates, and researches outreach and marketing materials.
  • Writes letters and develops materials for stakeholders.
  • Participates in state and national conferences to disseminate program information via exhibits or presentations.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • ​Master's Degree in Accounting, Business Administration, Auditing, Nutrition, Social Sciences, Kinesiology/Exercise Science, Biological Science, Communication, or Marketing, or, a Bachelor's Degree in one of these areas plus two years of relevant professional experience.(COPY OF TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED AT TIME OF APPLICATION)
  • Two years of experience (in addition to education requirements) in nutrition, accounting, business administration, auditing, social sciences, governmental grant programs, or kinesiology/exercise science. 
  • Comprehensive knowledge of accounting, nutrition, food service management, exercise science, auditing, government grant programs, social services, and/or business administration management practices and procedures.
  • Knowledge of information systems.
  • Knowledge of computers, database, and spreadsheet applications.
  • Demonstrated oral and written communication skills.
  • Must have a valid Illinois Driver's License.
  • Travel required.

ISBE provides equal employment opportunities to all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetics. We actively foster a culture of inclusion and encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply.

Illinois has an urgent and collective responsibility to achieve educational equity by ensuring that all policies, programs, and practices affirm the strengths that each and every child brings within their diverse backgrounds and life experiences, and by delivering the comprehensive supports, programs, and educational opportunities they need to succeed.