Job Posting: Farm to School Network Regional Lead

Department of Food & Agriculture

Farm to School Network Regional Lead

$5,518.00 - $6,907.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 4/6/2023

Job Description and Duties

Per CCR 249.3, this job control may be used to fill subsequent vacancies.

Under the general direction of the Staff Services Manager I, the Associate Governmental Program Analyst (AGPA) Farm to School Network Regional Lead serves as the lead for schools, institutions, and local governments for the California Farm to School Network within the Office. The AGPA will develop relationships with California school districts, Tribal organizations, local governments, community-based organizations, historically underserved and excluded communities, and institutional food providers, conduct quantitative and qualitative research, support the California Farm to School Incubator Grant Program, and serve as the point of contact for farm to school inquiries related to farm to school in their region.

This position will serve the Central Region which includes the following counties: Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Mariposa, Merced, Mono, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Tuolumne and Yolo counties.

•Serve as field representative and main point of contact for CDFA, the California Farm to School Network, and the California Farm to School Incubator Grant Program in the Central Region, building relationships with California school districts, Tribal organizations, local governments, community-based organizations, historically underserved and excluded communities, and other institutional food providers

•Conduct and/or review analytical studies, reports, and surveys related to farm to school programs, including resources from the United States Department of Agriculture, and communicating impacts and opportunities to regional stakeholders

•Conduct stakeholder engagement sessions and relationship building activities with regional farm to school stakeholders, especially historically underserved and excluded California communities, and utilize information to make recommendations on a broad spectrum of administrative and program-related problems, including developing procedures, policies, and program alternatives for the California Farm to School Network and the California Farm to School Incubator Grant Program

•Develop, host, and facilitate opportunities for regional gatherings, networking events, peer learning circles, and meaningful engagement with farm to school stakeholders

•Review and analyze proposed legislation and advise management on the impact or potential impacts for California farm to school stakeholders

•Coordinate the efforts of CDFA staff, including regional farm to school producer engagement specialists, and various government agencies and community organizations on statewide farm to school efforts

•Represent CDFA at conferences, events, and convenings, including coordinating with California Farm to School Network partners to develop conference panels, learning/educational sessions, break-outs, and other similar opportunities

•Support development, review, and analysis for the California Farm to School Incubator Grant Program and other relevant funding opportunities

•Coordinate and discuss farm to school programs and opportunities with regional and statewide farm to school staff

•Participate in outreach events including, conferences and events with other agencies

•Develop promotional materials for CDFA newsletters, social media, and blog posts

Candidates may perform these essential functions with or without reasonable accommodation.

You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement.

Working Conditions

The duties of this job are performed indoors 75% of the time. The incumbent in this position teleworks at least 90% of the time. The incumbent is supplied with the necessary tools and supplies to perform the assigned duties, including, but not limited to, a cell phone, a laptop computer with various software programs, and a multifunction print/scan/copy machine.

Regular or recurring telework may occur as part of the incumbent’s ongoing regular schedule in accordance with CDFA’s Telework Policy. Travel by private vehicle, state vehicle or public transportation to various locations throughout the State such as conferences, site visits or outreach events may be required. A valid driver’s license is required.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Farm to School Network Regional Lead
$5,518.00 - $6,907.00 A
# of Positions:
Work Location:
United States
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) oversees the production of safe food and fiber for the consumers of California agricultural commodities through responsible environmental stewardship and the regulation of the marketplace standards ensuring a fair and competitive marketplace. The Inspection Services Division (Division) fulfills its mission by providing professional services which support and contribute to a safe, abundant, quality food supply, environmentally sound agricultural practices, and an equitable marketplace for California agriculture. Within the Division’s Administration Unit is the Office of Farm-to-Fork (Office), which currently operates the statewide California Nutrition Incentive Program, the California Urban Agriculture Grant Program, the California Farm to Community Food Hub Grant Program, the California Farm to School Program (including the California Farm to School Incubator Grant Program), and the Healthy Refrigeration Grant Program.

Special Requirements

  • The position(s) require(s) a valid California Drivers License (CDL). You must answer the questions addressing your CDL on your application. Ensure you provide your CDL number, class, expiration date, and any endorsements and/or restrictions.

The State of Qualification (SOQ) is requested to elicit information regarding each applicant’s interest and experience in relation to this position. The completed SOQ should not be more than two (2) pages, using Arial, and 12-point font size. Resumes, letters, and other materials will not be considered as responses to the SOQ. A SOQ that does NOT conform to the specifications or is incomplete will not be considered.

1. Describe how your education and work experience demonstrates your ability to establish and lead a region of the California Farm to School Network.

2. What does equity in agriculture mean to you, specifically in the farm to school space, and how do you feel you could contribute to expanding efforts at CDFA to address equity in agriculture?

Application Instructions

Dates printed on Mobile Bar Codes, such as the Quick Response (QR) Codes available at the USPS, are not considered Postmark dates for the purpose of determining timely filing of an application.

Final Filing Date: 4/6/2023

Who May Apply

Individuals who are currently in the classification, eligible for lateral transfer, eligible for reinstatement, have list eligibility, are in the process of obtaining list eligibility, or have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility (please attach your letter, if available). SROA and Surplus candidates are given priority; therefore, individuals with other eligibility may be considered in the event no SROA or Surplus candidates apply.

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected to move forward in the selection process.
Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications stated in the Classification Specification(s).

How To Apply

Complete Application Packages (including your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents) must be submitted to apply for this Job Posting. Application Packages may be submitted electronically through your CalCareer Account at When submitting your application in hard copy, a completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included. If you choose to not apply electronically, a hard copy application package may be submitted through an alternative method listed below:

Address for Mailing Application Packages

You may submit your application and any applicable or required documents to:

Department of Food & Agriculture
Attn: Human Resources Branch JC-333739
1220 N Street, Room 242
Sacramento, CA 95814

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:

Department of Food & Agriculture
Human Resources Branch JC-333739
1220 N Street, Room 242
Sacramento, CA 95814
ELECTRONIC APPLICATION IS PREFERRED. All mail or drop-off applications must include JC-333739
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Required Application Package Documents

The following items are required to be submitted with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:

  • Current version of the State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at All Experience and Education relating to the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification should be included to demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position.
  • Resume is required and must be included.
  • School Transcripts
  • Statement of Qualifications -

    A completed Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) must be submitted with your State Application to be considered. The SOQ must follow the specifics as stated in the “Special Requirements” section.

Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for the hiring interview process must request the necessary accommodations if scheduled for a hiring interview. The request should be made at the time of contact to schedule the interview. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this job posting.

Desirable Qualifications

In addition to evaluating each candidate's relative ability, as demonstrated by quality and breadth of experience, the following factors will provide the basis for competitively evaluating each candidate:

Incumbent must be able to establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted during the course of work; work well under pressure, make appropriate decisions and well-thought-out recommendations, work independently in completing assignments and meeting required deadlines.

The incumbent must have initiative, good judgement, independent action, timeliness, prioritization of multiple projects, good verbal and written communication skills, proficient computer skills and knowledge of a variety of software, including but not limited to: Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Power Point, Outlook and Internet social media functions.


Benefit information can be found on the CalHR website and the CalPERS website.

Contact Information

The Hiring Unit Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position or application process.

Hiring Unit Contact:
Elysia Fong

Please direct requests for Reasonable Accommodations to the interview scheduler at the time the interview is being scheduled. You may direct any additional questions regarding Reasonable Accommodations or Equal Employment Opportunity for this position(s) to the Department's EEO Office.

EEO Contact:
Office of Civil Rights
(916) 654-1005
California Relay Service: 1-800-735-2929 (TTY), 1-800-735-2922 (Voice) TTY is a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf, and is reachable only from phones equipped with a TTY Device.

Hard Copy Applications

If you are dropping off or mailing in your application, please use the Examination/Employment Application, STD 678 Revised 12/2021 version.


Additional Information

Please do not include any confidential information such as social security number, marital status, ethnicity, age, salary or disability information on any of the documentation uploaded with your online application.

If the classification you are applying for has an education requirement, transcripts will be required to verify you meet the minimum qualifications of the classification. Please be sure to redact any confidential information before uploading your transcripts.

Upon hire you may be required to provide official sealed transcripts or an original degree or certificate.

Applicants with foreign degrees may be asked to provide an official foreign transcript evaluation which indicates course work is equivalent to a degree from an accredited U.S. College or University.

This position may require a medical clearance.

Alternate Classifications and Training and Development assignments may be considered.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.

It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free work place. Any applicant for state employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the State, the rules governing Civil Service, and the special trust placed in public servants.

Application Methods:
Electronic (Using your CalCareer Account)
By Mail