Healthy Food Systems Program Manager

Posted Date 1 week ago(6/23/2020 3:19 PM)
Requisition ID
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
NWAC Northwest AR Campus Research 5
Post End Date


Located in Northwest Arkansas


The Healthy Food Systems Program Manager works with school districts and local organizations to build the food system infrastructure necessary to support and enhance Healthy Food Systems work. S/He is responsible for implementing and managing participant assessment process, quality control, developing processes and procedures for tracking participant outcomes and process for identifying implementation methods; will work closely with community health workers, program managers, outreach specialists, data managers, and case managers to ensure that the assessment process is implemented appropriately and addresses any issues identified by community-based team members in assessment process; and is responsible for fidelity checks for participant education and ensuring standards of curriculum and education sessions meet program standards. Some travel required (5% to 10%).


The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has a unique combination of education, research, and clinical programs that encourages and supports teamwork and diversity.  We champion being a collaborative health care organization, focused on improving the health, health care, and well-being of Arkansans.  


UAMS offers amazing benefits and perks:

  • Health: Medical, Dental and Vision plans available for staff and family
  • Holiday, Vacation and Sick Leave
  • Education discount for staff and dependents (undergraduate only)
  • Retirement: Up to 10% matched contribution from UAMS
  • Basic Life Insurance up to $50,000
  • Career Training and Educational Opportunities
  • Merchant Discounts
  • Concierge prescription delivery on the main campus when using UAMS pharmacy

Salary offered commensurate with experience.



  • Manages community relationships and project implementation for grant funded projects with local school districts and local community organizations
  • Prioritizes and organizes work assignments and ensures projects are completed on time and within scope of work
  • Plans and leads group and individual project meetings, identifies project milestones and timelines, evaluates and recommends process workflow, plans, coordinates, tests, implements, trains, and manages projects
  • Develops and designs culinary trainings and sampling events to improve the nutrition of food service meals
  • Performs process improvement and re-engineering with an understanding of technical problems and potential solutions, as they relate to the current and future systems environment
  • Conducts needs assessments, formulates strategies to meet needs, evaluates product solutions, defines project scope and objectives, applies project management tools and techniques, and appropriates regular communications with all levels of the UAMS organization; responsible for the technical and functional design of systems, and scheduling and conducting project-related meetings
  • Documents best practices/case studies of successful models nationally


  • Assists with culinary trainings, sampling events, and provide hands on support to food service partners
  • Collaborates with partners to develop a support network for school districts and community partners including: links to technical expertise and best practice/success models
  • Provides resources and guidance to local communities (i.e. food policy councils, community development agencies) to conduct food assessments and identify priority food projects
  • Collaborates with external partners (I.e. universities, Cooperative Extension, Dept. of Ag, etc.) to develop and/or disseminate resources on best practices (access, scale-up/expansion, buyer requirements, market outlets, etc.)
  • Assists partners in healthy food policy development and identifying healthy food options for distribution
  • Builds resources for outreach assistance to appropriate advisors/service providers


  • Leads participation in food assessments, including 1) documenting current food system conditions and identifying opportunities and barriers, 2) cataloging available/recommended primary and secondary data sources
  • Collaborates on food system assessments and economic analyses to integrate food system goals with long-term strategic plans


  • Assists with programmatic monitoring to ensure compliance, progress toward objectives and expected results, and work plan adherence
  • Increases awareness and visibility of food systems programs, including presentations, speaking engagements, and general outreach
  • Identifies and pursue opportunities to expand reach and to ensure satisfaction among partners
  • Schedules meetings and participates in technical discussions and meetings pertinent to department/project needs

May perform other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in one of the social or behavioral sciences such as psychology, social work, public health, sociology, anthropology, health science or related field plus five (5) years of research experience
  • Intermediate proficiency with Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint and Access)
  • Valid AR drivers' license required with current liability insurance and reliable transportation for moderate travel to UAMS in Little Rock, AR and surrounding communities (mileage reimbursed at the current state mileage reimbursement rate) if a state vehicle is not available. Occasional out-of-state travel

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Masters degree in social/behavioral science


  • Detail-oriented with excellent organizational skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication (verbal and written) skills
  • Strong problem solving skills
  • Ability to work independently and interdependently
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to work under deadline pressure

This position is subject to a pre-employment criminal background check. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication alone shall not disqualify an applicant except as provided by law. Any criminal history will be evaluated in relationship to job responsibilities and business necessity.  The information obtained in these reports will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law. 


UAMS is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and is committed to excellence.



Physical Requirements

Stand: Frequently
Sit: Frequently
Walk: Frequently
Bend, crawl, crouch, kneel, stoop, or reach overhead: Frequently
Lift, push, pull, carry weight: 26 - 50 lbs
Use hands to touch, handle, or feel: Frequently
Talk: Frequently
Hear: Continuously
Taste or smell: Frequently
Read, concentrate, think analytically: Frequently
Physical Environment: Inside Office Environment
Noise Level: Moderate
Visual Requirements: Color discrimination, Depth perception, Far visual acuity, Near visual acuity
Hazards: None


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