Texas Department of Agriculture | Austin, TX

Posted Date 7/02/2024



Salary Information:         B29, $12,500.00 - $13,166.66 / MO.

State Classification:         Director IV -1623

FLSA Status:                       Exempt

Posting Number:              24-56867-1

Location:                            Austin, TX



Apply online via CAPPSApplicants applying in WIT must complete the supplemental questions to be considered for the position. To complete the supplemental questions, go to CAPPS Recruit: https://capps.taleo.net/careersection/551/jobsearch.ftl?lang=en.



The Texas Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Division administers 12 federal child and special nutrition programs and more than $2.5 billion in federal money annually. These programs aim to reduce hunger, encourage strong nutrition, and support local economies across Texas.



This position will serve as the Administrator for Food & Nutrition (Compliance) working in a fast paced, multi-faceted environment performing highly advanced managerial work providing direction and guidance in strategic operations and planning in the Food and Nutrition (F&N) division. Manage and administer the compliance functions in F&N division, ensuring that all activities are carried out efficiently and effectively; and develop and implement policies, procedures, and strategies for the organization. Develop, execute and achieve the strategic goals and objectives of the division, manage complex issues and be involved in long-term planning to contribute to the attainment of the agency’s goals, objectives and mission. Work under minimal supervision with extensive latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.



Provide direct leadership to all Food and Nutrition compliance operations to support actions and decisions that achieve the expectations of high professional standards and customer service excellence. Direct and monitor the development, accuracy and implementation of all required regulatory and appropriate procedures to ensure operational consistency among all Food and Nutrition teams and employees.


Monitor regular division operations and ensure assignments are completed with a high degree of accuracy; meet all deadlines and timeframes; support division goals and achieve key performance measures; oversee all accountability processes and procedures and perform quality assurance checks to ensure program operational integrity and regulatory compliance.


Create and maintain accurate job descriptions and job postings to align with the division’s strategic direction, ensure proper hiring policies and practices are followed and work closely with Human Resources to ensure positions are filled timely.  Manage, monitor and train on the proper utilization of the agency’s timekeeping system including timely submittal and appropriate approval of staff’s time.


Monitor and manage TDA personnel disciplinary processes and practices, including performance appraisals, and ensure they are completed within established timelines, all required actions have been taken in proper order and complete and adequate documentation is maintained; and ensure objective metrics are utilized and supervisors/team leaders are evaluating consistently and equitably; work with Human Resources to ensure TDA policies are upheld and followed.


Continuously review state and federal laws, regulations and policies related to the division to provide current, accurate and timely advice to the Assistant Commissioner for F&N and TDA Executive Management on policy matters that impact new and on-going major initiatives; work closely with Legal Services to develop new rules, regulations and policies to ensure proper and timely implementation.


Direct and manage division’s team leaders to ensure appropriate and reasonable decisions are made, sound judgement is utilized, and objectivity is maintained.  Participate in and provide leadership for special division projects and provide clear and timely guidance for business process improvement and positive cultural change. Effectively manage outgoing division information/literature/printed materials/correspondence and responses to requests for information to ensure quality, consistency, accuracy and timeliness. Respond to incoming inquiries via verbal or written correspondence.


Oversee development, redesign and implementation of strategic plans, including the evaluation of short-range, mid-range, and long-range goals and objectives, that  support efficient and effective program goals, objectives, guidelines and procedures; keep the Assistant Commissioner apprised of all strategic plan outputs and outcomes; make recommendations for innovative approaches for agency outreach and special programs, to improve success of and mitigate risk to regulatory compliance and goal accomplishment.


Assist the Assistant Commissioner in the development and monitoring of performance measures, program and financial reports, fiscal notes and requested information; oversee report and requests preparation as necessary to ensure development accuracy and timely submission of quarterly LBB performance reports, division’s strategic planning updates; biennial legislative appropriation requests, general Legislature requests, federal, state, auditor or investigative requests for information, and required federal, state and agency reports.


Attend TDA, division staff and senior staff meetings; represent the division/agency on committees and task forces as assigned and at outside meetings; and serve as a contact with other local/state/federal agencies.  Serve as an intra-agency liaison, coordinating with other divisions within TDA on joint projects and update them on division operations.


Respond to requests for technical information from clients, the Assistant Commissioner for F&N, TDA staff, legislative or other state government personnel, industry representatives and other organizations; make presentations regarding division programs to interested parties throughout the state as required.


Follow all TDA policies and procedures.


Perform other duties as assigned.





Bachelor’s Degree.


Minimum seven (7) years of work experience in child nutrition operations, business management, resource allocation, business planning and/or strategic plan development; of which at least three (3) years must have been in a supervisory capacity managing managers or other leaders.


Work experience with and knowledge of policies and regulations with demonstrated work history of properly applying to ensure federal and state compliance.


Work experience in overseeing large and/or complex projects.


Work experience in reviewing and assessing fiscal documents or financial reporting.


Work experience preparing and managing operating budgets.


Work experience preparing and overseeing the preparation of technical program reports and interpreting rules and regulations.


Work experience making presentations to groups and executive level staff.


Work experience in senior-level client relationship development with large mass customers, or community.


Extensive work experience with federal nutrition programs.


Experience as an executive or director role of federal programs.


Valid Texas driver’s license and an acceptable driving record.



Master’s Degree with SNS Credential strongly preferred.



Extensive knowledge of the principles, objectives and procedures of federal and state governmental planning; of the legislative process; of federal grants, with a preference of nutrition program operations; and of and keen governmental awareness in the regulatory processes for federal nutrition programs.


Skill in establishing plans and setting objectives and goals that support an overall business strategy; and in the use of a computer and applicable software. Excellent leadership, management and strategic planning skills; and critical thinking skills.


Ability to direct and organize program activities and/or business functions; to establish goals and objectives that support the strategic plan; to identify problems, evaluate alternatives, and implement effective solutions; to develop and evaluate policies and procedures; to prepare reports; to communicate effectively, orally and in writing; to energize, develop and build rapport at all levels within an organization; to supervise the work of others; and to exercise sound judgment and discretion.



This position will work in a normal office work environment and may have exposure to dust and environmental allergens consistent with normal business activities and human contact. Mostly sedentary in nature but may involve walking; standing; pulling and pushing; kneeling, stooping and bending; performing tasks requiring fine motor skills and coordination; and safely lifting and carrying items weighing up to 30 pounds. Must be able to work extended periods at a computer and may require working extended hours and some evenings and weekends, as needed. May involve travel (up to 25%), occasionally overnight.



Telework is not authorized for any TDA personnel at the supervisory level (front-line supervisor that has timesheet approval/denial authority, hiring/termination authority, performance appraisal signature authority), including all supervisors above front-line supervisors.


The State of Texas offers a variety of benefits for you and your family that are comprehensive and, on average, make up about one-third of total compensation. Benefits include:

ü    Retirement Plan

ü    Paid Group Health & Life Insurance for employees

ü    Paid Holidays

ü    Paid Vacation Leave

ü    Paid Sick Leave

ü    Longevity Pay

ü    Dental

ü    Vision

ü    Dependent Optional Life Insurance

ü    Voluntary AD&D Insurance

ü    Dependent Health & Life Insurance

ü    Health & Dependent care flexible spending accounts


Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. A skills exercise may be conducted at the time of the interview.


Due to the high volume of applications, we do not accept telephone calls.  If you submitted your application through the CAPPS Career Center, you may also check the status of your application by accessing your profile and selecting My Jobpage and selecting My Submissions.


*A valid government-issued driver’s license, which is recognized by the Texas Department of Public Safety and in good standing, and an acceptable driving record are required. TDA will verify this information with the Texas Department of Public Safety. Applicants with a driver’s license not issued by the State of Texas should obtain and be prepared to provide a copy of their current driving record on or before their first day.


Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO): The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (gender, sexual orientation, and pregnancy), national origin, disability, age, military status, genetic information or protected activity (retaliation). TDA provides accommodations for persons with disabilities in accordance with the American with Disabilities Act. If you need help with the employment process or require other accommodations, please contact the Human Resources office for assistance at (512) 463-7423.


TDA participates in E-Verify and will provide the Social Security Administration and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security with information from each new employee's Form I-9 to confirm work authorization.


Military and Former Foster Child Employment Preference: TDA complies with the provisions of the veterans and former foster child employment preference acts. Please contact our Human Resources-Veterans Liaison at (512) 463-7454 for assistance.


Go to https://texasskillstowork.com/https://www.onetonline.org/, or http://www.careeronestop.org/ for assistance translating your military experience and training courses into civilian job terms, qualifications/requirements, and skill sets.


Additional Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) Code or Crosswalk information is available from the Texas State Auditor’s Office at Program Management MOS Codes.

Full time
Central/District Wide
Region 4
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