The Montana Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for our Program Officer 1. This position will be located in Helena.
The mission of the Department of Agriculture is to protect producers and consumers, and to enhance and develop agriculture and allied industries.
The Agricultural Development & Marketing Division is responsible for administering programs that promote and enhance Montana agriculture.
The Agricultural Development & Marketing and Bureau is responsible for market enhancement and development through direct market development activities, federal and state grants, seed capital loan investments in new and innovative products or process, marketing, and product development. Marketing and agri-business development personnel work closely with individuals and organizations to promote and enhance our agriculture industry.
This position reports to and receives administrative guidance from the Agriculture Development & Marketing Bureau Grants Manager, the Agriculture Development & Marketing Bureau Chief. Assists the Bureau Grants Manager with the coordination and administration of market and business development grant programs supporting Montana’s agriculture industry and by providing program information to producers, processors and agricultural organizations. In coordination with the Marketing Bureau Grants Program Manager, assesses loan and grant applications to support decision makers.
Administers Bureau Grants & Loans
Monitors and promotes agriculture market development, and grant activities using knowledge of financial analysis, contract oversight, project management, public relations, and communication skills.
- Conducts due diligence on applications submitted for grant programs including the Growth Through Agriculture (GTA), Food and Agriculture Development Center(FADC) and Specialty Crop Block Grant (SCBG) programs to determine feasibility and compliance with state laws and regulations.
- Checks applications for completeness and determines compliance with programmatic requirements.
- Prepares applications and other materials for presentation to decision makers and pertinent Boards and Councils.
- Coordinates Agriculture Development Council and review committee meetings including working with applicants on schedules for presentations.
- Monitors Program data andprepares budget and program information for the funders and interested parties.
- Performs on-site reviews as directed by the AD&M Bureau Grants Program Manager to ensure that projects are being managed properly and in accordance to program requirements.
Public Relations & Outreach
Conducts outreach and develops informational tools to inform the public of the services and funding opportunities. Initiates and maintains communication with economic development and agricultural entities.
- Works with agency Public Relations Specialist on creation of program correspondence, press releases, publications, speeches, and reports to ensure that the Bureau is well represented.
- Attends, participates and represents the Bureau and the Agency in public meetings.
Performs a variety of other administrative and professional duties as assigned in support of the Agency mission and objectives. Attends on-going education and training as directed.
Physical and Environmental Demands
- Considerable travel required.
- Required to work under pressure to meet deadlines.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Knowledge of business development, administration and financial management practices.
- Requiresknowledge of state and federal grant management practices, program management and contract administration principles.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective professional relationships and to communicate effectively.
- Strong proficiency in Microsoft Excel.
Minimum Education and Experience
Two years’ work experience in clerical or administrative field or two years job-related college or vocational training.
Proficient in Microsoft Office including Word and Excel.
Other combinations of education and experience will be considered on a case by case basis.
If another department vacancy occurs in this job title within six months, the same applicant pool may be used for the selection.
This agency may use a training assignment. Employees in training assignments may be paid below the base pay established by the agency pay rules. Conditions of the training assignment will be stated in writing at the time of hire.