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FCAE Coordinator
3358 Big Pine Trail
Champaign, IL 61822
(217) 893-0091
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FCAE Coordinator Vacancy Notice

Friday, July 20, 2018

Job Vacancy Notice:  FCAE Coordinator

: Coordinator for Facilitating Coordination in Agricultural Education (FCAE) project

1. Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture or Agriculture Education.  Master’s in Agriculture Education, Educational Leadership, or related is preferred. 
2. Five (5) years or more of successful experience in Agricultural Education is preferred.
3. Evidence of leadership experience at the state or national level including membership and participation in related state and/or national professional organizations.
4. Knowledge of Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) initiatives and guidelines as they pertain to agricultural education.
5. Familiarity with the components and content of “The Plan” for Illinois Agricultural Education.
6. Knowledge of budget preparation and fiscal control of project related budgets.
7. Possesses good human relations skills with the ability to communicate clearly through written and oral methods.
8. Capable of working independently and as part of a team.
9. Other qualifications as deemed necessary by the Regional Superintendent.
10. Any of the above qualifications may be waived by the Regional Superintendent when necessary.

REPORTS TO:  Regional Superintendent, Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), and Illinois Committee for Agricultural Education (ICAE)

SUPERVISES: FCAE Program Advisors, FCAE Fiscal and Administrative Specialist, FCAE Website and Office Assistant, and other contractual, full-time, or part-time staff.

JOB GOALS: To be knowledgeable of all Facilitating Coordination in Agricultural Education procedures, policies, and operations.   To ensure that the FCAE project maintains a leading-edge effort and a people-oriented positive impact.



  1. Coordinates activities of staff to meet project objectives.
  2. Prepares and submits all written documentation on a timely basis including: project proposals; budgets; budget amendments and summaries; mid-year and final reports; personnel activity reports; communications copies; etc.
  3. Oversees the articulation of curriculum development efforts and coordination of professional development training programs for agricultural teachers.
  4. Uses funds efficiently and appropriately.
  5. Assists in the identification of resources for agricultural education.
  6. Is able to work independently, plans and organizes time and work flow effectively in order to maximize productivity and complete assigned projects on time and with a high degree of effectiveness.


  1. Communicates all project activities to and coordinates them with ISBE, ILCAE, and ICAE.
  2. Attends all ICAE and ILCAE meetings as well as other appropriate meetings.
  3. Works closely with and maintains relationships with agricultural organizations.
  4. Participates in related agricultural and/or educational events to promote and inform others about agricultural education.
  5. Is self-motivated and actively participates in FCAE meetings and activities.   
  6. Develops and works toward individual and team goals related to the objectives of the FCAE project. 
  7. Works in harmony as a member of the FCAE team and with agricultural and educational professionals. 


  1. Participates in professional growth opportunities (e.g. attends regional, state, and/or national professional conferences, reads professional publications, and/or enrolls in advanced courses).
  2. Performs other duties as assigned by the Regional Superintendent, Illinois Committee for Agricultural Education (ICAE), and Illinois Leadership Council for Agricultural Education (ILCAE).

Salary: Salary will be commensurate with experience.

Application Procedure:
Candidates should email a letter of interest, resume, transcripts (copies of transcripts are acceptable if followed by originals before hire), and contact information for three professional references who are familiar with the candidate’s qualifications and experience to:

Jess Smithers
FCAE Office
3358 Big Pine Trail
Champaign, IL 61822

Application Deadline: August 6, 2018 

The interview date is tentatively scheduled for August 15th at the FCAE office in Champaign.

Starting Date: Negotiable, with a target date of September 1, 2018.

For more information, contact Jess Smithers at 217-430-3920 or 217-893-0091


Champaign/Ford Regional Office of Education is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity.


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