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FFA is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education..

The FFA Alumni Association supports and advocates for agricultural education and FFA through gifts of time, talent and financial resources..

The mission of the Illinois FFA Foundation is to provide financial support for the Illinois FFA. When you make a gift to the Illinois Foundation FFA, you are investing in the future of agriculture..

The Illinois Association of Vocation Agriculture Teachers (IAVAT) is a professional organization for agricultural teachers at all levels..

The Illinois Association of Community College Agriculture Instructors (IACCAI) is a statewide professional organization for postsecondary agriculture instructors. .

The Illinois Postsecondary Agricultural Student (PAS) Organization provides opportunities for individual growth, leadership and career preparation. .

The Illinois Farm Bureau & Affiliated Companies Youth Education in Agriculture program offers unique educational programs to Illinois youth in 4-H and FFA. .

The purpose of the Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom Program is to encourage educators to incorporate more information about the agriculture, food, and natural resources system into daily lessons..
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Facilitating Coordination in Agricultural Education (FCAE) is a state project administered through the Illinois State Board of Education that is tasked with improving and expanding agricultural education from pre-k through adult levels..

The Illinois Leadership Council for Agricultural Education (ILCAE) is a voluntary, grassroots agricultural industry group focused on the expansion and improvement of Agricultural Education programs at all levels..

The Illinois Committee for Agricultural Education (ICAE) is a 13-member committee established by legislation and appointed by the Governor to advise both the governor and state education agencies concerning Agricultural Education K-adult..

The Illinois State Board of Education is the state agency responsible for Pre-K through 12th grade education. Its primary mission is state program leadership, planning, approval, funding, and evaluation..

The Illinois Department of Agriculture will be an advocate for Illinois' agricultural industry and provide the necessary regulatory functions to benefit consumers, agricultural industry, and our natural resources.. provides information about the Agricultural Education profession and encourages students to consider a career as an agriculture teacher..

MyCAERT provides teachers with an integrated online system to Plan, Document, Deliver, and Assess Career and Technical Education instruction. .

Information Technology and Communication Services (ITCS) Instructional Materials provides agricultural education publications in a variety of formats. .

The Agricultural Experience Tracker is the premiere personalized online system for tracking experiences in agricultural education. .
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Champaign, IL 61822
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ISBE Agriculture Consultant Vacancy Announcement

Thursday, October 11, 2018

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The Illinois State Board of Education(ISBE) will be hiring an Agriculture Consultant with a preferred start date of June or July, 2019, or earlier.   ISBE Human Resources Department is willing to work with candidates on a start date. This agricultural education consultant position plays a key leadership role and is important to maintaining, improving, and expanding agricultural education programs throughout our state. 
Click to Apply.       View announcement on ISBE website.

LOCATION:  Springfield Office
DIVISION:  College & Career Readiness
MONTHLY SALARY:  Lane 4 – Minimum salary $3,946
BENEFITS:  TRS and Health Insurance
CLOSING DATE:  Open Until Filled

​This position provides leadership and consultative services to regional systems for career and technical education; represents Illinois as the State Ag Advisor; provides federal and state grant/contract management; plans and coordinates professional learning for career and technical education with a focus on agriculture education.  This position reports to the Director.​

  • Works primarily with agriculture education with an emphasis on integration and applications aligned to the Illinois Learning Standards, Industry and Technical Skill Standards.
  • Works closely with the FFA and IAVAT organizations.
  • Provides leadership on agriculture education.
  • Represents the state at local, regional, state and national conferences and meetings, specifically FFA, Illinois Committee for Agriculture Education (ICAE), Postsecondary Agriculture Students (PAS), and Illinois and National Associations of Vocational Agriculture Teachers.
  • Administers incentive agriculture grants and state leadership grants for agriculture.
  • Serves as point of contact for the U.S. Department of Education for agriculture education.
  • Provides communication with stakeholder.
  • Works with business and industry and other external stakeholders.
  • Coordinates state annual reports.
  • Provides technical assistance and other support services to regional systems, administrative and instructional personnel.
  • Monitors and evaluates career and technical education programs and grants through onsite visit and regular communication.
  • Provides leadership and consultative services to local and regional personnel for the development of innovative practices leading to school reform.
  • Collaboratively reviews policies, procedures, rules, and legislation to ensure program compliance and improve overall effectiveness of programming in order to improve outcomes for students, particularly in agriculture education and career and technical education.
  • Participates in agency training and professional development activities to improve support to educators.
  • Facilitates data collection, compilation, and analysis for reporting.
  • Provides assistance implementing data driven strategic planning, continuous improvement plans/models, monitoring and evaluation which improve outcomes for students in agriculture education and career and technical education.
  • Works collaboratively within division and cross-functionally to develop, implement, manage, and monitor state and federal grant programs.
  • Reviews grantee budgets for programmatic and fiscal compliance.
  • Provides leadership, expertise, and support within the division, cross divisional, and externally in support of middle and secondary school transformation.
  • Provides leadership, expertise, and support within ISBE and other educational agencies as it pertains to creation, establishment, and review of materials/resources and instructional support services within career and technical education, the Illinois Learning Standards, and competency based education.
  • Advocates for equity in programming which supports all students.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • Master's Degree or a Bachelor's Degree with two years of experience in agriculture education; Illinois Professional Educator License or CTE with stipulations required. (COPY OF TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED AT TIME OF APPLICATION)
  • Two years of teaching experience (in addition to education requirements) in agriculture education and/or administrative experience in agriculture education at the K-12 level and/or postsecondary level
  • Career and technical education experience
  • Experience working with business and industry
  • Ability to work in teams and communicate effectively verbally and in writing to a variety of audience
  • Ability to provide professional learning to agriculture stakeholders.
  • Travel required.​

For more information:  

Marci Johnson
Director of Curriculum and Instruction
College and Career Readiness
State CTE Director
Illinois State Board of Education

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