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Illinois State Board of Education  (District 1)  - Ag, Food & Natural Resources Principal Consultant
Status: Open
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Agriculture (Principal Consultant #464)
Springfield or Chicago
CTE & Innovation
$52,618 - $67,204
$52,618 - $91,998
Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
August 4, 2020
Open Until Filled

Reporting to the Director, 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.

  • Works primarily with agriculture education with an emphasis on integration and applications aligned to the Illinois Learning Standards, Industry and Technical Skill Standards.
  • Serves as the state ag advisor working with agriculture teachers association and agriculture student organization and the Future Farmers of America (FFA) organization.
  • 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 stakeholders.
  • 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 department 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 department, cross departmental, 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 in Agriculture.
  • 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 agri-business and industry.
  • Knowledge of agriculture education.
  • Ability to work in teams and communicate effectively verbally and in writing to a variety of audiences.
  • Ability to provide professional learning.
  • Travel required. 
  • Ability to provide professional learning to agriculture stakeholders.

Contact Person
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For more information:
Marci Johnson -
CTE and Innovation Director
State CTE Director
Illinois State Board of Education
(217) 524-4832

Mercer County  (District 1)  - Vacancy 2021-2020 Agriculture Teacher
Status: Open

Mercer County High School- Aledo, located in Section 4, is looking for an Agriculture / Consumer Education teacher for start of the 2021-2022 school year.   This position will replace Michael Chausse, who will be retiring after 33 years at Aledo / Mercer County.   This position will work with Mr. Aaron Heartt, as a two teacher department.  The teacher will be assigned to high school Agriculture, as well as a Food Science class  and Consumer Education courses.  The specific course schedule will be determined after the successful candidate is identified and the course registration process is complete.

This agriculture program boasts a variety of agricultural classes and an active, successful FFA chapter.  Current facilities include agriculture classrooms, greenhouse, aquaponics lab, welding lab, mechanics lab and wood shop.

Applicants must possess a valid Illinois Teaching License with appropriate endorsements in Agriculture Education and a Consumer Education Endorsement is preferred.  Applicants must also pass appropriate background checks and physical examination, including a TB test.

Salary and benefits are determined based on experience & education per the collective bargaining agreement with the Mercer County Education Association. Starting base salary for the 2021-2022 school year is $41215.  The possibility of an extending contract for the FFA Advisor and the 3-Circles Grant will be discussed with the final candidate.

Contact Person


Please send letter of application, current resume, list of references and/or letters of recommendation, and copies o official transcripts to:

Stacey Day – Principal

Mercer County High School

1500 S. College Ave

Aledo, IL 61231


 Materials may be emailed to or faxed to 309-582-5920.  The application deadline is November 1, 2020.


Prairie Central High School  (District 2)  - Agriculture Teacher
Status: Open

Prairie Central High School is seeking a candidate to teach Agriculture and IT courses for the 2021 Spring Semester.  Courses taught will include: Natural Resources, Landscaping, and Orientation to Industrial Technology.  The candidate will be part of a 3 teacher program.  This position will be re-posted in January/February for the 2021-2022 school year.  The candidate will be able to reapply if so desired.

Contact Person

For more information please contact:

Mr. Brad Allen – Principal

Prairie Central H.S.

411 N. 7th Street

Fairbury, IL 61739

(815) 692-2355


Pana High School  (District 4)  - Ag Teacher/ FFA Advisor
Status: Open

Vacancy- Pana Ag Teacher & FFA Advisor

Pana High School is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Agriculture Education Teacher and FFA Advisor for the 2021-22 school year. This position is part of a two teacher agriculture program.  Candidates need to have a valid Illinois Teacher License. Courses will include Ag Mechanics, Welding and Ag Construction. Candidates will be paid based on the collective bargaining agreement.  This position also includes an FFA stipend. 

To apply the following should be submitted to the Superintendent by November 1st:

  • Letter of Application
  • Resume
  • Job Application
  • Letters of Reference
  • Copy of Transcripts
  • Proof of License

Mail or email information to:

Mr. Jason Bauer, Superintendent of Schools
Pana Community Unit District 8
14 East Main Street
PO Box 377
Pana, IL 62557
Contact Person
Mr. Jason Bauer, Superintendent of Schools

Andreas Ag Academy- Decatur  (District 4)  - Ag Teacher/ FFA Advisor
Status: Open

The Dwayne O. Andreas Ag Academy ( seeks a third Agriculture Teacher/FFA Advisor to collaborate in expanding a dynamic, growing program. The position opens for applications October 26th, with interviews scheduled promptly upon inquiry. The successful applicant will take up teaching duties second semester (January, 2021). The current teacher, Mr. Andrew Klein, played a lead role in establishing the Andreas Academy, and has accepted a position as Principal Consultant for Agricultural Education with the Illinois State Board of Education.

Created through partnership with the Howard G. Buffett Foundation – – the Andreas Academy grew to 361 students in its second year of operation, pursuing an objective to engage non-traditional students in exploring careers in Agriculture. 100% of the students are FFA members, with a focus on encouraging creative SAE immersions. More than 80 area businesses, such as Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), media outlets, family farms and community partners operate as an advisory panel in support of the program. The Academy continues to strengthen ties to the University of Illinois College of ACES (Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Sciences).

Courses offered to date include: Introduction to Agriculture, Basic Agriscience, Agribusiness, Honors Agriculture Leadership and Communications, Agricultural Mechanics, Animal Science and Horticulture – with horticulture curriculum providing dual-credit through Richland Community College – as well as several of the listed courses incorporating the Honors credit option. Honors students are taught alongside the full cohort of Agriculture students, but participate in additional curricular, FFA, SAE and CDE activities.

The successful applicant may have a special interest in one or more focus areas, but needs to demonstrate proficiency in facilitating classwork for each course. Instructors utilize both CASE curriculum and iCEV online-focused resources to deliver content.

An important component of Academy activities is a developing 15-acre school Living Science Farm ( to host instructional enrichment activities for animal science, agriculture test and production plots, student-run entrepreneurship and related hands-on learning experiences. Operating academically at both Decatur public high schools, Andreas Academy teachers work in cooperation to manage the Science farm, coordinate activities, special events, scholarships and FFA activities.

The position offers a competitive salary/benefits package, including significant additional compensation through the Three Circles Grant program.   To apply for the position please use the following link:

Contact Person

Zach Shields
Executive Director

Decatur Public Schools Foundation

(217) 362-3042 (office)



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