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AGRICULTURAL MARKETING SPECIALIST II

Agriculture and Seafood Marketing

Recruitment #21-003153-0001

Introduction

Now hiring (2) contractual positions for Certified Local Farm Enterprise Program

GRADE

14

LOCATION OF POSITION

Maryland Department of Agriculture

50 Harry S Truman Pkwy Annapolis, MD 21401

Work will be performed in the following areas:

One position in Central Maryland

One position in Eastern Shore Maryland

Main Purpose of Job

This position plans, develops and implements marketing projects to expand trade opportunities and economic growth for Maryland's agricultural business sector to support the production, distribution and consumption of Maryland agricultural products to institution markets. This contributes to the success of the Department of Agriculture in its mission to support the profitability of agriculture by marketing Maryland agriculture products.

POSITION DUTIES

Plans, develops, and implements specific marketing projects designed to promote, encourage
and support the production, distribution and consumption  of Maryland agricultural products
especially with State and Local Institutions.

Develop, prepare, and maintain automated and manual record keeping systems for producer
vendors, procurement records, assigned state agencies, and associated reports from the Certified
Local Farm Enterprise (CLFE) program.

Support agency personnel in implementing CLFE program best practices; develop and facilitate
CFLE training and compliance-related meetings; and assist agency personnel in resolving CFLE
complaints.

Participate in regular staff meetings; complete a monthly report of accomplishments for the
prior month and a work plan for the coming month (including key dates, budget, and MFR goals).

Analyze, write and recommend to administrator new or revised legislation affecting agriculture
marketing opportunities.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education:  A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.

Experience: Two years of successful, progressively responsible experience in marketing, marketing research, economic analysis or a phase of the production, promotion or distribution of agricultural products.

Notes:

1. Additional experience in the area of economics, mathematics, statistics, marketing, consumer behavior, marketing research, sales, advertising, or public affairs may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the required education.

2. Applicants may substitute 30 credits of graduate education from an accredited college or university for one year of the required experience.

3. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer in business and industry classification or business and industry specialty codes in the agricultural marketing field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience and education.

DESIRED OR PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience connecting urban or rural agriculture\food businesses to institutional markets.

Experience with government procurement.  

Grant management experience

SELECTION PROCESS

 Please make sure that you provide sufficient information on your application to show that you meet the qualifications for this recruitment. All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date. We will not consider information submitted after this date. Successful candidates will be ranked as Best Qualified, Better Qualified, or Qualified and placed on the eligible (employment) list for at least one year.

BENEFITS

Contractual employees who work for an agency covered under the State Employee and Retiree Health and Welfare Benefits Program, have a current employment contract and work 30 or more hours a week (or on average 130 hours per month) may be eligible for subsidized health benefits coverage for themselves and their dependents. As a contractual employee, you will be responsible for paying 25% of the premiums for your medical and prescription coverage, including any eligible dependents you have enrolled. The State of Maryland will subsidize the remaining 75% of the cost for these benefits. You can also elect to enroll in dental coverage, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, and life insurance, but will be responsible to pay the full premium for these benefits.

Leave may be granted to a contractual employee who has worked 120 days in a 12 month period. This leave accrues at a rate of one hour for every 30 hours worked, not to exceed 40 hours per calendar year.

FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS

The online application process is STRONGLY preferred. If you are unable to apply online, you may
mail a paper application to: Maryland Department of Agriculture  Human Resource Office, Room 304,
50 Harry S. Truman Parkway,  Annapolis, MD  21401. Resumes will NOT be accepted in lieu of
completing the online or paper application.
If you are submitting additional information, such as diplomas or transcripts, the preferred method
is to upload them online with your application. If you are unable to upload, you may mail,
hand-deliver or fax (HR Fax # 443-602-9831). All paper applications must be received by the closing
date, no exceptions.  (Postmarks not accepted.)
As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting
employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity. People with disabilities and bilingual
candidates are encouraged to apply. We thank our Veterans for their service to our country.