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Nutrition Program Compliance Specialist

Recruitment #21-005298-0021


The Maryland State Department of Education is dedicated to supporting a world-class educational system that prepares all students for college and career success in the 21st century. With excellent stewardship from our divisions, we oversee State and federal programs that support the needs of a diverse population – students, teachers, principals, and other educators throughout Maryland.


State Salary Grade 18 Annual
Salary Range: $54,279 - $70,600 (with progression to $87,106)


Nancy S. Grasmick Education Building
200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

Main Purpose of Job

This is a contractual position responsible for conducting Child Nutrition Program reviews and providing highly specialized technical assistance and consultation as part of an interdisciplinary team that provides a comprehensive assessment, training and program development schematic to build and enhance the nutritional standing of education systems and Sponsoring Agencies of Child Nutrition Programs throughout Maryland.


Assesses compliance with federal and State regulations by reviewing programs of institutions, sponsoring agencies and facilities that participate in Maryland Child Nutrition Programs in schools, day care centers, institutions, and other similar sites; conducts nutrient analyses of menus; completes written reports and presentations that identify problems or indicate compliance or non-compliance; provides technical assistance to sponsor and site personnel for improving food service quality and program operations by identifying training needs and conducting training sessions; conducts administrative and professional development training sessions. The general area of coverage includes the entire State of Maryland.


EDUCATION: A Master’s Degree or equivalent 36 credit hours of post-baccalaureate course work in Health Science, Food Service Administration, Consumer Science, Dietetics, Nutrition, Public Health, Public/Business Administration or a related area.

EXPERIENCE: Three (3) years of professional experience in nutrition program administration, coordination or management, or a related area. Experience in Child Nutrition Programs or teaching consumer sciences. Registered Dietitian is desirable.

NOTE:   Two years of additional experience as defined above may be substituted for the Master’s degree.


One year experience with monitoring compliance with Child Nutrition Programs, including the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program and Child and Adult Care Food Program.


Knowledge of federal laws and regulations governing food service and School and Community Nutrition Programs; knowledge of United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulations; knowledge of food safety, menu planning, food production; skill in organizing, developing, and conducting training programs; skill in developing and interpreting policies and procedures, assessing programs, identifying problems, and determining improvements/solutions; ability to organize and manage multiple tasks; ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing; ability to work as a team member; ability to demonstrate nutrient analysis and other software application skills.


Proof of eligibility to work in compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act and travel throughout the state are required. Any misrepresentation of academic or experience requirements for this position may result in non-selection or termination of employment.


For immediate consideration please submit your application by October 29, 2021


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.

For education obtained outside of the U.S., a copy of the equivalent American education as determined by a foreign credential evaluation will be required prior to hire. The resulting certified eligible list for this recruitment may be used for similar positions in this or other State agencies.

The assessment may consist of a rating of your education, training, and experience related to the requirements of the position. It is important that you provide complete and accurate information on your application. Please report all experience and education that is related to this position.


To apply for this position online go to MSDE Jobs on JobAps (or complete an MSDE Application on On-line applications (and resumes) are the preferred method for receiving your application/attachments.  Using this method will allow applicants to access their documents for future recruitments for which they apply and verify that the appropriate documents (resume-credentials) have been attached to the recruitment that requires them. Applicants must include their resume and provide sufficient information on the application to document that they satisfy the minimum qualifications for this recruitment. Please do not put "See Resume" in the job duties section of your application; your application will not be considered.

If you utilize fax or regular mail as the option to submit required attachments, you will need to resubmit these documents each time you apply for a new position that requires the attachments. Additionally, you must include the following information on each page of the attachment you submit in order to ensure that we append the attachments to the correct recruitment: First and Last Name, Recruitment Number, and the last 4 digits of your SS# and indicate application for Staff Specialist III - Nutrition Program Compliance Specialist - #227020- (JobAps # 21-005298-0021). Mailing Address: Maryland State Department of Education, Office of Human Resources, 200 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21201. Fax: 410-333-8950 – This fax number is for Department of Education recruitment actions only.

If you have difficulty with your user account or have general questions about this online application system, please contact the MD Department of Budget and Management, Recruitment and Examination Division at 410-767-4850. For inquiries or an MSDE Application, contact 410-767-0019 or TTY/TDD 410-333-3045 or visit our website at

Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities are available upon request.