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Executive Director, School & Community Nutrition Programs

Program Manager Senior III

Recruitment #22-005484-0005


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 25 
Salary Range: $86,348 to $125,982  (with progression to $141,406)



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

Main Purpose of Job

This professional management position serves as the Executive Director of School and Community Nutrition Programs and is responsible for the statewide administration of the nutrition and food programs assigned to the Maryland State Department of Education.


Provides leadership, management, oversight, and supervision of the statewide administration, management, and coordination of federal and local state nutrition programs to ensure quality meals are served to the students in the state of Maryland. Programs include the National School Lunch Program, the School Breakfast Program, the Special Milk Program, the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, Child and Adult Care Food Program, Summer Food Service Program, Food Distribution Program, Nutrition Education and Training Program, and Maryland Meals for Achievement. The Executive Director of School and Community Nutrition Programs will direct, administer, and evaluate all aspects of the food and nutrition program in order to meet the educational and nutritional needs of all students in the state. 

Responsibilities of the executive director also involves the interpretation of federal and state regulations and policies, delivery of nutrition education training and technical assistance, program compliance, resource management, data analysis, workflow management, and compliance with policies and procedures established by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Maryland State Legislature, the State Board of Education, and the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE).

The Executive Director of School and Community Nutrition Programs shall advise, audit and regulate, and partner with local education agencies (LEAs) and other relevant community-based organizations to effectively implement programs in alignment with federal, state, and local guidelines. The executive director shall promote an environment that cultivates and supports healthy and nutritious programs across state while maintaining program integrity and customer satisfaction.


EDUCATION: A Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent 60 credit hours of coursework in Nutrition, Dietetics, Consumer Science, Food Service Management, Institutional Administration, or a related area.    

EXPERIENCE: Five years of professional experience in administering a large scale consumer science, health, or nutrition education program, or a food service operation in or affiliated with an education or rehabilitation program, or within a residential institution.  Three years of the required experience must have been in direct supervision of other professional employees.

Note: An advanced degree in Nutrition, Dietetics, Consumer Science, Food Service Management, Institutional Administration, or a related area  can substitute for 2 years of experience.


Strong knowledge of federal laws and regulations governing food service, child nutrition programs in schools, and adult food programs; knowledge of food safety, menu planning, and food production; demonstrated experience in managing multiple revenue sources, payments to recipients; demonstrated experience in working with diverse group of customers, service level based customer service skills; experience is legislative skill in assessing problems and conceptualizing solutions and improvements; skill in organizing, developing, and presenting training programs; demonstrated experience in interpreting and implementing laws, regulations, policies and procedures including fiduciary reporting; ability to organize multiple tasks; ability to communicate effectively and establish and maintain effective working relationships in a team environment.


Applicants must consent to State and FBI (CJIS) background check as a routine procedure for all employees. Proof of eligibility to work in compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act and possible 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 and resume by June 17, 2022.


Please make sure that you provide sufficient information on your Application -AND- Resume 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.



Online application and a resume must be submitted to apply for this position via MSDE Jobs on JobAps. 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 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.

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