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School and Community Nutrition Programs Training Specialist

Staff Specialist III Education

Recruitment #23-005298-0004


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
Contractual Hourly rate applies


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


The main purpose of this contractual position is to work in the administration of the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), specializing in training and project management for the Office of School and Community Nutrition Programs (OSCNP); developing and supporting statewide training initiatives and grant projects for the USDA child nutrition programs (CNP) administered by OSCNP.

This position will provide nutrition program training, evaluation, and technical assistance to agencies participating in the CNPs. This includes the development of training content and resources, and the delivery of in-person and virtual training and technical assistance to support program effectiveness. This position also evaluates training effectiveness and the professional development needs of agencies. Core program training areas include CNP requirements, wellness policies, nutrition promotion, and other areas as directed. The position also collaborates on the development, implementation, and evaluation of CNP grants, including but not limited to USDA's Team Nutrition (TN) Training grants. Responsibilities may include grant writing and proposal development, grant management of new and existing projects, procurement of related services, and contract management. 

The position works collaboratively with MSDE and external work groups and partners and participates in activities to support the goals and mission of MSDE. 

Position Responsibilities: 
• Develops content and resources for in-person and/or virtual meetings, trainings, and technical assistance activities 
• Conducts training activities and provides technical assistance virtually or in-person 
• Develops in-person and virtual training content and resources for professional development 
• Develops or coordinates training grants, sub-grants, materials, and resources as assigned 
• Interprets and explains federal and State rules, regulations and procedures governing CNPs 
• Evaluates training effectiveness through the design and analysis of surveys and other assessment tools 
• Facilitates periodic needs assessment activities to contribute to strategic planning for the OSCP 
• Prepares data and reports as requested 
• Participates in interdisciplinary teams in developing professional development goals or standards 
• Manages relationships with OSCNP staff and external training providers 
• Provides technical assistance to participating agencies, partners and grantees 
• Initiates, manages, and/or collaborates on proposal development, implementation, and monitoring of USDA training grants and other education grants 
• Learns new training and design software or system applications 
• Analyzes impact of training activities and modifies training techniques and/or design to enhance effectiveness


Education:   A Master’s degree or the equivalent of 36 credit hours of post-baccalaureate coursework from an accredited college or university in Health Science, Food Service Administration, Consumer Science, Dietetics, Nutrition, Public Health, Public/Business Administration, or a related field.

Experience: Three years of professional experience in nutrition program administration, coordination, or management.  

1. Candidates may substitute a Bachelor’s degree and two additional years of experience directly related to the position option for the required education.
2. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Doctorate degree at an accredited college or university in a field related to the position for one year of the required experience.
3. The required field of education and experience are unique for each option and are established by MSDE in accordance with Education Article, Section 2-104 of the Annotated Code of Maryland.  The specific education and experience qualifications for each position are on record in the Human Resource Management Branch of the Division of Business Services.


Preference will be given to applicants who possess the following preferred qualification(s). Include clear and specific information on your application regarding your qualifications.

• Experience with Child Nutrition Programs such as the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), School Breakfast Program (SBP), and Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).
• Registered Dietitian
• Experience in providing, conducting or creating professional development training, virtually and/or in-person
• Experience in program management and evaluation
• Experience with Learning Management Systems
• Knowledge of federal laws and regulations governing school and community nutrition programs


Applicants are subject to a criminal background investigation in accordance with the federal Family Law Article, Section 5.5.  


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 placed on the eligible (employment) list for at least one year.


Note: This is a Contractual Position, and therefore not entitled to State Pension and Benefits packages.

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.


It is preferred that applicants complete the MD State Government online application for employment. The application must clearly demonstrate that the applicant meets the minimum qualifications for the position. If you are unable to apply online, paper applications can be obtained from the link below and mailed to MSDE Office of Human Resources, 200 W. Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21201. If there is a supplemental questionnaire, this must be completed and sent in with your paper application, if you are unable to apply online.

All application materials must be received in our office by the closing date. Postmarks will not be accepted. Applications must be complete to be considered including all related job duties, even if those are also listed on an attached resume. Additional required materials may be uploaded with the online application or mailed to the address listed. 

Inquiries can be made to 410-767-0012, TDD 410-333-3045. Appropriate accommodations can be made for individuals with disabilities. 

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. TTY Users: Call via Maryland Relay. 

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

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. 

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Click on a link below to apply for this position:

Fill out the Supplemental Questionnaire and Application NOW using the Internet. Apply Online
View and print the Supplemental Questionnaire. This recruitment requires completion of a supplemental questionnaire. You may view and print the supplemental questionnaire here.
Apply via Paper Application. You may also download and complete the Paper Application here.

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