Healthy Food Systems Evaluation Associate

Columbia, MD
Jun 29, 2018
Aug 03, 2018
Program Manager

Title: Faculty Specialist

Functional Title: Healthy Food Systems Evaluation Associate Position Number: 121198

Category Status: Faculty, Non-Tenured, Continuing Con (This is a Non-State Funded Position)

Unit: AGNR-UME- AGNR-UME-Family and Consumer Sciences

Position Summary:

This is a 12 month, term appointment. The full-time position is part of the Food Supplement Nutrition Education program (FSNE) conducted by the University of Maryland Extension.

The Healthy Food Systems Evaluation Associate will collaborate with the state office and county nutrition educators to conduct innovative and interactive evaluations of nutrition education programs that target policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) changes in food access settings, and to manage systems for data collection, analysis and reporting. This position will be housed in the FSNE State Office in Columbia, MD.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Provide leadership in the development and maintenance of evaluation protocols, instruments, and accompanying materials for efforts conducted at sites where food is procured or purchased (e.g., farmers’ markets, corner stores, grocery stores, food assistance sites). Write and manage the necessary IRB applications to facilitate data collection at these sites.
  • Provide leadership in the use of interactive, interpersonal evaluation approaches, including focus groups and interviews, across all program and initiative areas.
  • Manage/supervise project staff in conducting evaluation and dissemination activities.
  • Assist with the coordination and execution of evaluation recruitment events held throughout the state.
  • Assist with the coordination and execution of evaluation incentive distribution efforts conducted throughout the state.
  • Assist with the collection, management (including end-user testing), and analysis of data from FSNE’s web-based data collection system.
  • Assist with the coordination of necessary web-based updates and changes to reflect programmatic needs and priorities.
  • Assist with FSNE outcome data entry and analysis for paper, email, electronic and other survey methods.
  • Collaborate with programming staff at the state office and local offices.
  • Assist in the development of annual evaluation, collaborator, and other required outcome reports. When appropriate, utilize innovative dissemination methods.
  • Provide new staff orientation and ongoing staff training on various components of FSNE’s evaluation systems, protocols, data collection and analysis.
  • Assist in the development of the FSNE annual proposal.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s in family science, human development, child development, human ecology, or related field.
  • Previous experience working with community health education programs.
  • Previous experience with professional development and program evaluation in nutrition education.
  • A valid driver’s license and access to an automobile for travel to community evaluation sites and FSNE trainings.
  • Successful candidate is required to obtain a clear background check by the State of Maryland and the FBI.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in related field.
  • Data entry and analysis experience, particularly using IBM SPSS Statistics Software.

Physical Demands of the Position:

  • Moderate lifting.
  • Mainly desk work.
  • Some travel to community sites.

Salary: Salary will be commensurate with experience with a base salary of $57,500. The University of Maryland offers an extensive benefits package.

Applications: All candidates must apply online at When applying, please submit cover letter, resume, and copy of transcripts and names/contact information of 3 professional references.

Closing Date: Best consideration date is 08/06/2018. This position will stay open until filled.

The University of Maryland, College Park, actively subscribes to a policy of equal employment opportunity, and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry or national origin, marital status, genetic information, political affiliation, and gender identity or expression. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.


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