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Faculty Specialist - SNAP-Ed Healthy Start - Early Education Coordinator

Job Description

Position Number:



Faculty Specialist

Functional Title:

Faculty Specialist - SNAP-Ed Healthy Start - Early Education Coordinator

Category Status:

15-Fac.Non-Tenured,Continuing Con

Applicant Search Category:


University Authorized FTE:



AGNR-UME-Family and Consumer Sciences

Campus/College Information:

Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the state’s flagship institution. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.

Background Checks

Offers of employment are contingent on completion of a background check. Information reported by the background check will not automatically disqualify you from employment.

Vaccine Protocol

The University of Maryland has made the safety of our students, faculty and staff, and our surrounding communities a top priority. As part of that commitment, the University requires that students, faculty, and staff on the UMD campus be vaccinated against COVID-19. As a prospective and/or a new employee at UMD, you will be required to comply with the University’s vaccination protocol. Proof of full vaccination will be required before the start of employment in order to work at any University of Maryland location. Prospective or new employees may seek a medical or religious exemption to the vaccination requirement at return.umd.edu and must have an approved exemption prior to the start of their employment. Failure to provide proof of vaccination or to obtain approval for a medical or religious exemption will result in the offer of employment being rescinded.

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:

This position is a 12 month, term appointment. The full-time position is part of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – Education (SNAP-Ed) conducted by the University of Maryland Extension. The Healthy Start – Early Education Coordinator works to facilitate the development and growth of collaborations and wellness projects across the state of Maryland in early education settings. The position will be housed in the SNAP-Ed State Office in Columbia, MD.

Responsibilities Include:
  • Collaborate with state and local partners related to early education efforts to expand and enhance connections related to wellness within early education sites.
  • Partner with the Healthy School Communities Coordinator and assist in the development of new materials to expand education, technical assistance and training around policies, systems and environmental change at sites and across organizations.
  • Ensure developed materials meet the goals and objectives outlined in the SNAP-Ed proposal.
  • Assist in the training and development of training materials for SNAP-Ed educators and collaborators on SNAP-Ed materials.
  • Ensure the Policy, System and Environmental (PSE) efforts support and align with the direct education efforts occurring at Maryland SNAP-Ed sites to establish a comprehensive model.
  • Work collaboratively with the state office team to write the annual proposal.
  • Attend and contribute to Maryland SNAP-Ed staff development programs and regular communication with the statewide team including direct work with the SNAP-Ed Evaluation Team to develop and measure program impacts through data collection.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in nutrition, health education, early education, or a related field.

  • Experience working with early education centers including preschool, head start, and/or JUDY centers.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Applicants must be self-motivated, flexible, innovative, and resourceful with skills in conducting community-based education programs.
  • A valid driver’s license and access to an automobile for travel to sites across Maryland and to SNAP-Ed trainings.


Preferred Experience:
  • Experience working with diverse community stakeholders.
  • Experience working with low-income audiences, including youth.

Additional Information:

Successful candidate is required to obtain a clear background check by the State of Maryland and the FBI.

Posting Date:


Open Until Filled


Best Consideration Date


Physical Demands

The employee will frequently lift and/or move program or educational items weighing up to 20 pounds.

Diversity Statement:

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

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