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Program Manager Senior III

Recruitment #22-005484-0008


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


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


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


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.


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

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 groups of customers, service level based customer service skills; experience in 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 a State Police Background Check as a routine procedure for all employees of MSDE.



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 the applicant is unable to apply online, paper applications can be obtained from the link below and be faxed to 410-333-8950 or 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, submitted to the fax number, or mailed to the address listed.

Inquiries can be made to 410-767-0019, 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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