Faculty Specialist

University of Maryland Extension   Columbia, MD   Full-time     Education
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Posted on April 27, 2021
Position Number: 121198
Title:

Faculty Specialist

Functional Title: Faculty Specialist (SNAP-Ed Evaluation Analyst)
Category Status: 15-Fac.Non-Tenured,Continuing Con
Applicant Search Category: Faculty
University Authorized FTE: 100
Unit: 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.

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:

This is a 12 month, term appointment. The full-time position is part of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) conducted by the University of Maryland Extension. The SNAP-Ed Evaluation Analyst will collaborate with the state office and county nutrition educators to conduct innovative and interactive evaluations of nutrition education programs delivered via diverse methods across the state, and to manage systems for data collection, analysis and reporting. The Evaluation Analyst will also ensure that SNAP-Ed evaluation remains visible, relevant, and cutting-edge by coordinating the integration of diverse data collection and analysis strategies into the overall evaluation plan. This position will be housed in the SNAP-Ed State Office in Columbia, MD.

Responsibilities Include:
• Provide leadership in the development and maintenance of evaluation protocols for educational efforts conducted via social media and other electronic platforms.
• Provide leadership in the use of interactive, interpersonal evaluation approaches, including focus groups and interviews, across all programming interventions and settings.
• Provide leadership in the review and analysis of extant data for the purpose of SNAP-Ed program advancement and reporting.
• Provide leadership in promoting Maryland SNAP-Ed’s visibility within the national conversation and public discourse surrounding SNAP-Ed. This may occur through the development and delivery of publications, presentations, or other relevant methods of promotion.
• Coordinate and support 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 SNAP-Ed’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 SNAP-Ed 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 SNAP-Ed’s evaluation systems, protocols, data collection and analysis.
• Assist in the development of the SNAP-Ed 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.
• Proficiency with a variety of evaluation tools, such as survey software (Qualtrics), qualitative analysis software, quantitative analysis software (IBM SPSS preferred), Google Suite.
• A valid driver’s license and access to an automobile for travel to community evaluation sites and SNAP-Ed trainings.
• Successful candidate is required to obtain a clear background check by the State of Maryland and the FBI.

Preferences:

• Master’s degree in related field.
• Effective team and project management skills.