College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Institute of Applied Agriculture

Extension Program Assistant

  |  Posted: Dec 6 2016

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:

Teach limited-income youth living in Baltimore City ways to improve their diet and health and to prevent chronic disease risks according to the USDA’s Dietary Guidelines. This is a Contingent II, contractual (non-exempt), full-time Extension Program Assistant position with the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP), University of Maryland Extension in Baltimore City.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Presents any combination of nutrition, cooking, gardening, and physical activity classes to a diverse audience of limited-income families and youth groups consistently throughout the year.
  • Prepares educational activities to use during lessons with families with kids; prepares written reports; submits monthly work calendar and quarterly reports.
  • Evaluates nutritional knowledge and behavior improvement of enrolled families and youth with the aid of pre-and post-assessments and other survey materials.
  • Maintains a continuous recruitment effort by collaborating with local community-based organizations and agencies (e.g., public schools, faith based organizations, etc.).
  • Attends regularly scheduled local and state-wide in-services/training sessions throughout the year; plans and participates in special events, such as health fairs, as part of program promotion and community outreach.


Required –

  • High School Diploma or GED.
  • Effective teacher with the ability to learn and teach basic nutrition, cooking, gardening information and physical activity lessons to families and youth from diverse backgrounds.
  • Ability to effectively communicate with families and youth from diverse backgrounds and interact with the public in a courteous manner.
  • Skills in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with clients and collaborators.
  • Ability to lift and transport supplies and equipment.
  • Must work well independently and in a team environment and must have a flexible schedule.
  • Ability to maintain accurate client records and other related records.
  • Skill in performing basic arithmetic calculations, have basic computer skills, and the ability to operate manual and automated office equipment.
  • Must have a personal automobile, valid driver’s license, and be willing to travel to various program sites within the city and to various sites for scheduled trainings.
  • Successful candidate is required to obtain a clear background check by the State of Maryland and the FBI.

Preferred –

  • Ability to demonstrate leadership and management skills.
  • Experience teaching basic nutrition or health information to participants in an informal setting.
  • Experience performing a variety of duties in support of teaching/demonstrations, working with community-based organizations, and setting up new collaborations.
  • Ability to design promotional materials and lesson materials for dissemination to youth during classes and health fairs.
  • Ability to analyze data from the EFNEP evaluation system.
  • Proficiency in Spanish language.

Salary & Benefit Information:

Salary commensurate with experience and education. Hiring Range Minimum: $32,268 - Hiring Range Maximum: $38,722. The University of Maryland offers a benefits package.

Application Instructions:

Interested individuals should apply electronically through:

Closing Date: December 16, 2016

Position Closing Date:

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

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