Job Description

Payroll Title:
Salary Range
Commensurate with Experience
Appointment Type:
Limited Appointment
Appointment Percent:
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
Days, 4-8, Monday-Friday, occasional weekends

As a federally-funded institution, UC San Diego Health maintains a marijuana and drug free campus. New employees are subject to drug screening.

#114477 Project Specialist, Food Access/Security - Remote

Initial Review Date: Wed 4/20/2022

For the safety and well-being of the entire university community, the University of California requires, with few exceptions, that all students, faculty and staff be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus and influenza before they will be allowed on campus or in a facility or office. For more information visit: Flu Vaccine Mandate / COVID Vaccine Policy

This position is a limited position with the possibility of extension/career conversion. Candidates hired into this role will work around 16 hours per week.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 02/22/2022. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

Candidates hired into this role may work remotely until COVID protocols change. The onsite location will be 4305 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92105.


UC San Diego School of Medicine Division of Child and Community Health (CCH) promotes health equity in the community through education, research, service and training. This goal is achieved largely through translational research, translating advances from basic science and clinical research into the community. Our Division promotes optimal health in all populations through interventions and research that target behavioral health, chronic disease, and obesity prevention.

Healthy Food Access is a set of program services funded by the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency under the CalFresh Healthy Living Program, intended to support San Diego County residents in making healthier choices where they shop.Specifically, Healthy Food Access provides services by implementing and interweaving healthy eating and active living policy, system, and environmental (PSE) change into settings where Supplemental Nutrition and Assistance Program-Education (SNAP-Ed) eligible- individuals access healthy food, including food pantries, farmers’ markets, and food retailers.

Under the direction of the Program Director, with support from the Southern California Nutrition Incentive Program Manager, the Food Access & Food Security Multi Project -Project Specialist assists with the daily operations of projects and programs under the Healthy Food Access Services program of activities based in City Heights, San Diego. The incumbent provides support in the implementation of food access, food security and nutrition incentive services within the County of San Diego across three intervention settings including: food pantries, farmers' markets, and food retailers. Specifically, the incumbent will primarily assist in the recruitment, community outreach and engagement, technical assistance and training delivery, nutrition education delivery, data collection and progress reporting for ten (10) food pantries annually that participate in the Nutrition Pantry Program, up to forty (40) Northgate Gonzalez Market that participates in the Healthy Cities Program or the Southern California Nutrition Incentive Program.

In addition, the Specialist will provide support to implement policy, systems, and environmental change strategies on healthy eating and active living, more broadly, at selected intervention sites at food retailers and farmers' markets. The Specialist uses professional community educational program concepts to deliver standardized educational and volunteer educational programs. The incumbent applies established procedures and programs to address CalFresh Healthy Living Program educational needs that are limited in scope and follows standard practices in analyzing program content and delivery needs, determining effectiveness of current programs. The incumbent uses professional public educational program concepts in the completion of public education assignments and works on programs and needs assessments that are of moderate scope and complexity. The Specialist modifies existing public educational programs or develops segments of larger programs.


  • Six (6) years of related experience, education/training, OR an Bachelor’s degree in related area plus two (2) years of related experience/training.

  • Experience working with diverse audiences and stakeholders; examples include: residents, youth, clients receiving emergency food, homeless individuals, food retailers, volunteers, etc.

  • Knowledge of departmental and organization policies and procedures; knowledge of educational program content and objectives. Working knowledge of educations programs on healthy food access, food security, nutrition education, and related fields of study.

  • Thorough knowledge of delivering public educational programs.

  • Working knowledge of current public education programs and trends. Specifically education programs and trends related to food access.

  • Demonstrated skills to produce and deliver programs.

  • Proven knowledge of conducting needs assessment.

  • Good analytical skills to understand how business needs can be addressed through the design and delivery of training programs. Good analytical skills to understand how food access needs of low-income clients can be addressed through the design and delivery of training programs.

  • Strong reading, verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills, and good presentation skills.

  • Coalition building and facilitating consensus among diverse stakeholder groups. Ability to engage community residents and facilitate meaningful dialogue amongst diverse groups.


  • Bachelor's or Master’s Degree in a related field such as nutrition, education, psychology, sociology, public health, or environmental policy.
  • Verbal and written proficiency in Spanish.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.
  • Occasional evenings and weekends may be required.

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

UC San Diego Health Sciences is comprised of our School of Medicine, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, The Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science, and our Student Health and Well-Being Department. We have long been at the forefront of translational - or "bench-to-bedside" - research, transforming patient care through discovery and innovation leading to new drugs and technologies. Translational research is carried out every day in the hundreds of clinical trials of promising new therapies offered through UC San Diego Health, and in the drive of our researchers and clinician-scientists who are committed to having a significant impact on patient care. We invite you to join our team!

Applications/Resumes are accepted for current job openings only. For full consideration on any job, applications must be received prior to the initial closing date. If a job has an extended deadline, applications/resumes will be considered during the extension period; however, a job may be filled before the extended date is reached.

UC San Diego Health is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

UC San Diego is a smoke and tobacco free environment. Please visit for more information.

Application Instructions

Please click on the link below to apply for this position. A new window will open and direct you to apply at our corporate careers page. We look forward to hearing from you!

Apply Online