Michigan State University Extension in East Lansing, MI, USA, is seeking a Nutrition Specialist Position with their state's Extension office with a focus in community-based foods and nutrition education. Deadline to apply is February 3, 2012.
Position details: Michigan State University Extension (MSUE) seeks a qualified candidate to provide leadership for food and nutrition content matter expertise for the MSUE Health and Nutrition Institute. The Specialist appointment will be in MSUE, reporting to the Health and Nutrition Institute Director with secondary reporting to the Chair of the MSU Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition. Specifically, this position focuses on community-based nutrition education, including SNAP-, EFNEP- and WIC-funded programs. Work will be done in collaboration with MSUE work teams, other MSU faculty, external partners, the Food Science and Human Nutrition Department Chair, and the Health and Nutrition Institute Director.
Specific responsibilities include: 1) Lead subject matter expert (lead scholar) for staff in the Health and Nutrition Institute. 2) Development of educational programs, presentations, website information and
supporting materials (new releases, fact sheets, etc.) related to key community-based
nutrition education initiatives. 3) Professional development for staff; training of staff on core curricula for key health and nutrition initiatives; development of educator guides to be used in training other extension staff and partners; organization of webinars for Extension staff and partners for various food and nutrition subject matters. 4) Assist work teams in the development of Health and Nutrition Logic Models for key
initiatives, including co-determination of program priorities. 5) Assessing state, regional, and national needs, issues and trends in assigned subject area and preparing situational data for use with program planning. 6) Providing content expertise to grant proposals and grant-funded project implementation. 7) Staying current with the latest research-based information in the institute priority
programming areas. 8) Serving on state, regional and national committees when these efforts enhance subject-related educational programming. 9) Regularly meeting with and being evaluated by the Health and Nutrition Institute Director and the FSHN department head.
Required: 1) Ph.D. in nutrition, public health or dietetics 2) Registered Dietitian credential 3) Demonstrated ability to lead and function as a team member and develop multi-disciplinary collaborations 4) Strong oral and written communication skills. 5) Evidence of ability to plan, prepare, pilot test and assist in the evaluation of educational programs and interventions 6) Experience in planning programs for diverse audiences 7) Ability to work with academic faculty to research the effectiveness and impact of educational programs
Preferred: 1) Cooperative Extension experience. 2) Experience communicating with the general public. 3) Three years of community nutrition and health education related work experience.
Application Process: Interested and qualified candidates should submit an up-to-date CV and a cover letter that includes the names and contact information of four professional references.
Deadline: Applications received electronically by February 3, 2012 will be reviewed.
Contact: Materials can be sent hard copy or electronically to arrive by February 3, 2012, to the search committee Chair, Dr. Won Song. Questions may be directed to Dr. Song as well.
Won O Song, PhD, MPH, RD
Search Committee Chair
Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48864
MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer, committed to achieving excellence through a diverse workforce and inclusive culture that encourages all people to reach their full potential. Michigan State University Extension employment opportunities are open to eligible/qualified persons without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, religion, age, height, weight, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status, family status or veteran status. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodations. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities.