EXTENSION FOOD AND NUTRITION SPECIALIST

Position Details

Position Information

Announcement Number FAC - VA - 18007
For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Linda Shott at
406-994-1752 or
linda.shott@montana.edu
or
Mary Fran San Soucie at
406-994-6488 or
maryfran@montana.edu

Classification Title
Working Title EXTENSION FOOD AND NUTRITION SPECIALIST
Brief Position Overview

The Extension Food and Nutrition Specialist, located within the Department of Health and Human Development, coordinates relevant and current information from a variety of sources to facilitate and deliver effective unbiased, researched-based food and nutrition programming in Montana. The Specialist develops appropriate Extension educational programs and resources; assists in their delivery and evaluation throughout the state; provides Extension Agent training, develops professional partnerships with field faculty, specialist, associate specialist, other faculty and stakeholders that advance the mission of Extension; conducts research and publishes as required by departmental promotion and tenure guidelines, including research that addresses identified needs and emergent issues; prepares and manages grants; serves on university, state and national committees; and disseminates information to mass media related to food and nutrition topics. Program design should be responsive to changing state, county and national situations, and human needs.

Faculty Tenure Track Yes
Faculty Rank Negotiable
Position Number
Department Extension Nutrition Education
Division College of Education, Health & Human Development
Appointment Type Faculty
Contract Term Fiscal Year
Semester
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FLSA Exempt
Union Affiliation
FTE 1.0
Benefits Eligible Eligible
Salary Salary commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications.
Contract Type MUS
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Recruitment Type Open

Position Details

General Statement

Founded in 1893 as a Land Grant University, Montana State University (MSU) is composed of eight academic colleges and a graduate school and boasts a friendly, supportive faculty and campus environment. Currently, the University hosts an enrollment of over 16,000 students, including approximately 2,000 graduate students. MSU is classified as one of 108 U.S. Research Universities (very high research activity) by the Carnegie Foundation.
MSU is located in Bozeman, Montana, an extended community of about 70,000 nestled in the Rocky Mountains in Southwest Montana. In addition to providing access to an extraordinary ecosystem for teaching and research programs, Bozeman is renowned for year-round recreational and cultural opportunities to include access to world class ski areas, multiple blue ribbon trout streams and the Gallatin National Forest. The local airport is served by seven national airlines with over twenty flights a day to nine cities.
Named an All American City, Bozeman boasts high-quality medical facilities, a very low crime rate, many fine restaurants, acclaimed public and private schools, a symphony orchestra and choir, an annual opera, and nationally known events such as the Sweet Pea Festival of the Arts held in early August of each year. Powder Magazine identified Bozeman, with “three distinctly different” major ski resorts within an hour’s drive, as the number one place to live and ski in its November 2010 Magazine. Bizjournals.com ranked Bozeman #2 on the list of American Dreamtowns – small towns that offer the best quality of life without metropolitan hassles. The K-12 educational system, growing reputation of Montana State University, and pristine natural environment of the area combine to make Bozeman one of America’s most desirable university towns. Bozeman is located in the beautiful Gallatin Valley, 90 miles north of Yellowstone National Park.
The Department strives to maintain a rich and diverse faculty group, and women and underrepresented minorities are encouraged to apply.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Extension Food and Nutrition Specialist, located within the Department of Health and Human Development, coordinates relevant and current information from a variety of sources to facilitate and deliver effective non-biased, researched-based food and nutrition programming in Montana. The Specialist develops appropriate Extension educational programs and resources; assists in their delivery and evaluation throughout the state; provides Extension Agent training; conducts research and publishes as required by departmental promotion and tenure guidelines, including research that addresses identified needs and emergent issues; prepares and manages grants; serves on university, state and national committees; and disseminates information to mass media related to food and nutrition topics. Program design should be responsive to changing state, county and national situations, and human needs and values. The Extension Food and Nutrition Specialist assists Montanans in evaluation options related to food and nutrition issues, including coordinating food preservation and food safety programming across the state.
This specialist is expected to develop a research and extension program, secure extramural funding, and publish research results in appropriate refereed and peer reviewed journals and extension publications; conduct workshops, webinars and presentations to agents and other constituents throughout Montana; provide materials and education to extension agents, develops professional partnerships with field faculty, specialist, associate specialist, other faculty and stakeholders that advance the mission of Extension; conduct and interpret research related to food and nutrition; and collaborate with the MSU Extension SNAP and FNEP education programs. Serve to the betterment of Extension on university committees, state, regional, national and other activities that support Extension, department, college and communities. Participate in relevant state, regional, national and international professional activities. Maintain timely accountability through reporting to Extension, internal and external stakeholders, and funding partners; documenting outcomes, impacts and successes in Extension scholarship.

Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  1. Doctoral degree with at least one degree in nutrition, food science, sustainable foods, or related area by the time of hire
  2. Strong record of academic achievement
  3. Ability to plan, organize, implement and evaluate educational programs
  4. Ability to develop scholarship in field of food and nutrition as indicated by grant contracts, publications and/or presentations
  5. Demonstrated knowledge and skills in the use of information technologies for dissemination of educational information and educational programming
  6. Demonstrated knowledge and skills to work with diverse audiences
Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  1. Extension or teaching experience
  2. Experience writing and managing grants and contracts
  3. Registered Dietician certification
The Successful Candidate Will

Possess excellent human relation and written communication skills; be able to develop exemplary Extension, research and teaching programs; be able to work effectively with other faculty and staff members; have evidence of good judgment; possess flexibility and innovativeness in order to respond to the changing needs of people in Montana; be able to work harmoniously with youth and adults on an individual and group basis; and be able to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing. The successful candidate will also have a familiarity with multi-cultural and different socioeconomic audiences, an interest in working with people from diverse backgrounds, and have a commitment to the principles of diversity and to excellence in extension programming.
Will possess, or be able to obtain, a Montana driver’s license or have other means of reliable transportation.

Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

With a doctoral degree this position will be a twelve month, tenure-track faculty position with the Health & Human Development Department. Benefits include TIAA CREF, coverage for health and life insurance, Social Security, Worker’s Compensation and Unemployment Compensation.

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Physical Demands

Lifting of educational materials and traveling throughout the state and country.
This position requires extensive travel throughout the region and frequent travel throughout the state, plus handling and operating a variety of educational equipment and participating in outdoor activities.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

The Program

Extension’s Food and Nutrition Program offers practical information: workshops and training courses in a variety of areas including food, nutrition, food preservation, food safety.
MSU Extension improves the lives of Montana citizens by providing unbiased research-based education and information that integrates learning, discovery and engagement to strengthen the social, economic and environmental well-being of individuals, families, and communities.

The Department

Extension’s Food and Nutrition Program offers practical information: workshops and training courses in a variety of areas including food, nutrition, food preservation, food safety.
MSU Extension improves the lives of Montana citizens by providing unbiased research-based education and information that integrates learning, discovery and engagement to strengthen the social, economic and environmental well-being of individuals, families, and communities.
Extension Family and Consumer Sciences views the family, in all its diverse forms, as the cornerstone of a healthy society. Our mission is to empower individuals, families and communities to make informed decisions with unbiased, research-based information. For more than 100 years, professionals within the Montana State University Extension Family and Consumer Sciences program have worked to serve family and community needs. Throughout Montana, MSU Extension educators offer learning experiences to improve life, health and finances in your home and community. Through a statewide network, our mission is to empower individuals, families, businesses and communities to apply unbiased, research-based information to make informed decisions. The MSU Extension network consists of Extension Agents who are based in Montana’s counties, Indian reservations and tribal colleges; and specialists based on campus at MSU in Bozeman.
The Department of Health and Human Development is a group of dedicated faculty and staff whose interests, while diverse, center on one central theme: to enrich human well-being. . As you review our undergraduate and graduate programs, keep in mind that very important premise. If your educational and professional interests are related to helping individuals from early childhood through adulthood, by teaching, research, or service programs, in the public or private sectors, the Department of Health and Human Development is for you.

The College

Our college is home to a wide variety of programs that fulfill Montana’s land grant mission of providing services to the people of Montana and beyond.
• We train teachers for elementary and secondary classrooms.
• We support grandparents who are raising their grandchildren.
• We help soldiers and other professionals become teachers.
• We partner with leaders on Native American reservations to develop ways to lead healthy lifestyles and improve education for children and adults.
• We educate families on how to make healthy nutrition and physical activities choices.

Posting Detail Information

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Applications will be:

Screening of applications will begin September 5, 2017; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Special Instructions

When applying for this position, your philosophy statement should address: “What is your philosophy of Extension, especially as it pertains to being an Extension specialist in the department of Health & Human Development at Montana State University?”

Please also submit a response to each required and preferred qualification, a resume or curriculum vita and a list of 5 professional references.

For questions about applying, please contact:
Linda Shott at
406-994-1752 or
linda.shott@montana.edu
or
Mary Fran San Soucie at
maryfran@montana.edu

Diversity Statement

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, gender, age, political beliefs, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation or preference. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651; recruitment@montana.edu .

In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference please complete the veteran’s preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile.

MSU’s Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be located on the MSU Website: www2.montana.edu/policy/affirmative_action/ .

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Response to Each Required and Preferred Qualification
  2. Resume OR Curriculum Vitae
  3. List of Five (5) Professional References
  4. Philosophy Statement (max 2 pages)
Optional Documents
  1. Cover Letter

Supplemental Questions

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