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Professor State Specialist - Healthy Living and Nutrition

UNH Cooperative Extension

UNH, located in Durham, New Hampshire, with additional campuses in Concord and Manchester, is the flagship undergraduate, graduate, and research institution of the University System of New Hampshire. UNH holds land-grant, sea-grant, and space-grant charters and is the only comprehensive public research, doctoral-granting institution in New Hampshire. The University enrolls 14,000 students, has a full-time faculty of 600, and offers over 95 undergraduate and 68 graduate programs in eight colleges. New Hampshire’s natural beauty includes coastal beaches, an extensive lakes region and the White Mountains. Durham is near the seacoast and about an hour from the mountains and lakes region to the north and Boston to the south.

UNH Cooperative Extension is the primary outreach unit of UNH. Its mission is to provide New Hampshire citizens with research-based education and information, enhancing their ability to make informed decisions that strengthen youth, families and communities, sustain natural resources, and improve the economy. UNH Cooperative Extension, in partnership with county, state and federal government, conducts comprehensive research-based educational programs. Its offices are headquartered on the University’s Durham campus with additional offices in each of the ten counties, where community based programming is tailored to the needs of New Hampshire citizens. There are 137 employees located throughout the state, working with over 3,000 volunteers to make a positive difference in people’s lives. The UNH Cooperative Extension budget was $16.9 million in FY14.


Position Summary

This position provides leadership for University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension Youth and Family Healthy Living and Nutrition programs designed to increase the health of NH youth, families and individuals. This position leads the Nutrition Connections Program that combines Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) and Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) funding to reach low income NH residents. The position works in close collaboration with other UNH Extension Educators and UNH Faculty to develop, implement and evaluate community-based programs targeting the nutrition, physical activity, food safety and food resource management skills and behaviors of youth, adults, seniors and families. This is a non-tenure track Extension Educator position located in the Merrimack County UNH Cooperative Extension Office in Boscawen, New Hampshire that will have an affiliation in the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture (COLSA).

Requirements:

Minimum Qualifications: Ph.D. or terminal degree strongly preferred in applicable discipline (e.g., nutrition, public health, or education) with 2-3 years of experience. Registered Dietitian. Experience developing and evaluating community-based youth and family programs. Program Leadership Experience.

Additional Desirable Qualifications:  Experience with nutrition related community level change/socio-ecological model and other Cooperative Extension programming; experience authoring and managing grants; applied scholarly interest in: community-based youth development, public health, workforce development, outreach with underserved/at-risk populations, or similar field; Experience working with community-based volunteers. Proficiency with quantitative and qualitative data collection, analysis and interpretation.

Applications will begin to be reviewed on April 26

Responsibilities:

Program Leadership

  • Serve as the SNAP-Ed and EFNEP coordinators.  
    • Serve as Principal Investigator for both funding sources
    • Provide leadership and guidance to program planning, implementation and evaluation for research-based community health and nutrition programs funded by SNAP-Ed and EFNEP.
    • Manage team of county and regional staff (hiring, training, supervising, appraising performance and coordinating professional development).
    • Implement policies relevant to SNAP-Ed and EFNEP and maintain appropriate program documentation.
    • Develop, manage and monitor statewide SNAP-Ed and EFNEP budgets.
    • Maintain and develop partnerships with external stakeholders.
    • Develop reports and assessments of program efforts and outcomes.
  • Serve as Area of Expertise (AoE) Chair for UNH Extension Youth & Family - Healthy Living AoE Team.
    • Support team through logic model/plan-of-work development, program development, evaluation, grant writing and liaison work with UNH campus-based staff/faculty.
    • Provide interpretation and application of current research, emerging issues and legislation to assist NH communities, agencies, Extension staff and volunteers. 
    • Coordinate over-all team evaluation plan and impact reporting.

Program Development

  • Develop, plan, implement and evaluate research-based community health and nutrition programs focused on (a) building youth and family skills and promoting healthy individual behaviors and/or (b) systems, environment and policy-level improvements in the areas of nutrition and physical activity.
  • Develop programs in close partnership with state agency, community partners, and other UNH and UNH Extension colleagues.
  • Develop and maintain a comprehensive and current knowledge base in community nutrition education.
  • Build capacity for programs through development of grants, fee for service programs, state contracts, or other funding mechanisms (position is required to Secure 25% of annual salary through grants, cost-recovery, and/or departmental appointment funding).

UNH Department Work & Engagement

Work within UNH COLSA in the Department of Agriculture, Nutrition and Food Systems to integrate departmental efforts with Extension resources, programs, and staff. Potential efforts include: coordinating interdisciplinary applied research projects, teaching, collaborating on external funding proposals, coordinating and/or hosting practicum/internship placements, and mentoring/advising undergraduate and graduate students.

How to Apply:

Apply Online  https://jobs.usnh.edu/postings/32375

Job Location:

Boscawen

Date Added: April 3, 2019

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