Extension Food & Nutrition Specialist
New Mexico State University is a comprehensive land-grant institution of higher learning accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Universities. An active research university, NMSU anchors the southern end of New Mexico’s Rio Grande Research Corridor, exceeding $140 million in research and public service expenditures. NMSU is classified as a Hispanic-serving institution by the federal government with a total minority enrollment over 48%. Home to the state’s NASA Space Grant Program, NMSU is located in Las Cruces, which features desert mesas, the farmlands of the Rio Grande Valley, and the Organ Mountains, an extension of the Rocky Mountain chain. The University is committed to building a cultural diverse educational environment.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Provide statewide leadership for Extension educational programs in food, nutrition and wellness; provide support for programs in diabetes education and obesity prevention (including EFNEP and SNAP-Ed).
• Provide training for Extension staff on new and evidence-based food and nutrition information and effective non-formal educational processes, program implementation and evaluation.
• Interpret current research findings and develop written and other media to support educational programs for adult and youth audiences.
• Provide leadership and coordination with county agents in planning, organizing, directing and evaluating educational programs related to foods and nutrition.
• Collaborate with other state agencies in delivery of food and nutrition education.
Ph.D., DCN, DHS, DSc, DPH, or Ed.D. (in hand by hire date) required in Human Nutrition or closely related field.
Registered dietitian or registry eligible required (in hand within 6 months of hire date).
• Proven ability to provide leadership and coordination in planning, organizing, directing and evaluating educational programs related to food and nutritional needs throughout the life cycle.
• Proven ability to interpret food and nutrition research findings and communicate to public and lay audiences.
• Training and/or experience in community food and nutrition.
• Ability to serve as a mentor for county agents and students.
• Proven ability to conduct research and evaluate projects.
• Proven ability to maintain positive relationships; to use oral and written communication skillfully; to work with people from varied ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds, including students.
• Working knowledge of the land-grant university mission.
• Proven ability to adapt to changing and wide-ranging technologies.
• Experience securing and managing grants.
Statewide travel required; must be willing to work flexible hours including some weekends; valid driver’s license and personal auto required, reimbursed at IRS rate per mile.