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Extension Specialist - Nutrition
Auburn University

Date Posted Nov. 14, 2023
Title Extension Specialist - Nutrition
University Auburn University
Auburn, AL, United States
Department AL Cooperative Extension Systems
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Faculty Associate
    Core Faculty
  • Food & Nutritional Science
    Agricultural Extension
Extending knowledge, improving lives! Make an impact in your community and in the lives of Alabamians.

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System is seeking qualified applications for a Nutrition Extension Specialist for Federal Nutrition Programs. Applicants must be self-directed and able to thrive in a flexible work environment.

This position is a 100% non-tenure track faculty Extension assignment and a limited term position. Continuous employment will be based on availability of funding. Continuous funding has occurred since 1965.

Reasons you’ll love working as for our Federal Nutrition Team at ACES - Auburn:
  • Job Satisfaction! Be a part of life-changing work in your communities!
  • Competitive retirement plan and benefits.
  • Generous leave (including two weeks off during the holidays!)
  • Fun, flexible & diverse work environment. Every day is different!
  • Auburn University tuition assistance for yourself and dependents.
  • Supportive leadership & peers. The ACES team supports you and your work!

About Auburn University: Auburn University is one of the nation’s premier land-grant institutions and was ranked 42nd among public universities in the 2022 edition of U.S. News & World Report. Auburn is an “R1: Doctoral Universities - Very high research activity” institution, offering Bachelor’s, Professional, Master’s, Educational Specialist, and Doctoral degrees. Auburn has 1,443 full-time faculty and enrolls 31,526 students from all fifty states and nearly one hundred countries, including 5,510 graduate students and 1,085 professional students.

Rooted in more than 160 years of tradition, Auburn University occupies 1,841 acres and is the academic home to more than 30,000 students. Auburn’s commitment to active student engagement and professional success, and public/private partnerships garners a growing reputation for outreach and extension that delivers broad economic, health, and societal impact.

Auburn University has a commitment to providing a welcoming, respectful, and inclusive environment for all to thrive. Several initiatives have been implemented with an overarching goal of establishing and maintaining a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusiveness. For example, Auburn has compiled its five- year strategic plan with those from across its colleges, the Presidential Task Force for Equity and Opportunity, and the Office of Inclusion and Diversity with key goals that work to create a campus that is equitable for students, faculty, and staff from all backgrounds. Auburn places a heavy focus on recruitment and retention that creates a robust and diverse employee base.
The Nutrition Specialist for Federal Nutrition Programs will be a member of a dynamic and innovative statewide team working to improve the health and lives of Alabamians. The position will provide human nutrition subject matter expertise for the Federal Nutrition Programs within the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. The Federal Nutrition Programs include three federally funded projects: 1) Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP), 2) Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - Education (SNAP-Ed), and 3) Live Well Alabama Thriving Communities. The position will provide statewide leadership in the development, delivery, evaluation, and reporting of evidence-based programs and applied research. This is a full-time, limited term position. Continuous employment will be based on availability of funding. Continuous funding has occurred since 1965.

Duties and responsibilities will include:
  • Identifying/developing evidence-based curricula for nutrition education with limited-resource audiences.
  • Identifying/developing public health approaches / policy, system, and environmental change strategies to improve healthy food access at the local, regional, and state levels.
  • Ensuring compliance with Dietary Guidelines for Americans and utilization of best practices for nutrition communications in social marketing strategies to encourage healthy behavior change.
  • Conducting appropriate and required evaluations and providing impact reports.
  • Developing and conducting appropriate training opportunities for the county and regional staff of the Federal Nutrition Programs.
  • Disseminating extension and research scholarship through journals, digital products, and conference presentations and seek recognition of excellence in programming.
  • Providing service within professional organizations and on committees within the Alabama Cooperative Extension System and Auburn University.
  • Working closely with Federal Nutrition Program Coordinators to increase visibility of, and engagement with, Federal Nutrition Programs.
The Nutrition Specialist is a twelve-month, non-tenure track faculty position located on the Auburn University campus. If hired with a master’s degree, the incumbent will be expected to complete a doctoral degree within the initial eight-year employment period. As part of the Auburn University benefits package, the University offers tuition remission for full-time employees, up to 15 credit hours per year, at Auburn University-affiliated institutions. The position offers a three-tiered structure for advancement.

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