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.
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: Doctoral degree with at least one degree in nutrition, food science, sustainable foods, or related area by the time of hire Strong record of academic achievement Ability to plan, organize, implement and evaluate educational programs Ability to develop scholarship in field of food and nutrition as indicated by grant contracts, publications and/or presentations Demonstrated knowledge and skills in the use of information technologies for dissemination of educational information and educational programming Demonstrated knowledge and skills to work with diverse audiences Preferred:
Extension or teaching experience Experience writing and managing grants and contracts 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.
MSU Extension’s mission is to improve 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.