WSU Extension Statewide Nutrition, Health, and Wellness for Youth and Adults Assistant or Associate Professor
Employee Type: Faculty
Position Number: 130490
Work Location: Spokane
Summary of Duties: POSITION SUMMARY The WSU Extension Youth and Families Program Unit is seeking a dynamic, inspired, and highly qualified professional to provide leadership, vision, educational programming, planning, development, implementation, and direction of the WSU Extension Statewide Nutrition, Health, and Wellness program in collaboration with educators, partners, and communities. This position will provide subject matter expertise in nutrition, health and wellness. The position will also build a strategic partnership between WSU Extension and the Elson Floyd College of Medicine (ESFCOM) and Nutrition Exercise Physiology (NEP) Program at WSU Spokane; and pursue opportunities for joint outreach programming and extramural funding opportunities in translational science, health equity, rural health, and nutrition, and the WSU Health Sciences.
The faculty member will design and deliver education programs with measured impacts in areas such as nutrition, chronic diseases, and physical activity to diverse audiences. These audiences may include public agencies, health professionals, Extension colleagues, researchers, lay audiences and others. The faculty member will use a variety of teaching techniques and delivery strategies to provide educational opportunities for clientele of all socio-economic levels, ethnic groups and other protected classes. A systematic procedure for needs assessment and clientele involvement in program planning is expected. The incumbent will become knowledgeable about and promote the entire Extension program, be an advocate for WSU Extension and contribute to an accurate, consistent, and positive message about WSU Extension to funding partners, participants, and the public.
Identify priorities for community-based Extension nutrition, health and wellness programming in the state.
Integrate or coordinate community-based Extension programming, applied research, and professional/community service efforts that serve to improve the nutritional health and reduce chronic disease risk of WA residents.
Conduct community needs assessment, program development and participant recruitment efforts that include the engagement of Washington's diverse residents across race, gender, socioeconomic class, disabilities and other differences.
Provide management and program leadership including oversight of budgets and the recruitment, training, supervision and evaluation of personnel.
Work with community-based Extension faculty, campus faculty, and others to plan and implement WSU Extension programs that promote health through nutrition, physical activity, and healthy lifestyles.
Acquire and manage external grants, contracts, fee-for-service, and gifts to support the expansion, development and delivery of educational programs.
Actively seek and participate in professional development opportunities to maintain knowledge of cutting-edge evidence-based programs, issues, and best practices in Nutrition, Health and Wellness education.
Develop, deliver and oversee research and outcomes based innovative programming and meaningful evaluation that lead to peer-reviewed scholarship such as refereed journal articles, Extension publications, presentations, and other products for advancement in tenure and promotion.
Understand and demonstrate the commitment to equal access and opportunity for all.
Oversee the development and utilization of appropriate social media, mainstream media and the marketing tools and resources to promote, educate, and advertise educational programs and impacts.
Build and maintain cooperative, respectful, trusted, and collaborative working relationships with county, regional, and statewide Extension faculty and staff; county, state, national, and tribal partners; governmental agencies, and stakeholders to provide programs that are aligned with programmatic needs.
Participate in and provide effective and appropriate levels of service as a faculty member of Washington State University College of Agriculture, Human and Natural Resource Sciences; Extension; and the Youth and Families Program Unit.
Understand and carry out the principles and specific requirements of the Civil Rights Act of 1986, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Affirmative Action Plan and all pertinent rules and regulations of WSU Extension policies.
Required Qualifications: Earned Masters degree in nutrition, exercise science, public health, health education, health promotion or related field by the time of hire.
Two years of experience in developing, delivering, and managing nutrition, health, or wellness programs.
Ability to communicate ideas effectively through written, verbal, and technology when relating to a variety of audiences.
Ability to travel year-round using reliable transportation (mileage reimbursed) is required. Evening and weekend work is required.
Possess a valid drivers license.
Current automobile liability insurance (meeting the requirements described in RCW 46.30.020, and RCW 46.09.090) while using a private vehicle for official business is required.
Founded in 1890 in Pullman, Washington State University (WSU) is Washington’s land-grant university with an overarching mission of improving the quality of life for all citizens – locally, nationally, and globally. WSU is committed to innovation and excellence in research and scholarship. WSU has a current enrollment of over 30,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students and approximately 6,000 faculty and staff at its five campuses (Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and Everett), as well as its numerous other locations across the State of Washington and online through its Global Campus.
U.S. News & World Report's 2016 "America's Best Colleges" rankings place WSU in the top 75 public national universities. WSU was one of only three Northwest universities to be placed in the top two tiers, along with the University of Washington and the University of Oregon. WSU is ranked as a "highest research activity" institution by the Carnegie Foundation and is in the top 12 percent of research universities as reported by the National Science Foundation. Also, WSU was recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for its engagement activities with i...ts Community Engagement Classification.
WSU employs approximately 6,000 faculty and professional staff and the University deeply values diversity among its faculty, students, and staff. WSU students represent diverse social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds: approximately 10 percent of WSU students hail from outside the state of Washington, and approximately 6.8 percent are international students. WSU annually awards more than $280 million in scholarships and financial aid to approximately 17,000 undergraduate students.