Extension Specialist

Website Michigan State University Extension

As part of MSU Extension (MSUE) and the Health and Nutrition Institute (HNI), this position provides statewide leadership and expertise in nutrition and physical activity educational programming and completes research and program evaluation on nutrition and physical activity messaging and content, as well as nutrition and physical activity educational media campaigns designed for low-income youth and adults. This position will be the principal investigator for MSU Extension’s Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) and will serve as a content specialist and have evaluation and project manager roles. This position will have statewide responsibilities and will collaborate across work teams, Institutes, and community groups, working with faculty, specialists, educators, and instructors.

In this position, you will identify, design, implement and evaluate research-based educational programs that meet current and projected outreach needs related to diet quality, physical activity, food insecurity and nutrition education as part of the Nutrition and Physical Activity work team. You will ensure dissemination of research-based information through various methods, including multimedia (video/audio), social media, engagement via conversations, written articles, and data reports. You will work with project team members who will implement nutrition education strategies in local communities. You will prepare and present workshops and trainings and work in concert with medical professions that have expertise in nutrition education with whom you can coordinate educational events for the public.

Through your leadership, you will oversee statewide implementation of the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program activities alongside other members of the grant leadership team. This will entail developing regional partnerships that have potential for local partner engagement in EFNEP focused counties in Michigan. You will lead efforts on the Cooking Matters curriculum implementation which will include funding acquisition and management to support the program. MSU Extension programming is delivered in-person, virtually, and through self-paced courses online and you will assist with data collection and reporting activities for programs that you oversee.

Your work will include close collaboration with colleagues at MSU and MSU Extension, as well as the diverse network of partner groups that include local county health departments, state department of Health and Human Services as well as our federal funding partners at the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Your role includes building statewide partnerships that support the EFNEP program and summarizing and analyzing data collected from the project on program activities, audiences reached, partnerships, and knowledge gained as a result of educational programs.

Although negotiable, there will be space available for this position to work from the campus of Michigan State University located in East Lansing, Michigan.

This position may be eligible to utilize a flexible work environment, however, there is an expectation to work from a campus-based office, or a county based MSU Extension office. The needs, responsibilities, and opportunities of an individual’s position and office location drive the ability and amount of work-location flexibility.

This position is a full-time, fixed term end-dated appointment, renewable annually based upon successful performance and continued funding.

To apply for this job please visit careers.msu.edu.