The Extension Specialist and Assistant Research Professor for Human Nutrition at West Virginia State University (WVSU) is responsible for leading, coordinating, and evaluating educational programs and products related to human nutrition. The position will be split between the Extension Service (75%) and the Agricultural and Environmental Research Station (25%).
Working in collaboration with the WVSU Research and Public Service Administration, the Extension Specialist and Assistant Research Professor will provide visionary and contemporary leadership for the development of high-impact extension and research programs in the areas of active lifestyle, nutrition, and health promotion. The Extension Specialist will also assist WVSU Extension personnel in identifying the most efficient and effective means to deliver timely, research-based information and programs to our diverse clientele and stakeholders. The position will address issues of obesity, nutrition deficiency and food insecurity, among others, and will oversee the WVSU EFNEP program.
Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
Description of Duties
This position currently supervises two Extension Associates responsible for delivery of the Expanded Food and Nutrition Program (EFNEP).
The candidate must have effective oral and written communication skills, a sense of vision and creativity, fiscal management and research development experience, the ability and willingness to work collaboratively, a desire to build administrative and interdisciplinary relationships, a record of writing and securing research and outreach grants, and demonstrated ability to supervise undergraduate and graduate student research.
PhD (preferred) or a Master's degree in human ecology, nutrition, health promotion, dietetics, or closely related field is required. Registered Dietitian (R.D.) registration and/or Certification as a Diabetes Educator is required. The successful candidate will have strong written and oral communication skills and experience in working with diverse clientele and organizations.
Must be able to work evenings and weekends as necessary for committee meetings and other work-related events and activities and travel to attend state, regional and national meetings as appropriate.
Certificates and Licenses Required
Valid WV driver’s license required.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee is frequently required to stand and walk. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include ability to adjust focus.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations with appropriate documentation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
Search Committee Chair, Extension Specialist and Assistant Research Professor for Human Nutrition
West Virginia State University Research and Development Corporation,
201 ACEOP Administration Building, P.O. Box 1000, Institute, WV 25112.