Regional Extension Specialist (Community Nutrition & Health)

Mar 07, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
General Description of Position: The Regional Extension Specialist (Community Nutrition & Health) will work under the general direction of the K-State Research and Extension (KSRE) Director of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) and the SNAP-Ed Coordinator, and in collaboration with the state SNAP-Ed team and the regional Family and Consumer Sciences Specialist to provide support to Extension Agents in assigned counties and/or Extension Districts and, in some capacities, statewide.  The work will complement nutrition education with policy, system and environmental (PSE) approaches for KSRE SNAP-Ed, a nutrition education and obesity prevention program for low income families and individuals.  Diversity and Inclusion: Kansas State University embraces diversity, and promotes inclusion in every sector of the institution. The university established the Office of Diversity, led by the associate vice provost for diversity and a dedicated staff.  Additionally, each college has a designated Diversity Point Person to provide insight and guidance.  

Kansas State University received the prestigious Higher Education Excellence in Diversity, or HEED, award from Insight Into Diversity magazine for the past three years.  Multicultural students account for 15 percent of our student population, a university record and continuing trend.

Responsibilities: In collaboration with other Kansas SNAP-Ed faculty, local Extension Agents and other regional specialists, this individual will:
  • Assist with conducting local community needs assessments for nutrition and physical activity
  • Design, implement and evaluate policy, system and environmental approaches to target identified needs
  • Assist with building capacity among local Extension and SNAP-Ed faculty for delivery of high quality direct education
  • Assist with building capacity among local Extension staff for implementing PSE approaches, including working with schools, governments, community agencies, and the private sector
  • Assist with applied research and evaluation projects
  • Participate in local, state and national program activities, as appropriate
  • Travel on a flexible schedule, as needed
  • Be responsive to evolving position and organizational needs and perform additional duties, as needed
Required Minimum Qualifications:
  • Master's degree in Nutrition, Public Health, dietetics or relevant field.
  • Three years full time professional experience relevant to the position.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate, interact, collaborate, and network with a variety of stakeholders focused on a common goal or mission.
  • Excellent interpersonal and group process skills with diverse groups of people in a team setting.
  • Ability to organize and prioritize activities to meet identified program and fiscal objectives.
  • Experience using Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Excel) and web-based video/audio conferencing platforms.
  • Experience in evaluation of community-based programs.
  • Experience working independently and as a team member.
  • Experience with diverse and under-served populations.
  • Ability and willingness to travel and a valid driver's license.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Ph.D. degree in Nutrition, Public Health, dietetics or other relevant field.
  • Experience supervising others in either a paid or unpaid capacity.
  • Registered dietitian or credentials in another health related field.
  • Experience with developing PSE activities designed to support behavior change interventions.
  • Community coalition or community coaching experience.
  • Experience with Cooperative Extension
Special Instructions to Applicants: Submit a letter of interest identifying your strengths commensurate to this position, as well as a resume and the names and contact information for three references. 

For additional information, please contact Linda Lamb (, 785-532-1944 or Dr. Paula Peters (, 785-532-1560. 

Screening of Applications Begins: Review of applications will begin on May 1, 2017 and continue until position filled. Equal Employment Opportunity: Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees. Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law.  Background Screening Statement: In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University may procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.