Working Title: Associate Program Director for the Nutrition Education... Job Classification: Associate Program Director (9341)

Working Title: Associate Program Director for the Nutrition Education Program
Job Classification:
Associate Program Director (9341)
Extension Center:
Center for Family Development (part of the Health and
Nutrition Program Area)
Office Location:
St. Paul Campus
Application Deadline:
11/14/08 or until an acceptable candidate is identified
University of Minnesota Extension is a major outreach arm of the University of
Minnesota, a Land Grant institution with a mission to serve the public through
applied research and education. The mission of University of Minnesota Extension
is: Making a difference by connecting community needs and University resources to
address critical issues in Minnesota. Extension educational programs are
organized and delivered through four structural units designated as Centers, each
lead by an Associate Dean. These Centers include: Family Development, Youth
Development; Community Vitality; and Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resources.
The Extension Center for Family Development consists of three Program Areas:
Health and Nutrition, Family Resource Management, and Family Relations.
The Extension Center for Family Development is seeking an Associate Program
Director for the Nutrition Education Program, part of the Health and Nutrition
(H&N) Program Area. H&N is a statewide program that provides community-based
nutrition education programming in all Minnesota counties. The H&N program
implements the Food Stamp Nutrition Education (FSNE) program and the Expanded
Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP). Both of these programs make up the
Nutrition Education Program (NEP). The person in this Associate Program Director
position manages the day-to-day operations of the FSNE and EFNEP programs, and
develops new resources for expanding Health and Nutrition programs. The Associate
Program Director position will be supervised by the Program Leader for H&N and
will work closely with H&N administrative team, the Family Development Leadership
Team, and Center faculty and staff.
Coordinate the operations of the FSNE and EFNEP programs
Serve as the first point of contact for staff inquiries about FSNE and
EFNEP program operations, compliance, and reporting.
Assure the completion of program goals and objectives by serving on the
H&N Leadership Team, along with the Program Leader and Associate Dean, to
determine policy direction for the FSNE and EFNEP programs.
Chair the Operations Work Group, providing leadership to three Extension
Educators (EEs) and assuring completion of specified projects. (An example of a
project that happened in 2008 is the managing/testing of an overall evaluation
protocol, which included the creation/testing of an evaluation decision-making
table and evaluation forms for Nutrition Education Assistants and managing the
contract with independent evaluation contractor.)
Direct work of the NEP Principal Accountant, serving as a liaison to
Extension Finance.
Assist with assessing and determining needed clerical and financial
support for NEP, making additional requests for staffing as needed.
Lead the development of a FSNE/EFNEP operations manual for field and
administrative staff that includes systems standards of practice (as determined
by System Design Steering Committee).
Monitor and supervise contractors associated with carrying out the FSNE
and EFNEP project goals.
Lead and coordinate the development of the FSNE and EFNEP annual plan and reports
Develop standard operating procedure for the annual planning process.
Assist the Program Leader with understanding and ensuring compliance with
FSNE and EFNEP policies and procedures (as communicated by the USDA Guidance) and
other relevant Extension, University, state, and federal policies and procedures.
Collaborate (and meet regularly) with the Program Leader, field staff
(EEs and Program Coordinators), accounting staff, and support staff to oversee
the plan content including the budget and preparation of agreements/contracts.
Oversee the preparation of the grant applications, preparing several
sections of the grant (the needs assessment, etc.) and developing the year's
proposed project list (compiling information gleaned from field staff, etc.).
Assure the completion of the fiscal year-end final report.
Work with appropriate staff from the Minnesota Department of Human
Services to assure the timely submission of the annual Plan and the coordination
of Education and Administration Reporting System (EARS) data for the FSNE grant.
Work with H&N EEs (Forms Work Group, etc.) to assure that new forms are
developed that capture data changes for FY09 and that the new FSNE Database
pretesting is organized and ready to begin for grant FY09.
Work to ensure the future viability for H&N through resource development
Keep current on updates from USDA (regarding FSNE and EFNEP program
guidance and evaluation, etc.), the University (policy and procedures, etc.), and
general business/education trends (related to leadership, evaluation,
organizational development, etc.)
Identify new funding opportunities and assist the H&N team with selecting
appropriate grants.
Coordinate the preparation, submission and post-award activities
associated with grant applications for H&N.
Coordinate the development of a revenue generation strategy that support
H&N programs, including external sales.
Work within the parameters of programming for low-income audiences to
assure that H&N products and services continue to be racially, ethnically, and
culturally sensitive and appropriate (meeting the targeted audience
specifications for FSNE and EFNEP where appropriate).
Required Qualifications:
Bachelor's degree required; master's degree preferred.
Three years of strong experience and skills related to grants development,
management, and reporting.
Demonstrated success with seeking and obtaining grants for programs.
One year of experience and demonstrated ability to successfully lead and
manage long term projects involving multiple constituent groups.
Strong written and verbal communication skills.
Experience building partnerships and/or collaborations.
Appreciation for and the ability to work with individuals/teams/programs
that engage diverse audiences, including low-income youth and adults and
diverse/multicultural audiences.
Ability to integrate information technology, distance education, and
community design into educational programs.
Commensurate with experience
University of Minnesota Benefits package.
This is an annually renewable appointment in the University's academic
professional administrative series with the title of Associate Program Director,
class 9341. Review for renewal each year is contingent on program needs,
performance and funding availability. In addition to this appointment,
contingent on appropriate qualifications and other necessary requirements, the
candidate may also negotiate another concurrent appointment in another University
Travel throughout the state is required. An individual in this position must
provide his or her own means for traveling and reimbursement will be provided
according to University policies.
To Apply:
Please attach your cover letter; resume or vita at Three
professional letters of reference and contact information, and transcripts for
all college work (unofficial transcripts are acceptable) are also required to
complete your application. To submit list of professional references on-line; you
can attach them to the "references" section of the "optional documents." To
submit your unofficial transcripts on-line; you can attach them to the
"Additional Document 1" section of the "optional documents."
Three current letters of reference and your unofficial transcripts that can not
be submitted online should be sent to:
Naaz Babvani
University of Minnesota Extension Human Resources 260 Coffey Hall, 1420 Eckles
St. Paul, MN 55108
Telephone: 612-624-3717 Fax: 612-624-7749
E-mail: [email protected]
For more information about this position contact:
Karen Shirer, Associate Dean
Extension Center for Family Development
University of Minnesota
[email protected]
Initial Deadline:
11/14/08 or until an acceptable candidate is identified.
*Initial application screening will take place after the 11/14/2008 deadline;
however, the position will remain open until filled.
**To check the status of your application, log-in to the University of Minnesota
employment website at To log-in, you will need the
user name and password you create when you apply for the position.
***Any offer of employment is contingent on the successful completion of a
background check.
The University of Minnesota Extension is committed to the policy that all persons
shall have equal access to its programs, facilities, and employment without
regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status,
disability, public assistance status, veteran status or sexual orientation
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