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University of Minnesota
Center for Family Development
Saint Paul
Posted: 08/9/2019
Program Leader - Health and Nutrition

Working Title:         Program Leader, Health and Nutrition

Classification:          Education Program Manager 3 (9342M3)

Program Area:         Extension Center for Family Development

Office Location:       University of Minnesota - St. Paul Campus, Coffey Hall

Application Deadline: Deadline extended to September 11, 2019; open until filled


This Program Leader position leads the Health and Nutrition program area in the Extension Center for Family Development. The Program Leader provides leadership for a dynamic team of master’s level Extension Educators located across the state who conduct innovative work through informal education, using both direct education and policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) methodology. Audiences for the programs vary considerably, and include individuals, families, and professionals who serve families. Our PSE efforts include working in partnership with neighborhoods, school districts, food pantries and municipalities. Over half of the families that we serve are new immigrants, culturally diverse, economically diverse, and/or underserved audiences.

The Program Leader position supervises 12 Health and Nutrition Extension Educators and educational staff located throughout Minnesota. The person in this position is responsible for supervision of all of the programmatic efforts of the Health and Nutrition team, ensuring that programs meet defined strategic goals, are research-informed, high quality, and are impactful. The Program Leader is also responsible for program resource management and development, budget oversight and pursuing external funding to advance programs. The Program Leader is also responsible for developing effective and meaningful program and administrative partnerships that advances the Extension mission, the goals of the Health and Nutrition area, and creates new opportunities for staff and programs. This position applies subject matter knowledge in managing complex and diverse academic, education, research, and business operations.

This position is full-time and reports to the Associate Dean for Family Development, partnering with the Associate Dean to initiate new programs or realignment of programs to meet new challenges and opportunities. The position will have an office on the University of Minnesota Twin Cities Campus, and travel will be required.


Health and Nutrition Leadership (40%)

● Initiate new programs or realign existing programs based on local, state, and national data garnered from community engagement, partnership interaction, research community of practice, media, and demographic trend analysis.

● Understand and support efforts around systems and sector change and development in addition to direct education programs.

● Lead and support the program planning and implementation process for Health & Nutrition team including conducting needs assessments, strategic program development, piloting, teaching, and evaluating.

● Ensure programs align with University goals, policies, and procedures; the Extension mission, and Family Development’s strategic priorities.

● Ensure that programming supports Extension's and Family Development's diversity and inclusion vision and agenda of accessible and relevant programmatic offerings to new immigrants and refugees, and historically underserved audiences.

● Utilize participatory facilitation and co-creation processes for shared ownership among teams, including internal and external members.

● Work with other program leaders in Family Development to develop and implement effective communications, support consistent approaches to work, integrate programming priorities, and maintain uniform standards for performance.

● Ensure the work of health and nutrition Extension Educators are an integrated part of the University of Minnesota’s SNAP-Ed and EFNEP programs.

  • Balance and translate the interests and timelines of funders, grants and University policies with those of on-the-ground staff, partners and community members.

Health and Nutrition Extension Educator Supervision (40%)

● Supervise, from a distance, the performance of Health and Nutrition Extension Educators, ensuring policies and procedures are followed, prioritizing and assigning work, monitoring ongoing performance, and conducting annual performance appraisals.

● Partner with leadership to cultivate a work environment which attracts, develops, and engages high performing employees and builds a culture of respect.

● Direct and oversee staff development and professional development opportunities leading to improved programmatic success, cultural agility, and job satisfaction.

● Coordinate the annual Plan of Work process for Health and Nutrition Extension Educators, ensuring that plans adequately meet ongoing needs as well as emerging opportunities.

● Train, monitor, and coach educators on successfully navigating the Extension promotion system.

● Execute hiring processes for the Health and Nutrition team as needed, creating and developing a diverse and inclusive work environment.

● Support Extension Educators in finding, acquiring, and successfully implementing grant opportunities.

Resource Management and Development (10%)

● Develop, review, and monitor Health and Nutrition team budgets, coordinating with Extension Educators and other grant PIs as needed.

● Monitor, investigate, and identify potential local, state, and national grant and contract opportunities.

● Identify opportunities for grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements that fit Extension’s mission. When sources of potential funding have been identified, co-create grant applications, plans of work and evaluation strategies with those expected to implement and those impacted by the funded project.

● Oversee grant implementation to ensure that we meet promised deliverables and timelines (conduct required hiring, training, tracking, and required reporting).

● Attend local, state, and national meetings as required by funders for implementation information and professional development.

Internal and External Relations (10%)

● Identify, build, and foster critical partnerships with individuals, organizations, and communities, to better inform and strengthen Health and Nutrition efforts.

● Represent the Health and Nutrition team in local, regional, and national meetings.

● Serve as a mentor and champion for Health and Nutrition Extension Educators and the work they do at Extension, state, and national levels.

● Build and strengthen relationships with Extension Specialists as well as other University of Minnesota faculty and department chairs to improve Health and Nutrition team’s efforts in scholarship and reaching new, diverse, and underserved audiences.

● Develop relationships with Family Resiliency Program Leader and Extension Educators to develop and strengthen programmatic efforts.

● Attend Extension Mid-manager meetings to learn and share best practices.


Required Qualifications

● Ph.D. in nutrition, food science, dietetics, public health, or a related field.

● Six years of leadership/management experience (i.e.,oversight of a small department including supervising, mentoring, leading, and coaching staff resulting in a well-performing, cohesive team).

● Budget management experience.

● Evidence of resource development which includes securing and administering grants and contracts.

● Evidence of developing and sustaining a diverse and inclusive work environment.

● Evidence of successful publication from community-based research and practice.

● Demonstrated experience with multi-level program planning, in racially/ethnically diverse communities, including: organizing, planning, problem solving, and evaluation.

● Evidence of working with state and/or national level organizations and/or partners.

● Evidence of strong communication (verbal and written) and presentation skills.

● Mastery with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), Google tools, as well as a range of qualitative and quantitative evaluation tools (e.g., Qualtrics, SPSS, NVivo, etc.).

Appointment also requires:

● Valid driver’s license, reliable vehicle, and appropriate vehicle insurance

● Reliable cell phone to be used and number published publicly.


Preferred Qualifications

● Demonstrated experience with applying or integrating research-based knowledge into program design, delivery, and evaluation.

● Experience in mentoring others through an academic promotion system.

● Experience working in higher education.

● Experience creating, leading, and/or facilitating multi-sector community-based collaborations among schools, non-profits, foundations, businesses, or government agencies.

● Facilitation experience that lead to effective and desirable outcomes.

● Knowledge and/or experience of public health approaches to promote policy, system, and environmental changes and improve access to programmatic opportunities.

● Education and/or demonstrated experience creating culturally-relevant educational resources and communications.



  1. This is a full-time P&A appointment at the level of Education Program Manager 3 (9342M3).
  2. This position will be annually renewable based on performance, funding, and program needs.
  3. This is a University of Minnesota appointment and benefits, including health and life insurance,
  4. Reimbursement for travel and subsistence is available in accordance with University policy.
  5. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.


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 the University of Minnesota is: Making a difference by connecting community needs and University resources to address critical issues in Minnesota.

As one of four centers, the Extension Center for Family Development helps families make informed decisions leading to better health, financial security and well-being. We accomplish this by developing, delivering and evaluating credible, relevant and research-based education; working closely with others across Minnesota to build the strengths of individuals and families of all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds; conducting and collaborating on research projects; recruiting and retaining expert faculty and staff passionate about families and their success; increasing the understanding of our work among key stakeholders; securing resources to sustain and grow programs that meet emerging needs and support strategic priorities. Extension Center for Family Development programs currently focus on family resilience and health and nutrition, with special effort in the areas of children’s mental health, families in transition, building healthy and strong families, and preparing for an aging Minnesota. Program Leader - Health and Nutrition holds a leadership position in this center.


Please apply at:, Job Opening ID 331219

Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click on the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will be given the opportunity to complete an online application for the position. Please include the following attachments with your online application:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum Vitae (not a standard resume please)

Three professional references and transcripts for all college work (unofficial transcripts are acceptable) will be required during the interview process.

Additional documents may be attached after the application by accessing your “My Job Applications” page and uploading documents there.

To request an accommodation during the application process, please email or call 612-624-UOHR (8647).

For questions about this position, contact:

Mary S Marczak, Ph.D., Director, Urban Family Development & Evaluation,

For questions about applying online, contact:

Tiffany McMillan, Extension Human Resources,

Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

The University of Minnesota Extension shall provide equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.