Position Summary

Salary and Other Benefits


Position Description

MSU Extension’s Buy Eat Live Better Nutrition Education Program is supported by two United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) grants: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed), in partnership with the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services and the USDA Food and Nutrition Service, and the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP), in partnership with the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

Responsible for overall leadership and management of the SNAP-Ed and EFNEP grant programs including grant writing, program planning, personnel management (hiring and training), evaluation, reporting, and budget oversight for both programs in the state of Montana.
Will collaborate with other agencies and partners at the university, state and federal level to represent both programs and engage in collaborative work to support nutrition education efforts and engage in policy, systems, and environment changes supporting nutrition and physical activity.
Will write and submit grant plans annually, manage funds, interpret and apply guidance received from the federal agencies.
Will directly supervise state level staff, and indirectly supervise all field staff.
Will assess needs and identify and plan for the use and evaluation of curriculum materials and interventions.
Will work with the Assistant Director to provide training and professional development for SNAP-Ed and EFNEP field faculty and paraprofessionals.
Will undertake a continuous and cohesive program of professional development.
Will utilize technological resources including e-mail and web conferencing platforms to communicate with Extension personnel and others.
Will ensure compliance with civil rights and affirmative action policies.
Will comply with all Extension federal, state, university, agency, and department reporting requirements.
Will assist with statewide functions and perform Family and Consumer Science related committee assignments related to Extension programs.


Required Qualifications

Master’s degree in nutrition, dietetics, health education, education, public health or a closely related field. Demonstrated ability to work effectively with university, state, or federal leaders individually and on coalitions or committees. Demonstrated project or program management experience, preferably with federal grants. Experience and strong skills in program planning, proposal development, personnel leadership and budget management.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience leading, managing, and teaching nutrition education programs. Previous experience with Extension. Expertise and experience with a variety of methods of program evaluation and reporting. Experience collaborating or leading policy, systems, or environment change approaches to support positive health, nutrition, or physical activity behaviors.

Other Requirements

The Successful Candidate Will Will have the ability to build effective collaborations with others including diverse audiences, state agencies and partners, advisory groups, professional peers, classified staff and volunteers. Have the ability to work as a team member with a variety of audiences including university faculty, program assistants, support staff, and agency partners. Will possess excellent human relations skills, the ability to work effectively with other staff members, evidence of good judgment, flexibility and innovativeness in order to respond to the changing needs of the clientele of the program and the agencies involved. Will be able to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing. The successful candidate will also have a familiarity with multi-cultural and different socioeconomic audiences, an interest in working with people from diverse backgrounds (including low-income audiences), and a commitment to the principles of diversity.

Travel Requirements

Occasional travel throughout the state

Driver’s license or alternate transportation required?


Contact Name

Carrie Ashe

Contact Email


Contact Phone


Application Instructions

Apply online at msuextension.org, click on "careers"

Equal Employer Statement(s)

Equal opportunity employer, veterans/disabled

About Montana State University Extension

Extension work at MSU is defined as, the creation of partnerships, programs, and plans through Extension, or other community-based research, that leverage the knowledge and resources of the university and the public/private sector to enhance learning, discovery, and engagement; educate and engage citizens; strengthen communities; address locally identified issues and problems; apply and disseminate knowledge; and contribute to the public good.