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Coordinator, Adolescent Obesity Prevention Grant


This position is from a specially funded 5-year grant from the United States Department of Agriculture in the Department of Human Nutrition, College of Human Ecology, at Kansas State University. It is a Term appointment.

Salary commensurate with training, experience and available funding as negotiated by the project’s Principal Investigator and the applicant.


  • Provide overall daily management of the project.
  • Assist project director and co-project directors with the development of the Community-Based Participatory Research Model Assessment Kit and menu of evidence-based and evidence-informed approaches.
  • Provide direction and support to project team.
  • Establish and maintain effective communications and working relationships between all personnel involved in the project.
  • Manage the grant process, including budget oversight, preparing grant reports, and assuring compliance with timelines and milestones.
  • Coordinate and participate in monthly conference calls with project staff from all participating states.
  • Participate in annual face-to-face meeting with project staff from all participating states.
  • Disseminate project findings via appropriate venues as outcomes become available.
  • Collaborate with other agencies across the state and country.
  • Create an environment that fosters diversity, collegiality, and ability to work in a multi-cultural setting.
  • This position requires travel connected with official duties and ability to obtain/maintain a valid Kansas Driver’s License.



  • Completed Master’s degree in nutrition, public health, or a related discipline and experience commensurate with work responsibilities.
  • Excellent communication skills including oral, written, and presentation skills.
  • Experience conducting research projects, recruitment, collecting and analyzing data, and reporting results.
  • Experience utilizing problem solving and decision-making skills when working with individuals, groups and co-workers to accomplish individual and/or group goals, as evidence by college and/or community activities.
  • Ability to utilize electronic communication and computer applications within the framework of program development, delivery and management to fulfill day-to-day responsibilities.
  • Ability to develop, lead, motivate and supervise working teams that include adults and youth from various ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds.
  • Administrative experience including budget management.
  • Must be a self-starter who can work with minimum supervision.


  • Ph.D. in nutrition, public health, or a related field commensurate with work responsibilities.
  • Experience with Cooperative Extension.
  • Experience in designing, promoting, implementing and evaluating educational programs.
  • Experience working with federally funded grant projects.
  • Familiarity with Institution Review Board (IRB) protocols.

Application Information

Screening of application for this position will begin October 1, 2012 and continue until the position is filled.  The starting date is November, 2012.

The following application materials can be sent electronically to:  sburklun@ksu.edu or mailed to Shelly Burklund, Administrative Specialist, Department of Human Nutrition Extension, 207 Justin Hall, Manhattan, KS  66506.

  • Letter of application stating that you are applying for the Coordinator of the Adolescent Obesity Prevention Grant.  The letter should address experiences related to responsibilities and qualifications for this position.
  • Resume which includes the following:  educational background; work experience; professional organizations and activities; volunteer responsibilities; honors; publications, articles and major presentation; and any other information important to communicate your qualifications for this position.  Also include the names, emails addresses, complete mailing addresses and phone numbers for three professional references familiar with your work, including college professors if a recent graduate.

For questions regarding the application process, call Shelly Burklund at 785-532-1670.  For an electronic version of this position description, go to:  www.ksre.ksu.edu/jobs. For more information about K-State Research and Extension, visit our web site at:  http://www.ksre.ksu.edu.

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College of Human Ecology
Kansas State University
119 Justin Hall
Manhattan, Kansas 66506
+1 (785) 532-5500

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