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Coordinator of Initiatives to Advance Indigenous Health

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Work type: Administrative & Professional
Senior management: Agriculture & Life Sciences
Department: Human Nutrition, Foods & Exercise
Location: Hybrid
Categories: Agriculture / Life Science

Job Description

The Coordinator position will be responsible for working collaboratively with the Virginia Family Nutrition Program (FNP) and Virginia Department of Social Services (DSS) Tribal Liaison in strategically visioning, developing, and overseeing the execution of strategic nutrition initiatives to improve eating patterns, increase access to nutritious foods, and advance health within indigenous communities of Virginia. Overall responsibilities include: creating and sustaining relationships with the DSS Tribal Liaisons and federally- and state-recognized tribes within Virginia; coordinating and facilitating the delivery of SNAP-Ed programs and initiatives that honor the traditions and beliefs of indigenous people and advance health; hiring and supervising program staff to teach nutrition and encourage physical activity; and communicating with on- and off-campus FNP team members on a regular basis.

Part-time telework is possible, with travel to Blacksburg, conference locations, and other program sites as needed. The successful applicant will be housed in New Kent, Essex, or King William Virginia Cooperative Extension office (depending on the candidate’s preference).

Required Qualifications

• A master’s degree in public health, food studies, nutrition or related field
• Demonstrated capacity to build and sustain community-driven programs and collaborative relationships with culturally diverse, under-served audiences
• Strong group facilitation skills
• Experience in demonstrating cultural humility
• Strong self-initiative, visioning, and organizational skills, including project management skills

Preferred Qualifications

• Experience working in or with indigenous communities
• Supervisory experience

Appointment Type


Salary Information

Commensurate with Experience and Qualifications

Review Date

September 23, 2022

Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

Travel required.
Must have a driver's license check.
Must have an acceptable and safe driving record.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

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