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Academic Administrator in Nutrition and Health Equity

Position overview

Salary range: A reasonable estimate for this position is $83,774-$114,976

Application Window

Open date: June 7, 2023

Most recent review date: Friday, Jun 23, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Sunday, Dec 31, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

Position Description

The Department of Nutrition in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University of California, Davis is recruiting an Academic Administrator with an emphasis in Health Equity. This is a fiscal year (12-month) position. This position serves as Director of the CalFresh Healthy Living (CFHL) Nutrition and Health Equity Initiative. This position is a collaboration between the UC Davis Nutrition Department and CFHL, UC which is related to the teaching, scholarship, and public service mission of the University.

Academic Administrators are appointees who administer programs that provide service closely related to the mission of the University. The Academic Administrator in Health Equity will lead the CFHL, UC Nutrition and Health Equity Initiative. The director will provide administrative and intellectual leadership and scholarship to the CFHL Health Equity Initiative. The Director’s duties are largely administrative, although extension, education, and scholarly responsibilities may be assigned. The Academic Administrator oversees complex units with a substantial amount of independence and works closely or jointly with faculty. The Director will work directly with the CFHL, UC State Office and provide cross-organizational program leadership, overseeing complex program relationships with all CFHL statewide implementing agencies in the State (California Department of Public Health, California Department of Aging, Catholic Charities of California, and CFHL, UC), UC Cooperative Extension, contracted community-based organizations across the state, assigned staff, and partnering academics with a substantial amount of independence.


This position serves as the Director of the CFHL Nutrition and Health Equity Initiative and provides intellectual leadership and management of program resources. This responsibility includes directing the activities of support staff and coordinating the activities of academics involved in the program. The Director will oversee program planning, development, and evaluation; reporting to federal and state agencies; supervision of staff, development of proposals for extramural funding, and management of program resources. The Director shall provide intellectual leadership and scholarship in the roles of administrator and supervisor.

The Academic Administrator demonstrates evidence of continuing professional growth and the ability to relate effectively with academic personnel in the CFHL UC program, the Nutrition department and other campus units. The Director will provide evidence of continuing scholarly activity in an appropriate discipline (such as health equity, public health, and/or nutrition), and will participate in related professional societies and conferences. The Director will provide intellectual leadership and scholarship to the CFHL Health Equity Program. The Director will give oral presentations to CFHL staff and academics across all statewide implementing agencies, USDA Western Region Office leadership, the California Department of Social Services, other public and professional interest groups, and at Nutrition Department seminars, meetings, and other professional/educational functions. The Director is expected to seek opportunities to collaborate with department faculty and Cooperative Extension Specialists, as appropriate for their scholarly expertise. The Director must demonstrate achievements and leadership for their scholarly efforts, such as papers and publications.

The position will participate in the governance of the CFHL Health Equity Initiative and participate in the Nutrition department and the University through appropriate roles in committees and policy formulation. In addition, the Director may represent the University in both the public and private sectors. As a result, the effective performance of his/her duties will require participation in governance through committee membership, community activities, and/or projects that are University wide in scope, and service in a liaison capacity with other public and private agencies.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

• Basic Qualification: Ph.D. or equivalent degree in nutrition, public health or closely related field, with expertise in community nutrition and health equity

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

• Extensive knowledge and experience of federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (SNAP-Ed) guidelines
• Experience with development and adaptation of curriculum and educational resources, including culturally-appropriate materials for USDA priority populations
• Knowledge of community-based participatory action research strategies and practices

Preferred qualifications (other preferred, but not required, qualifications for the position)

• Minimum of 10 years of work experience and/or post-doctoral experience
• Experience managing public health programs, with a focus on nutrition education and physical activity
• Evidence of leadership and administrative skills relevant to the independent management and direction of a complex program involving relationships between UC, statewide agencies and community-based organizations
• Demonstrated ability or potential to lead program planning, development and evaluation activities
• Evidence of ongoing intellectual and scholarship activity during graduate and/or work experiences
• Interest, understanding, and commitment to contributing to diversity. Demonstrated ability to contribute to diversity and inclusion of underrepresented groups through education, programmatic activities, and/or service would be a plus.
o Statements of Contributions to Diversity will be assessed by their general quality and the candidates’ awareness of, contributions toward, and plans for future efforts related to diversity and inclusion.
• Evidence of strong communication skills and collegiality consistent with effective departmental, campus and professional citizenship

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae including Publication List - Your most recently updated C.V. with publication list.

  • Statement of Professional Accomplishments relevant to Nutrition and Health Equity

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.

  • Publication 1

  • Publication 2 (Optional)

  • Publication 3 (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 4-6 required (contact information only)
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Job location

Davis, CA