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Director, Coordinated Masters Program
University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Date Posted 04/02/2021
Admin-Health and Medical Services
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

All required qualifications must be documented on application materials.

Required qualifications:

  • Masters degree (or higher) in nutrition or related area and at least 4 years dietetics relevant professional experience as a RD/RDN.
  • Credentialed by the Commission on Dietetics and Nutrition as a RD/RDN
  • Licensed (or eligible to be licensed) by Minnesota Licensing Board for dietetics practice
  • Proficiency in MS Office and Google applications.
  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral).
  • Ability to multi-task.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively as a team member in a fast-paced, complex environment with multiple deadlines and shifting priorities.

Preferred qualifications:

  • At least 7 years clinical and community professional experience as a RD/RDN
  • Demonstrated understanding of roles and responsibilities of public health nutrition practitioners and experience in community/public health activities.
  • Documented record of precepting dietetic interns, course instruction, and administrative/management achievement in nutrition and dietetics education
  • Strong professional network ties in the field of nutrition/dietetics either regionally and/or nationally, as evidenced by participation or leadership in professional organizations, practice groups or other relevant activities.
  • Experience in clinical nutrition practice, including teaching about the Nutrition Care Process, proficiency with Standardized Language and writing PES statements. Ability to train students in these areas.
  • Proficiency in performing Nutrition Focused Physical Exams and ability to train students in this area
  • Knowledge of ACEND accreditation standards

The Public Health Nutrition program is hiring a 1.0 FTE Education Program Specialist 2 to direct the Coordinated Masters Program (MPH-RD) in Public Health Nutrition at the University of Minnesota, School of Public Health. This is a 12-month position eligible for full benefits.


The Coordinated Masters Program (CMP) is one of two Public Health Nutrition MPH tracks within the School of Public Health’s Division of Epidemiology and Community Health. The program typically admits 11 students a year, with the program lasting 2 years. Supervised practice experiences take place throughout the 2-year program. The program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). The CMP Director reports directly to the Director of Public Health Nutrition.

Primary responsibilities of the CMP director include administering the CMP program, online teaching of experiential courses during the summer, training of students in dietetic skills during fall and spring semesters, recruiting and maintaining supervised practice sites, and evaluating all aspects of the program on a yearly basis.

Responsibilities include: Review and grade student assignments utilizing pre-existing rubrics. Assist with student simulations by providing individualized feedback. Develop student education modules to meet accreditation competencies. Track student completion of supervised practice rotations and assure required documentation has been submitted. Develop and administer surveys to CMP stakeholders, including preceptors, employers, present and past students. Monitor affiliation agreement database and assure university and student compliance with stipulations. Respond to prospective student questions, track volume and frequently-asked questions. Monitor CMP information on the website and propose modifications based on prospective student inquiries. Monitor admissions procedure including tracking of prospective student applications. Participate in interview process of applicants. Assist in orientation of incoming students.

Time Allocation:

Program Management (55%)

  • Stay abreast of ACEND standards and assure that the CMP abides to all standards, policies and procedures.
  • Stay abreast of Public Health accreditation requirements and assure that the CMP students complete required competencies, as required by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).
  • Plan and supervise the completion of ACEND Knowledge Requirements, ACEND Supervised Practice Competencies, and CEPH Supervised Practice Competencies of all enrolled students.
  • Conduct ongoing program evaluation including evaluation of student performance. Gather and analyze feedback from students, alumni, preceptors, faculty, employers, and community members related to the program’s performance. Plan and implement curriculum changes, as needed, based on stakeholder feedback.
  • Utilize data gathered from the literature, ACEND, CEPH, and stakeholder meetings to forecast future marketplace needs and plan program enhancements accordingly.
  • Inform stakeholders of evaluation and forecasting results in addition to any changes made to the CMP curriculum because of findings.
  • Identify supervised practice rotations/sites and preceptors for students in various areas of practice. Maintain ongoing communication with preceptors.
  • Coordinate the drafting and updating of affiliation agreements between the University and supervised practice sites.
  • Submit reports to ACEND yearly and more frequently upon request.

Student Training Responsibilities (40%)

  • Review and student submissions related to their supervised practice experiences.
  • Develop and update education modules to meet accreditation competencies.
  • Train students in dietetic-specific skills through various courses: Directed Studies (2 credits each semester), Public Health/Community Nutrition skills (8 credits between Spring and Summer), Clinical Nutrition Skills (9 credits between Spring and Summer).
  • Supervise students periodically at the Phillips Neighborhood Clinic.

Public Health Nutrition (PHN) Major Responsibilities (5%)

  • Serve as Academic Advisor to assigned students and an Integrated Learning Experience Advisor, as needed.
  • Actively participate in the PHN Admissions Committee. Answer questions from prospective students. Actively participate in recruitment activities for prospective students. Review applications, interview admitted students, select CMP students for each cohort.
  • Actively participate in the PHN Curriculum Committee

Other duties, as assigned

The University of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including:

  • Competitive wages, paid holidays, vacation and sick leave
  • Low cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans
  • Health care and dependent daycare flexible spending accounts
  • Excellent retirement plans with employer match
  • Disability and employer paid life insurance
  • Wellbeing program with reduced insurance premiums
  • Tuition reimbursement opportunities covering 75%-100% of eligible tuition
  • Student loan forgiveness opportunity
  • Opportunities for growth and promotion
  • Employee Assistance Program

For more information regarding benefits: https://humanresources.umn.edu/sites/humanresources.umn.edu/files/2021_tcd-fpa-75100-ben-0105-10_final.pdf

The Division of Epidemiology & Community Health focuses on disease and health in various populations. Our faculty and students examine the distribution, cause and prevention of diseases, and how human behavior affects overall health.

The division offers MPH, MS and PhD degrees, as well as dual and joint degrees.

The work of epidemiologists spreads across sectors and areas of study, so our division and faculty are often partnering with other research entities and community organizations on public health research and interventions. We are committed to protecting research participants, upholding ethical standards, and improving our practice at every step of our work. Research priorities or pods which encourage collaboration and innovation among our faculty and build upon the division’s robust research history include the fields of Cancer, Cardiovascular Disease, Global health Infectious Disease, Maternal and Child Health, Healthy Weight, Social Epidemiology, Substance Abuse and Grocery Assistance Program Study for Families.

The Division’s Mission:
To improve the health of the public through state-of-the art teaching, translation of research into practice, and training of the next generation of public health professionals.

Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will be given the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.

Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your "My Job Applications" page and uploading documents in the "My Cover Letters and Attachments" section.

To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail employ@umn.edu or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).

The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.

The University of Minnesota provides 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. To learn more about diversity at the U: http://diversity.umn.edu.

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, Twin Cities (UMTC)

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC), is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Located at the heart of one of the nation's most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.

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