The Foods for Health Initiative serves as the key organizational structure and driving force to advance OSU efforts to define the health impacts of foods with modern technology and informatics/analytics approaches, and to support the development of highly palatable healthy foods, leading to improved individual and societal health and wellbeing.
The Foods for Health (FFH) Managing Director is responsible for creating and sustaining a vibrant hub for the OSU research community focused on promoting optimal health through scientific discovery across the food-nutrition-health continuum. This position will provide strategic leadership, vision and direction to the FFH initiative while working in close collaboration with the FFH Faculty Director, Associate Faculty Directors and the Lead Dean for the FFH initiative. Key responsibilities include implementation of the FFH strategic plan, establishment of internal and external partnerships, advancement of external funding, development of progress reporting tools and competency assessments and oversight of FFH staff. In addition, the FFH Managing Director will oversee project and resource management and provide operational oversight for the initiative including the supervision of all FFH staff.
The FFH Managing Director reports directly to the FFH Faculty Director. S/he will use his or her experience as a researcher and strategic thinker to support the vision of the leadership team and foster significant intellectual output that helps responsibly grow the FFH initiative through strategic partnerships, traditional and novel funding pipelines, and value-added programs that support team science. The FFH Managing Director will also participate in the recruitment of new OSU faculty that support the strategic plan. This position will use exceptional team-building skills to participate in all functions and levels of the initiative.
Master’s degree in agriculture, food, nutrition, medicine, or other science related discipline; strong communications skills; ability to work with interdisciplinary teams and to cultivate team science culture; ability to understand and work within academic/university environment; experience in proposal development and relationship building with research sponsors, particularly government agencies, NGOs, and foundations; strong organizational and prioritization skills, as well as an orientation to detail; demonstrated success in building relationships among and working effectively with diverse groups; strong analytical and problem solving skills; strategic planning experience.
Ph.D. degree in agriculture, food, nutrition, medicine, or other science related discipline; strong communications skills; Previous experience as an educator and/or principal investigator (i.e., research experience); publication in scholarly and/or industry journals or equivalent.
Target Salary: $140,000.00 - $170,000.00 Annually
Job Category: Administrative and Professional
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