The Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion, and Recreation supports and encourage an in-depth understanding of the nature and functioning of human beings in their physical, health, and leisure behaviors and the programs which facilitate the enhanced quality of life. The Department intends to accomplish this mission through the academic preparation of professionals, contributions to the professional body of knowledge, and provision of service to the university and community at large.
The Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion, and Recreation (KHPR) invites applications for a full-time, twelve-month Post-Doctoral Associate in Physical Activity, Nutrition & Early Childhood and Project Coordinator for the Head Start to Healthy Lifestyles (HSHL) grant project starting in October 2021, supported by the United States Department of Agriculture and Texas Department of Health & Human Services. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the continued development and success of the department through program coordination, research, and outreach. Candidates from underrepresented populations are encouraged to apply.
The post-doctoral associate and program coordinator hired for this position is expected to demonstrate a record of program coordination, scholarly research in the field of Physical Activity and Early Childhood or Nutrition as indicated by publications in quality journal outlets, professional presentations, and efforts to receive external funding. As a project coordinator, he/she will be directly responsible for assisting with the day-to-day operations of the HSHL project. Duties may include:
· Conducting training sessions and project activities with Head Start center administrators, teachers, and parents;
· Monitoring the physical activity intervention;
· Managing administrative tasks, timelines, and record-keeping associated with implementing and maintaining the HSHL project; and
· Collaborating, complementing, and expanding ongoing research efforts within the department and partnering organizations and addressing health disparities in underserved populations.
· PhD (or equivalent) in Physical Activity and Early Childhood or Nutrition or related field (e.g., exercise science, public health, psychology, etc.) at time of appointment.
· Demonstrated ability to develop, implement, and evaluate effective plans, programs, policies, and practices related to early childhood and family physical activity and nutrition programs.
· Evidence of program management experiences and skills such as leading, coordinating, and overseeing activities of participant recruitment and consenting, orientation, and compliance, as well as budgeting, and evaluating program outcomes.
· Focused and active research agenda as evidenced by publications in high quality journal outlets and potential for extramural funding.
· Demonstrated commitment to working with young children and families from diverse racial, ethnic, cultural and linguistic backgrounds as well as other underserved populations.
Excellent interpersonal skills and shown ability to lead and work creatively with numerous stakeholders and being detailed oriented.
· Research focusing on young children’s physical activity and nutrition as well as parental impact in underrepresented and/or diverse populations.
· Professional experience working with program/project management, diverse young children and families, and health and human service agencies such as Head Start.
Experience working with a SNAP-Ed program, Education Administration Reporting System (EARS), and Program Evaluation and Reporting System (PEARS)