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Director for Accelerated Graduate Program in Nutrition and Dietetics

South Dakota State University
South Dakota, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Apr 13, 2022

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Faculty Positions, Health & Medicine, Nutrition, Executive, Executive Directors
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Full Time
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The School of Health and Consumer Sciences is inviting applications for a 12-month, non-faculty exempt position to direct and manage the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) accredited bachelor’s to master’s graduate program in Nutrition and Dietetics M.S. (NDMS) at South Dakota State University (SDSU), to teach in the undergraduate and graduate nutrition and dietetics program, and engage in scholarly activity that enhances the profession. In compliance with ACEND, SDSU, and the South Dakota Board of Regents policies and procedures, the Director is responsible for development and implementation of procedures to effectively manage all components of the NDMS program to include the recruitment of supervised experiential sites, training preceptors, and placement of interns for supervised experiential learning experiences. The Director also ensures fair, equitable and considerate treatment of prospective and enrolled students (such as program admission, retention and completion policies). This position is responsible for student recruitment, advisement, evaluation and counseling to the graduate nutrition and dietetics program. The Director is also responsible for maintenance of program accreditation including: 1) timely submission of fees, reports and requests for major program changes; 2) maintenance of the program’s student records, including student advising plans, supervise experiential learning hours and verification statements; 3) maintenance of complaints about the program received from students or others, including disposition of the complaint; 4) on-going review of program’s curriculum to meet the accreditation standards; 5) communication and coordination with program faculty, preceptors and others involved with the program and it’s students; 6) facilitation of processes for continuous program evaluation; and 7) timely submission of required documentation supporting the graduate's eligibility for a Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) credentialing exam.

As a staff-member in the School of Health and Consumer Sciences, this individual will work collaboratively with other faculty to foster the mission of the school and college, which is to develop human potential for the purpose of enhancing individuals, family, school and community well-being. This position is supervised by the Director of the School of Health and Consumer Sciences with a start date of no later than June 22, 2022.

South Dakota State University promotes access to and opportunities for all to receive the benefit of and participate in education, research, and service and is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to this land-grant mission of access.

Minimum qualifications:

  • Registered Dietitian Nutritionist credential by the Commission on Dietetic Registration;
  • Master’s degree and a minimum of five years professional experience post credentialing by date of application;
  • Evidence of effective organization skills;
  • Must be authorized to work in the U.S. Sponsorship is not available for this position.
Preferred qualifications:
  • Doctoral degree within one year of hire and minimum of three years professional experience post credentialing;
  • Experience directing an ACEND accredited program;
  • Experience teaching in higher education;
  • Practice experience as RDN;
  • Evidence of scholarly activity supporting the profession;
  • Evidence of leadership in the profession of nutrition and dietetics.


Commensurate with qualifications.


South Dakota State University offers a wide range of benefits including medical, dental, and flexible benefits, retirement plans, compensation packages, paid holidays, and vacation leave. Employees also have access to internal and state-sponsored training as well as reduced tuition for state-supported courses at all State of South Dakota academic institutions.


South Dakota State University is the state’s largest, most comprehensive university with more than 200 academic programs, an enrollment of approximately 12,000 students, and over $60 million annual research expenditures.

South Dakota State University offers a rich academic experience in an environment of inclusion and access through inspired, student-centered education, creative activities and research, innovation and engagement that improve the quality of life in South Dakota, the region, the nation and the world. Its employees embrace the university’s core values of being people-centered, expanding knowledge through creativity, embracing organizational and personal integrity, commitment to diversity of thought, and excellence through continuous improvement.

The School of Health and Consumer Sciences resides within the College of Education and Human Sciences and offers 10 undergraduate and 6 graduate programs.

As the state’s 1862 Morrill Act land-grant institution, the work of South Dakota State University is carried out on its main resident campus in Brookings, at sites in Sioux Falls, Pierre, Rapid City, and Aberdeen, and through Extension offices and Agricultural Experiment Station research sites across South Dakota.

Jackrabbits Athletics competes as an NCAA Division I member with membership in the Missouri Valley Football Conference, the Summit League and the Big XII for wrestling.

Brookings is home to approximately 24,000 residents and is located 60 miles north of Sioux Falls and 200 miles west of Minneapolis. Brookings is listed as an ideal community for families, students, young professionals and retirees, and is rated among the safest and most vibrant cities in South Dakota.

The Brookings Public School District educates approximately 3,300 K-12 students and ranks among the state’s highest academic achieving school districts. The district includes three elementary schools, an intermediate school for fourth and fifth grade, one middle school, and a high school.

The city also boasts an abundance of attractions and activities, including the Children’s Museum of South Dakota, Dakota Nature Park, South Dakota Art Museum, McCrory Gardens, South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum, Outdoor Adventure Center and the Brookings Summer Arts Festival.


Position is open until filled with full consideration given to applications received by May 4, 2022.


South Dakota State University accepts applications through an online employment site. To apply, visit:, search by the position title, view the job announcement, and click on “apply for this job.” This system will guide you through the electronic application form. This employment site will also require the attachment of a cover letter, which should specifically address how the candidate meets the qualifications as outlined in the advertisement, resume, and a reference page with the contact information for three professional references. Email applications will not be accepted. Please contact South Dakota State University Human Resources at 605-688-4128 if you require assistance with this process. 

Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to, successful completion of a criminal background check.

South Dakota State University is a tobacco free environment. It is university policy to maintain a drug-free environment and to thereby establish, promote, and maintain a safe and healthy working and learning environment for employees and students. This position is subject to South Dakota State University’s Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy 4:14. 

For questions on the position, contact Christopher Comstock at 605-688-6285 or

South Dakota State University promotes access to and opportunities for all to receive the benefit of and participate in education, research, and service and is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to this land-grant access mission. SDSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to, and SDSU prohibits discrimination on, the basis of sex, race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, gender, gender identification, transgender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or any other status that may become protected under law against discrimination in the offering of all educational programs and employment opportunities. Arrangements for accommodations required by disabilities can be made by emailing Individuals with concerns regarding discrimination should contact: Equal Opportunity Officer/Title IX Coordinator, Human Resources, Morrill Hall 100, SDSU, Brookings, SD 57007, 605-688-4128.
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