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Food Security Solutions Fellowship

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation (Foundation) is funding a Food Security Solutions (FSS) Fellow. This opportunity, available through a grant to the Foundation by the General Mills Foundation (GMF), will fund an RDN member of the Academy to participate part-time (0.75 FTE) in a one-year project in collaboration with the Foundation’s FSS program to lead the development and implementation of a robust communications, engagement, and dissemination plan to promote increased awareness and use of the FSS guide and tools and the ANDHII Survey App in the public health community and to related stakeholders.

To maximize impact and achieve desired outcomes, the comprehensive dissemination plan includes enrolling two to four national partners and supporting partners’ execution of the prioritization process.

The fellow will work closely with the Foundation; the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ (Academy) Research, International, and Scientific Affairs (RISA) team; and the Academy’s Strategic Communications team to accomplish the goals of the fellowship. The fellowship begins on or around February 18, 2019.


Interested candidates should apply online, including submitting a tailored letter of interest and tailored resume, by the 11:59 p.m. (Central time) on Sunday, January 13, 2019.


Questions? Please read our Frequently Asked Questions first. Any questions not answered by the FAQ document can be directed via email to Nicci Brown, MS, RDN, Senior Program Manager, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation at nbrown@eatright.org with the subject “FSS Fellowship.” The fastest way to get questions answered is via email.


In February 2016, GMF awarded the Foundation a “Hunger Free Communities” planning grant. The planning grant was used to develop a food security and nutrition guide, assessment tools, and process to assist communities through a decision making process for selecting food security interventions that meet community needs and capacity. Validity of the assessment tool was established with food and nutrition security experts in the U.S. and in several other countries.

GMF awarded two additional grants to the Foundation in 2017 to support the evolution of this project with a community-based pilot (both in the U.S. and abroad) of the assessment tool and decision process, including augmentation of the guide and tools as well as the creation of supporting materials.

As part of this work, the Academy’s Health Informatics Infrastructure (ANDHII) was enhanced to support collection of public health nutrition assessment and outcomes surveys.

To read additional details about the background of this project, please visit the FSS page.


A significant emphasis of the next phase of FSS will be to communicate and disseminate the guide, tools, and ANDHII Survey App to increase awareness among the public health community and among national partners.

This will be achieved by enrolling an FSS Fellow to serve as the dedicated team member managing the FSS project and moving the entire program of work forward with support from Foundation and RISA staff. The FSS Fellow will be expected and supported to work closely with the Foundation, RISA, and other content experts for ~30 hours/week to achieve program goals.

Fellow responsibilities will include:

  • Management the Food Security Solutions program
  • Following up with the pilot sites to:
    • Evaluate where they are now
    • Help understand long-term usefulness of the FSS guide and tools and ANDHII app as well as potential long-term needs
  • Development and execution of a robust communications and engagement plan to share the guide, tools, and ANDHII survey app in the public health community and raise awareness
    • This will include a dissemination plan to engage two to four national partners, including in-person training and ongoing support
  • Qualitative data collection (case studies) to document the experiences with the national partners
  • Development and pilot testing of a sustainable technical assistance model for the FSS guide and tools

This one-year experience will provide a rich program management and community-based immersion with a tie-in to national organizations to identify aspects of the program model that are critical to successful replication and scaling.

Foundation and RISA staff will provide day-to-day support to the Fellow and will manage project accountability. The Fellow will work closely with the team and national partner organizations to identify needs, opportunities, and resources that support project implementation and deliverables.

Additional Position Details

  • The position is based in Chicago, but applicants outside of the area are encouraged to apply. The Fellow will not be required to relocate. Most work will be accomplished through telecommuting methods (webinars, conference calls, etc.) with occasional travel.
  • This is a part-time, 0.75 FTE position (30 hours/week).

Fellow Criteria

  • Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)
  • Member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Masters in Nutrition, Public Health, or other technically-relevant area
  • 3-10 years of experience in food security-related work, particularly as it relates to targeted interventions that improve food security
  • Demonstrated skills in nutrition communications and promotion
  • Demonstrated experience leading to successful collaborations between organizations and/or community-based groups
  • Demonstrated program management experience

Fellow Skills

  • Knowledge of issues in food security
  • Strong nutrition communication skills, such as through experience in public relations, education, or related communications roles
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work within different environments and the ability to analyze and prioritize needs
  • Self-motivated with the ability to work, exercise sound judgment, and make decisions independently
  • Ability to work within a team and relate to and motivate partners effectively
  • Creativity and the ability to work with limited resources
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret administrative reports, technical procedures, or governmental regulations and make programmatic decisions

Additional Fellow Requirements

  • Willingness to travel as needed to partner sites, Foundation meetings, and conferences
  • Willingness to participate fully in the expectations of the Academy and Foundation, including project calls and reports, manuscript development, and professional presentations
  • Availability and commitment to the position for 30 hours/week beginning mid-February 2019 for one year

Fellowship Award

The Foundation will provide funding support for the fellowship as follows:

  • $45,000 Fellowship Grant per year
    The stipend of $3,750/month is based on the standard set by other Foundation fellowships

Additional funds will be made available for travel stipends to support work-related travel, lodging, meals, and professional conference fees, as deemed appropriate by the Foundation.

Please note that fringe benefits (health insurance, retirement, etc.) are not available for this position.