Position Title: Director, Nutrition 

Position Category: Sustainable Nutrition 

Agency Number: 617000 

Work Location: Portland, Oregon 

Position: Full Time 

Eligible for Overtime: No 


The Director of Nutrition builds relationships and delivers strategic nutrition programming that contributes to the health and well-being of Oregonians and a thriving dairy industry in Oregon. The individual in this position convenes and connects health and wellness thought leaders and community partners to build confidence and trust in the essential role dairy foods play in a sustainable food system. 

This is a management position reporting to the Executive Director. The Director of Nutrition is expected to work in a senior level capacity with the ability to develop and implement programming that achieves goals established in the Commission’s annual plan of work. The ability to develop strong, collaborative working relationships with internal and external resources is a key factor for success in this role. 

The Oregon Dairy Products Commission (ODPC) was created in 1943 by an act of the State Legislature and represented the first industry in the state to request the authority to tax itself for the purpose of its own betterment through marketing, promotion, education, and research. ODPC is one of Oregon’s industry-funded commodity commissions that operate under the umbrella of the Oregon Department of Agriculture’s (ODA) Commodity Commission Program, and whose statutory authority is provided specifically in ORS 576. The Commission is funded and directed by the Oregon dairy industry, with oversight by the Oregon Department of Agriculture. ODPC does business as the Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council (ODNC). 


Key areas include but are not limited to the following: 


• Develop collaborative working relationships with internal and external individuals and organizations that advance the goals of the Commission. 

• Develop strategies and build relationships among health professionals, thought leaders, government entities, partner organizations, and others to ensure support for dairy’s role in a healthy diet and sustainable food system. 

• Work with the Commission’s communications, youth wellness, industry development and industry relations programs to communicate dairy’s role in a healthy diet and sustainable food system among thought leaders, consumers and other influencers. 

• Support the regional crisis communications team by acting as the health and wellness content expert. 

• Provide leadership and actively participate in nutrition and dairy industry boards, councils and committees in order to achieve ODPC’s goal of building a thriving dairy industry. 


• Participates in organization-wide strategic planning to champion dairy nutrition and contribute to organizational goal development. 

• Leads, develops, and implements comprehensive program plans in alignment with ODPC’s goals. Adapts strategy to changing conditions. 

• Completes programs/projects on time and budget. 

• Manages program activities directly or through internal workgroups and external partnerships to achieve program goals. 

• Develops performance criteria and evaluates effectiveness of programming quarterly. Recommends any needed adjustments or changes. 

• Identifies emerging opportunities and evaluates against ODPC goals and resources. 

• Owns a high level of accountability for the success of program. 


• Responsible for preparation of annual program budget for approval by Executive Director and Board of Commissioners. 

• Responsible to manage program budget expenditures. 

• Responsible for quarterly program budget review to actuals. 

• Assist in preparation of state and federal reports as they relate to program area. 

Business Acumen 

• Effectively identifies and utilizes resources. 

• Demonstrates high level of knowledge of nutrition science and dairy industry. 

• Identifies and resolves problems or issues in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; Develops alternative solutions. 

• Analyzes complex or diverse information: Collects and researches data: Uses intuition and experience to complement data. 


The position has no supervisory duties. 


• Approves expenditures and allocation of resources for area of responsibility. 

• Selects contracted vendors based on sound judgment and selection criteria. 

• Understands both business and organizational implications of decisions. 

• Manages priorities to meet program and strategic objectives within established timelines. 

• Exercises good judgment and discretion in handling confidential matters and information. 


• Performance is reviewed on an annual basis by the Executive Director. 


• Applicant must have, or be able to obtain, a valid driver’s license and have a good driving record or be able to provide an acceptable method of transportation and must carry full liability insurance coverage (personal injury and property damage) in at the least the minimum amounts required by state law. 

• The individual will be expected to work a full-time schedule as agreed with manager during a five-day work week of Monday- Friday. Occasional overnight travel and work during weekend and evening hours may be required. The position is not eligible for overtime. 

• Must work productively in a hybrid work model with designated hours in-office and remote. 


The Director of Nutrition must become familiar with applicable statutes, rules, policies and procedures of the State of Oregon, and as they relate to a commodity commission marketing and promotions program. In addition, the individual will understand national policy as it relates to qualified dairy checkoff programs under USDA Agricultural Marketing Services. 


Leadership / Interpersonal Skills 

• Makes sound decisions in a consistent manner that is in alignment with ODPC administrative guidelines, policies, and procedures. 

• Excels in teamwork. Provides vision and inspiration to peers. Exhibits confidence in self and others. Puts success of the team above own interests. 

• Focuses on solutions. Remains open to others’ ideas and demonstrates a willingness to try new things. 

• Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; listens and gets clarification; responds well to questions. Communicates change effectively. 

• Demonstrates excellent group presentation skills. 

• Writes clearly and informatively; Varies writing skills to meet needs. 

• Must be self-motivated and able to work independently and in a team environment, particularly in a small office and hybrid setting. 

• Must be able to organize work to meet continually shifting priorities, multiple projects, and consistently meet required deadlines. 

• Have a consistent positive attitude and good skills in personal presentation and appearance. 

Job Skills and Experience 

• Ten years of nutrition work experience to include: education, communication and/or promotion. Budget management experience. 

• BS in Nutrition, MS preferred 

• RD/RDN required 

• Specific knowledge of dairy nutrition science and the Pacific NW dairy industry is desirable. 

• Must be willing to accommodate light travel and work some nights and weekends. 


As an agency of the State of Oregon, the Commission provides a benefit package including PEBB medical, vision and dental insurance; paid vacation, three paid personal days, sick leave and holidays; employee assistance program (EAP), and contribution toward Oregon PERS state retirement plan. Options for life and disability insurance are available. This is a full-time, unrepresented salaried position and is not eligible for overtime compensation. 

Starting Salary Range: $ 88,000 to $95,000 depending on experience. 

The Oregon Dairy Products Commission is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, disability, political affiliation, belief, or veteran status. 


Initial review of applications will begin the week of December 20, 2021. Applications will be accepted until position is filled. 

To apply, please send cover letter and resume to In the subject line note: ODNC Director of Nutrition. No phone calls or faxes, please. The ODNC office is currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic therefore we cannot accept in-person applications at this time. 

Qualified candidates selected for subsequent interviews will be required to provide at least three personal references. 

Created December 1, 2021 

The Oregon Dairy Products Commission is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, disability, political affiliation, belief, or veteran status.