Title: Extension Educator- Health and Nutrition, SNAP-Ed
Appointment: Temporary through December 13, 2019
Program Area: Extension Center for Family Development
Office Location: Twin Cities Metro Area, location to be determined
Work Location: State-wide work
Interview Location: University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus
Application Deadline: April 21, 2019; Open until filled
The Extension Center for Family Development helps families make informed decisions leading to better health, financial security and wellbeing. We accomplish this by developing, delivering and evaluating credible, relevant and research-based education; working closely with others across Minnesota to build the strengths of individuals and families of all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds; conducting and collaborating on research projects; recruiting and retaining expert faculty and staff passionate about families and their success; increasing the understanding of our work among key stakeholders; securing resources to sustain and grow programs that meet emerging needs and support strategic priorities.
Extension Center for Family Development programs currently focus on family relations, family resource management, and health and nutrition, with special effort in the areas of families in transition, building healthy and strong families, and preparing for an aging Minnesota. An important program conducted through the Extension Center for Family Development is implementation of SNAP-Ed (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – Education), a federal/state partnership that supports nutrition education for persons eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
ABOUT THIS POSITION The Health and Nutrition Extension Educator will lead and coordinate the development of statewide SNAP-Ed Focus Areas (Chronic Disease Prevention and Management, Fathers/Men, Healthy Food Access, and Mental Wellbeing) out of the twin cities metro area. This will include assessing, developing, packaging, implementing and evaluating the delivery and impact of high quality, integrated, evidence-based, effective strategies to enhance general health, improve access to and consumption of healthy food, and increase physical activity. For more information on Health and Nutrition, visit www.extension.umn.edu/family/nutrition/.
The person in this position will help accomplish these initiatives by conducting assessment and analysis of existing programming, forging new relationships and partnerships in Minnesota and nationally, researching best- and evidence-based practices, supporting and collaborating with staff, community members and stakeholders, designing integrated multi-level approaches and evaluating those approaches. The person in this position would be required to continue professional development in scholarship and/or the corresponding research-based area of expertise, report on activities and impacts, and develop a professional plan of work. This position will report to the Health and Nutrition Program Leader.
Conduct assessment of select Minnesota SNAP-Ed offerings and practices related to Focus Area(s), including identification of environment- and systems-level influences and researching organizational and governmental policy influences on health-related behaviors and choices.
Make recommendations about the Focus Area(s) regarding a continuum of coordinated program offerings and initiatives to address health and nutrition issues effectively in a community utilizing the spectrum of public health approaches for greatest impact.
Identify or design and implement training programs for internal and external audiences exhibiting high level teaching skills for optimal audience engagement and impacts.
Develop and implement communication, training and education strategies related to initiatives utilizing multiple media and effective, tailored messaging, including social media and other e-learning approaches.
Identify emerging issues in health and nutrition and work with others in extension and community to identify or develop and utilize educational programs to meet these issues.
Use technology for communicating, locating information, designing and delivering programs, and reporting.
Engage diverse stakeholders including new and diverse audiences historically underserved by Extension in planning efforts for health and nutrition.
Ensure a diversity among clientele and learners and equal access to programs and facilities without regard to age, race, creed, color, handicap, sex, sexual orientation, developmental disability, national origin, marital status, arrest or non-program related conviction record.
Provide program leadership on an identified statewide or national program, project or priority for the development of pro-active educational programs using innovative educational methods.
Make contributions to the six promotion in Extension academic rank criteria, program leadership, extension teaching, scholarship, engagement, program management and service.
Build or enhance internal relationships, identifying overlapping program areas and partnering to support “one Extension.”
Generate opportunities for collaboration and relationship building to identify place-based solutions responsive to health and nutrition issues, boost collective impact to achieve shared goals, and increase the value and impact of University research.
Develop and participate in professional and community networks for collaborative programming and collective impacts.
Represent UMN Extension and the University with federal, state, and local agencies or partnerships.
Foster and contribute to a positive work climate with colleagues, advisory groups, audiences and partnerships.
LOCATION OF POSITION
This Extension Educator will be based at tone of 4 metro locations. The purview of this position will be regional, statewide, and even national through technology-based education and travel for professional development. The educator will also serve as a member of a statewide program teams within extension and with partner organizations, as determined. Travel throughout the state is required.
APPOINTMENT AND BENEFITS
The Extension Educator position has a University academic professional appointment and Extension academic rank. Rank is assigned at hire contingent on education and professional experience and accomplishments.
The appointment is temporary, depending upon the availability of funds, potentially through December 13, 2019
The position carries Extension academic rank. Successful advancement in rank is expected and contingent on accomplishments as an Extension Educator.
The person in this position would be required to continue professional development in scholarship and/or the corresponding research-based area of expertise, report on activities and impacts, and develop a professional plan of work.
University of Minnesota appointment and benefits, including health and life insurance. Benefits are listed on the University of Minnesota Human Resources web page, https://humanresources.umn.edu/benefits.
Reimbursement for travel and subsistence is available in accordance with University policy. Successful applicant must provide their own means of transportation, maintain their driver's license, and carry legally required vehicle insurance.
The person in this position is expected to provide a mobile phone for work communication.
Salary commensurate with education and experience.
Any offer of employment is contingent on the successful completion of a background check and receipt of official transcripts.
Master’s degree in health, nutrition, food, public health, education, or a closely related discipline.
The ability and commitment to foster a healthy workplace environment that seeks and values diversity.
Basic qualitative and quantitative research skills.
Content area expertise with clear applicability for informed and cutting edge community-based health and nutrition programs.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Proficiency in computer skills in a networked environment.
Expertise and experience in multi-level program development, delivery, evaluation, and using scholarly research, including implementing and managing community based health and/or nutrition projects that involve multiple community partners and stakeholders.
Demonstrated knowledge and application of innovative community engagement methods and educational programming for nutrition or physical activity promotion through public health approaches and behavior focused nutrition education with individuals.
Demonstrated strong skills in managing multiple projects and partnerships for optimal efficiency and performance.
Experience with and strong skills related to partnership building and collaborations.
Demonstrated ability to contribute successfully to projects involving multiple constituent groups.
Experience in development of outreach strategies and marketing tools to reach a variety of audiences.
Demonstrated ability to engage and work effectively with new, diverse, low-income, and underserved audiences.
Evidence of using technology for teaching, communication, information-gathering, program delivery, and/or reporting.
Successful applicant must provide their own means of transportation, maintain their driver's license, and carry legally required vehicle insurance.
Demonstrated experience in development of initiatives aimed at enhancing institutional and community health and nutrition systems and environments.
Fluency in a language other than English
Experience in leveraging funding and resources for program enhancement and expansion.
Internal Number: 329931
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