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Department: 111401 - Agricultural and Human Sciences
Location: Halifax, NC
Essential Job Duties:
The Regional Nutrition Extension Associate (RNEA) is a member of the Department of Agricultural & Human Sciences in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. This position is funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture and is therefore contingent upon receipt of these funds. The position will provide leadership, training, and technical assistance for unit-wide programming coordinated by EFNEP and Steps to Health. The position will cover 50% EFNEP responsibilities and 50% SNAP-Ed, Steps to Health responsibilities. There are eight RNEA positions serving North Carolina State.
The position will work closely with the EFNEP and SNAP-Ed Program Coordinators and NC State campus-based staff to ensure that local efforts within the unit are complementary and align with both EFNEP's and SNAP-Ed's federal, state, and organizational guidelines and policies as part of the overall NC Cooperative Extension program. The position will contribute as appropriate to state program plans and operational guidelines. This is a multi-county position and participating counties and regions may change dependent upon funding. The position will provide leadership and guidance to EFNEP educators and Cooperative Extension Agents conducting Steps to Health programs.
The RNEAs is expected to maintain proficiency in EFNEP and SNAP-Ed policy and state guidelines, nutrition, food resource management and food safety subject matter, curricula approved for state delivery of programs, teaching strategies, volunteer development, policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) change initiatives, and technology use. They will participate in professional development related to job responsibilities as approved by Coordinators and attend quarterly campus-based team meetings. Participate in state programmatic calls as scheduled. As appropriate, the RNEA will participate in Family & Consumer Sciences Program and Departmental functions and activities.
The RNEA will serve as the programmatic liaison between state federal nutrition programs teams and the counties in the assigned region. The RNEA will work with county program personnel and teams to assure that required reports are submitted accurately and timely.
The position will support EFNEP Educators and Steps to Health FCS Agents in the following counties of North Carolina: Halifax, Northampton, Hertford, Gates, Franklin, Nash, Edgecombe, Wilson, and Johnston. Specific job responsibilities for the position are outlined below:
EFNEP Programmatic Leadership (50%):
Work closely with the district and county extension directors for recruitment, hiring and evaluation of EFNEP educators. Ensure EFNEP policies relating to applicant recruitment and selection are implemented and are aligned with university policy. Provide an overview of state process and documentation for EFNEP recruitment, hiring, and evaluation.
Coach, train, and provide leadership to EFNEP educators. Conduct monthly performance conferences with each EFNEP educator in the assigned geographic unit. Conduct quarterly teaching observations of each EFNEP educator in the assigned geographic unit. Facilitate training of EFNEP educators in accordance with state-approved training plan to include individual, unit, regional, and statewide training and as outlined in eNEST RNEA Guide for New Educator Training Timeline.
Work with county teams to support and promote EFNEP. Hold regular meetings with county staff and partners to coordinate EFNEP within the total county efforts to improve health outcomes for low-income families and school-aged youth. Coordinate county goals with state and federal programmatic goals. Work with Cooperative Extension staff and program partners to develop and submit proposals to secure grant funding that supports and extends program outreach and impacts. Under the direction and guidance of program Coordinator and partnering research PIs, participate and guide completion of research activities that enhance and expand EFNEP outreach and effectiveness. Work with the County Extension Director to develop and submit budget requests for program support. Facilitate negotiations with program partners to support the program through recruitment, space, access to potential participants, and food demonstration supplies. Provide effective, timely communication of program accomplishments to county teams for use in enhancing visibility of the local program.
Facilitate EFNEP educators in the management of program resources including time, travel, equipment, supplies, and support dollars allocated to the program through both EFNEP and other funds.
Training and Technical Assistance – Steps to Health (50%):
Support training and provide technical assistance for multi-level programming (direct education and PSE) to Family & Consumer Sciences Agents leading Steps to Health programs. RNEAs will support communication on policy, guidelines, content, curricula, recruitment and delivery. This role is to help coach and support agents.
Work closely with County Extension Directors and Family & Consumer Science Agents for implementation of the Steps to Health program.
Conduct quarterly training for new Family & Consumer Sciences Agents in their assigned unit.
Conduct quarterly joint meetings as appropriate with Family & Consumer Sciences Agents and EFNEP educators for program coordination in the assigned unit. At least two meetings per year should be conducted to develop complementary delivery and outreach strategies between programs. Efforts should be made to engage District Extension Directors.
Work with county teams to coordinate Steps to Health programming within the total county efforts to improve health outcomes for low-income families and school-aged youth, supporting policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) initiatives. Include one annual meeting to plan PSE collaborative programming.
Support county extension agents and County Extension Directors to implement PSE in coordination with Steps to Health plan and state leadership team.
Serve on search committees for Family & Consumer Sciences Agents in the field.
Promote program success to local, regional, and state partners.
Market EFNEP & Steps to Health, Cooperative Extension, the Department and the University.
Maintain positive relationships with county, regional, state and federal partners.
Participate in local, regional, state, and/or national programmatic work groups and committees.
Work with Departmental faculty to coordinate outreach for research projects.
Travel within the state and within the continental US with some overnight stays to implement production and assist and monitor EFNEP Educators with blended programming aligned with EFNEP federal policy.
Perform other duties as assigned by the supervisor.
Require post-baccalaureate credentials or a bachelor's degree plus alternative or equivalent professional training and experience may be substituted for the advanced degree on an exceptional basis.
Demonstrated success and proficiency in working with teams and a commitment to diversity and pluralism.
Excellent verbal and written communication.
Proficient in technology used in educational program outreach.
Demonstrated expertise in adult and youth education theories and practices for diverse audiences and food, nutrition, and health.
Experience in training, adult education or teaching.
Experience working with diverse limited resource audiences and the agencies that serve them.
Experience in community nutrition education and program development for limited resource families.
Experience in supervision, management, and coaching employee performance.
Experience with Cooperative Extension, EFNEP, SNAP-Ed or other health related program delivery and management.
Strong commitment to the Land Grant philosophy.
Successful grant writing experience.
Required license or certification:
A valid drivers license is required for travel. NC drivers license required within 60 days of hire and must be maintained.
Position Number: 00107154
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