Extension Educator (Food Safety/Family and Consumer Sciences Educator)
Penn State University
- Penn State Extension
- Date Announced:
- Date Closing:
- open until filled
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- Work Unit:
- College of Agricultural Sciences
- Penn State Extension, Lancaster County
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The College of Agricultural Sciences is seeking an individual trained in nutrition science and/or food science to join our nationally-recognized Penn State Extension Nutrition and Food Safety & Quality Program Teams. The individual will be responsible for actively working with extension program teams to identify important human health and food safety issues, learning objectives, develop educational events and materials to support the learning objectives, and utilize evaluations to measure program success. While we are seeking disciplinary expertise in nutrition and food safety, it is expected that competitive candidates will have a general understanding of human health related to food and community education. Team members are expected to work closely with university faculty to develop and conduct applied research that is relevant to target audience needs. The individual must be able to work effectively in a team and with diverse populations and audiences. The successful candidate will need to develop and/or participate in collaborations across multiple disciplines, departments, colleges, and institutions. All team members are expected to participate in the development of a diverse external funding portfolio (e.g. grants, contracts, cost recovery, development), in support of the team’s programs. The individual will be expected to develop original content to engage audiences through innovative educational methods such as online courses, videos, mobile apps, and electronic publications in addition to traditional publications and in-person presentations. It is expected that the individual in the position will be able to provide nutrition and food safety education with the goal of improving human health and well-being to reduce the incidence and risk of chronic diseases and foodborne illnesses. As a result of educational programs, measurable improvements in health conditions or other indicators, such as increased numbers of people who make healthier food choices, increased improvements in medical screenings, and a decreased number of people who are affected by foodborne illnesses and chronic diseases will be critical outcomes. Success in this educational program will allow Pennsylvanians to have an improved health status, and lower health care and medical costs. Additional critical outcomes in food safety include, but are not limited to increased implementation of food handling practices, and a decreased number of food businesses cited for improper food safety practices. Success in this educational program will allow Pennsylvania food and retail businesses to contribute to economic growth and jobs. The position will be located in Lancaster County (Office location: 1383 Arcadia Rd., Rm 140, Lancaster, PA 17601) and he/she will be part of a state team that is expected to participate and deliver programs statewide. This job will be filled as a level 3, level 4, or level 5, depending upon the successful candidate's competencies, education, and experience. Typically requires a Master's degree or higher plus two years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience for a level 3. Additional experience and/or education and competencies are required for higher level jobs. Serv Safe Training Certification is required. Additional experience and/or education and competencies are required for higher job classifications and salary bands. Preference will be given to candidates with degree(s) in nutrition science with registered dietitian credentials, food science, health education/promotion with a certified health education specialty, family and consumer sciences or related disciplines, and those that have related work experience in education. Candidates should have a basic knowledge of and commitment to food and agriculture, and enjoy the challenge of working as a team member on a wide variety of educational efforts. The position has a consumer and retail/food service focus, but food processing industry capability would be a plus. Candidates must possess effective communication skills (verbal and written), teaching skills, interpersonal skills, the ability to build effective working relationships with colleagues and clientele, supervision skills, and work as an active member of a team. Although not a requirement, the ability to communicate in Spanish or Chinese is valued. The candidate must be very organized and able to manage multiple projects simultaneously. Desired experience includes: teaching, curriculum development, evaluation, grant management and leadership development, and proficiency in use of computer software packages, such as Microsoft programs. The candidate must be able to carry equipment, and educational materials and supplies, with or without accommodation, and have the ability to travel. The candidate also must possess a valid driver's license and have use of a private vehicle. Since the position requires operating a motor vehicle as part of the job duties, successful completion of a motor vehicle records check is required, as well as standard background checks. This position is an opportunity to join one of the nation's leading extension organizations as it embarks on a new and exciting business model that encourages risk taking and innovation. Review of applications will begin January 4, 2016 and continue until a suitable candidate is identified.
These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.