Extension Educator Food, Families, and Health and Food Safety and Quality
Penn State University
- Penn State Extension
- Date Announced:
- Date Closing:
- open until filled
- Job Number:
- Level/Salary Band:
- 03 – H – Exempt
- Work Unit:
- College of Agricultural Sciences
- Extension - Northumberland County
- Full/Part Time:
The College of Agricultural Sciences is seeking an individual trained in health education, health promotion, nutrition science and/or food science to join our nationally-recognized Penn State Extension Food, Families and Health Program Unit. Penn State Extension is an organization on the move and a leader in learning environment innovation. We are building and implementing a new business platform and product development process aimed at enhancing our reach and value to 21st Century customers. A description of our new business approach can be seen at http://agsci.psu.edu/atlas. The individual will be responsible for actively working with the 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 family and consumer science, especially nutrition education, it is expected that competitive candidates will have a general understanding of nutrition, diet, and human health issues related to food, food safety 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. 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 food borne 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, increased food safety knowledge and skills. The position is located in Northumberland County (443 Plum Creek Road, Sunbury, PA 17801). The educator will be part of a state team that is expected to participate and deliver programs statewide. 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. Typically requires a Master's degree or higher plus two years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. 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. 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. While not a requirement, the ability to communicate in Spanish is a plus. 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 is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with excellent possibility of re-funding.
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