Extension Educator 3 (Extension Educator/Nutrition Links Supervisor)
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 - Cumberland County
- Full/Part Time:
The College of Agricultural Sciences is seeking an individual trained in community nutrition/health education 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 position will be responsible for actively working with Extension program teams to identify important human health 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 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, audiences and staff. 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 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 increase numbers of people who make healthier food choices, save money on food purchases, improve food resource management practices, increase improvements in medical screenings, and decrease the 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, enhanced life skills needed for self-sufficiency, better health and lower health care and medical costs. This position will supervise and provide professional development for three paraprofessional nutrition education advisers (NEAs) who work with limited resource families enrolled in EFNEP and SNAP-Ed. The position also supervises program assistants and volunteers who teach nutrition programs on behalf of Extension. The successful candidate will need to develop and/or participate in collaborations across multiple disciplines, agencies, 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. For this position, the SNAP pre-application materials are coordinated with the Extension PA SNAP-Ed program coordinator. The position will be located in Cumberland County (Office location: 310 Allen Road, Carlisle, PA 17013) and he/she will be part of a state team that is expected to participate and deliver programs statewide. 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 teaching 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. The candidate must be very organized and able to manage multiple projects simultaneously. Experience or the ability to apply cultural/ethnic principles into extension will be helpful. While not a requirement, the ability to communicate in Spanish is a plus. Desired experience includes: teaching, curriculum development, evaluation, supervision of paraprofessionals, grant management, 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. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with excellent possibility of re-funding.
These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.