Title: Community Nutrition Educator, African American Focus
Working Title: EFNEP Community Nutrition Educator
Classification: Community Nutrition Educator (4911), Full-time
Bargaining Unit: AFSCME Technical Unit 7 (Union)
Salary: $15.45 per hour or more, depending on qualifications
Program Area: Extension Center for Family Development
Office Location: To be determined; Ramsey or Hennepin County Extension Office
Application Deadline: September 13, 2019; Open until filled
ABOUT THIS POSITION:
This position will focus primarily on teaching in the African American community; candidates must have experience working with this audience. This is a full-time position and will report to the Regional Coordinator for EFNEP. This position will travel frequently across the four-county metro (Hennepin, Ramsey, Anoka, and Dakota) to deliver EFNEP programming.
The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) is a federally funded program that uses a peer educator model to teach families with limited incomes. The main content CNEs teach in EFNEP include basic nutrition and cooking, food safety, food resource management, and physical activity. Visit the EFNEP web page for more information on this program: http://www.extension.umn.edu/family/health-and-nutrition/partner-with-us/efnep/.
The EFNEP Community Nutrition Educators (CNEs) come from the neighborhoods served by this program, and have familiarity with their fellow communities which makes them thoughtful and knowledgeable peer educators. As a CNE, you will have the opportunity to positively impact local communities by assisting families with limited incomes in gathering the nutrition knowledge and skills that contribute to leading a healthy life. You will also encourage and unify community members and families to learn together in a group setting, or, in a home visit setting. CNEs play an active and significant role in the communities they serve by attending community events and health fairs to not only promote EFNEP, but to encourage families to create change in their own communities.
Direct Education (70%)
Uses approved nutrition curricula, teaches and delivers educational programs face-to-face to target audiences.
Create a positive “hands on” learning environment for participants, demonstrating cultural sensitivity and understanding of issues associated with living with a limited income and resources.
Actively seeks out and builds new partnerships to maintain community impact and consistent teaching schedule.
Once established, teaches 8-10 hours weekly and enrolls 100 adults annually.
Organizes and follows schedule of teaching groups or home visits.
Actively engages in offered training and coaching in order to continually improve overall quality and impact of nutrition education and daily work.
Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends as needed.
â‹Administrative Procedures and Protocols (15%)
Manages and collects participant-level paperwork regarding program eligibility, attendance and dietary intake.
Follows budgetary guidelines and procedures regarding travel, programming supplies, and equipment.
Completes and submits travel expenses, receipts, and vacation and sick leave requests accurately and on time.
Working with the EFNEP Program Coordinator, documents EFNEP success stories.
Actively participates in EFNEP team meetings to help develop a consistent, effective EFNEP team.
Participates in meetings, trainings, and conferences related to EFNEP, Health and Nutrition, or Family Development as appropriate.
â‹Communications and Community Partnerships (15%)
Maintains high level of communication with supervisors and other program staff regarding classes (how classes went, how the curriculum worked with the audience, etc.) and daily work.
Respectful, prompt, and clear communication in-person, via phone, and through the University of Minnesota’s Google calendar and email system.
Fills in for other educators as needed or teach classes arranged by regional coordinator or to fulfill other grant requirements.
Works with the EFNEP Program Coordinator to build strong, long-term community partnerships to provide ideas for program improvements, recognize program success, and thanks partners for their involvement.
â‹Other Responsibilities Assigned as Needed
This is a full-time AFSCME 7 (Union) appointment at the level of Community Nutrition Educator (4911). This is a University of Minnesota appointment and benefits, including health and life insurance, are listed on the University of Minnesota Human Resources web page:https://humanresources.umn.edu/new-employees/benefits-summaries. This position will be located either at the Ramsey County Extension Office in Maplewood or the Hennepin County Extension Office in Eden Prairie.
High school diploma or the equivalent.
Minimum of two years experience in a job, volunteer, or other applicable setting related to food. Experience can be paid or unpaid – experience in child care, foster care, a kitchen, church, recreation center, or similar setting is acceptable.
Valid driver's license and reliable vehicle with required liability insurance, to be utilized for frequent travel within Minnesota, primarily the Twin Cities metro area
Personal cell phone
Familiarity with different modes of technology (i.e. laptop, iPad, office computer) and open to using technology to deliver lessons and collect data.
Experience working within diverse communities, preferably in a teaching, coaching, or community education-related role.
Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as part of a team.
Clear, respectful communication style.
Demonstrated skills in planning, organizing, problem solving, and successfully completing multiple tasks under pressure of deadline.
Ability to lift 40 pounds.
Minimum of two year experience in teaching, coaching, or community education related to the preparation of healthy food for families, food purchasing, and food budgeting.
Demonstrated ability to work effectively among diverse groups, including coworkers, social organizations, and community members a variety of cultural backgrounds.
Demonstrated success in building partnerships and networks for the purpose of strengthening and/or marketing programs.
Basic food skills including preparing and cooking food, knife skills, and food safety
Prior work experience in community nutrition education focusing on limited income clients.
Basic experience and familiarity with using Google Calendar and Google mail, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and doing internet searches.
Internal Number: 331272
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