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Extension Educator - Food, Nutrition & Health/Nutrition Education Program - SNAP-Ed (Lancaster)

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Click on “Apply for this position” or sign on and complete or review existing Information Form. You will be required to attach the following documents: - Cover Letter - Resume - List of three professional references - Unofficial (or official) transcripts, or grade report listing courses taken, the institution where they were taken and final grade, must be attached to the online application (as “Other Document”), or attached to an email and sent to jmackin1@unl.edu, or faxed to 402-624-8010. Please make sure to blacken out your social security number before you send or upload your transcripts/grade report.

Position Information

Position Information

Working Title Extension Educator - Food, Nutrition & Health/Nutrition Education Program - SNAP-Ed (Lancaster)
Department/College/Unit Eastern NE Res & Ext Center - Metro District-9725
Requisition Number F_170063
Posting Open Date 06/26/2017
Application Review Date:
(To insure consideration, please submit all application materials before review date)
07/11/2017
Posting Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Description of Work

Focused Expertise Assignment (Approximately 80% of time):
This is a 12-month, non-tenured position. The educator’s home base will be Lancaster County. The subject matter focus for this educator is Food, Nutrition and Health. This educator’s primary responsibility is to provide regional leadership for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) and/or other grant funding including supervision of Extension Assistants. This educator’s team is expected to interact closely with individuals, families, schools, and communities to develop and deliver programs and resources in their geographic area as an active participant on one or more of Nebraska Extension’s issue teams. The primary targeted audience includes ages 0-18 and the adults in families, schools and communities who influence those ages. The outcomes of this focused Extension educational program include: a) nutrition education and health promotion; b) food safety education; and c) food literacy/resource management, which will result in policy, systems and environmental changes over time. In this position the extension educator will:

1. Use innovative strategies and current technologies to design, develop, deliver and evaluate programs for a robust regional Extension education program in USDA’s SNAP-Ed/other grant Initiatives. 2. Engage in a collaborative-learning environment with food, nutrition and other health professionals, and with targeted individuals and families to encourage the adoption of research-based information in decision-making. 3. Deliver educational programming for food, nutrition, and health statewide and within the assigned geographic region. Within the assigned geographic region the educator will also engage with unit leaders, extension advisory committees, and local stakeholders to determine needs and provide access to educational opportunities. 4. Work in a multi-disciplinary team environment with Extension professionals and other partners to translate and teach the latest research based information. 5. Use entrepreneurial practices to secure grants, program fees and partnerships to leverage the extension educational program’s resource base and reach. 6. Partner with research faculty to engage in action research that can be applied to educational programming. 7. Practice effective extension scholarship by conducting needs assessments, identifying priorities, measuring program impact and reporting results at professional meetings and in professional publications. 8. Develop a professional development plan to enhance and maintain professional expertise in nutrition, foods and wellness education, health promotion, community nutrition and related fields, and Extension pedagogy. 9. When appropriate, support the youth development program by teaching in areas related to food, nutrition and health focused assignment.

Organizational Assignment (approximately 20%):
The focused Extension educator will also connect with the host county unit leader for the purpose of developing local support for the Nutrition Education Program in Nebraska Extension. These responsibilities include:
1. Support the Unit Leader with engagement of advisory or policy groups such as the Extension Board or County Commissioners/Board of Supervisors.
2. Cooperate with local faculty and staff to promote effective teamwork and support local “all-hands” Extension events.
3. Support the Unit Leader in coordinating a total Extension program in all subject matter areas and advocating for local educational needs.
4. Build and foster community relationships for Extension and a positive, professional image of the University of Nebraska – Lincoln.
In addition to the above-described duties, the individual will be expected to accept committee assignments, reporting responsibilities, and other ad hoc assignments as requested at the administrative unit, college/division, institute, and/or university level.

Criminal history background check will be conducted. Must meet driver standards according to UNL policy and have a valid driver’s license. Some travel is required.

Minimum Required Qualifications

• Master’s degree required; one degree in Community Nutrition and Health Promotion, Nutrition Science, Nutrition and Dietetics, Nutrition, Exercise and Health Science, Public Health or closely related field. Master’s degree must be completed by start date.
• Successful experience teaching in a formal or non-formal setting.
• Demonstrated ability to communicate (i.e. publications, web-based educational and social media technologies, presentations).

Preferred Qualifications

• Experience in working with individuals, coworkers, and teams to accomplish individual and/or group goals, as evidenced by college, career, and/or community activities.
• Outstanding leadership skills as demonstrated by roles in college, career, and/or community activities.
• Ability to utilize electronic and online technologies for educational program delivery.
• Understanding of different ethnic and socioeconomic audiences and a commitment to developing and delivering both inclusive and targeted programming.
• Successful experience in developing financial support for educational programs including grant writing, fund generation, contracting and/or cost recovery efforts.
• Demonstrated ability to effectively manage multiple priorities and programs.
• Experience working in food environments.
• Registered Dietitian
• Staff supervisory experience.
• Minimum of 1 year of experience in nutrition or health related field.

Pre-Placement Driving Record Review Required
Criminal History Background Check Required Yes
Posted Salary
How to Apply

Click on “Apply for this position” or sign on and complete or review existing Information Form. You will be required to attach the following documents:
- Cover Letter
- Resume
- List of three professional references
- Unofficial (or official) transcripts, or grade report listing courses taken, the institution where they were taken and final grade, must be attached to the online application (as “Other Document”), or attached to an email and sent to jmackin1@unl.edu, or faxed to 402-624-8010. Please make sure to blacken out your social security number before you send or upload your transcripts/grade report.

For questions or accommodations related to this position contact

Jodi Mackin, 402-469-0273, jmackin1@unl.edu

Job Category Faculty Non-Tenure Leading
Job Category (old) Faculty Non-Tenure Leading
Job Type 12 Month (Faculty Only)
Position funded by grant or other form of temporary funding? Yes
If Temporary, indicate end date
Planned Hire Date
Appointment End Date

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. Describe your teaching experiences.

    (Open Ended Question)

  2. What qualities do you have that make you an effective team player?

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. Identify the formal classwork (class name and credit hours) and/or professional development/continuing education (title and hours of education) that you have completed in the past 5 years relevant to the position for which you are applying.

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. Describe your experience working with organizations, agencies, or individuals regarding food, nutrition and health activities in the last 5 years.

    (Open Ended Question)

Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References
Optional Documents
  1. Other Document