Extension Nutritional Assistant (Dodge City, Kansas)

Feb 13, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
General Description of Position:

The Extension Nutritional Assistant will provide nutrition education to low-income families with young children as part of the goals and objectives of the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program.  This individual will need to have proficient  English and Spanish verbal/written communication skills.  Skill working with limited resource families preferred.  The Extension Nutritional Assistant will demonstrate knowledge and ability of social support services and agencies in communities where programming will occur.  The main office is located in Dodge City, Kansas.  Travel to area counties is required.  Valid driver's license, car insurance and reliable transportation is needed upon employment.  

This position is located in Dodge City, Kansas.

Diversity and Inclusion: Kansas State University embraces diversity, and promotes inclusion in every sector of the institution. The university established the Office of Diversity, led by the associate vice president for diversity and a dedicated staff.  Additionally, each college has a designated Diversity Point Person to provide insight and guidance.  

Kansas State University received the prestigious Higher Education Excellence in Diversity, or HEED, award from Insight Into Diversity magazine for the past three years.  Multicultural students account for 15 percent of our student population, a university record and continuing trend.

Job Description:
  • RECORD KEEPING: Submit accurate, timely records and reports on a daily/weekly basis in order to record nutrition assistant program activities. Enter client records into the ERS computer data files. Reviewed monthly by supervisor to prepare reports for state office.
  • TEACHING: Provide nutrition education to low-income homemakers in food and nutrition related subject matter by using group and/or individual delivery methods in order to improve dietary knowledge and behavior. Reviewed quarterly by supervisor to reinforce strengths and identify training needs. Make appropriate referrals to eligible homemakers of other services and government assistance programs. Conduct nutrition education activities and provide printed materials to low-income Reviewed quarterly by supervisor to reinforce strengths and identify training needs.
  • PREPARATION: Administer the 24-hour food recall and behavior checklist to newly enrolled homemakers in order to assess dietary behavior and needs. Plan appropriate learning experiences for enrolled FN homemakers on the basis of the 24-hour food recall and behavior checklist in order to improve dietary knowledge and behavior. Plan appropriate lessons for youth. Reviewed monthly by supervisor to ensure that teaching outcomes are being met.
  • TRAINING: Participate in on-going training including staff meetings, statewide trainings, annual conferences and approved workshops and seminars in order to improve nutrition knowledge, teaching methodology and record keeping skills. Reviewed quarterly by the EFNEP/FNP supervisor to ensure that nutrition knowledge and skills are up to date.
  • RECRUITING: Encourage low-income homemakers to enroll in EFNEP/FNP through various recruiting opportunities such as demonstrations, group presentations, individual contacts and/or distribution of printed materials. Make contact and maintain collaborative relationships with other agencies in order to recruit clients and expand the program. Reviewed monthly by supervisor to ensure that caseload is at an appropriate number.
Required Minimum Qualifications:
  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Knowledge of low resource audience
  • Interpersonal/relationship skills, computer skills, nutrition/cooking skills, communication skills. 
  • Valid driver's license and reliable transportation and car insurance.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Ability to communicate (verbal and written) effectively in English and Spanish .
  • Ability to relate to and work with program members, co-workers, personnel from other organizations and the general public.
  • Ability to plan and prepare nutritious family meals.
  • Ability to mentor families to adopt healthy lifestyles.
  • Skill in dealing with problems of persons living in economically disadvantaged communities.
  • Knowledge of basic principles of food preparation, nutrition and food safety.
  • Knowledge of breastfeeding.
  • Ability to input data and keep records and reports as required by Federal program guidelines.
  • Ability to evaluate client progress and determine client's needs.
  • Skills for teaching children and adults.
  • Two years experience in managing a household or other work involving basis life skills such as housework, cooking, child care, hospital or nursing home experience. Vocational or college study in foods and nutrition of family and consumer sciences may be substituted for the required experience at the rate of one course for six months of experience.
Special Instructions to Applicants: Please complete application. Screening of Applications Begins:

Screening will begin February 27th and continue until position is filled.

Salary Range / Pay Rate: $ 10.68 - $11.75 per hour Equal Employment Opportunity: Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees. Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law.  Background Screening Statement: In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University may procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee. 

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