Extension Associate

Position Number: 00062704

Primary Function of Organization Unit: The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) at North Carolina State University provides nutrition education to low-income families with young children, pregnant women, and school-aged youth. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed), Steps to Health at North Carolina State University facilitates the delivery of nutrition education programs to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) eligible recipients across North Carolina. Program Coordinators communicate and coordinate program outreach to determine where both programs are located and ensure there is collaborative service, maximizing nutrition education in counties across North Carolina. This includes having the Regional Nutrition Extension Associate facilitate and implement policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) activities that complement direct education conducted by EFNEP Educators and county Extension agents.

Essential Job Duties: The Regional Nutrition Extension Associate is a member of the Department of Agricultural and Human Sciences. The Extension Associate position will provide visionary leadership for unit-wide programming and PSE implementation coordinated by two federally funded programs, EFNEP and SNAP-Ed, Steps to Health operated through NC State University. The position will be committed 80% to EFNEP responsibilities and 20% to SNAP-Ed, Steps to Health responsibilities. The position will assure that local efforts within the unit align with both EFNEP and SNAP-Ed federal, state, and organizational guidelines and policies as part of the overall Cooperative Extension program. This is a multi-county, federally funded position. The position will serve participating counties in Western North Carolina, which include: Ashe, Avery, Buncombe, Gaston, Macon, McDowell, Mecklenburg, Mitchell, Surry, Transylvania, and Yancey. Participating counties may change dependent upon funding. The position will provide leadership and guidance to around 20 employees within the counties, including EFNEP Educators, and will implement SNAP-Ed directed PSE interventions in each EFNEP county within the unit. Specific job responsibilities for the position are outlined below: EFNEP Programmatic Leadership (80%) * Work closely with the district and county extension directors for recruitment, hiring and evaluation of EFNEP Educators. * Responsible for assuring that EFNEP policy relating to applicant recruitment and selection are implemented in addition to university policy. * Provide overview of state process and documentation for EFNEP recruitment, hiring, and evaluation. * Coach, train, and provide leadership to EFNEP Educators in EFNEP policy, guidelines, content, curricula, recruitment and delivery. * Conduct monthly performance conferences with each EFNEP Educator in unit. * Conduct quarterly teaching observations of each EFNEP Educator in unit. * Facilitate training of EFNEP Educators in accordance with state approved training plan to include individual, unit, regional, and statewide training. * Maintain proficiency in nutrition content, approved curricula, teaching strategies, and technology used in EFNEP delivery. * Ensure EFNEP guidelines for program delivery. * In coordination with State EFNEP Data Analyst, compile and submit county program reporting requirements including program partners and relationships and program funding. * Work with county teams in support of EFNEP. * Hold regular meetings with county staff and partners to coordinate EFNEP within the total county efforts to improve health outcomes for low-income families and school-aged youth. Coordinate county goals with state and federal programmatic goals. * Work with Cooperative Extension staff and program partners to develop and submit proposals to secure grant funding that supports and extends program outreach and impacts. * Work with County Extension Director to develop and submit budget requests for program support. * Facilitate negotiations with program partners to support program through recruitment, space, access to potential participants, and food demonstration supplies. * In alignment with EFNEP Federal Policy and coordination with State Technology and Social Media guidelines, work with local teams to implement low and medium level strategies to enhance recruitment, engagement, and retention of program participants. * In alignment with federal EFNEP Policy regarding volunteers and in cooperation with County Extension Agents and EFNEP Educators: * Work with County Extension Director to include costs for volunteer background checks in county budget. * Conduct formal volunteer training using Master Food Volunteer, Faithful Families Lay Leader, and/or Youth Voices: Youth Choices volunteer training curricula specific to EFNEP. * Assure EFNEP Educators adhere to guidance in EFNEP's Families Eating Smart and Moving More curricula to nurture and develop program graduates and others as non-agency program volunteers. * Assist EFNEP Educators in negotiating responsibilities for agency-paid volunteers with agency directors. * Connect student interns to EFNEP Educators for positive learning experiences. Follow established protocol for responsibilities and communication with advisor and preceptor for student intern volunteers. * Provide effective, timely communication of program accomplishments to county teams for use in enhancing visibility of the local program. * Facilitate EFNEP Educators in the management of program resources including time, travel, equipment, supplies, and support dollars allocated to the program through both EFNEP and other funds. * Participate in professional development related to job responsibilities as approved by Coordinator and State Team leadership quarterly meetings. * Participate, as appropriate, in FCS Program and Departmental functions and activities. Policy, Systems, and Environmental Interventions-SNAP-Ed (20%) The Regional Nutrition Extension Associate (RNEA) positions serve to identify additional opportunities for policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) change initiatives. They work with county Extension staff, including EFNEP Educators and county Extension Agents and Directors to facilitate and implement PSE initiatives. They are housed in existing County Extension Centers within their assigned unit and have local experience with the counties and communities in a specific geographic area of the state, particularly where EFNEP direct education is occurring. Specific PSE responsibilities include: * Participate in training on PSE interventions/activities. * Identify PSE opportunities to complement EFNEP and SNAP-Ed direct education. * Implement site appropriate and relevant PSE in the counties with EFNEP programming. * Support county Extension Agents and Directors already doing PSE in coordination with EFNEP. * Assist with reporting local feedback on PSE implementation, outcomes, and success stories. *This position is located in Mills River, NC.*

Minimum Education/Experience: * Master's Degree in Foods and Nutrition, Family & Consumer Sciences Education, Public Health, or other related field. * Background in training, adult education or teaching.

Department Required Skills: * Demonstrated success and proficiency in inter-agency collaboration and teamwork with a commitment to diversity and pluralism. * Proficient in verbal and written communication.

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education: * PhD in Foods and Nutrition, Family & Consumer Sciences Education, Public Health, or other related field, with a minimum of 3 years experience in a Food and Nutrition Education program. * 3-5 years experience in training, adult education or teaching. * Demonstrated expertise in adult and youth education theories and practices for diverse audiences and food, nutrition, and health. * Experience in policy, systems, and environmental change implementation. * Experience in community nutrition education and program development for limited resource families. * Experience with Cooperative Extension, EFNEP, SNAP-Ed or other health-related program delivery and management. * Experience with technology used for program delivery, engagement, and reporting. * Grant writing experience. * Strong commitment to the Land Grant philosophy.

Necessary Licenses and Certifications: * A valid drivers license is required for travel. NC drivers license required within 60 days of hire and must be maintained.

AA/EOE: NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148. Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. If highest degree is from an institution outside of the U.S., final candidates are required to have their degree verified at "www.wes.org":http//wes.org. Degree must be obtained prior to start date.

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