Community Outreach Professional I
Maricopa County OfficeDepartment Website Link:
Greater Phoenix AreaAddress:
Phoenix, AZ USAPosition Highlights:
The AZ Health Zone supports moms and communities across Arizona to make healthy changes in homes and neighborhoods. From local gardens in your community, to working with your kids’ school to create healthy environments, the AZ Health Zone provides your family opportunities to be active and healthy your way.
The Community Coordinator will seek to engage the community in downtown Buckeye, therefore, Bilingual (English/Spanish) skills are preferred. This position is designed to work directly in the community; therefore, it is designed with a split schedule of approximately 80% community work and 20% at the office. This position will deliver services for the AZ Health Zone Program to the Buckeye downtown area at diverse community entities such as school districts, community centers, community gardens, emergency food/food bank sites, farmers markets, adult education programs, housing sites, municipalities, faith-based organizations, and other sites. All responsibilities will support the Active Living, Childhood and Food Systems strategies for AZ Health Zone (AZHZ), Maricopa County’s goal of improving the health and well-being of individuals and families through nutrition education and policy, system, and environmental (PSE) strategies.
This is an Extended Temporary Employment (ETE) position.
Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!
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As a cost-saving measure related to the impact of COVID-19, Furlough and Furlough-Based Salary Programs have been approved by the Arizona Board of Regents. All new hires subject to the programs will be notified in accordance with adopted Furlough and Furlough-Based Salary Programs guidelines and will be required to comply with all measures. To learn more about the programs and whether this position is affected, please visit hr.arizona.edu/FY-2020-2021-Furlough-Program.Duties & Responsibilities:
Increase Availability of Healthy Produce:
- Coordinate efforts in Buckeye, AZ to increase availability of healthy produce.
- Recruit, train and retain interns/volunteers that assist in increasing capacity of local farmers.
- Identify people in the agriculture community for speaker presentations and opportunities to expand markets in community.
- Provide resources, trainings, and technical assistance to small acreage farmers and organizations.
Coordinate community and home garden programming efforts:
- Guide community partners in the planning and implementation of new gardens and help to develop sustainability plans to help sites maintain successful gardens.
- Provide ongoing technical assistance and resources to ensure garden successes.
- Provide garden education and training for youth and adults.
- Maintain record of garden locations and progress.
Coordinate efforts to increase availability and accessibility of healthy produce in designated communities:
- Connect local growers with local markets.
- Support emergency food assistance sites.
- Expand the Summer Food Service Program.
- Coordinate farmers market promotion and train community in use of SNAP benefits.
- Engage individuals impacted by schools, youth-based organizations and ECE sites in planning, developing and implementing public health strategies that support Policy, Systems and Environment (PSE) strategies in childhood settings.
- Coordinate with community members and community partners to support schools, youth-based organizations and ECE sites, to meet specific needs related to food access or physical activity opportunities.
- Work to improve nutrition and physical activity practices and environment at schools, youth-based organizations and ECE sites.
- Train partners to implement and sustain gardens and to support local food procurement.
- Provide Train-the-Trainer and resources to support policy implementation.
- Support recruiting, formation and participation of school wellness committees.
- Support LWP revision, dissemination and communication with stakeholders.
- Work collaboratively with community members and stakeholders to understand Active Living in the Buckeye, AZ.
- Based on community guidance and leadership, develop strategies and activities to increase opportunities for Buckeye, AZ community members to be physically active.
- Build relationships with community members, local leaders, active living advocates and Tribal Government to increase access and use of current infrastructure and to support the development of the built environment.
- This position will engage community to determine where to network and what strategies from above would be important to focus on.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
- Familiarity with, and knowledge of, trauma informed approaches.
- Demonstrate good presentation skills and be able to demonstrate various teaching principles and procedures.
- Demonstrate word processing, excel spreadsheet, and computer skills and be able to assist or manage the SNAP-Ed data through the SNAP-Ed database.
- Knowledge of the ethical handling of research data.
- Ability to work independently.
- Demonstrate good interpersonal skills.
- Skilled in teaching limited income youth, adults and seniors in a variety of settings.
- Ability to effectively communicate verbally, and through email, voicemail, social media and written.
- Bachelor's degree or equivalent advanced learning attained through experience required.
- Up to 1 year of relevant work experience required, speaking in public and collaborating with local leaders, municipalities, and other stake holders.
- Must have a flexible schedule.
- Must have reliable, personal vehicle in order to perform duties as required by this role. (For example, travel back and forth between the office and an assigned work sites where nutrition and physical activity classes are taught.)
- Must have a valid driver's license and the ability to drive according to the University Fleet Safety Policy.
- Must be able to move/transport 50 pounds and work smartly and effectively to reduce risk of injury during lifting, packing and transporting program materials to sites.
- Bilingual in English and Spanish.
Non-ExemptFull Time/Part Time:
Full TimeNumber of Hours Worked per Week:
Outreach and Community EngagementBenefits Eligible:
Yes - Full BenefitsRate of Pay:
5Career Stream and Level:
Cmty OutreachJob Function:
Outreach & Community EngageType of criminal background check required::
Fingerprint criminal background check (security sensitive due to title or department)Number of Vacancies:
1Target Hire Date:
11/30/2020Expected End Date:
11/4/2022Contact Information for Candidates:
11/4/2020Open Until Filled:
YesDocuments Needed to Apply:
Resume and Cover LetterSpecial Instructions to Applicant:
At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.