Community Outreach Professional I

Tucson, AZ
Nov 05, 2020
Employment Type
Part Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Posting Number:



Maricopa County Office

Department Website Link:


Greater Phoenix Area


Phoenix, AZ USA

Position 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.

Position is responsible for preparing, delivering and administering food demos for SNAP-Ed participants in community programming. This involves managing a food demo calendar for 16 staff, purchasing, prepping and serving food. Responsibilities also include managing a commercial kitchen that follows the guidelines of the Maricopa County Environmental Services for food safety and cleanliness. Position is responsible for teaching/augmenting life skills such as food safety, knife skills and proper transporting of food to all staff on the Maricopa County SNAP-Ed team. Position develops a mini course aimed at Middle and High School students that prepares them with life skills related to food: food safety, knife skills, shopping, prepping and preparing food. This mini course is delivered to communities to improve life skills and meet community needs.

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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Duties & Responsibilities:


  • Organize and manage food demonstration requests while following Maricopa County Department of Health, AZ Health Zone, and USDA guidelines for food safety.
  • Manage food demo calendar.
  • Forecast food quantities for food demo presentations and purchase responsibly.
  • When approved by supervisor, plan and purchase food demo supplies and/or equipment.
  • Prepare food, wash dishes, clean kitchen, and other related duties to provide food demos to educators.
  • Drive own vehicle and/or SNAP-Ed rental vehicle to different offices, grocery stores, and SNAP-Ed sites for purchasing or delivery.
  • Request and coordinate assistance for food demos when needed.


  • Assist in the training and coordination of volunteers and staff at approved SNAP-Ed sites concerning food safety, food demonstrations, and sanitarian regulations.
  • Assist in conducting workshops and other SNAP-Ed training events related to food preparation and food demonstrations as needed.
  • Pack and transport program materials for SNAP-Ed events and food demonstrations.
  • Assist with events as needed.


  • Communicate with staff and supervisor frequently and keep lines of communication open (verbally, email, text, phone, etc.)
  • Turn in reports and P-Card receipts in a regular and timely manner per UA p-card procedures.
  • Keep current with County and State Health Department regulations as it relates to food demonstrations.
  • Maintain inventory of demo food, supplies and other SNAP-Ed equipment.
  • Assist with SNAP-Ed classes and other events related to nutrition education and food demos.
  • Keep food demo items in storage unit, MCCE office, and commercial kitchen, inventoried and organized.
  • Participate in Arizona statewide nutrition education trainings and adhere to Arizona Health Zone regulations.
  • Assist program as needed, by sorting, packaging, photocopying, filing and/or stapling.
  • Provide general information and answer inquiries regarding the program.
  • Assist agent and Program Coordinator, Sr. in organizing, keeping and preparing records and end-of-year program reports. This may include duties such as data collection, evaluation and reporting.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Knowledge of Food Processor software.
  • 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.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent advanced learning attained through experience required.
  • Up to 1 year of relevant work experience required, including speaking in public and collaborating with local leaders, municipalities, and other stake holders.
  • Has or can attain Servesafe Certification or Food Manager Certification, Food Handler Certification.
  • Must have a flexible schedule.
  • Must have a 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.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bilingual in English and Spanish.



Full Time/Part Time:

Part Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week:


Job FTE:


Work Calendar:


Job Category:

Outreach and Community Engagement

Benefits Eligible:

Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay:


Compensation Type:

hourly rate



Career Stream and Level:


Job Family:

Cmty Outreach

Job Function:

Outreach & Community Engage

Type of criminal background check required::

Fingerprint criminal background check (security sensitive due to title or department)

Number of Vacancies:


Target Hire Date:


Expected End Date:


Contact Information for Candidates:

Mary Conner
[email protected]

Open Date:


Open Until Filled:


Documents Needed to Apply:

Resume and Cover Letter

Special Instructions to Applicant:

Diversity Statement:

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.

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