Community Outreach Professional I

Tucson, AZ
Nov 05, 2020
Employment Type
Full 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.

The Community Coordinator position will be working in the Maricopa County area and deliver services for the Arizona Health Zone Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education program (AZHZ SNAP-Ed) with Maricopa County community entities such as school districts, community centers, community gardens, emergency food assistance/food bank sites, farmers markets, adult education programs, housing sites, municipalities, faith-based organizations, and other sites within that include the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community (SRPMIC). All responsibilities will support the Childhood, Food Systems and Active Living objectives 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, andvision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation,sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee andqualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UArecreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities:

Increase Availability of Healthy Produce:

  • Coordinate efforts in SRPMIC 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.

Active Living:

  • Work collaboratively with community members and stakeholders to understand Active Living in the SRPMIC.
  • Based on community guidance and leadership, develop strategies and activities to increase opportunities for SRPMIC 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.

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.
  • 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.

Preferred Qualifications:



Full Time/Part Time:

Full 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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