Healthier Together Educator - Southwest District

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Healthier Together Educator - Southwest District


CAES Southwest District CES

About the University of Georgia:

The University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,700 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 39,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 9,000 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 17 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

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UGA Cooperative Extension was founded in 1914 to bring research-based agricultural information to the people of Georgia. County agents and specialists throughout the state share information on issues like water quality, profitability in agribusiness, family wellness, and life skills. County agents provide soil and water test kits and instruction, advice on safe pesticide use, publications, computer programs, and lessons in consumer skills to improve Georgians’ quality of life. They are the local experts in food safety, proper eating habits, child safety, and parenting. UGA Extension coordinates 4-H, Georgia’s largest youth program. Each year, almost 200,000 young Georgians participate in community projects, summer camps, and conferences on today’s issues while having fun and learning to work together. The leadership skills and values they learn in 4-H last a lifetime. UGA Extension reaches more than 2.6 million Georgians through education programs each year. Millions more rely on UGA Extension’s publications, educational news articles, and public television programming for advice and information.

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Benefits Eligible

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Full Time

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Regular hours Monday through Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm; occasional weekends or nights as needed

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Other South Georgia Area

EEO Policy Statement:

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR ([email protected]).

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Teacher AD





Minimum Qualifications:

Requires at least a baccalaureate degree in the field.

Position Summary:

This position will focus on teaching nutrition and helping to increase physical activities, building community coalitions. It will also be involved with recruiting and marketing.

The purpose of the Healthier Together initiative is to implement environmental change strategies for obesity prevention through UGA Extension at the community level in Calhoun, Stewart, Clay, and Dooly counties, where the CDC determined over 40% of adults are obese. The residents of these counties have high rates of physical inactivity, food insecurity, and do not live in environments conducive to being physically active and eating healthy. For those who are overweight and obese, there is a higher incidence of diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure, and heart disease, which causes the most health related deaths in the Georgia.

This grant is giving these communities the opportunity to build walking trails and community gardens (among other projects) to increase access to healthy foods and physical activity. To have a major impact on obesity, we must involve multiple sectors within communities — elected officials, churches, businesses, grocery stores, and local health departments and use different strategies. This position is a funded 100% grant which ends September 2023. Sustained position funding is contingent on the continuation of the grant.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies:

Proficient in typing, filling, and computer skills such as Windows, Microsoft Office and Quick Books. Work in this occupation is by nature a combination of office and field work.
Be able to work and travel with the 4-H Youth program.
Be a communicator.

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Some degree of physical activity, including lifting, to conduct programs (e.g., handling supplies and demonstration materials, audio/visual equipment, etc.) Some standing and/or sitting for various lengths of time. Driving.

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Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website.


Teach nutrition classes throughout the grant-funded areas of South Georgia by teaching nutrition standards thus impacting children, youth, and others living healthier lives by learning to control obesity and the diseases that are associated with obesity

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Order supplies needed to carry out programming in the 4 counties participating in the Grant

Recruiting, marketing

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Promote increasing physical activities

Assist building community coalitions

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Posted: 4/15/2021
Application Due: 4/23/2021
Work Type: Full Time