Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) Coordinator

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Working Title:

Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) Coordinator

Anticipated Hiring Range:

Commensurate with Experience ($80,000 - $90,000)

Work Schedule:

Monday - Friday / 40 hours/week (additional hours as needed)

Job Location:

Raleigh, NC

Department :

Agricultural and Human Sciences

About the Department:

The position will provide leadership to the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) and serve as the Regional Training Specialist for the SNAP-Ed/Steps to Health program, both of which are federally funded nutrition education programs serving low-income audiences.

EFNEP at North Carolina State University provides nutrition education to low-income families with young children, pregnant women, and school-aged youth. In addition to face-to-face learning opportunities, EFNEP utilizes contemporary technology in nutrition education to expand program reach and deliver educational content to participants.

Steps to Health is North Carolina State University’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (SNAP-Ed) Program. Through direct education programs, policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) change initiatives, and social marketing campaigns, Steps to Health provides comprehensive support to limited resource individuals and families across North Carolina, and North Carolinians at large.

The EFNEP Coordinator will help to coordinate the collaboration of the EFNEP and SNAP-Ed programs across the state as a member of the federal nutrition programs leadership team.

Essential Job Duties:

The EFNEP Coordinator is a member of the Department of Agricultural & Human Sciences in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. This position is funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture and is therefore contingent upon receipt of these funds. The Coordinator has leadership and administrative responsibilities for encouraging and supporting staff working with EFNEP. The position will provide leadership, communicate program value, direct statewide program implementation aligned with federal policy, develop long-term program plan, evaluate and report program impacts, promote collaborations both internally and externally, and practice good stewardship of all resources. The position will also work closely with colleagues across the university, the state, and the nation to assure current nutrition education research and best practices are being applied to the implementation of the program in North Carolina.

The position will work closely with the SNAP-Ed Program Coordinator, and SNAP-Ed PI, and NC State campus-based staff to ensure that efforts are complementary and align with both EFNEP’s and SNAP-Ed’s federal, state, and organizational guidelines and policies as part of the overall NC Cooperative Extension program. The Coordinator will report to the FCS Program Leader for Cooperative Extension.

The EFNEP Coordinator is expected to maintain proficiency in EFNEP policy, university, state and local policy and guidelines, nutrition, food resource management and food safety subject matter, dietary guidelines, physical activity guidelines, public health approaches, pedagogy, andragogy and educational modalities, relevant technology, issues facing target audiences (poverty, inequity, etc.), nutrition assistance programs, diversity and inclusion, the Land Grant system, Cooperative Extension, and leadership. The EFNEP Coordinator is expected to develop and sustain good partnerships between federal, state and local partners to support EFNEP goals and outreach. The Coordinator will provide direct supervision to campus-based EFNEP staff and to the Regional Nutrition Extension Associates.

The position will seek opportunities for program expansion through promoting program success, engaging with nutrition education researchers and specialists whose research informs and benefits program delivery, and through partnerships with state and local government and foundations.

Specific job responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Effectively manage the fiscal, human, and physical resources of the program. Work within federal, state and local policy and guidelines to provide systematic operational procedures for program implementation, staff recruitment, and program support.
  • Coordinate staff recruitment, hiring, training, and performance appraisal. Develop and modify staffing plans and position descriptions in accordance with strategic plan. Facilitate effective performance management. Recognize and reward staff. Navigate personnel and performance management issues while consulting and complying with HR guidelines.
  • Develop program budget and adhere to federal, university, and state accounting policies. Demonstrate fiscal responsibility through good stewardship that results in sustaining current reach and/or expanding reach. Seek and secure additional resources. Submit preliminary and final budget reports as required yearly as designated by federal policy.
  • Monitor program evaluation processes. Provide oversight for data quality and integrity. Provide oversight to the creation and adaptation of evaluation plans and instruments. Submit required federal, state, and local reports of outreach and impacts.
  • Provide participatory leadership in the development of the strategic plan for the program, including program locations and goals. Coordinate program planning based upon capacity and needs assessments. Assure compliance with program guidelines and program integrity. Submit plan and yearly updates as required by federal partner.
  • Contribute to local, state, multi-state, regional and national program innovation and efforts.
  • Communicate quantitative and qualitative program impacts and program value both internally and externally. Promote program by tailoring messages to stakeholder interests addressed by the program.
  • Promote collaborations. Develop shared vision. Integrate evidence-based strategies and practices into program. Maintain purposeful engagement with program staff, faculty, university administration, partner agencies, and funders. Bridge university and community systems.
  • Foster synergistic coordination and collaboration between EFNEP and Steps to Health resulting in stronger programming, greater outreach and greater impacts.
  • Foster diversity, inclusion, and cultural responsiveness in all aspects of the program.

Other Responsibilities:

Other responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Participate in local, regional, state, and/or national programmatic workgroups and committees.
  • Work with Departmental faculty to coordinate outreach for research projects.
  • Conduct periodic program reviews to assure programs consistently align with federal policy.
  • Regular travel within the state to promote partnerships or attend program events. Travel within the continental US to attend designated conferences approved in EFNEP policy.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the supervisor.

Minimum Education and Experience:

Master’s degree in nutrition education, adult education, extension education, family and consumer sciences, public health or a related field.

Other Required Qualifications:

  • Background in nutrition education.
  • Experience in supervision and/or leadership within a nutrition education program.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

7+ years of experience in supervision and/or leadership within a nutrition education program.

Required License(s) or Certification(s):

Valid North Carolina driver’s license or the ability to obtain within 60 days of start.

Valid NC Driver's License required:


Commercial Driver's License required:


Job Open Date:


Anticipated Close Date:

Open until filled.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

In addition to your application please submit a CV, cover letter, and the contact information for at least three (3) professional references.

Position Number:


Position Type:

EHRA Non-Faculty

Full Time Equivalent (FTE) (1.0 = 40 hours/week):



12 Month Recurring

Mandatory Designation - Adverse Weather:

Non Mandatory - Adverse Weather

Mandatory Designation - Emergency Events:

Mandatory - Medical Emergencies

Is this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies?:


Department ID:

111401 - Agricultural and Human Sciences


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.

If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or [email protected] 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 equivalency verified at www.wes.org or equivalent service. Degree(s) must be obtained prior to start date in order to meet qualifications and receive credit.

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Job No:
Posted: 6/8/2021
Application Due: 9/6/2021
Work Type: Full Time