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EFNEP Program Assistant (Adult & Youth)

NC State University
Smithfield, NC

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Position Type:

NC Cooperative Extension

Job City & State:

Smithfield, NC

Department :

NCCE Johnston County

Working Title:

EFNEP Program Assistant (Adult & Youth)


12 Month Recurring

Job Type:

Full-Time - Permanent



Essential Job Duties:

The Extension Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) Program Assistant is an employee of NC Cooperative Extension, and NC State University. Under the supervision of the Johnston County Extension Director with guided assistance from the Regional Nutrition Extension Associate, the EFNEP Program Assistant (PA) delivers nutrition and related subject matter to enrolled participants.

The individual in this position will identify, recruit and enroll school age youth and adult participants into the program, make regular teaching visits to enrollees in school, home, or in group settings, teach basic principles of nutrition and food preparation skills, submit required program records as requested, market the program within the assigned area, collaborate with local Cooperative Extension staff and agencies, and assist with securing program resources.

The EFNEP PA receives programmatic guidance from the Regional Nutrition Extension Associate (RNEA) with overall supervision provided by the Johnston County Extension Director. The EFNEP PA and the Regional Nutrition Extension Associate work with the Family and Consumer Science Agent and/or the 4-H Agent to meet the needs of the county as identified by the local advisory council. Renewal of the position is contingent on the availability of funds.

Other Work/Responsibilities:

Under the programmatic guidance of the RNEA, the EFNEP PA conducts nutrition education to limited resource adults and youth in group settings. While performing this role the EFNEP PA:

*Travels within county, district, and state using personal vehicle. Personal vehicle is required.

*Develops and maintains a comprehensive understanding of the role of NCCE as an educational agency.

*Recruits limited resource school-aged youth and families with young children who meet the federal eligibility guidelines for participation in EFNEP.

*Instructs eligible youth and families in nutrition education using approved curricula and teaching methods.
*Conduct food demonstrations to adult and youth groups.

*Facilitates the collection of required data and submits reports to RNEA, EFNEP State office and CED.

*Maintains confidentiality of program information.

*Coordinates with collaborating agencies to extend program outreach to eligible families.

*Establish and maintain partnerships with agencies and organizations serving EFNEP audiences.

*Participates in lifelong learning and professional development by participating in trainings and other opportunities as designated by the RNEA, County Extension Director, District Extension Director and/or State EFNEP office. A few may require overnight travel.

*Attends and participates in required EFNEP meetings and trainings within the county and outside of the county, a few may be overnight travel.

*Enhances program visibility by communicating program impacts to local stakeholders and potential participants.

*Promotes educational opportunities beyond EFNEP within Cooperative Extension and partnering agencies to program participants.

*Recruits, trains and utilizes volunteers to assist in program marketing, data collection and program delivery.

*Meets established programmatic standards for performance and impact.

*Other duties as assigned. Travel within county, district and state are required.

Number of Permanent Employees this Position Supervises:


Percent of Time Spent:


Identify if the Position is Mandatory / Essential / Key:

Not Applicable

Work Schedule:

8:00 am - 5:00 pm Monday-Friday; nights and weekends as needed

Minimum Experience/Education:

The minimum requirement for employment with the North Carolina Cooperative Extension (NCCE) is a high-school diploma or equivalent.

Department Required Skills:

Excellent verbal and written communications skills are required.

Bilingual with written and spoken fluency in both English and Spanish;

Preferred Years Experience, Skills, Training, Education:

Knowledge of the community and social service programs for limited resource families;

Experience teaching and/or working with limited resource adults; and/or nutrition education experience preferred.

Required License or Certification:

Valid Driver’s License and reliable, personal transportation required.

Valid North Carolina driver’s license is required to be attained within 60 days of hire and must be maintained.

Valid NC Driver's License required?:


Commercial Driver's License Required?:


Physical Required?:


Anticipated Hiring Range:


Internal Transfer Only:


Job Open Date:


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