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Community Nutrition Educator, Rochester area

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Job Title: Community Nutrition Educator, Rochester area
Location: Rochester
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 344552
About the Job Title: Community Nutrition Educator (4911)

[Youth focused] [Spanish education] [General education]

Working Title: EFNEP Community Nutrition Educator

Program Area: Extension Center for Family Development

Location: Full-time position available in the Rochester area

Minimum Salary: $19.00 per hour; dependent on qualifications

Deadline to Apply: December 31, 2021


The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) is a federally funded program that uses a peer educator model to teach families with limited incomes. The main content CNEs teach in EFNEP include basic nutrition and cooking, food safety, food resource management, and physical activity. Visit the EFNEP web page for more information,

The EFNEP Community Nutrition Educators (CNEs) come from the neighborhoods served by this program and have familiarity with their fellow communities which makes them thoughtful and knowledgeable peer educators. As a CNE, you will have the opportunity to positively impact local communities by assisting families with limited incomes in gathering the nutrition knowledge and skills that contribute to leading a healthy life. You will also encourage and unify community members and families to learn together in a group setting, or, in a home visit setting. CNEs play an active and significant role in the communities they serve by attending community events and health fairs to not only promote EFNEP, but to encourage families to create change in their own communities.

This is a full-time position and will focus primarily on teaching EFNEP programming to one of three audiences:

    Youth focusedSpanish-speakingGeneral education
Candidates must have experience working within one of these audiences. Please include your teaching preference(s) on your cover letter. You may indicate more than one preference.

This position will travel frequently across the Rochester area to deliver EFNEP programming.


Direct Education (70%)

    Using approved nutrition curricula, teaches and delivers educational programs either face-to-face, or using distance technologies (as appropriate and allowable per national office approval) to target audiences. Create a positive “hands on” learning environment for participants, demonstrating cultural sensitivity and understanding of issues associated with living with a limited income and resources.Actively seeks out and builds new partnerships to maintain a consistent teaching schedule of 8-10 hours per week.Once established, teaches 8-10 hours weekly and enrolls 100 eligible adults annually and/or 400 youth participants Organizes and follows the schedule of teaching groups or home visits. Actively engages in offered training and coaching in order to continually improve overall quality and impact of nutrition education and daily work.Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends as needed.
Administrative Procedures and Protocols (15%)

    Recruits eligible participants for EFNEP class series, manages and collects participant-level paperwork (entry and exit EFNEP evaluations) as well as attendance sheets and other requested paperwork.Follows budgetary guidelines and procedures regarding travel, programming supplies, and equipment.Updates calendar weekly, completes and submits travel expenses and receipts within 60 days. Vacation and sick leave requests must also be submitted accurately and on time (2 weeks prior for vacation). Working with the EFNEP Regional Coordinator, documents EFNEP success stories.Actively participates in EFNEP team meetings to help develop a consistent, effective EFNEP team.Participates in meetings, trainings, and conferences related to EFNEP, Health and Nutrition, or Family Development as appropriate. Meetings may require travel to other Extension offices, or occasionally, travel to other parts of the state.
Communications and Community Partnerships (15%)

    Maintains high level of communication with supervisors and other program staff regarding classes (how classes went, how the curriculum worked with the audience, etc.) and daily work.Respectful, prompt, and clear communication in-person, via phone, and University of Minnesota’s Google calendar and email system.Fills in for other educators as needed or teach classes arranged by regional coordinator or to fulfill other grant requirements. Works with the EFNEP Program Coordinator to build strong, long-term community partnerships to provide ideas for program improvements, recognize program success, and thanks partners for their involvement.

Other Responsibilities Assigned as Needed


This is a full-time AFSCME 7 (Union) appointment at the level of Community Nutrition Educator (4911). This is a University of Minnesota appointment and benefits, including health and life insurance, are listed on the University of Minnesota Human Resources web page: This full-time position will report to one of two Regional Coordinators for EFNEP. This position will be located in the Rochester area.

Qualifications Required Qualifications:

    High school diploma or the equivalent. Minimum of two full time years’ experience in a job, volunteer, or other applicable setting related to food. Experience can be paid or unpaid – experience in childcare, foster care, a kitchen, church, recreation center, or similar setting is acceptable.

Additional Requirements:

    Must have reliable high-speed internet access - significant time spent on the computer preparing for, and delivering a live, online class, or holding virtual meetings with EFNEP team members or community partners.Valid driver's license and reliable vehicle with required liability insurance, to be utilized for frequent travel within Minnesota, primarily in the Rochester area Has a personal cell phone to be use for work purposesAbility to lift 40 pounds (including but not limited to poster boards, groceries for food demonstrations, laptop bag, educational incentives, and rolling kitchens -not all sites have a dedicated parking or elevators, so educators must be prepared to walk to teaching sites and carry materials up several flights of stairs).Sit, stand for extended periods of time (drive to/from classes, set up, teach up to three hours, and clean classroom, prepare food, etc)

Preferred Qualifications:

    Minimum of two full time years’ experience in teaching, coaching, or community education related to the preparation of healthy food for families, food purchasing, and food budgeting. Experience should show:Demonstrated success in teaching youth (school, after school), Spanish audiences, or other audiences
Demonstrated ability to work effectively among diverse groups, including coworkers, social organizations, and community members from a variety of cultural backgrounds. Experience working within communities, preferably in a teaching, coaching, or community education-related role.Clear, respectful communication style.Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as part of a team.Demonstrated skills in planning, organizing, problem-solving, and successfully completing multiple tasks under pressure of deadline.Demonstrated success in building partnerships and networks for the purpose of strengthening and/or marketing programs.Willingness to receive and integrate constructive feedback from supervisor into plan of workBasic food skills including preparing and cooking food, knife skills, and food safety Basic experience and familiarity with using Google Calendar and Google mail, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and doing internet searches. Familiarity with different modes of technology (i.e. laptop, iPad, office computer) and open to using technology to deliver lessons and collect data.

About the Department ABOUT EXTENSION

The University of Minnesota Extension is a major outreach arm of the University of Minnesota, a land grant institution with a mission to serve the public through applied research and education. The mission of the University of Minnesota Extension is: Making a difference by connecting community needs and University resources to address critical issues in Minnesota.

As one of four centers, the Extension Center for Family Development helps families make informed decisions leading to better health, financial security and well-being. We accomplish this by developing, delivering and evaluating credible, relevant and research-based education; working closely with others across Minnesota to build the strengths of individuals and families of all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds; conducting and collaborating on research projects; recruiting and retaining expert faculty and staff passionate about families and their success; increasing the understanding of our work among key stakeholders; securing resources to sustain and grow programs that meet emerging needs and support strategic priorities. Extension Center for Family Development programs currently focus on family resilience, food safety, and health and nutrition, with special effort in the areas of children’s mental health, families in transition, building healthy and strong families, and preparing for an aging Minnesota.

How To Apply Applications must be submitted online. From the posting page, click on the “Apply for Job” button and follow the instructions. Please include the following attachments with your online application.

    Resume – You must include all relevant qualifications (paid or unpaid) based on the required qualifications. The initial HR screening process focuses primarily on the resume.Cover letter which:Describes your qualifications for the position based upon the job requirements and position responsibilities.Indicates which teaching preference(s) you are applying for (Youth focused, Spanish-speaking, or General education) Includes examples of your proven ability to perform this job.
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To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail [email protected] or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).

For questions about the position or assistance with the online application, contact:

Sarah Jergenson, EFNEP Regional Coordinator, at 651-704-2068 or [email protected].


The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.

The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. To learn more about diversity at the U:

Employment Requirements

Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

Please note: All employees at the University of Minnesota are required to report complete vaccination against COVID-19 or submit documentation requesting a medical or religious exemption on their first day of employment. To learn more, please visit the University's COVID-19 Response webpage.

About the U of M

The University of Minnesota Rochester (UMR)

The University of Minnesota Rochester (UMR) offers distinctive health sciences education to prepare students for a broad spectrum of current and emerging careers, ranging from patient care to pure and applied research. Serving more than 750 students in the heart of downtown Rochester, UMR is "recoding the DNA of learning" through individualized experience, personal growth, community engagement, and an integrated health sciences curriculum for tomorrow's health professionals.


Working at University of Minnesota - Rochester

UMR offers distinctive health sciences and biosciences education to prepare students for a broad spectrum of current and emerging careers, ranging from patient care to pure and applied research.

The campus community serves approximately 750 undergraduate and graduate students in the heart of downtown Rochester.

Vision: The University of Minnesota Rochester will inspire and empower undergraduates to solve the grand health care challenges of the 21st century.

Founded: 2006

First Graduating Class: 2013

Location: Downtown Rochester, Minnesota -- in the heart of the medical world

Specialty: Undergraduate Health Sciences

UMR Majors:

Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (BSHS)

  • An innovative degree program with an integrated curriculum to provide students with a foundational undergraduate education that allows them to pursue a wide range of careers in the health sciences field.

Bachelor of Science in Health Professions (BSHP)

Enrollment: Enrollment varies by class, but maximum enrollment is approximately 1,000.

Average Incoming High School Cumulative GPA: 3.6

Average Class Size: 21

Median ACT: 22-27

Student to Faculty Ratio: 12:1

Note: There are no Teaching Assistants. There are no lecture halls. Faculty are available in JustASK Centers daily.

Financial Aid: 97% of students received financial aid in 2017.

Diversity Profile: University of Minnesota Rochester

The University of Minnesota Rochester (UMR) has always prided itself in its diverse student body. UMR is different from other colleges and universities, having a single focus in providing degrees in health care. At this innovative campus, students who are traditionally in underrepresented populations in higher education (students of color, first-year generation students, Pell Grant-eligible students) are not only being retained but are also graduating in four years at rates above national numbers. Last year’s incoming class included 35.7% students of color.


Faculty and staff build relationships with students, connecting them to resources that contribute to student success during their time at UMR. Each student is paired with a success coach and given access to learning cohorts, Living Learning CommunitiesJustASK centers where faculty are readily available, bridge programs, and first-year student research teams.


More than 90% of UMR graduates complete their education and earn their degrees in four years or less, reducing the debt that they incur compared to other universities. Because of the specialized degrees offered at UMR, alumni graduate into a field where they are able to find jobs quickly, fulfilling a workforce shortage. 100% of Bachelor of Science in Health Professions students are employed in their field post-graduation.  


Students who graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences degree continue their studies in medicine, mental health, public health and research.


UMR is constantly being driven to discover new, innovative ways to serve its students. One of the ways this is accomplished is through faculty’s primary research being conducted on student learning. The results of this research is seen in UMR’s unique flipped classrooms, active classroom environment (rather than traditional lecture-based classes), consistent group work, and most notably, the intersection between various subjects. Faculty in UMR’s Center for Learning Innovation offer an integrated curriculum, enabling students to develop critical thinking skills, empowering them to be exceptional learners whose careers address real life and real-world problems in the health care arena.


As the workforce demand in the health care industry increases, as well as the diversity among graduating high school seniors, not only in Minnesota but also around the country and world, UMR is poised to welcome underrepresented students to its purpose-driven campus. UMR’s evidence-based, relationship-driven practices are propelling the University to inspire transformation in higher education through innovations that empower graduates to solve the grand health challenges of the 21st century.

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