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Extension Assistant, Community Health, Family & Consumer Sciences

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville, TN

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POSITION X2251              Extension Assistant, Community Health                                            


LOCATION                        Department of Family & Consumer Sciences, UT Extension, Institute of         Agriculture, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN


EFFECTIVE DATE               July 1, 2022



Salary is commensurate with training and experience. This is a grant-funded position. Continued employment is contingent upon performance and funding. Benefits include group hospitalization and life insurance; State Employees Retirement; Workers’ Compensation; sick and annual leave; numerous University of Tennessee and state benefits programs, including liberal time off for holidays and longevity pay after three years of service; reimbursement for official travel.



The Extension Assistant is responsible to the Assistant Dean for the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) and works under programmatic direction of the grant Principal Investigator (PI)/Associate Professor for Community Health. This position will be responsible for providing support to the grant-funded TN Vaccine Education program, Falls Prevention programs, and other priority projects for Family & Consumer Sciences and Community Health. Included activities involve delivery of current, research-based subject matter information and educational training to Extension agents, community partners, and volunteers; developing educational materials for public distribution to support educational programs; planning and conducting regional and statewide events and supporting educational curriculum development; and planning, conducting, implementing and evaluating educational program components to meet the needs of all participants under supervision of project manager(s) and grant PI.


    Contribute to curriculum development activities, including preparing lesson guides and PowerPoints; developing and edit educational support pieces; and design educational and promotional materialsManage and monitor digital assets for assigned projectsCoordinate program development activities with other entities (internal and external to UT); monitor progress to ensure timely execution of priority tasksPlan and organize social media education and promotional efforts for assigned projects; develop or coordinate development with appropriate subject-matter specialistsCoordinate distribution, review, and revision of educational materialsMaintain communication with Extension agents about program Coordinate meetings, create and maintain communication with grant support teamsOrganize and assist with conducting in-service training for agents, volunteers, community partners, and Extension clientelePlan and conduct educational activities for supported projects, including appropriate teaching methods to include in-person and virtual deliverySolve problems and proactively address anticipated issues and needsDevelop reporting guidance and communicate to program implementersTrack program delivery and manage participant data, including reporting to appropriate databases; communicate county-level evaluation data Assist with collecting success stories for assigned projectsAssist with grant report preparation



    Bachelor’s degree in a related field (public health, health education/promotion, family & consumer sciences, behavioral science; public administration, organizational or project management, etc.)
Preferred Experience:

    Served as an Extension Assistant I for 1 to 2 years with a satisfactory or better performance rating and evidence of ability to work well with colleagues and clientele.Familiarity with Extension or Extension experienceMaster’s degree in related field Experience coordinating multi-site projects

Job Skills:

    Excellent organizational and time management skillsDemonstrated ability to effectively and efficiently coordinate activities of multiple units/teamsDemonstrated ability to communicate effectively through written and verbal means with internal and external audiences Demonstrated ability to manage and monitor grant budgets, deliverables, and reportingAbility to apply sound judgment, work independently, and problem solveAbility to collaborate effectively with internal teams and external stakeholdersDemonstrated ability to develop, edit, and deploy digital communications, including video and asynchronous educationProficient skills in Microsoft Office, social media, and other technologies required to fulfill roleDemonstrated interest in professional activities of the discipline in ways other than teaching and/or technical Extension work.



Submit a complete application packet which includes a 1) letter of interest, 2) a resume or curriculum vitae, 3) and official or unofficial transcripts showing degree(s) conferred.


Please apply online by clicking this link: External Applicants           


Dr. Janet Fox

Assistant Dean & Department Head                  Phone:          (865) 974-7384

Family & Consumer Sciences                               Fax:               (865) 974-1068

121 Morgan Hall                                                     E-mail:          [email protected]
2621 Morgan Circle                                               Web Site:

Knoxville, TN 37996-4530

Job: Extension Service Professional
Primary Location: US-Tennessee-knoxville
Organization: Family And Consumer Sciences
Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: May 25, 2022, 4:13:57 PM


Working at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Founded in 1794, the University of Tennessee is one of the nation’s oldest and most storied public universities. Based in Knoxville, Tennessee’s flagship land-grant institution includes the statewide Institute of Agriculture and the Space Institute in Tullahoma. The university embodies excellence in teaching, discovery, scholarship, research, creative activity, outreach, and engagement. Known as the Volunteers, we lead with a spirit of selflessness, empathy, and courage, and strive to be champions for diversity, equity, and inclusion

UT Knoxville is a Research 1 university with 11 academic colleges and more than 900 programs of study. With an enrollment of more than 30,000 students, our academic programs are repeatedly ranked top in their class. The university co-manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the country’s most prominent national lab, driving innovation in advanced manufacturing and materials, national security, and more. We are closely connected with our communities through outreach and extension efforts across Tennessee and through partnerships with non-profits, corporations, and industries—regionally, nationally, and around the globe.

The city of Knoxville is nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The modern, thriving community is surrounded by gorgeous lakes and hundreds of miles of walking, hiking, and biking trails. Situated along the banks of the Tennessee River, our beautiful features an eclectic music scene, internationally recognized festivals, unique restaurants, and a robust offering of diverse cultural activities. Knoxville is located within a day’s drive of Atlanta, Nashville, Asheville, Charlotte, Louisville, Cincinnati, Memphis, Chicago, and Washington D.C.

Knoxville and the surrounding counties have a population of more than 850,000 people. The region houses many leading corporations and organizations, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pilot/Flying J, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and Regal Cinemas, along with HGTV, Food Network, and other networks owned by Discovery Inc.

As a member of the UT family, you will be surrounded by top-notch faculty, staff, and students from around the world. You will be part of a diverse campus community that is passionate about changing the world and cheering for the Vols on game day.

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