Extension Educator, Extension Educator - Disease Prevention and Management & Nutrition and Physical

United States, North America
Jul 15, 2014

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Position Information

Posting Number: 9420

Internal Posting Date: 07-14-2014

Internal Closing Date: 08-03-2014

External Closing Date: 08-03-2014

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Job Title: Extension Educator

Position Title/Rank: Extension Educator - Disease Prevention and Management & Nutrition and Physical Activity

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Major Administrative Unit/College: Michigan State University Extension

Primary Department: 10058946 EXTENSION HEALTH AND NUTRITION

Position Employee Group: Fixed Term Academic Staff-FAS

Appointment Basis: Annual Year, 12 months

Appointment Status: Fixed Term Academic Staff

Employment %: 100

Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time

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Position Summary: As part of MSU Extension (MSUE) and the Health and Nutrition Institute, this position provides MSUE District 4 (Presque Isle, Otsego, Montmorency, Alpena, Crawford, Oscoda, Alcona, Roscommon, Ogemaw, Iosco and Arenac Counties) as well as statewide leadership and educational programming expertise in alignment with the Disease Prevention and Management and Nutrition and Physical Activity work groups. This position may collaborate across work groups, Institutes and community groups and work with faculty, specialists and educators for advancement of the needs of the Institute clientele; designs, implements and evaluates programming based on basic and applied research and the needs of clientele groups; ensures dissemination of research-based information through various methods, including multi-media, personal education and written articles; and serves as an informational resource for Extension personnel and clientele. The primary work location for this position is in Crawford County.

Specific Responsibilities:
- Plan, conduct and evaluate innovative educational programs that meet current and projected needs in the areas of disease prevention and management and nutrition and physical activity, including programming for audiences enrolled in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Education Program (SNAP-Ed) ;
- Communicate and interact with community groups to evaluate the needs of the clientele;
- Serve as an information resource to clientele, partners and Extension staff;
- Collaborate with MSU Extension staff to conduct and evaluate programming efforts;
- In concert with the MSUE work team(s), work with federal, state and county agencies to complete needs assessment of the community and develop effective programming;
- Create and promote positive public relations for MSU Extension and the Health and Nutrition Institute;
- Author, produce and submit regular research-based educational articles;
- Develop and utilize appropriate media methods to communicate current and timely information, research results, and relevant industry updates, as well as a schedule of current and future activities;
- Actively participate in professional development opportunities;
- Gather and report programming outputs and impacts to demonstrate program effectiveness and to guide future program priorities for MSUE, the Health and Nutrition Institute and the disease prevention and management and nutrition and physical activity work groups;
- Work to ensure that community needs assessments and program development and recruitment efforts include the engagement of Michigan's diverse residents across race, gender, socioeconomic class, disabilities and other differences;
- Plan, organize, implement and evaluate Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program ? Education (SNAP-Ed) group educational programs that are relevant to individual, family and community needs in Crawford County;
- Develop community partnerships and relations in an effort to provide nutrition education and policy/practices in conjunction with local and area wide children's food distribution projects;
- Prepare required reports necessary for the Michigan Planning and Reporting System (Mi PRS), SNAP and others as necessary;
- Actively participate in in-service training and professional development activities that are appropriate to the scope of the position;
- Understand and implements Civil Rights policies and procedures;
- Other duties or projects as assigned by the Institute Director.

Faculty: Minimum Qualifications
Support Staff: Minimum Requirements
- Master's degree from an accredited institution in a field of study related to disease prevention and management, health, nutrition, dietetics or a related field of study must be earned by date of hire;
- 3-years' experience in Extension program delivery or demonstrated ability and skill in educational program planning, implementation and evaluation (relevant experience acquired within the last 5-years preferred);
- Ability to create and carry-out a project plan from research of initial concept to project completion and follow-up;
- Experience with marketing/promotion of educational programs;
- Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills;
- Experience and proven ability working productively with a team;
- Proficiency in use of technology (e.g. web research, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook for mail/calendaring, Adobe Connect for webinars, distance technology, etc.) for day-to-day work and educational program delivery, record keeping, reporting, team-based communications and overall management;
- Ability to regularly travel within the assigned area and surrounding communities, as well as occasional travel outside the assigned area in order to perform duties of this position;
- Demonstrated success in program development and delivery to diverse audiences/communities including but not limited to race, gender, socioeconomic class, disabilities and other differences;
- Proven ability in establishing and working with a diverse network of constituents and community members across race, gender, socioeconomic class, disabilities and other differences to assist with program development and outreach;
- Understanding of and ability to implement Civil Rights principles and compliance standards.

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Required Applicant Documents: Resume/CV
Cover Letter

Optional Applicant Documents: Resume/CV
Cover Letter
Other Document
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Number of Reference Letters Required: No letters required

Special Instructions to Applicants: Applicants should include the names and contact information (including email addresses) of four professional references with the cover letter.

This position is a full-time, end-dated appointment renewable annually based upon successful performance and continued funding.

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