Title: Extension Program Associate 3
Working Title: EFNEP Program Coordinator
Program Area: Extension Center for Family Development
Office Location: Ramsey County Extension Office (St. Paul)
Application Deadline: Review of the application will begin 3/24/17, position will remain open until filled
ABOUT THIS POSITION
The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) is a federally funded nutrition education program that uses a paraprofessional model to teach low-income families. The mission of this program is to assist limited resource families in acquiring the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and changed behavior necessary for nutritionally sound diets, and to contribute to their personal development and the family’s nutritional well-being. This EFNEP Program Coordinator position supervises EFNEP Community Nutrition Educators (CNEs) based in Hennepin, Ramsey, Dakota, and Anoka counties, by providing guidance, support, training, and performance management to ensure effective program delivery to the target audience and to ensure program outcomes are met. Educators come from the neighborhoods served by the programs and have personal knowledge and experience with the community. The main content taught in EFNEP includes basic nutrition, food safety, food resource management, and physical activity. Visit the EFNEP web page for more information on this program.
This position is a full-time position and will report to the EFNEP Extension Educator. While this position will travel frequently, it will be based out of two offices: the Ramsey County Extension Office in St. Paul.
Supervision of Program Staff (45%)
*Supervise the day-to-day work of multiple EFNEP Community Nutrition Educators (CNEs), adjusting the team’s work as needed to maximize efficiencies and impacts.
*Conduct ongoing performance management of CNEs through record and report monitoring, teaching observations, monthly one-on-one meetings, and monthly all-staff meetings.
*Prepare and support CNEs in delivering approved educational programs and following the EFNEP guidelines, to ensure program fidelity and success.
*Observe, monitor, direct, and coach to ensure that CNEs correctly and completely do the following:
-Deliver engaging, effective, and adaptive quality educational programs to target audiences.
-Secure participant-level paperwork regarding demographic info, eligibility, 24- hour dietary recall, attendance, assessment, and program evaluation.
-Record participant data and course outcomes in the database.
-Follow budgetary guidelines and procedures regarding travel, programming supplies, and other financial considerations.
*Provide training for CNEs on content, approved curricula and programs, effective teaching and delivery methods, program reporting and evaluation methods, and other procedures and protocols.
Program Management (20%)
*In partnership with the other EFNEP Program Coordinator, oversee the implementation and evaluation of all EFNEP programming in Minnesota.
*Provide administrative oversight, effective resource management, and quality control of community programming conducted by CNEs.
*Oversee and coordinate the development and implementation of partner-level agreements to ensure audience eligibility and establish terms of programming.
*Implement grants and other program agreements in accordance with program plans, research protocols, and guidance documents.
*Assist the EFNEP Extension Educator in planning courses for CNEs, including choosing core curricula, planning adaptations, and documenting plans.
*Develop schedule of teaching engagements for CNEs.
*Implement evaluation plan to assess outcomes.
*Train and manage the dietary recall process, reporting protocols, and evaluations plans implemented by EFNEP CNEs.
*Actively seek better understanding of community health and nutrition issues, public health approaches, and new research and strategies in order to guide EFNEP CNEs in translating this knowledge into programmatic efforts.
Communications and Community Partnerships (25%)
*Maintain positive internal communications by seeking, analyzing, and synthesizing feedback from CNEs on participant and community concerns, program implementation, curricula, and other resources to improve the quality and efficiency in the program and better meet the needs of EFNEP participants.
*Collaborate with other Extension personnel to enhance program delivery through coordination and sharing of resources, formative research, and program evaluation information.
*Maintain a sound understanding of, and familiarity with, community demographics, key partners and stakeholders such as local health and human services, and county health and nutrition initiatives.
*Coordinate and facilitate meetings with community members, partners, and other stakeholders.
*Build sustainable relationships with local agencies serving the target population, working to establish recruitment and teaching opportunities for educators.
*Engage, negotiate, and coordinate with multiple partners to strengthen partnerships and establish community teaching sites where feasible.
*Working in partnership with the EFNEP Program Coordinator and EFNEP Extension Educator, prepare program reports for funders and stakeholders.
*Develop and implement an ongoing communication plan with partners and stakeholders with the goal of establishing sustainable relationships, securing feedback, providing updates and outcomes-related summaries, and thanking partners and stakeholders for their involvement.
*Maintain professional relationships to further EFNEP and health and nutrition goals
Other Responsibilities Assigned as Needed
This is a full-time civil service appointment at the level of Extension Program Associate 3 (7316A3). This position will be annually renewable based on performance, funding, and program needs (temporary for one year with possibility of extending). 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: www.umn.edu/ohr/eb. This position will be located on in the Ramsey County Extension Office in St. Paul, and the new Minneapolis location.