(This is a grant-funded, non-tenure track position. Funding must be available for any continuation of appointment).
Work Location: LSU AgCenter School of Nutrition and Food Sciences, Knapp Hall, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The Extension Associate’s office will be located in Baton Rouge on the LSU campus. This is a grant-funded position with 100% time allocation to SNAP-Ed.
Position Description: The field coordinator will provide support to SNAP-Ed parish and state office faculty and staff implementing educational programs addressing critical needs with an emphasis on nutrition education with limited-resource audiences. The coordinator will serve as the primary resource for SNAP-Ed field staff for coalition development and maintenance and policy, systems, and environmental change strategies to address food and physical activity access in SNAP-Ed communities. The coordinator will travel frequently to conduct parish visits to identify needs, provide support to community coalitions and SNAP-Ed staff, and ensure compliance of SNAP-Ed guidelines. Travel out of state for professional development will be required periodically.
This coordinator must be willing to maintain professional competence as a staff member of the LSU AgCenter. Coordination and collaboration with other LSU AgCenter Extension faculty will be essential. This position may require overnight travel and work on evenings and weekends. This coordinator will be responsible for reporting, in addition to following deadlines, for any other state reporting called upon to complete. The coordinator is expected to perform other tasks as assigned by supervisor(s).
Qualification Requirements: Bachelor’s degree (Master’s degree preferred) in nutrition, public health, health education or related degree. Degree may be in different areas, but candidate must have prior formal nutrition education inclusive of work experience in cooperative extension and provide a broad understanding of Nutrition Education. Effective human relations skills are required to effectively engage with people from diverse backgrounds. Demonstrates effective use of technology in managing and/or delivering educational programs and sharing messages via social media. Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in written form with a variety of audiences is required. This applicant must demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills. Applicant must have knowledge of program planning, development, implementation, and evaluation. Knowledge of public relations and the ability to cope with change are highly desirable characteristics. Prior experience working with health-focused coalitions and/or grassroots community organizing efforts is preferred. Ability to work with and through others is essential, as is the ability to function with minimum supervision. Successful candidates will exemplify a positive attitude and a passion to improve the lives of others.
Salary and Benefits: Salary will be commensurate with education and experience. The LSU AgCenter has an attractive benefits package with a wide variety of benefit options. Benefits offered include retirement, multiple medical insurance options, supplemental insurances (dental, life, long-term disability, accident, vision, long-term care, etc.), Tax Saver Flexible Benefits Plan (saves tax dollars on some child care and medical expenses), university holidays (14 per year, typically includes a week off at Christmas), generous annual (vacation) and sick leave benefits, Employee Assistance Program, and possible educational leave and tuition exemption for coursework at campuses of the LSU System. Specific benefits depend on job category, percent effort, and length of employment.
Conditions of Employment: A personal automobile, appropriate insurance coverage, and a cellular phone is required (travel allowance provided).
Date Available: Upon completion of the selection process.
Application Deadline: October 18, 2023 or until a suitable candidate is identified.
Application Procedure: Apply online at LSU AgCenter Careers (or in Workday for internal applicants) by attaching cover letter with resume, official university transcripts, and two letters of recommendation. Paper, faxed or e-mailed application materials will not be accepted, except that in lieu of attaching the reference letters online, they may be sent directly to:
Denise Holston, PhD, RDN, LDN
School of Nutrition and Food Sciences
Louisiana State University Agricultural Center
201 Knapp Hall
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Phone: (225) 578-4573; Fax: (225) 578-4443
Web site: AgCenter website
The Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and applications will be accepted without regard to race, religion, color, sex, national origin, age or disability. Information on Equal Employment can be obtained from the EEO and Civil Rights Coordinator, 103 J. Norman Efferson Hall, LSU AgCenter, Baton Rouge, LA 70803. Phone 225.578.2258. It is the policy of the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service to employ only United States citizens or aliens lawfully authorized to work in the United States.
The LSU Agricultural Center is a statewide campus of the LSU System and provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer