(Expanded Food & Nutrition Education Program)
(This is a grant-funded, non-tenure track position.Continuation will be dependent on funding, job performance, and continued need for the appointment.)
Work Location: West Monroe or Bastrop, Louisiana.The area to be served is West Carroll, Richland, Ouachita and Morehouse parishes.The LSU Ag Center’s Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) is designed to reach low-income audiences in their communities with nutrition information and food buying skills with the goal of achieving increased knowledge and behavioral change in clientele leading to healthier lifestyles to impact the trend of increased obesity and related diseases such as Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke. It is based on a paraprofessional model and nutrition educators are recruited and trained to provide nutrition educational lessons for limited resource clientele. The official domicile for this position will be either the Ouachita or Morehouse Parish Extension Office.
Position Description: The assistant/associate area nutrition agent will provide 80% effort as the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) agent. The employee will provide leadership to EFNEP, including the hiring, training, evaluating and the supervision of local EFNEP personnel; develop and sustain collaborative relationships with community agencies and grassroots organizations; train and support volunteers’ role within the program; collect and analyze program data, create reports and communicate outcomes; manage program asets and funds and promoting EFNEP goals and objectives. The agent will also provide supervision for the educators serving West Carroll, Richland and Ouachita parishes with EFNEP and Healthy Beginnings for Your Baby programs (HB). The agent will provide guidance and ensure program quality in delivery of educational outreach to limited-resource adults and youth participating in EFNEP and HB programs.
Additionally, the agent will spend time (20%) directing efforts focusing on nutrition, health and wellness by planning, implementing and evaluating educational workshops, series of lessons and other teaching activities for the general public in Morehouse Parish.
The agent will work on Healthy Community projects in West Carroll, Richland and Ouachita parishes designed to improve the nutrition and health of all community members using a model that is being replicated across the state. The community development project will promote broad programs in health and nutrition education and physical activity opportunities in the parish. The agent will organize community based nutrition advisory committees involving stakeholders, volunteers, community partners and health professionals to identify the most critical needs in the communities served as well as programs to address those needs.
Coordination and collaboration with other LSU AgCenter Extension faculty and staff will be essential. The incumbent is expected to be computer literate and able to use various types of technology such as tablets, phones, etc. as teaching tools for nutrition education training and outreach. The incumbent will support community nutrition outreach for target populations within neighborhoods and communities. The incumbent is expected to comlete an annual plan of work with teaching objectives and will be responsible for reporting programmatic results to parish, regional and/or state partners as required by local or regional supervisor(s), state office personnel or state nutrition administrators. This employee must maintain an extensive record keeping system which involves evaluation of knowledge, skills, and behavior change for accountability purposes. As an extension employee, the agent must be willing to continue professional improvement to maintain professional competence as a faculty member of the LSU AgCenter. To attend and conduct programming to meet the needs of clientele, this position requires overnight travel and work on evenings and weekends. Additionally, the agent is expected to perform other tasks that may be as assigned by supervisor(s).
Qualification Requirements: A baccalaureate degree in community nutrition, human foods and nutrition, family and consumer sciences, dietetics or closely related field from an accredited college or university is required. A master’s degree in nutrition or health promotion is preferred.Must have an undergraduate degree with an overall grade-point average of at least 2.5 (all GPA requirements based on a 4.0 system) and a 3.0 for graduate work attempted, if any, or master’s degree or a current grade-point average of at least 3.0 on at least 12 hours of graduate credit. This applicant must demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills. Applicant must have knowledge of programming planning, development, implementation, and evaluation. Experience in recruiting, training, and managing volunteers, as well as, experience in teaching and applying principles of leadership development to both adults nad youth is also desired. Knowledge of public relations and the ability to cope with change are highly desirable characteristics. Ability to work with and through others is essential, as is the ability to function with minimal supervision. Successful candidates will exemplify a positive attitude and a passion to improve the lives of others. Supervisory experience is preferred.
Salary and Benefits: Salary will be commensurate with qualifications 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 and appropriate insurance coverage is required (travel allowance provided).Satisfactory completion of two specific graduate level extension courses (6 credit hours) is generally required in the first two years of employment.Additionally, a faculty member who does not have a related master’s degree must complete an additional 9 hours of related graduate level coursework in order to be promoted to associate agent and such promotion must occur in the first seven years of employment.An exception is that additional agent experience may be substituted for nine hours of coursework, but not for the two required courses.
Application Deadline: November 30, 2019 or until a suitable candidate is identified.
Application Procedure: Apply online at https://lsu.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/LSU (or in Workday for internal applicants) by attaching cover letter with resume including a statement of professional interest and goals, university transcripts, and two letters of reference. 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:
Dr. Melissa Cater
212-B Macon Ridge Road
Winnsboro, LA 71295