The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention (SNAP) Nutrition Assistant will primarily be responsible for delivery of established SNAP public education programming to improve healthy food and lifestyle choices among families and individuals encompassing all age groups throughout the Western SNAP Region and Erie County. Under the direction of the Program Manager and ESNY Senior Nutritionist, the educator will teach nutrition education with a focus on general nutrition, food preparation, food safety and food budgeting to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) eligible or SNAP recipients via workshops, events or food demonstrations. Nutrition education may take place at a variety of locations including but not limited to County agencies, libraries, schools and community agencies. This position may provide data entry and management of participant data, requiring confidentiality. The educator embraces the Skills for Success, demonstrating inclusiveness, adaptability, self-development, communication skills, teamwork, service mindedness, stewardship and motivation.
This is a grant-funded position. Funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) program is through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and administered by the Federal Food and Nutrition Services (FNS).
Associate's Degree or Equivalent in Nutrition, Health Education or Public Health.
1 year related volunteer or work experience.
Ability to meet travel requirements associated with this position.
Ability to meet acceptable background check standards.
Ability to work flexible hours which may include evenings and/or weekends, as appropriate.
Ability to transport/move supplies and equipment, climb stairs with or without reasonable accommodation.
Ability to clearly communicate (speak, read and write proficiently) in English.
Experience with windows-based software including use of the internet and Microsoft Office Suite including Outlook, Word, and Excel.
Ability to present effective and relevant educational lessons to target audiences (one-on-one and group) and work with diverse audiences of all ages maintaining cultural sensitivity.
Must be comfortable preparing foods and reviewing and following recipes assuring compliance to federal and state guidelines.
Ability to communicate effectively, clearly, and tactfully through verbal, written and electronic methods.
Ability and willingness to work with a high degree of integrity, accuracy, organization, sound professional judgment, and the ability to handle confidential, sensitive information.
Ability to organize, manage, and prioritize multiple tasks, deadlines, requirements, and priorities to complete work in a timely manner and within established deadlines.
Experience in adult and youth education or other relevant work experience.
Familiarity with the community in which the work will take place.
Experience working with the target audience (limited resource).
Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
Familiarity with the community in which the work will take place and ability to utilize program resources within the community.
Program Delivery - 85%
Utilize existing program materials and educational framework to teach a specified number of workshops, events and food demonstrations and educate a targeted number of adult and youth participants who are SNAP eligible or SNAP recipients.
Implement already-established SNAP educational programing and program activities using current and approved curricula and supplemental materials as identified/needed to support the established plan of work.
Implement programs that address participant's needs and that consider the diversity of the community.
Collaborate with community agencies that serve the target audience.
Program Evaluation - 5%
Implement program evaluation as designed.
Interact with program participants, advisory committees, Cornell program specialists and faculty, county and community leaders to obtain evaluation data for programs.
Assist with making recommendations for improvement/changes to strengthen and improve programmatic offerings.
Perform program evaluation as designed by providing intent to change forms, demographic forms, surveys, to program participants.
Administrative Coordination/Operation - 5%
Organize and coordinate SNAP program activities (i.e. food demonstrations, direct lessons to adults and youth, etc.) to support delivery of established program goals.
Coordinate, compile and organize existing program resources and program materials.
Maintain records of participants, complete reports, accurately collect and prepare paperwork as required for the program evaluation process.
Effectively maintain existing professional relationships with other agencies, organizations and businesses that promote effective communication and facilitate continued programming efforts.
Prepare and submit expense reports and/or vouchers in a timely manner per established policy and procedures.
Maintain confidentiality of participant information and data collected.
Provide data and information to assist with preparation of reports, impact statements, and success stories for funders, advisory committees, Board and others as requested.
This position may require the transport of self and/or program materials/resources in performing position responsibilities.
Professional Improvement and Other Duties as Assigned - 5%
In cooperation with the Supervisor, jointly develop and pursue a professional development plan as a means to increase competencies relative to position accountabilities and to address changes in programming and association priorities.
Participate in all required orientation, training, and/or in-service meetings and trainings as scheduled/required.
Pursue personal growth through expanding personal knowledge of the total organization and through updating techniques and technical skills relating to the position.
Carry out assignments and other duties as assigned by supervisor, including but not limited to local fairs, community activities, etc.
Collaborate in activities that are in general support of Cornell Cooperative Extension including but not limited to attendance at staff meetings, timely reporting of expenses, working with other staff, general marketing of Cooperative Extension programs and other duties as assigned.
Health and Safety - Applies to all duties and functions
Support the association to maintain a safe working environment.
Be familiar and strive to follow any applicable federal, state, local regulations, association health and safety policy/procedure/requirement and standard.
Act proactively to prevent accidents/injuries and communicate hazards to supervisors when identified.
EEO/EPO and Policy - Applies to all duties and functions
Appreciate and embrace diversity in all interactions with clientele, staff, volunteers and the public.
Assist the Cornell Cooperative Extension system in reaching out to diverse audiences.
Represent Cornell Cooperative Extension to the public, community leaders, colleagues, volunteers, members of Cornell University faculty and staff, government officials and the general public in a professional manner.
Aware of, and adheres to, established Cornell Cooperative Extension Association policies, procedures and Cornell Skills for Success.
Contribute to the overall success of the organization by performing all assigned duties in a professional, timely, and accurate manner.
At all times act in a professional Customer Service manner including but not limited to business-like demeanor, tactful communications, cooperative, helpful, positive and receptive manner.
Cornell Cooperative Extension is a collaboration among Cornell University, the United States Department of Agriculture, the State of New York, and the residents of New York State. Per NYS Law, county and regional extension service associations are subordinate government agencies. This employment opportunity is with the entities listed and not with Cornell University.
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