Community Nutrition Educator, Twin Cities Metro Area
Company: University of Minnesota
Location: Saint Paul
Posted on: November 22, 2021
ABOUT THE POSITIONS
The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) is a
federally funded program that uses a peer educator model to teach
families with limited incomes. The main content CNEs teach in EFNEP
include basic nutrition and cooking, food safety, food resource
management, and physical activity. Visit the EFNEP web page for
The EFNEP Community Nutrition Educators (CNEs) come from the
neighborhoods served by this program and have familiarity with
their fellow communities which makes them thoughtful and
knowledgeable peer educators.-- As a CNE, you will have the
opportunity to positively impact local communities by assisting
families with limited incomes in gathering the nutrition knowledge
and skills that contribute to leading a healthy life. You will also
encourage and unify community members and families to learn
together in a group setting, or, in a home visit setting.-- CNEs
play an active and significant role in the communities they serve
by attending community events and health fairs to not only promote
EFNEP, but to encourage families to create change in their own
We have three full-time positions open. These positions will focus
primarily on teaching EFNEP programming to one of three
- Youth focused
- General education
Candidates must have experience working within one of these
audiences. Please include your teaching preference(s) on your cover
letter. You may indicate more than one preference.
These positions will travel frequently across the four-county Twin
Cities metro area (Hennepin, Ramsey, Anoka, and Dakota) to deliver
Direct Education (70%)
- Using approved nutrition curricula\, teaches and delivers
educational programs either face-to-face\, or using distance
technologies (as appropriate and allowable per national office
approval) to target audiences.
- Create a positive "hands on" learning environment for
participants\, demonstrating cultural sensitivity and understanding
of issues associated with living with a limited income and
- Actively seeks out and builds new partnerships to maintain a
consistent teaching schedule of 8-10 hours per week.
- Once established\, teaches 8-10 hours weekly and enrolls 100
eligible adults annually and/or 400 youth participants
- Organizes and follows the schedule of teaching groups or home
- Actively engages in offered training and coaching in order to
continually improve overall quality and impact of nutrition
education and daily work.
- Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends as needed.
Administrative Procedures and Protocols (15%)
- Recruits eligible participants for EFNEP class series\, manages
and collects participant-level paperwork (entry and exit EFNEP
evaluations) as well as attendance sheets and other requested
- Follows budgetary guidelines and procedures regarding travel\,
programming supplies\, and equipment.
- Updates calendar weekly\, completes and submits travel expenses
and receipts within 60 days. Vacation and sick leave requests must
also be submitted accurately and on time (2 weeks prior for
- Working with the EFNEP Regional Coordinator\, documents EFNEP
- Actively participates in EFNEP team meetings to help develop a
consistent\, effective EFNEP team.
- Participates in meetings\, trainings\, and conferences related to
EFNEP\, Health and Nutrition\, or Family Development as
appropriate. Meetings may require travel to other Extension
offices\, or occasionally\, travel to other parts of the state.
Communications and Community Partnerships (15%)
- Maintains high level of communication with supervisors and other
program staff regarding classes (how classes went\, how the
curriculum worked with the audience\, etc.) and daily work.
- Respectful\, prompt\, and clear communication in-person\, via
phone\, and University of Minnesota's Google calendar and email
- Fills in for other educators as needed or teach classes arranged
by regional coordinator or to fulfill other grant requirements.
- Works with the EFNEP Program Coordinator to build strong\,
long-term community partnerships to provide ideas for program
improvements\, recognize program success\, and thanks partners for
Other Responsibilities Assigned as Needed
This is a full-time AFSCME 7 (Union) appointment at the level of
Community Nutrition Educator (4911). 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:-- https://humanresources.umn.edu/benefits.
These positions will report to one of two Regional Coordinators for
EFNEP. Office locations will be determined at time of hire at one
of five locations: UROC (Minneapolis), Eden Prairie, Maplewood,
Farmington, or Andover.
- High school diploma or the equivalent.
- Minimum of two full time years' experience in a job\, volunteer\,
or other applicable setting related to food. Experience can be paid
or unpaid - experience in childcare\, foster care\, a kitchen\,
church\, recreation center\, or similar setting is acceptable.
- Must have reliable high-speed internet access - significant time
spent on the computer preparing for\, and delivering a live\,
online class\, or holding virtual meetings with EFNEP team members
or community partners.
- Valid driver's license and reliable vehicle with required
liability insurance\, to be utilized for frequent travel within
Minnesota\, primarily the Twin Cities metro area
- Has a personal cell phone to be use for work purposes
- Ability to lift 40 pounds (including but not limited to poster
boards\, groceries for food demonstrations\, laptop bag\,
educational incentives\, and rolling kitchens -not all sites have a
dedicated parking or elevators\, so educators must be prepared to
walk to teaching sites and carry materials up several flights of
- Sit\, stand for extended periods of time (drive to/from classes\,
set up\, teach up to three hours\, and clean classroom\, prepare
- Minimum of two full time years' experience in teaching\,
coaching\, or community education related to the preparation of
healthy food for families\, food purchasing\, and food budgeting.
Experience should show:
- Demonstrated success in teaching youth (school\, after school)\,
Spanish audiences\, or other audiences
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively among diverse groups\,
including coworkers\, social organizations\, and community members
from a variety of cultural backgrounds.
- Experience working within communities\, preferably in a
teaching\, coaching\, or community education-related role.
- Clear\, respectful communication style.
- Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as part of a
- Demonstrated skills in planning\, organizing\, problem-solving\,
and successfully completing multiple tasks under pressure of
- Demonstrated success in building partnerships and networks for
the purpose of strengthening and/or marketing programs.
- Willingness to receive and integrate constructive feedback from
supervisor into plan of work
- Basic food skills including preparing and cooking food\, knife
skills\, and food safety
- Basic experience and familiarity with using Google Calendar and
Google mail\, Microsoft Word\, Excel\, PowerPoint\, and doing
- Familiarity with different modes of technology (i.e. laptop\,
iPad\, office computer) and open to using technology to deliver
lessons and collect data.
The University of Minnesota Extension is a major outreach arm of
the University of Minnesota, a land grant institution with a
mission to serve the public through applied research and education.
The mission of the University of Minnesota Extension is: Making a
difference by connecting community needs and University resources
to address critical issues in Minnesota.
As one of four centers, the Extension Center for Family Development
helps families make informed decisions leading to better health,
financial security and well-being. We accomplish this by
developing, delivering and evaluating credible, relevant and
research-based education; working closely with others across
Minnesota to build the strengths of individuals and families of all
ages, ethnicities and backgrounds; conducting and collaborating on
research projects; recruiting and retaining expert faculty and
staff passionate about families and their success; increasing the
understanding of our work among key stakeholders; securing
resources to sustain and grow programs that meet emerging needs and
support strategic priorities. Extension Center for Family
Development programs currently focus on family resilience, food
safety, and health and nutrition, with special effort in the areas
of children's mental health, families in transition, building
healthy and strong families, and preparing for an aging
How To Apply
Applications must be submitted online. From the posting page, click
on the "Apply for Job" button and follow the instructions. Please
include the following attachments with your online application.
Resume - You must include all relevant qualifications (paid or
unpaid) based on the required qualifications. The initial HR
screening process focuses primarily on the resume.
Cover letter which:
Describes your qualifications for the position based upon the job
requirements and position responsibilities.
Indicates which teaching preference(s) you are applying for (Youth
focused, Spanish-speaking, or General education)
Includes examples of your proven ability to perform this job.
Additional documents may be attached after the application by
accessing your My Job Applications page and uploading documents
there. Instructions for using the Job Application System can be
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To request an accommodation during the application process, please
e-mail email@example.com or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).
For questions about the position or assistance with the online
Sarah Jergenson, EFNEP Regional Coordinator, at 651-704-2068 or
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