As part of the MSU Extension Health and Nutrition Institute (HNI), with support from the HNI Supervising & Staff Development Educator, District Director and Institute leadership, the Extension Community Nutrition Instructor is responsible for the delivery of nutrition and physical activity education programs.
In this role, you will conduct both in-person and virtual/online, or a combination of both, education programming created with a diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) lens, with eligible youth and adult audiences that also supports growth and understanding of critical issues facing these audiences, as defined by federally funded grant programs, including but not limited to SNAP-Ed (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education) and/or EFNEP (Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program). In addition to direct education with participants, you will provide policy, system and environmental (PSE) coaching within community sites, develop and maintain community partnerships for programming opportunities, work to identify and remove barriers from participation, and gather, review and enter data for impact and evaluation efforts. You will support the Health and Nutrition Institute’s efforts in diversity, equity and inclusion, with a special emphasis on reaching diverse populations. Working in collaboration with internal teams, you will identify and enhance programming tools and delivery strategies. The overall goal of MSU Extension’s nutrition and physical activity programming is to attain both short-term and long-term goals as defined by the applicable grant that improve nutrition outcomes for eligible audiences throughout Michigan. While focusing on federal grant compliance, you will work in concert with the MSU Extension Health and Nutrition Institute and work teams to ensure alignment of programs with the overall goals of work teams, MSU Extension Health and Nutrition Institute and the organization. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are essential elements vital to the culture MSU Extension endeavors to cultivate.
This position will provide nutrition and physical activity programming in Houghton and Baraga Counties. Coverage area could expand beyond defined coverage area with online programming options. Although negotiable, there will be space available to work from the Houghton County MSU Extension office.
This position is a full-time, end-dated appointment renewable annually based upon continued funding.
Unit Specific Education/Experience/Skills
- Associates degree, or a combination of education and specific, relevant experience may be considered in lieu of degree.
- Knowledge and at least two years of experience in effective program delivery and health- or nutrition-related subject matter.
- Demonstrated success in program development and delivery to diverse audiences/communities, and proven ability in establishing and working with a diverse network of constituents and community members across race, color, gender, national origin, gender identity, religion, age, height, weight, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status, family status, veteran status, socioeconomic class, and other differences.
- Understanding of and ability to implement Civil Rights principles and compliance standards.
- Demonstration of community involvement and/or experience building partnerships.
- Effective oral and written communication skills.
- Experience and proven ability working productively with a team serving in both a leadership and contributor role.
- Self-motivated with demonstrated ability to work productively on a team and independently, with minimal supervision, ensuring that program delivery follows prescribed guidelines and meets goals for reaching specific audiences.
- Proficient computer operation skills (e.g., Microsoft Office Suite, including Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams).
- Ability to lift and carry educational materials, equipment, etc. up to 25 lbs.
- Ability to travel in local and surrounding communities, and occasional long-distance travel are required as a regular part of this position.
- Transportation is the responsibility of the employee.
- Other skills and/or physical abilities required to perform duties of the position.
- Experience in managing participants, volunteers, classroom management techniques, or working in a leadership and/or management role.
- Ability to accept, prioritize, and, if appropriate, delegate responsibility.
- Demonstrated drive and initiative.
- Use of Zoom video conferencing technology.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.
Required Application Materials
- Current resume/CV.
- Cover letter.
- Four (4) professional references including at least two (2) prior or current supervisors.
Please apply online at: https://careers.msu.edu/en-us/job/508533/extension-community-nutrition-instructor