Area Cooperative Extension Advisor Nutrition, Family, and Consumer Sciences (NFCS)
Date Posted: July 14, 2017
Closing Date: September 1, 2017
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This position is headquartered in Calaveras County, San Andreas, California.
The Area Cooperative Extension (CE) advisor for Nutrition, Family, and Consumer Sciences (NFCS) will conduct a multi-county based extension, education and applied research NFCS program to meet clientele needs in Calaveras, Tuolumne, Amador and El Dorado counties. The CE advisor will also provide leadership to the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE)low-income nutrition education program in these counties that is funded by the UC CalFresh Nutrition Education Program (a SNAP-Ed Program) as well as the Master Food Preserver (MFP) program.
- Design and implement applied research and educational programs consistent with UC ANR’s Strategic Vision to address behaviors and skills associated with the prevalence of childhood obesity, inactivity, food insecurity, food borne illness and poor food choices observable in high risk populations.
- Provide academic and administrative leadership for the UC CalFresh Nutrition Education Program, the UC Master Food Preserver Program, FoodCorps, and other UC ANR NFCS programs in the Central Sierra counties.
- Conduct a comprehensive communitywide NFCS needs assessments and monitor trends and issues to identify priority community needs.
- Develop and implement applied research designed to monitor changes and solve locally relevant problems.
- Evaluate programs and report accomplishments, results, and potential or actual impacts to scientific and lay audiences through a variety of outreach methods.
- Collaborate within UC ANR’s research/extension network (such as the UC ANR Youth, Families and Communities Statewide Program, UC ANR Program Teams, CE specialists, CE advisors, Agricultural Experiment Station faculty, and others) to participate in extension and applied research activities, and to develop, strengthen, and expand the local delivery of statewide programs at the local level.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: An earned master's degree or other advanced degree in nutrition, health education, public health, human development, social policy or a closely related field is required by the appointment start date. Academic training and/or professional experience must provide an understanding of nutrition. Additionally, academic training and/or professional experience in program design and research methodologies is required. Program and personnel management experience is preferred. Excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills are required. The ability to apply low-literacy and cultural/ethnic principles to program and research design is desired. The ability to build partnerships and to work with multidisciplinary teams to address challenges of low income populations is preferred.
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS: A background investigation will be required for the successful candidate, including fingerprinting and a criminal history clearance by the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. This position is subject to the requirements and compliance of California’s Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA). Employment within UC ANR is contingent upon securing written acknowledgement to comply with California law.
SALARY: Beginning salary will be in the Cooperative Extension Assistant Advisor Rank, and commensurate with applicable experience and professional qualifications. For information regarding Cooperative Extension Advisor salary scales, please refer to: http://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/files/263860.pdf.
If the successful candidate is currently a UCCE advisor with indefinite status, the candidate will be offered the position commensurate with applicable experience and professional qualifications with eligibility to retain such indefinite status.