- Bachelor's degree in health, nutrition, public health, or a closely related discipline with two years of experience in teaching, community organizing, community health promotion, or community education.
- Or a combination of related education and work experience totaling six years is acceptable.
- Demonstrated experience engaging with communities related to health and nutrition issues, and adapting programs to meet audience needs.
- Demonstrated experience in designing, implementing, and evaluating innovative, research based and evidence-informed public health approaches to promote policy, system, and environmental changes related to healthy eating.
- Demonstrated experience in establishing, building, and sustaining partnerships and collaborations.
- Demonstrated skills in planning, organizing, problem-solving, and successfully handling multiple tasks under pressure of deadline.
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively with individuals, organizations, and/or communities representing new, culturally diverse, economically diverse, and underserved audiences.
- Respectful and professional communication style, with excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- Strong computer skills including: high level of comfort creating documents in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; competent keyboarding/data entry skills; experience doing internet searches; experience using email; and the ability to lead web-based communication and training.
- Valid driver's license and reliable vehicle with required liability insurance, to be utilized for frequent travel within Minnesota and infrequent travel outside Minnesota.
- Personal cell phone that can be used, as needed, for work purposes.
- Ability to maintain a flexible work schedule, including an occasional evening or weekend work, to meet the special needs of programs.
- Master's degree in health, nutrition, public health, or a closely related discipline.
- Experience working in a program that serves individuals experiencing issues and challenges related to living on a limited income.
- Ability to speak a 2nd language in addition to English.
- Experience developing outreach strategies and marketing tools to reach diverse audiences.
- Experience using distance technologies and social media to market and deliver educational programming.
About the Job
SHIP Educator, Anoka County
Civil Service, Education Program Associate 2, job code 8316A2
Extension Center for Family Development
Anoka County Courthouse
August 5, 2018; open until filled
ABOUT THIS POSITION
This SHIP position will work with the Anoka County Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP) to support public health approaches through outreach, engagement, resource provision and technical assistance for policy, systems and environmental (PSE) changes for partners throughout the county. SHIP focuses on increasing physical activity, improving nutrition, and reducing the number of people who use tobacco or are exposed to it. For more on SHIP, visit: http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/oshii/ship/about.html
This SHIP Educator position will support and guide partners in Anoka County communities through implementation of public health approaches specifically around healthy eating strategies. Examples of types of organizations this position will work with include (but are not limited to): schools, homeless shelters, agencies that work with adults with developmental disabilities, agencies that work with emotional and behavioral health issues, and agencies serving seniors.
This position is a full time position through October 13, 2019 or the duration of available funding. The person in this position will report to the Program Leader for Health and Nutrition. The office for this position will be located at the Anoka County Government Building in Anoka, and will require travel and provision of service throughout Anoka County.
Promote Healthy Eating in Community Settings (95%)
- Develop cooperative relationships with community partners, for example but not limited to senior centers, homeless shelters, emergency food systems and programs, faith communities, local and regional food policy councils, and food retail.
- Conduct and coordinate environmental and community assessments and surveys to assist in determining intervention strategies and initial action plans.
- Provide leadership and guidance to partners with planning, implementation and evaluation of research-based strategies and interventions for healthy eating.
- Identify and facilitate training opportunities appropriate to support PSE changes.
- Initiate and/or participate in Wellness Advisory Committees in community settings.
- Assist with developing and implementing marketing initiatives associated with Anoka County SHIP.
- Assist with developing and implementing of data collection and reporting procedures.
- Assist with evaluating outcomes; prepare required program reports.
- Provide presentations to community partners, elected officials and decision-makers.
- Conduct education and agency outreach to individuals, groups and organizations based on grant outcomes.
- Serve as a resource to the community and agency staff on overweight/obesity and nutrition, active living and tobacco prevention.
- Work closely with other SHIP staff and collaborate with the Anoka County Community Health & Environmental Services (CHES) SHIP Coordinator.
Other Responsibilities Assigned as Assigned (5%)
- Participate in Extension Educator meetings and trainings approved by Anoka County SHIP.
This is a temporary special assignment through October 13, 2019, or as funding remains available.
SALARY and BENEFITS
Salary for this position will be commensurate with skills and experience. The University of Minnesota benefit package will be offered to the applicant hired into this position.
Reimbursement for travel and subsistence is available in accordance with University policy. (Must provide own means for traveling throughout the county/state and legally required vehicle insurance.)
About the Department
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. The Extension Center for Family Development programs currently focus on family resiliency 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 Minnesota.