Assistant/Associate Extension Agent (EFNEP Supervisor and General Nutrition) - Orleans Parish - R00074498

Work Location: The area to be served is Orleans Parish located in southeast Louisiana with the domicile office located in downtown New Orleans. Orleans parish has approximately 391,000 residents. Known for its wonderful festivals, sporting events, history, cultures, food, art and music, Orleans is a great place to enjoy all that is Louisiana. The LSU AgCenter's Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program {EFNEP) concentrates on working with limitedresource families by providing nutrition information, food purchasing and preparation skills with a goal of achieving increased knowledge and behavioral change leading to a healthier lifestyle. The General Nutrition Program known as Flavors of Health {FOH), provides nutrition information to promote a healthier lifestyle by focusing on reducing the trend of increased obesity and related chronic disease such as Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and stroke.

Position Description: The LSU AgCenter is actively seeking applicants who can contribute to such an environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service. The employee will provide leadership to EFNEP including the hiring, training, evaluating and the supervision of local EFNEP personnel; develop and sustain collaborative relationships with community agencies and grassroots organizations; train and support volunteers' role within the program; collect and analyze program data and create reports and communicate outcomes. Program financial management will be necessary along with promoting the goals and objectives that meet the requirements of the NIFA EFNEP policy guidelines.

The position has 25% of agent responsibilities towards general health, wellness, and nutrition through our Flavors of Health {FOH) program. Selected programs that will be used are Dining with Diabetes, Eat Smart, Live Strong for Older Adults, Faithful Families: Eating Smart and Moving More, Smart Portions, CATCH, Kids in the Kitchen, and C.H.E.F. You must demonstrate the ability to work effectively with culturally, ethnically, and socioeconomically diverse audiences.

The agent will work on Healthy Community projects in Orleans for both EFNEP and Flavors of Health, of all community members using a model that is replicated across the state. The community development project will promote broad programs on health and nutrition education and physical activity opportunities in the parish. The agent will organize community-based nutrition advisory committees involving stakeholders, volunteers, community partners and health professionals to identify critical needs in the communities served as well as programs to address those needs. The agent will identify, recruit, and maintain relations with community partners for EFNEP in conjunction with FOH program. Collaborations with key local individuals and organizations to develop a plan for delivering nutrition education and complimentary Policy, Systems and Environmental {PSE) strategies for limited­resource and general audiences. The agent will be the catalyst to educate existing and potential community and programming partners about the importance of nutrition education and complementary PSE strategies that address nutrition, physical activity, and food security needs.

Applicant must have abilities to build and maintain effective working relationships with volunteers, the parish advisory committee, community-based and grassroots organizations, and peers in the LSU AgCenter organization. You will be part of a team that works together in support of initiatives designed to promote and support agriculture and healthy families.

All effort should be documented through an annual plan of work {POW) and report on accomplishment. For those being hired as an Assistant/ Associate agent you will be expected to attain promotion per LSU AgCenter guidelines.

What you will do:

  • Hire, train, evaluate and supervise local EFNEP personnel
  • Collect and analyze program data
  • Create reports and communicate outcomes
  • Manage program assets and funds
  • Promote EFNEP goals and objectives that meet the requirements of the NIFA EFNEP policy guidelines
  • Recruit and train volunteer adult leaders to assist in conducting educational programs for targeted audience.
  • Work jointly with other staff members (parish, region, and state) on programs in nutrition
  • Organize advisory committee involving community leaders and volunteers to provide programmatic direction to strengthen nutrition programs.
  • Conduct educational workshops, method demonstrations and other teaching activities for adults, youth, and volunteers on nutrition
  • Complete an annual plan of work
  • Continue professional improvement to maintain professional competence as an employee of the AgCenter
  • Requires overnight travel and some evenings and weekends
  • Encourage and support health equity programming and systems for adults and youth
  • Perform other tasks that may be assigned by supervisor(s) and work cooperatively with other Extension faculty at the parish, region, and state levels.

Desired Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated organizational skills.
  • Computer literate and be able to use various types of technology such as tablets, phones, etc. as a teaching tool for nutrition education training and outreach.
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to use social media in a variety of formats.
  • Comfort presenting in front of small and large crowds.
  • Experience establishing solid partnerships.
  • Highly self-motivated.
  • Be willing to continue professional development.
  • Innovative audience engagement and development.
  • Demonstrated skills in partnership development and project management.
  • Experience creating lesson plans, developing instructional materials, and applying teaching methods appropriate for the audience.
  • Experience working in multicultural settings and coursework/training on multicultural topics.

Qualification Requirements: A baccalaureate degree in nutrition, public health, health promotion, family and consumer sciences, human sciences, or a closely related field from an accredited college or university is required. A registered dietician with community experience is preferred. Persons with only an undergraduate degree must have a minimum 2.5 overall grade-point average based on a 4-point grading system. If the applicant has pursued any graduate courses, the grade-point average of all graduate work must be at least 3.0 on a 4.0 system. The applicant must demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills. Experience in recruiting, training and supervising adults and volunteers and experience in teaching and applying principles of leadership development to both youth and adult audiences is also desired. Knowledge of public relations and the ability to cope with change are highly desirable characteristics. Ability to work with and through others is essential as is the ability to function with minimum supervision. The successful candidate will exemplify a positive attitude and a passion to improve the lives of others. Some overnight, weekend and evening work may be required.

Salary and Benefits: Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The LSU AgCenter has an attractive benefits package with a wide variety of benefit options. Benefits offered include retirement, multiple medical insurance options, supplemental insurances (dental, life, long-term disability, accident, vision, long-term care, etc.), Tax Saver Flexible Benefits Plan (saves tax dollars on some child care and medical expenses), university holidays (14 per year, typically includes a week off at Christmas), generous annual (vacation) and sick leave benefits, Employee Assistance Program, and possible educational leave and tuition exemption for coursework at campuses of the LSU System. Specific benefits depend on job category, percent effort and length of employment.

Conditions of Employment: A personal automobile and appropriate insurance coverage is required (travel allowance provided). Satisfactory completion of two specific graduate level extension courses (6 credit hours) is generally required in the first two years of employment. Additionally, a faculty member who does not have a related master's degree must complete an additional 9 hours of related graduate level coursework to be promoted to associate agent and such promotion must occur in the first seven years of employment. An exception is that additional agent experience may be substituted for nine hours of coursework, but not for the two required courses. Date Available: Upon completion of the selection process

Application Deadline: December 8, 2022 or until a suitable candidate is identified.

Application Procedure: Qualified candidates must apply on line at LSU AgCenter Careers (or through Workday for internal applicants) by attaching file(s) containing a curriculum vita, a letter of application, official university transcripts, two letters of reference as well as a statement describing how diversity, equity and inclusion statement and a leadership statement. Questions about the online application system should be directed to the HRM Office at 225/578-0324. (Paper, faxed, or emailed application materials will not be accepted.) In lieu of attaching the letters of reference, they may be sent directly to:

Chiquita Briley, Ph.D.
Southeast Region Director
21549 Old Covington Highway Hammond, LA 70403
Web site: AgCenter website

The Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and applications will be accepted without regard to race, religion, color, sex, national origin, age, or disability. Information on Equal Employment can be obtained from the EEO and Civil Rights Coordinator, 103 J. Norman Efferson Hall, LSU AgCenter, Baton Rouge, LA 70803. Phone 225.578.2258. It is the policy of the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service to employ only United States citizens or aliens lawfully authorized to work in the United States.
The LSU Agricultural Center is a statewide campus of the LSU System and provides equal opportunities in programs and employment.
An Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer.
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