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University of Minnesota
Extension - Health and Nutrition
Marshall, MN
Posted: 12/8/2017
Regional SNAP-Ed Educator
Salary: $36,171 - $40,200


-- Position Announcement --

Title: SNAP-Ed Educator

Classification: Extension Program Associate 2 (8316A2)

Salary Range: $36,171 - $40,200; depending on experience and qualifications

Program Area: Extension Center for Family Development

Office Location: Southwest Region: Lyon County (Marshall, Minnesota)

Application Deadline: 1/10/18; position will remain open until filled


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.

Extension is made up of four centers: Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources; Community Vitality; Family Development; and Youth Development. The Extension Center for Family Development helps families make informed decisions to promote 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; and securing resources to sustain and grow programs that meet emerging needs and support strategic priorities. Extension Center for Family Development’s current programs 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.


A significant effort within the Health and Nutrition program area is the administration of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) grant. Using grant dollars, SNAP-Ed Educators work throughout the state to make the healthy choice the easy choice for Minnesotans with limited financial resources. For more information on the SNAP-Ed program, visit

The Extension Center for Family Development is in need of a SNAP-Ed Educator to work in the Southwest region. SNAP-Ed Educators promote and improve individual and community health by promoting healthy eating behaviors and physical activity in low-income communities. The person(s) in this position is responsible for program delivery within a wide variety of community settings in the region. This includes building relationships with the community; conducting community needs assessments; reviewing findings; adapting program to fit audience’s needs; and implementing and delivering appropriate health and nutrition programs. In addition, the person(s) in this position will utilize the full spectrum of prevention strategies, including public health approaches. Public health approaches promote policy, system, and environmental changes to improve access to healthy food and physical activity opportunities in order that individual behavioral change is possible.

This position is a full-time position and will report to the SNAP-Ed Regional Coordinator. While this position will travel frequently across the Lyon, Yellow Medicine, Redwood, and Lincoln counties, it will be based out of the Lyon County Extension Office in Marshall, Minnesota


· Bachelor’s degree in health, nutrition or a closely related discipline with at least 2 years of experience OR a combination of education and related experience to total 6 years.

· The 2 or more years of experience must be in teaching, community engagement, community health promotion, or community education.

· Demonstrated skills in planning, organizing, problem solving, and successfully completing multiple tasks.

· Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as part of a team.

· Demonstrated ability to work effectively with individuals, organizations, and/or communities representing new, culturally diverse, economically diverse, and underserved audiences.

· Professional communication style, with good written and verbal communication skills.

· Basic computer skills including: experience using Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; competent keyboarding/data entry skills; experience doing internet searches; experience using email; and the ability to actively participate in web-based communication and training.

· Valid driver’s license and reliable vehicle with required liability insurance, to be utilized for frequent travel within assigned programming area and infrequent travel in greater Minnesota.

· Personal cell phone that can be used, as needed, for work purposes.

· Ability to maintain a flexible work schedule, including some evening and weekend hours to meet the program participant needs and availability.


· Ability to speak a 2nd language in addition to English and/or experience using translators to deliver education in a language other than English.

· Experience complying with reporting requirements and financial policies and procedures.

· Experience using distance technologies and social media to market and deliver educational programming.

· Direct life experience with issues and challenges related to living on a limited income.

· Knowledge and/or experience of public health approaches to promote policy, system, and environmental changes and improve access to healthy food and physical activity opportunities.


Program Delivery (60%)

· Conduct assessments in community settings throughout a multi-county geographic area to assess needs and strengths, priority audiences, and possible programmatic opportunities.

· Adapt and deliver education with fidelity, exercising independent judgment when adapting to the learning environment, and employing a high level of cultural competency and sensitivity to issues associated with living on a limited income.

· As needed, adapt and deliver educational curricula to non-English speaking audiences by using an interpreter or teaching in the language.

· Recruit and provide train-the-trainer sessions on program-approved curricula for community professionals. Once trained, provide technical assistance to community professionals on implementation and evaluation of curricula.

· Analyze the need for public health approaches that complement direct education to address critical community health issues, implementing public health strategies (e.g., social marketing campaign, smarter lunchroom strategies, or healthy food access) to promote environmental and systems level changes on health and nutrition issues.

Communications and Community Partnership (25%)

· Identify, build, and strengthen local and/or regional partnerships with organizations such as food shelves, WIC clinics, employment learning sites, senior citizen centers, schools, child care centers, homeless shelters, summer youth programs, low income housing, and local grocery stores.

· Market and promote health and nutrition educational programs and initiatives to potential and existing partners and participants.

· Develop a communications plan for gathering feedback and reporting program outcomes with program partners and stakeholders.

· Collaborate with community members, stakeholders, and other program partners by coordinating and facilitating planning meetings.

· Leverage the insights and information from partners to inform the adaptation of curricula and programming materials.

· Represent Extension and federal SNAP-Ed in a professional manner, providing informed support and expertise when serving on agency or community boards or advisory committees related to health and nutrition.

Implementing Procedures and Protocols (15%)

· Comply with University of Minnesota, Extension, grant funding agency (Department of Human Services, etc.), and community partners’ policies, procedures, and requirements.

· Implement SNAP-Ed programming and evaluation in accordance with program plans and guidance documents to ensure fidelity.

· Work with partners to ensure audience eligibility and establish terms of programming.

· Plan and implement an independent schedule to meet project strategies and meet outcomes.

· Secure program participant information related to demographics, eligibility, attendance, assessment, and program evaluation using established privacy and data security procedures.

Other Responsibilities Assigned as Needed


This is a full-time, Civil Service position at the level of Extension Program Associate 2 (8316A2). This position is funded by the SNAP Education grant. This is a University of Minnesota appointment and benefits, including medical, dental, and life insurance, are listed on the University of Minnesota Human Resources web page: This position will be located in the Lyon County Extension Office in Marshall,, Minnesota.


Job Opening ID321183

Please apply online: or call 612-624-3717.

Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will have the opportunity to complete an online application for the position. Complete the brief application and include the following attachments with your online application.

  1. Resume.
  2. Cover letter which:
  1. Describes your qualifications for the position based upon the job requirements and position responsibilities.
  2. Includes examples of your proven ability to perform this job
  3. Transcripts for all college work (unofficial transcripts are acceptable).
  4. List of three professional references with complete phone and email contact information attached with your resume.

For questions about applying online, contact:

Naaz Babvani

Extension Human Resources

Telephone: 612-624-3717

For questions about this position, contact:

Bonnie Christiansen

SNAP-Ed Regional Coordinator


Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your "My Activities" page and uploading documents there.

To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).

Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

University of Minnesota Extension shall provide equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.