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University of Minnesota
Posted: 08/22/2018
SNAP-Ed Educator
Salary: $36,171 - $40,200


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.


· Bachelor’s degree in health, nutrition or a closely related discipline and 2 or more years of experience in teaching, community engagement, community health promotion, or community education. OR a combination of education and related experience to total 6 years.

· 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.

· Experience using safe food handling practices.

· Experience with gardening either personally or professionally.

· 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 (45%)

· Deliver nutrition education using approved curriculum to participants living on a limited income from 3rd grade to older adults.

· Make curricula adaptations for the audience keeping in mind language, culture, educational levels and age to reinforce the lesson.

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

· Transport and haul class materials, set-up and take-down classes, clean-up rooms, and sites, and utilize safe food handling practices. Ability to lift 30 pounds.

· As needed, adapt and deliver educational curricula to non-English speaking audiences through the use of an interpreter.

· When applicable, recruit and provide train-the-trainer sessions on program-approved curricula for community professionals. Once trained, provide technical assistance to community professionals on implementation.

· Analyze the need and implement Policy, System and Environmental changes (public health approaches) that complement direct education within our partner agencies or in the community to improve and promote the nutrition and physical activity environment.

Communications and Community Partnership (40%)

· Review existing data on health and nutrition issues in the assigned region to determine potential needs for SNAP-Ed health and nutrition programming.

· Learn about the communities in which you program (consider the culture, diversity, ethnic composition, religious composition, health or dietary characteristics and/or limited income status, etc.).

· 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.

· With partners determine programming opportunities around healthy eating and physical activity.

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

· Report program results and outcomes with program partners and stakeholders such as the County Extension Committee.

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

· Communicate U of M SNAP-Ed programmatic goals and objectives and federal guidelines to community partners.

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

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.

· Enter course, participant and partner information into program database.

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

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

· Complete administrative tasks: calendar, time entry, and expense and mileage reimbursement, etc.

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.


Job Opening ID: 326009

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 jo
  1. List of three professional references with complete phone and email contact information.

For questions about applying online, contact:

Naaz Babvani

Extension Human Resources

260 Coffey Hall, 1420 Eckles Ave.

University of Minnesota

St. Paul, MN 55108

Telephone: 612-624-3717

Fax: 612-624-7749

For questions about this position, contact Bonnie Christiansen, SNAP-Ed Regional Coordinator, 507-337-2805,

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.

The 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.