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Iowa State University
Extension and Outreach
Iowa City
Johnson County
Posted: 02/4/2021
Education Extension Specialist - Healthy Food Access Specialist

The Department of Human Sciences Extension and Outreach with Iowa State University is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Education Extension Specialist – Healthy Food Access Specialist for the SNAP-Education Program.   

The Education Extension Specialist – Healthy Food Access Specialist position will be filled at the Education Extension Specialist I or II level. The level I position has minimum required qualifications of Bachelor’s degree and is a PS806 pay level. The level II position has minimum required qualifications of Bachelor’s degree and 2 years of related experience and is a PS807 pay level. This position will work from the Johnson county extension office in Iowa City, Iowa. Although duties may range across the state, the focus of this position will be in Southeast Iowa with an approximate 7 county area.

The Education Extension Specialist– Healthy Food Access Specialist provides local-level coordination, subject-matter expertise and leadership to SNAP-Education healthy food access initiatives designed to make healthy choices easier for Iowans experiencing poverty. Work will be accomplished in partnership with food banks, pantries and other community agencies.  Responsibilities of this position include providing leadership to local healthy food access initiatives through ISU Extension and Outreach; providing direct nutrition education to food pantry clients; assisting county Extension offices and volunteers with Growing Together Iowa healthy food access initiatives to include drafting proposals, building partnerships and evaluating results; seeking entrance into food pantries, conducting environmental assessments and coaching food pantry staff through environmental and system changes to improve healthy food access; communicating and coordinating activities with food banks and other local emergency food providers; managing evaluation of programming at the direction of the supervisor to include participant surveys, environmental assessments, reports of change, success story collection, partner interviews and other evaluation strategies; promoting the use of existing ISU Extension and Outreach resources in partner agencies, venues and environments; and relaying to state staff needs for new material development.   

The successful candidate will possess exceptional communication skills and the ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing with a wide variety of individuals and groups, including culturally diverse and low-income audiences.  The ability to effectively relate to clients different from themselves and the ability to establish and effectively maintain partnerships with community agencies and leaders is essential to this position.  The selected candidate will need to be skilled in self-direction and independent work and possess the ability to manage multiple priorities.