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Clemson University
South Carolina
Posted: 10/27/2020
Program Assistant for Regional Planning - Marion County, SC

Clemson University

Job ID:105163

Location:Marion Extension Office

Full/Part Time:Full-Time

Regular/Temporary:Temporary - Time Limited


Grant-specific position focused on decreasing obesity rates in high obesity counties by promoting, marketing, and facilitating nutrition and health-related messages, programs, and policy, system, and environment change. The program assistant will work with community decision maker, citizen groups and committees, state and federal agency officials, and Extension staff to assess existing community design standards to improve and promote healthy and active lifestyles. Performs other duties as assigned.


65% - Essential - Assess: Works with agents in Marion, Lee and Hampton counties to assess community health, physical activity and nutrition needs through stakeholder/community network and partnerships; Promotes policy, system and environment change and coordinates related activities and programs in communities as deemed appropriate; Recommends approval, denial or conditional approval of proposals; Determines the effects of regulatory limitations on projects; Keeps informed about economic and legal issues involved in codes and regulations.

10% - Essential - Design/Create: Works with agents in Marion, Lee and Hampton counties to implement research-informed strategies and best practices to address identified population needs related to health, nutrition and physical activity in assigned territories; Designs, promotes and administers government plans and policies affecting land use, zoning, public utilities, community facilities, housing, and transportation; Plans and develops policies and strategies that support healthy food system development and increased physical activity in their counties; Plans and designs public spaces based on community input and goals; Creates and/or prepares requisition graphics and narrative reports on land use data, including land area maps overlaid with geographic variables such as population density.

10% - Essential - Inform/Recommend: Holds public meetings and confers with government, social scientists, lawyers, developers, the public, and special interest groups to formulate and develop land use or community plans; Advises planning officials on project feasibility, cost-effectiveness, regulatory conformance, and possible alternatives; Discusses with planning officials the purpose of land use projects such as transportation, conservation, residential, commercial, industrial, and community use.

10% - Essential - Reporting/Evaluation: Ability to develop, refine, deliver and evaluate research-based community and/or regional development programs targeted to key stakeholders; Conducts field investigations, surveys, impact studies or other research in order to compile and analyze data on economic, social, regulatory and physical factors affecting land use; Collects and reports evaluation data as requested and enters Extension activities into CUMIS database or similar for record of job performance and program outcomes.

5% - Essential - Communication/Networking: Capacity to build strong partnerships and relationships with relevant local and regional organizations and agencies; Ability to work with a diversity of people, organizations and communities in guiding the needs and opportunities of local and regional constituents; Attends program specific and Extension team meetings and trainings as assigned by supervisor (out-of-state travel may be required); Utilizes all forms of communication for identified activities including one-on-one contact, word of mouth, and referrals; Maintains professional image and represents CU in a positive manner that reflects the goals/mission of CU; Communicates effectively, both verbally and through written correspondence to community health partners, organizations, farmers, healthy food retailers, food banks, school personnel, local and regional agency organizers, Extension and PIs.


Education - Bachelor's Degree in urban and regional planning, agribusiness, or related field
Work Exp 1+ years in urban and regional planning


Education in Agriculture or food systems

Work Exp in urban and regional city and community planning; experience working with local government agencies


Fundamental Job Knowledge - Fundamental working knowledge of concepts, practices and procedures and ability to apply in varied situations

No Supervisory Duties - Not responsible for supervising employees.

No Budget Responsibilities - No fiscal responsibility for the department's budget.


Education in Agriculture or food systems

Work Exp in urban and regional city and community planning; experience working with local government agencies


Exposure to heat or cold


Standard Hrs: 37.5; Band: 05 ($ 45,000.00 - $ 50,000.00)


Marion County, SC


December 15, 2020


Clemson University is an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate against any person or group on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, pregnancy, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information. Clemson University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and encourages applications from minorities and women.

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