Position Summary

Salary and Other Benefits

Commensurate with education and experience.

Remote Position

no

Position Description

PRINCIPAL PURPOSE OF JOB:

The SNAP-Ed Program Coordinator is responsible for managing and implementing the Kentucky State University Extension SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) across the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The SNAP-Ed Program Coordinator will develop and lead an effective work team of SNAP-Ed agents and program assistants in the Commonwealth to deliver high-quality, effective health and nutrition education for SNAP recipients and others eligible for federal benefit programs. This position focuses on hiring, training, supervising, and supporting Extension’s SNAP-Ed agents and assistants, and managing programmatic efforts carried out by these educators.

SCOPE OF RESPONSIBILITY: The SNAP-Ed Program Coordinator has the responsibility for tracking all teaching activities and participants with program reports. The Coordinator will determine the needs of the individuals and families through focus groups, discussion-decision sessions, through partnerships, and surveys in order to strengthen current nutrition classes to develop and create new classes based upon the needs of the target audiences.

The coordinator also provides supervision to program assistants.  The SNAP-Ed Program Coordinator is responsible for planning and teaching nutrition education, food safety, and physical activity classes to low-income individuals and families. The SNAP-Ed Program Coordinator shall participate in all background checks and fingerprinting required by funders and partner agencies in order to achieve the objectives of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (SNAP-Ed).

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: (ex: duties that are essential to performing the job with or without accommodation)

•    Supervision and program management.

•    Oversee implementation and evaluation of all SNAP-Ed programming in KSU designated areas.

•    Supervise SNAP-Ed agents and program assistants located in the Commonwealth and provide ongoing coaching/training.

•    Oversee their professional development plans, ensuring that each has the resources and expertise needed to effectively carry out their job duties.

•    Monitor and ensure the completion of participant-level documentation.

•    Manage the reporting protocols and evaluation plans implemented by SNAP-Ed educators. Train educators to implement protocols and plans.

•    Analyze programmatic data and financial information to determine ways to better focus resources for effectively and efficiently reaching low-income Kentuckians, and people with health disparities in the region.

•    Analyze and adjust the work of the SNAP-Ed Educators to create the greatest outcomes and impact, and the most efficient use of resources.

•    Ensure accurate, complete, and organized confidential records, as required by the funding agency.

•    Provide expert advice to community-based organizations on the technical aspects of the federal SNAP Education program.

•    Keep abreast of new research and strategies in the field of nutrition. Maintain a sound understanding of community health and nutrition issues as well as public health approaches for addressing them.

•    Maintain a sound understanding of and familiarity with the key partners, stakeholders, and health and nutrition initiatives in the region that have bearing on health and nutrition work.

•    Coordinate and facilitate meetings with staff, stakeholders, and partners.

•    Cultivate new partnerships and maintain professional relationships to further health and nutrition goals.

•    Speak on behalf of Extension priorities and provide informed support and expertise when serving on agency or community boards or advisory committees related to health and nutrition.

•    Prepare timely reports of programmatic activities and success stories in the region.

OTHER DUTIES: (ex: tasks that may be necessary, but are not the main reason(s) the job was created)

The position will conduct other duties as required.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, and ABILITIES:

•    Knowledge in the area of human nutrition, diet management, human health, obesity issues, and related areas.

•    Experience working with low-income and minority audiences

•    Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in the university setting.

•    Ability to work under deadlines.

•    Will need a valid State Driver’s License.

•    Working Conditions and Physical Effort: Must be able to move light equipment and boxes under 20 pounds with supplies, publications, and needed equipment for demonstration and training programs.

•    Must be able to travel primarily in state.

•    Must be able to work evenings and weekends

•    Must have own transportation.

Required Qualifications

Master’s degree required in the field of Nutrition, Dietetics, Public Health Nutrition or a related discipline.

Travel Requirements

Must be able to travel primarily in state.

Driver’s license or alternate transportation required?

yes

Contact Name

Dr. Courtney Owens

Contact Email

courtney.owens@kysu.edu

Equal Employer Statement(s)

Educational programs of Kentucky State University serve all people regardless of economic or social status and will not discriminate on the basis of color, ethnic origin, national origin, creed, religion, political belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, marital status, genetic information, age, veteran status, or physical or mental disability. Kentucky State University and U.S. Department of Agriculture. Cooperation 2018

About Kentucky State University

Kentucky State University (KSU) was chartered in May 1886 as a land grant institution. Located in Frankfort, Kentucky – the state capital – KSU offers associate (two-year) degrees in three disciplines, baccalaureate (four-year) degrees in 24 disciplines, and master’s degrees in five disciplines.

The university’s 882-acre campus includes a 204-acre agricultural research farm and a 306-acre environmental education center. KSU has more than 135 full-time instructional faculty members and about 2,200 students. The University’s student-faculty ratio is the lowest among public institutions of higher learning in Kentucky. During a typical academic year, the University’s student and faculty composition reflects one of the most diverse populations in the Commonwealth.