Job Details

Pennsylvania State University
  • Position Number: 3402564
  • Location: Gettysburg, PA
  • Position Type: Health - Health Education & Promotion

Extension Educator

The College of Agricultural Sciences is seeking an Extension Educator trained in community nutrition/health education and/or food science to join our nationally-recognized Penn State Extension Food, Families, and Health (FFH) and Food Safety and Quality (FSQ) Units. The position will be responsible for actively working with Extension program teams to identify important human health and food safety issues, learning objectives, develop educational events and materials to support the learning objectives, and utilize evaluations to measure program success.

The position also supervises program assistants and volunteers who teach health and wellness and food safety programs on behalf of Extension. The successful candidate will need to develop and/or participate in collaborations across multiple disciplines, agencies, departments, colleges, and institutions. All team members are expected to participate in the development of a diverse external funding portfolio (e.g. grants, contracts, cost recovery, development), in support of the team's programs.

Competitive candidates will have a general understanding of human health and food safety issues related to food and community education. Team members are expected to work closely with university faculty and staff to develop and conduct applied research that is relevant to target audience needs. The individual must be able to work effectively in a team and with diverse populations and audiences. The successful candidate will need to develop and/or participate in collaborations across multiple disciplines, departments, colleges, and institutions.

All team members are expected to participate in the development of a diverse external funding portfolio (e.g. grants, contracts, cost recovery, development), in support of the team's programs. The individual will be expected to develop original content to engage audiences through innovative educational methods such as online courses, videos, mobile apps, and electronic publications, in addition to traditional publications and in-person presentations. It is expected that the individual in the position will be able to provide educational programming with the goal of improving human health and well-being to reduce the incidence and risk of chronic diseases and foodborne illnesses. As a result of educational programs, measurable improvements in health conditions or other indicators, such as increase numbers of people who make healthier food choices, save money on food purchases, improve food resource management practices, increase improvements in medical screenings, and decrease the number of people who are affected by foodborne illnesses and chronic diseases will be critical outcomes. Success in this educational program will allow Pennsylvanians to have an improved health status, enhanced life skills needed for self-sufficiency, better health and lower health care and medical costs.

The individual will be located in Adams County (Office location: 670 Old Harrisburg Road, Suite 204; Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17325-3404) and they will be expected to provide FFH and FSQ programming in Adams, Perry, Dauphin, Adams, Franklin, Fulton, and York), while also part of a state program team that is expected to participate and deliver programs statewide.

Education and Experience:
This position will be filled as a level 3 Extension Educator. This position typically requires a Master's degree or higher plus two years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Serv Safe Training Certification is required. Preference will be given to candidates with degree(s) in nutrition science with registered dietitian credentials, food science, health education/promotion with a certified health education specialty, family and consumer sciences or related disciplines, and those that have related teaching experience in education.

Required experience include:
  • Basic knowledge of and commitment to food and agriculture, and enjoy the challenge of working as a team member on a wide variety of educational efforts.
  • Possess effective communication skills (verbal and written), teaching skills, interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to build effective working relationships with colleagues and clientele, supervision skills, and work as an active member of a team.
  • Organized and able to manage multiple projects simultaneously.

Experience or the ability to apply cultural/ethnic principles into Extension will be helpful. While not a requirement, the ability to communicate in Spanish is a plus.

Desired experience include: teaching, curriculum development, evaluation, supervision of program assistants, grant management, report writing, leadership development, and proficiency in use of computer software packages, such as Microsoft programs. The candidate must be able to carry equipment, and educational materials and supplies, with or without accommodation, and have the ability to travel.

This position requires the following clearances: PA State Police Criminal Background Check, PA Child Abuse History Clearance Form, and Federal (FBI) Fingerprint Criminal Background Check. The candidate also must possess a valid driver's license and have use of a private vehicle. Since the position requires operating a motor vehicle as part of the job duties, successful completion of a motor vehicle records check will be required in addition to the three clearances. Review of applications will begin as soon as possible and continue until a suitable candidate is identified.

Penn State Extension is an organization on the move and a leader in research and learning innovation. We welcome all applicants interested in working together to create new and innovative programs capable of making a lasting and positive difference for the residents of Pennsylvania and beyond.

The Pennsylvania State University is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusive excellence that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusive excellence as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission.

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