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Part-Time Community Nutrition Educator – Schenectady, NY

CCE of Schenectady County is seeking a part-time (21 hours/week) Community Nutrition Educator responsible for conducting nutrition education to improve healthy food and choices among senior citizens and individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DDs) and other assigned groups.Educational efforts also include local foods, farmer's markets, cooking from scratch, growing your own food, navigating a grocery store, and understanding the complexities of the food systems. Programs and nutrition education are provided at senior meal sites, group homes, farmer markets, schools, and other community locations.

This position collaborates closely with the Schenectady County Office for the Aging and other agencies that provide services to individuals with I/DDs in an effort to fulfill contract requirements which include but are not limited to: constituent education and training, food safety, and menu reviews.The Community Nutrition Educator provides nutrition and food safety education to constituent food service staff at each site to ensure that food quality, sanitation, safety standards are met. The Nutrition Educator has oversight for Association nutrition/dietetics student interns.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition, Health Education, and/or Public Health. Associate’s degree and two years transferrable program/functional experience may substitute for a Bachelor’s degree.
  • Experience relevant to the role of the position.
  • Travel Requirements - Ability to meet regular travel requirements associated with this position. A valid NYS driver's license with the ability to drive and driving record acceptable for Association insurance coverage are required.
  • Ability to work flexible hours, which may include evenings and/or weekends, as appropriate.
  • Program Skills – Ability to effectively deliver related programs and trainings. Commitment to helping to ensure inclusive programs and reach diverse audiences. Serve as an effective subject matter resource. Ability to purchase and prepare foods, utilizing business expense account and pragmatic use of resources. Must be able to review and follow recipes and assure compliance to federal and state guidelines. Maintain program participant and data confidentiality. Ability to effectively participate in professional team efforts, including frequent collaboration with staff and outside organizations.
  • Communication & Marketing Skills - Ability to appropriately communicate verbally and in writing with program participants, employees and others through a variety of media.Ability to assist with marketing programs through social, print and other media, resulting in diverse, robust program participation. Ability to relate effectively to co-workers, advisors, community and professional leaders.
  • Coordination Skills – Ability to effectively coordinate program efforts including data management and reporting, scheduling and coordinating programs and events, compiling and maintaining materials and resources, following financial reporting requirements.
  • Technology Skills - Ability to adapt quickly to new technologies, including for virtual programming. Ability to learn and effectively use software including use of the internet, program related software, and Microsoft Office Suite including Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Excel.
  • Work Environment – In addition to the Working Conditions; the work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions. This position works in typical office and educational environments. In addition, the position regularly lifts, moves, or transports program related materials and equipment. The position regularly shops for and prepares program materials & food.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Registered Dietitian.
  • Food service knowledge.
  • Knowledge of nutritional concerns of seniors and individuals with development disabilities.
  • Knowledge of nutrition related programs available to seniors i.e. Commodity Supplemental Foods, Senior Farmers’ Market and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance programs.
  • ServSafe training and certification.
  • Ability to understand, interpret and apply nutritional research.

Position Details

This is a part-time (21 hours/week), nonexempt position. Excellent benefits, based on eligibility, including:

  • Paid Vacation, Sick & Personal leave
  • Paid Holidays
  • NYS Health Insurance Program (including FREE Dental Insurance)
  • NYS Retirement (NYSERS)
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Total Care Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Voluntary Tax Deferred Annuity Plan
  • Voluntary Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Voluntary Group Universal Life Insurance
  • Voluntary Personal Accidental Insurance
  • Voluntary Legal Plan Insurance
  • Voluntary Long Term Care Insurance
  • Voluntary Auto and Homeowner’s Insurance
  • Voluntary Pet Insurance
  • Voluntary New York’s College Savings Program
  • ClearPoint Credit Counseling Solutions

All applications must be received on-line by May 17, 2021.Position closing dates may change based on Association needs.

To Apply & For Further Details:

Cornell Cooperative Extension is a collaboration among Cornell University, the United States Department of Agriculture, the State of New York, and the residents of New York State. Per NYS Law, county and regional extension service associations are subordinate governmental agencies. This employment opportunity is with the entities listed and not with Cornell University.

Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities. Individuals who bring a diverse perspective and are supportive of diversity are strongly encouraged to apply.

Last updated April 28, 2021