CCE of Schenectady County is seeking a full time, 35 hours per week qualified and experienced educator who provides participant-centered nutrition education to WIC participants utilizing a variety of methods.
The educator also serves as a team member and assists in evaluating the Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC Program). The educator also performs administrative responsibilities, including but not limited to staff supervision, maintaining participant confidentiality and performing routine data collection utilized by the program. Under the guidance of the Supervisor, the WIC Nutrition and Breastfeeding Educator is responsible for promotion and support of breastfeeding activities through program delivery, evaluation and administration of the Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program.
The educator helps to establish a positive, supportive environment for breastfeeding in the WIC program through the use of visual and educational resources, verbal encouragement, and conveying breastfeeding as the standard.
Please include a cover letter, resume and three references(at least one who is a current or former supervisor or teacher).
Once your application is submitted you will not be able to change your submission or add attachments.
Internal Applicants: Current employees of the Cornell Cooperative Extension Association indicated in this job posting are internal applicants; please refer to Applying for a Job (Internal Candidate) for additional guidance.
All applications must be received on-line by June 24, 2019. Position closing dates may change based on Association needs.
Master's degree in Nutrition or related field. A Bachelor's degree in Nutrition or related field plus 4 years transferrable relevant evidence based research experience may substitute for a Master's degree.
Travel Requirements - Ability to meet occasional 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 meet acceptable background check requirements.
Ability to work flexible hours, which may include evenings and/or weekends, as appropriate.
Commitment to working in limited income urban settings with diverse program participants in their surrounding communities.
Program Skills - Ability to effectively deliver related programs and trainings. Serve as an effective subject matter resource. Maintain program data confidentiality. Ability to effectively participate in professional team efforts, including frequent collaboration with staff and outside organizations.
Administrative & Management Skills - Ability to manage and provide oversight to the Association's WIC nutrition education program. Ability to exercise frequent discretion and independent judgment in managing programs and employees. Ability to assist with budget oversight.
Communication & Marketing Skills - Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing with presenters, program participants, employees and others through a variety of media. Ability to relate effectively to co-workers, volunteers, 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.
Computer Skills - Proficiency or 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 a typical office environment with occasional lifting, moving and transporting program materials. This position requires the ability to work in a busy open office with occasional to frequent distractions and opportunities to demonstrate positive collaboration amongst staff, visitors and the public
One year experience providing education to breastfeeding individuals. Must attend a 40-hour lactation counselor course within the first year of appointment or hold the International Board of Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) credential.
Certified Lactation Consultant (CLC) or IBCLC credentialed
Familiarity with a variety of program delivery methods to reach individuals and groups in youth and adult audiences and ability to integrate youth and adult development principles into educational activities.
Familiarity with the community in which the work will take place and ability to utilize program resources within the community.
Ability to speak, read and write proficiently in the Spanish language, or other non-English language as is spoken in the target community.
Position Responsibilities & Essential Functions
Program Delivery - 75%
Deliver nutrition education, based on existing materials, to impact audiences through a variety of educational methods.
Utilize existing evidence-based curricula and support materials to provide accurate, relevant nutrition education to participating families in accordance with WIC approved resources.
Foster acceptance of the WIC program, methods, and policies to address community and individual needs and consider diverse audiences.
Teach existing research based education to targeted population on lifelong nutrition and healthy lifestyles including educating on the benefits of and providing educational support for exclusive breastfeeding. Address common breastfeeding concerns, may assist in breast pump issuance based on NYSDOH guidelines.
Utilize motivational interviewing strategies to provide participant-centered nutrition education (individual/family sessions or facilitated group discussions). This includes educating clients on WIC approved high nutrient foods that support optimal health outcomes and prevent chronic diseases.
Conduct dietetic screening and determine eligibility for WIC based on USDA/New York State Department of Health established nutrition and health parameters.
Work with participants to ensure WIC foods meet the nutritional needs and wants of the individual/family. Authorize, issue and reissue WIC food packages based on established USDA/New York State Department of Health guidelines.
Meets or exceeds targeted education delivery goals assigned by the supervisor as indicated by the funding source.
Collaborate with community agencies that serve the target audience as part of the program delivery process.
Make connections to other Extension programs and community resources, serve as liaison for participants to other programs such as SNAP-ed, EFNEP, Healthy Families, Head Start, etc.
Provide mass media (social and print) educational efforts related to the program.
Represent CCE and the NYS WIC program to the public, community leaders, government officials and Cornell University as part of the program delivery process.
Program Evaluation - 5%
Implement program evaluation as designed.
Interact with various constituencies to obtain their evaluation of programs.
Based on established program parameters, provide program evaluation data to the Supervisor, assist in data analysis and may assist in making recommendations to supervisor for strengthening and improving programs
Management - 10%
Under the direction of the Supervisor, provide guidance and supervision to up to five breastfeeding peer counselor staff (part-time, temporary casual staff) and two Subject Educator I positions. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the Association's policies and applicable laws and in collaboration with the Supervisor. Responsibilities include interviewing, and hiring staff; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems. Jointly develop and review progress of assigned staff development plans as needed to increase staff competency. Assures positive, team-based employee relations.
Assist the monitoring of breastfeeding program income/ expense to ensure the spending is within the program budget constraint. Provide input into the budget development process.
Assist in solving problems and resolve conflicts that arise in the operation of the team, utilizing appropriate policies and procedures.
Coordination/Operation - 5%
Assist program colleagues by using CCE office procedures/policies for communication, documentation, work requests, and schedule availability.
Train and orient staff.
Implement, update, and/or close participant files with minimal nutritional educational needs or nutritional health concerns.
Document participant centered nutrition education (individual/family sessions or facilitated group discussions).
Complete necessary written documentation as required by programs and funders.
Maintain confidentiality of information regarding all program participants.
Assist Supervisor with public awareness in the form of impact statements, articles for progress/ annual reports, or news releases.
Participate in outreach activities, collaborate with service providers to help ensure that program family has access to available community services and assist with educational activities related to parenting and child development. Make referrals to appropriate community programs and services.
Maintain a strong network of peers working in other community agencies and programs with the goal of connecting participant families with the educational and other resources they need in a timely manner.
Perform routine data collection utilized by the program.
On an occasional basis transports self in personal and/or Association vehicles to community based settings, including WIC satellite offices as needed.
On an occasional basis lifts, moves or transports office and program materials and resources.
Perform general coordination activities including but not limited to attending staff meetings, timely reporting of expenses, working with other staff and general marketing of Extension programs.
Professional Improvement - 5%
In cooperation with Supervisor and/or Executive Director, jointly develop and pursue a professional development plan as a means to increase competencies relative to position accountabilities and to address changes and Association priorities.
Collaborate in activities that are in general support of Cornell Cooperative Extension and perform other duties as assigned.
Health and Safety - Applied to all duties and functions.
Support the Association to maintain a safe working environment.
Be familiar with and strive to follow any applicable federal, state, local regulations, Association health and safety policy/procedure/requirement and standard.
Act proactively to prevent accidents/injuries and communicate hazards to supervisors when identified.
EEO/EPO and Policy - Applied to all duties and functions.
Appreciate and embrace diversity in all interactions with clientele, staff, volunteers and the public.
Assist the Cornell Cooperative Extension system in reaching out to diverse audiences.
Aware of, and adheres to, established Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of Schenectady County policies, procedures and Cornell Cooperative Extension Skills for Success.
Contribute to the overall success of the organization by performing all assigned duties in a professional, timely and accurate manner.
This is a full time, nonexempt position, 35 hours per week. Excellent benefits, based on eligibility, including:
Vacation, Sick and Personal time
NYS Health Insurance Program (including Dental Insurance)
Long-term Disability Insurance
Voluntary Tax Deferred Annuity
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
No relocation or VISA Sponsorship available.
The Association may make reasonable accommodations to enable applicants to participate in the hiring process and employees to perform the essential functions of their job. If you require an accommodation so you may participate in the selection process you are encouraged to contact Cornell Cooperative Extension Administrative Systems at (607)-255-6120, or via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For additional questions please contact Jim McNaughton, Association Lead Human Resources Manager, e-mail email@example.com or phone (518) 765-3503.
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 government 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 support of diversity are strongly encouraged to apply.
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