Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is seeking a Community Assistant II (CA) to report the Program Associate I of the Cumberland County EFNEP project. This position teaches research-based, behaviorally focused nutrition classes to both adult and youth limited-resource participants. The goal of the education provided is to help program participants improve their food security, dietary quality, physical activity, and food safety behaviors.
The key duties of this position are the following:
Supports volunteers and program staff who assist in the delivery of educational outreach.
Teaches limited-resource target audiences according to specific program qualifications and guidelines, using pre-approved lessons and/or curricula, while maintaining a professional demeanor and maintaining confidentiality at all times.
Keeps an accurate account of expenses incurred while carrying out the duties of the program and regularly submitting them to the supervisor.
Completes and collects all of the personal demographic and food intake/behavioral information needed from each participant enrolled in the program
Informs individuals, groups, and agencies of the objectives of the program as they relate to the Cooperative Extension philosophy of peer education and helping people to help themselves.
Maintains accurate records of hours worked and a log of work time and work-related activities performed submitting them to the supervisor in a timely manner as instructed
Assists the supervisor in organizing groups consisting qualifying adult participants to meet all class sessions for the duration contracted with the agency's site supervisor for the purpose of learning about food, its safe preparation, nutrition, and physical activity, and helping youth apply the information to themselves and their families;
Reports to the supervisor any participant's specific needs or problems and referring them to the appropriate agency for help.
Maintaining contact with community agency/organization personnel who can provide access to pre-formed groups in order to provide group teaching.
Minimum Education and Experience:
Requires a high school/vocational school education or equivalent.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Valid NJ Driver's License.
Excellent time management skills and strong organizational skills.
A team player with a demonstrated ability to respectfully interact with colleagues and supervisors from diverse and varied backgrounds.
Willingness to accept direction and perform duties within programmatic constraints.
Willingness to improve educational level.
Expressed willingness to work with people (i.e., youth, adults, and seniors, as specified in job description).
Understanding of the importance of keeping information given by participating families confidential.
Strong familiarity with the community in which he/she will work.
Willingness to learn and to work under and accept direction.
Demonstrated Self-starter with the ability to work with a diverse, limited-resource audience.
Willingness to use personal vehicle to travel to various worksites throughout the project's service area.
Bilingual in Spanish.
Will use Microsoft Office products (Outlook (email), and possibly Word, Excel, PowerPoint, as needed).
May be asked to assist with data/information from nutrition classes in WebNEERS (a government supplied reporting system) and/or internal department data systems.
Physical Demands and Work Environment:
Ability to carry up to 35 pounds of demonstration supplies, presentation equipment, and class materials.
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