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Nutrition Education Program Supervisor - Springfield (Educator III)

Apply now Job no: 509958
Work type: Staff Full Time
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: UMass Extension
Union: PSU
Categories: Agriculture/Extension, College of Natural Sciences

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.


Job Summary

Responsible for leadership and management of the Nutrition Education Program (NEP) in the local community/at the community level.  Develop program objectives, design delivery methods, and implement evaluation procedures in collaboration with the SNAP-Ed & EFNEP Leader and other NEP state office specialists.  Supervise the implementation of nutrition education programs and related activities in target area for target population.  Hire, train, supervise, and evaluate clerical and nutrition education staff.  Oversee staff and project activities to ensure a high quality program and progress of participants.  Prepare required plans and reports.  Seek continued and alternative funding sources for program support including collaboration with community organizations.  Manage the local EFNEP and SNAP-Ed budgets.


Essential Functions

Examples of duties:

  • Implement and manage the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) in the assigned region of Massachusetts.  Develop program objectives, identify program collaborators and sites, design delivery methods, implement evaluation procedures, report program activities and impacts, and manage the budget.  Participate in short and long range planning. 
  • Implement and manage the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) program in the assigned region of Massachusetts.  Identify and work with community collaborators to develop program objectives, design delivery methods, choose program materials, and implement evaluation procedures.  Develop annual SNAP-Ed Plan for the assigned region and submit program reports.  Develop and manage the SNAP-Ed Budget.  Develop and teach nutrition education sessions for SNAP-Ed participants as appropriate.
  • Oversee nutrition education staffing in the regional office. Determine need for staff, hire, and train staff (including an intensive training program for nutrition aides).  Supervise and evaluate clerical and nutrition education staff.  Oversee teaching methods and review education materials used by educators to insure high quality programs.  Conduct regular staff meetings, in-service training, and performance appraisals with all NEP staff. Represent UMass Extension in the assigned area and at the state or Federal level as appropriate in areas of nutrition, health promotion, and disease prevention.  Collaborate with other campus units to provide community access to UMass Extension’s programs.  Coordinate staff participation in these activities.
  • Participate in statewide NEP meetings and projects.  Work with other staff in collaborative programming and participate in the conduct of applied research and/or creative scholarly activities as appropriate.
  • Maintain and increase personal and professional competence through participation in in-service training, professional association activities, and continuing education.  Prepare and implement professional development plan. 


Other Functions

  • Work collaboratively and effectively to promote teamwork, diversity, equality and inclusiveness. 
  • Work in partnership with colleagues within the CNS community and across the campus to support the Dean’s strategic priorities.
  • Perform other duties as assigned in support of the mission and goals of the College of Natural Sciences.


Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • MA/MS degree in Nutrition, Public Health, or related field plus three years professional experience relevant to the position, or BA/BS degree in Nutrition, Public Health, or related field and five years professional experience relevant to the position.  MA/MS degree is preferred.
  • Excellent interpersonal and group process skills; and demonstrated ability to participate effectively in professional team efforts and with diverse groups of people.
  • Knowledge and demonstrated ability to implement adult education theories and practices with diverse audiences.
  • Ability to maintain a diverse schedule of local, regional, and statewide activity which is not restricted by access to public or private transportation.
  • Proficient in word processing and spreadsheet software and use of internet for research and communications.


Physical Demands/Working Conditions

Occasional intrastate travel. May transport education materials and lift or pull typically less than 20 lbs.


Additional Details

Will supervise between 6 to 10 employees


Work Schedule

Monday – Friday 8:30am – 5:00pm


Salary Information

PSU Level: 28

PSU Salary Schedule


Special Instructions for Applicants

Submit a letter of application, resume, and contact information for three (3) professional references. Search may remain open until a suitable candidate pool has been identified.

As part of a commitment to their own multicultural community, CNS seeks an individual with a demonstrated commitment to diversity and one who will understand and embrace university initiatives and aspirations. In addition to application materials above, candidates will need to submit a Statement of Contribution to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. The Diversity Statement should identify past experiences and future goals. These contributions may result from lived experiences, scholarships, and/or mentoring, teaching, and outreach activities.


UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University.  To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans.  It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.


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