Humboldt County Office of Education: Nutrition Education Specialist I

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HCOE Job Description

Nutrition Education Specialist I

Position Summary

This ten month position reports to the Director of Learning Support Services. The Nutrition Education Specialist I leads the design, coordination and implementation of nutrition education related programming for the expanded learning setting. This position assists with planning and organizing program-wide projects and events.

Distinguishing Characteristics

The Nutrition Education Specialist I serves as a resource for afterschool staff and requires collaboration with multiple programs to provide a variety of nutrition related learning opportunities for youth attending expanded learning programs. The position may occasionally require working after hours and weekends.

Supervision Received and Exercised

This position is under the general supervision of the Director of Learning Support Services.

Examples of Duties

  • Assists with coordination of nutrition education programming in the expanded learning setting (nutrition education, physical activity, farm to school);
  • Assists with research, review and adaption of nutrition education curricula;
  • Identifies and procures necessary materials and supplies needed to ensure successful program implementation;
  • Assists with assembly and distribution of nutrition curricula and materials;
  • Prepares content for newsletters and other informative materials for distribution to expanded learning coordinators, parents and the community;
  • Confers, as needed, with Nutrition Education Specialist II and Farm to School Coordinator concerning subject matter, principles and practices;
  • Models nutrition education activities at monthly Redwood Afterschool Network (RAN) meetings;
  • Assists with planning and facilitation of nutrition related presentations to small and large groups;
  • Co-plans and helps carry out larger nutrition education projects and events;
  • Assists with the collection and preparation of qualitative and quantitative data related to nutrition education programming for inclusion in grant reports;
  • Attends program related meeting and conferences as needed;
  • Performs related duties as assigned that support the overall goals of the department.

Qualifications (aka Employment Standards)

Education and Experience

High school diploma, supplemented by college-level course work in nutrition, education, recreation or closely related field. Previous experience working in an educational setting desired. Associate or bachelor’s degree in closely related field preferred.

Knowledge of:

  • Basic nutrition principles;
  • Child development principles and age-appropriate learning strategies;
  • Instructional methods for designing materials and activities that are engaging;
  • Oral and written communication skills;
  • Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy;
  • Typical computer software applications including Outlook, Word, Excel and Google Suite;
  • Modern office practices, procedures and equipment.

Ability to:

  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing;
  • Establish and maintain effective, positive and cooperative relationships with those contacted in the course of work;
  • Maintain records, compile and verify data;
  • Adapt to changing work demands;
  • Manage task priorities to meet deadline;
  • Work effectively under varying degrees of stress.

Working Conditions (Work Environment)

The Nutrition Education Specialist I provides services in the office, as well as in various sites throughout the county, sometimes serving multiple sites in a single workday. This position may require transporting food and materials during inclement weather. The Nutrition Education Specialist I may be required to adjust work hours in a reasonable manner to accommodate program needs.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job:

  • Sit, stand, and/or move about for extended periods;
  • Visual acuity to read and write printed materials and computer screens;
  • Hearing and speech abilities for ordinary and telephonic conversations;
  • Lift and move materials weighing up to 50 pounds;
  • Hand-eye-arm and finger dexterity.

Other Requirements

  • Must be fingerprinted and a satisfactory Department of Justice records check must be received by HCOE prior to employment.
  • TB testing and/or risk assessment will be required upon employment;
  • Must pass a pre-employment physical (if applicable);
  • May be required to obtain first aid and CPR certificates within the first 6 to 12 months of employment;
  • May be required to drive with or without students; some positions may require a California driver’s license, proof of insurance and possible participation in the DMV PUll Notice Program once employed.

Range 12
PC approved 11/14/2023

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