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Harney County OSU Extension Service

Education Program Assistant 1 Harney County

OSU Extension Service Education Program Assistant 1 Harney County

The OSU Extension Service has a job opening in Harney County for an Education Program Assistant 1.

About the Position

This recruitment will be used to fill one part-time (approximately 20 hours per week) Education Program Assistant 1 position for the Division of Extension and Engagement, Family and Community Health Program at Oregon State University (OSU). This position will be located in Burns, Oregon. This Education Program Assistant 1 (EPA1) position is based at the Oregon State University Extension Service Harney County office based in Burns, Oregon. This position is with the Extension Family and Community Health program affiliated with OSU’s College of Public Health and Human Sciences.

Extension programs in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences align toward a common vision of lifelong health and well-being for individuals, families, and communities. The central purpose of this position is to extend the knowledge and research of OSU to the communities of Oregon in a manner that is responsive to local needs and respectful of local norms and culture. The individual is a member of a network of campus-and community-based Extension faculty and staff who share this responsibility for community engagement.

The EPA1 position is part of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – Education (SNAP-Ed) Program, a nutrition education program in Extension Family and Community Health. Extension educators provide evidence-based interventions through SNAP-Ed, a nutrition education and obesity prevention program targeting SNAP eligible audiences. Programs are designed to promote healthy eating habits and a physically active lifestyle. All programming is done in collaboration with community partners, such as schools, food banks and pantries, and government and non-profit agencies. Funding is provided in part by USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) through a contract with Oregon Department of Human Services.

This position will work under the supervision of the Harney County SNAP-Ed Managing Faculty Member. Programs are implemented in a manner that measures impact, fosters program improvement and strengthens community connections. These positions require travel to various sites within the counties they serve.

Job Functions

50% Program Implementation
Nutrition Education Delivery:
    • Delivers pre-approved curriculum/programs for managing food resources, making/preparing healthy food choices, encouraging physical activity, plant science/gardening and handling food safely to adults, youth and families in a variety of community settings. Uses OSU Extension Service/SNAP-Ed approved curricula, materials and information.
    • Uses OSU Extension Service/SNAP-Ed approved curricula, materials and information. May collaborate with program team to develop new teaching tools, visuals, and displays. Acts as the liaison with food service for coordination of product and associated education across both school districts. Sustains and builds community partnerships with emphasis on schools.
    • Prepares and provides lessons from preapproved curriculum and programs to all populations in an inclusive and culturally responsible manner.
    • Delivers programming discussed above in a hybrid (virtual/in person) format.


Obesity Prevention Efforts (Policy, System, Environmental Change):
  • Works with SNAP-Ed Managing Faculty Member and community partners to identify areas for policy, system, and environmental change and assists with implementing OSU/SNAP-Ed preapproved processes that will influence change.
  • Works as part of a team to conduct nutrition and physical activity needs assessments within the community.
  • Works as part of a team to implement strategies/interventions in the school/community environment that support and encourage healthy eating habits and physically active lifestyles, such as implementing the Food Hero campaign strategies.
  • Actively participates in school and/or community committees/coalitions to encourage healthy eating habits and physically active lifestyles, as directed by SNAP-Ed Managing Faculty Member.
  • Provides trainings to partners/community with approved curriculums
35% – Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention — Planning, Preparing, and Evaluating
  • Works with faculty/staff on marketing and recruitment for group/class set up and nutrition topics/lessons with site contact. Assists in preparation and ordering of instructional supplies needed for classes. Assists in assembling materials needed for classes and other nutrition education activities.
  • Participates in evaluation of program effectiveness.
  • Utilizes state SNAP-Ed approved materials and approaches to implement nutrition education interventions for youth, adults and/or families, following federal and state SNAP-Ed and OSU Extension Service guidelines.
  • Actively engages with faculty, staff and volunteers in the delivery of SNAP-Ed interventions/strategies to SNAP-Ed eligible youth, adults and families.
  • Contributes positively to team projects in SNAP-Ed and the OSU Extension Service in the County.
  • Engages community partners and community members in a culturally responsive manner.
  • Contributes to equity, inclusion, and diversity as part of educational delivery and programming. Outputs and impacts of efforts to promote equity, inclusion, and diversity should be included in quarterly/annual program reports.
10% – Nutrition Education Program Records
  • Record-keeping – Maintains class, meeting, and assessment records, attendance records, evaluation data, paperwork; verifies for accuracy; submits all required records upon completion of classes, meetings, and assessments for state and federal reporting; submits quarterly success stories -“Stories from the Field;” personal vehicle mileage for work travel, supplies purchased; other data/statistical information/records as requested.
5% – Meetings & Trainings and Other Duties as assigned
  • Attends scheduled SNAP-Ed meetings and trainings.
  • Participates in relevant statewide/regional conferences, workshops, meetings and trainings.
  • Attends County Extension staff meetings and participates in regional/state OSU Extension Service activities, as directed.
  • Contributes to a welcoming and respectful workplace culture.

Job Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent and at least two years of relevant experience (paid or volunteer), supporting community programs that serve children, youth, or adults
  • OR Associate Degree and one year of work experience (paid or volunteer) which must be working in youth development programs, adult education, teaching, program delivery or related functions
  • Demonstrated oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated skill to work with diverse audiences.
  • Demonstrated skill to use computers for word processing, data management, and communications.

Additional Required Qualifications:

  • Demonstrates a commitment to promote and enhance diversity.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to work as a collaborative member of a team.
  • This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a Criminal History Check and be determined to be position qualified as per OSU Standard 576-055-0000 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions and those in Youth Programs may have additional Criminal History Checks every 24 months.
  • This position requires driving a University vehicle or a personal vehicle on behalf of the University; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a Motor Vehicle History Check, possess and maintain a current, valid driver’s license in their state of residence, be determined to be position qualified and self-report convictions as per University Policy 05-030 et seq.

Preferred (Special) Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience/education (paid or volunteer) relevant to nutrition education or related health community programs that serve children, youth, and adults
  • Experience with limited income audiences
  • Experience with software comparable to Microsoft Office suite
  • Customer service experience.
  • Ability to adapt to a changing technological environment.

Application Closing Date & Time

The closing date for this position is 04/03/2023. To apply, go to

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