Community Worker – University of Illinois Extension
Units 16 & 17 Cluster - Decatur, IL (Macon County - Unit 17)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Primary Position Function/Summary: The Civil Service employee will support the implementation of the University of Illinois Extension Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Education Program (SNAP-Ed) as directed by the specified County Director. The Community Worker will work with local residents (adults and youth) identified for SNAP-Ed programming to provide basic nutrition, food safety, physical activity, and food budgeting education for low-income individuals. The intent of this program is to work in collaboration with SNAP eligible families to provide educational services, information and skills that empower families to make positive changes for their health.
Major Duties and Responsibilities:
- Conduct basic nutrition, food safety, physical activity and food budgeting programs for intended population at organizations/agencies within the target community as outlined in the SNAP-Ed plan. This may include leading active cooking demonstrations and leading basic physical activity demonstrations for adult and youth audiences.
- Utilize and disseminate nutrition education materials, tool kits, and resources as provided and outlined in the SNAP-Ed plan.
- Collaborate with other Extension staff within the unit/region to meet unit and State SNAP-Ed plan goals.
- Refer SNAP-Ed clients to other local agencies (FCRC, WIC, food pantries, etc.) and other Extension staff based upon additional needs/concerns.
- Collaborate with specified Extension staff to identify potential community partners that serve low-income families.
- In conjunction with partnering organizations, recruit program participants for nutrition education classes/workshops.
- As directed, promote Extension opportunities that would meet the needs of target audience.
- Collect data for program evaluations to measure program impact.
- Complete required reports, including SNAP-Ed activity reports, contact reports, attendance sheets, program evaluations/impact, travel, and other required reporting. Enter reports into online electronic database as directed.
- Participate in local, regional and statewide professional development opportunities and staff meetings, including limited but required overnight travel.
- Must be able to take and pass the Certified Food Protection Manager course within the first six-months of employment.
- Comply with all University of Illinois Extension and USDA policies and procedures in programs and employment.
- Perform other duties that contribute to the mission of University of Illinois Extension programming as assigned.
One year of experience (paid or unpaid) in work related to the job to be performed
For more information about this classification:
This Community Worker position is a 100%-time, benefits-eligible Civil Service position. The work schedule is to be determined (37.5 hours per week, 12 months per year). The minimum salary is $13.38 per hour.
To apply, submit a Civil Service application at jobs.illinois.edu and an exam request form for EXT-COMM WRKR- DECATUR (MACON). Please include all relevant work/volunteer experience coordinating educational and/or community programs or activities. This information should be included in the Experience portion of the application. Documents such as college transcripts (unofficial are accepted), resumes, driver’s license, professional licenses, and certifications should be uploaded to the application by the time you submit an exam request, as these documents may be required for your exam.
For further information regarding application procedures, contact Staff Human Resources at 217-333-2137 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is a security-sensitive position. Comprehensive background checks, including but not limited to a criminal conviction information check, a CANTS check, and a review of the Registered Sex Offender list, will be conducted.
The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Other pre-employment assessments may be required, depending on the classification of Civil Service employment.
The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit http://go.illinois.edu/EEO. To learn more about the University’s commitment to diversity, please visit http://www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu.