Nutrition Educator

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 012002 - Nutrition Education
Location: Various locations in Mississippi
Categories: Support Staff
Position Open Date:

Position Function:

Nutrition Educators are paraprofessionals responsible for delivering nutrition education to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) eligible adults and youth in group settings using evidence-based curricula and materials and implementing policies, systems, and environmental strategies in the community to make the healthy choice the easy choice. Nutrition Educators engage in training opportunities provided by the Office of Nutrition Education, collect data, and perform other assigned tasks.

The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) is a federally funded nutrition education program that uses a peer educator model to teach limited-resource families, youth, and pregnant women. EFNEP programming includes basic nutrition, food preparation skills, food safety, food resource management, food security, and physical activity.

Salary Grade:  12

Please see Staff Compensation Structure or Skilled Crafts and Service Maintenance Compensation Schedule for salary ranges.  For salary grade UC, these positions are "Unclassified" and salary ranges are determined by the hiring department.

Department Profile:

The office of Nutrition Education includes two federally funded programs, the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (SNAP-Ed) for persons eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The programs, in collaboration with community partners, focus on preventing nutrition and physical activity-related chronic diseases, improving food security, and creating supportive environments to make healthy choices easier where people eat, live, learn, work, play, and shop.

Area of Specialization:

Nutrition Education. 

Anticipated Appointment Date:

May 1, 2024. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Build and maintain effective internal and external partnerships.
2. Plan programs and logistics.
3. Deliver programs.
4. Evaluate programs.
5. Maintain accurate records and reports.
6. Communicate program value.
7. Understand and respect diversity.
8. Build and maintain productive interpersonal relationships.
9. Demonstrate technology literacy.
10. Demonstrate personal accountability.
11. Perform miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

Education: High School Diploma or GED, General Studies
Experience: Two years relevant work experience (customer service, food preparation, or clerical).
Substitutions: An equivalent combination of related education and related experience may be considered for this position.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

• Knowledge of food and nutrition related to meal planning, food selection, grocery shopping, food preparation, food storage, and food safety.
• Knowledge and ability to accurately enter data and maintain electronic records using technology and web-based programs.
• Knowledge of community resources and understanding of limited-resource participant needs.
• Knowledge of basic math skills.
• Ability to effectively teach, engage, and manage youth and adult classes, including hands-on activities.
• Ability to plan, organize, and work well with a limited-resource audience.
• Ability to work as part of a team and individually.
• Ability to respond positively to supervision.
• Ability to prioritize and manage time effectively with limited daily supervision.
• Ability to follow directions and complete reports timely.
• Ability to identify problems, seek solutions, and effectively solve problems.
• Ability to demonstrate and sustain 15 minutes of moderate-level physical activity.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

• Job frequently requires sustained standing, sitting, stooping, reaching, and crouching.
• Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds unassisted.
• Varying work environments include typical office settings, government agency offices, schools, gardens, retail, food pantries, etc.
• Travel to and work in the community.
• Occasional overnight, evening, and weekend travel to partner sites and for local and state training is required.
• Vision requirements: Ability to see information in print and/or electronically.
• ServSafe Certification and National Nutrition Certification within six months of employment and maintenance of certifications during employment.
• Valid driver's license and reliable vehicle with required liability insurance to be used for travel connected with official duties.

Instructions for Applying:

Link to apply:

All applicants must apply online at and attach a cover letter and resume.

Screening Date:

April 9, 2024, until filled. 

Restricted Clause:

Position is contingent upon continued availability of funding.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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