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Iowa State University Education Extension Specialist I/II – Nutrition and Wellness in United States

Position Information:

Position Title:Education Extension Specialist I/II – Nutrition and Wellness

Job Group:Professional & Scientific

Required Minimum Qualifications:Bachelor’s degree

Special Required QualificationsDrivers License

Preferred Qualifications:Degree in Dietetics, Family & Consumer Sciences, Food and Nutrition, Education, or closely related discipline.Additional years of experience.Experience that demonstrates understanding and application of appropriate adult learning strategies.Experience securing and administering grants and/or contracts.Demonstrated training or experience with nutrition and wellness principles.Experience developing, implementing, and evaluating nutrition and wellness programs.Experience that demonstrates the ability to organize, coordinate, and communicate effectively with a wide range of audiences.

Job Description:


Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is seeking qualified candidates for a Human Sciences Specialist position to be filled at the Education Extension Specialist I or II level. This position will serve a 12 county region (Adair, Adams, Cass, Fremont, East Pottawattamie, Mills, Montgomery, Page, Ringgold, Taylor, Union, West Pottawattamie counties). The primary office location is flexible and will be determined after acceptance of the offer.

The position will focus on Nutrition and Wellness within Human Sciences. The position will promote Extension engagement and education with youth, families, businesses and communities. Responsibilities include providing educational opportunities through programming leadership, delivery, consultation, technical assistance, and support for integrated content in the areas of human sciences with primary focus on aspects of nutrition and wellness within a multi county region. Additional duties include active participation in needs assessment processes and program development planning with nutrition and wellness program specialists statewide and in consultation with ISU Faculty. Additional duties include the development of program materials and the provision of staff and volunteer training, as well as the development of educational models that may be used by the Extension and Outreach system to effectively build relationships with youth, families, businesses and communities.

In addition to Education Extension Specialist I duties listed above, an Education Extension Specialist II will create and deliver comprehensive and complex programming, conduct needs assessment activities and identify and implement innovative ways to meet clients’ needs, take an active role in the development of interdisciplinary programming, and provide leadership/supervision and subject-matter expertise at the local, area and state level. The Education Extension Specialist II level is a P807 with minimum requirements of a Bachelor's degree and 2 years of related experience.

The successful candidate will be able to develop partnerships and collaborations with appropriate agencies, associations and organizations to implement program activities. Strong organizational, facilitation and communications skills, along with an ability to pay close attention to detail will be essential for success in the position. The candidate will also possess the ability to prioritize multiple ongoing tasks concurrently to ensure immediate deadlines are met, as well as exceptional analytical and public relations skills to effectively represent and deliver ISU Human Sciences Extension and Outreach educational opportunities and programs.

This is a regular, fixed term position, with opportunity for renewal.

Example of Duties• Functions as an effective educator.• Responds to programming and information using routine sources and materials, matching relevant information and programs with audience needs.• Provides subject-matter support to local networks and coalitions to build community capacity (brings added value to producers, addresses environmental issues, and improves education and service for youth, community or families).• Participates in needs assessment activities; evaluates major program efforts; and completes system reports when due.• Sets goals related to reaching targeted under-served and under-represented audiences.• Secures resources (volunteers, contracts, and grants) to support identified needs at a county level.Level Guidelines• Individual contributor position with developing professional and/or technical skills working under immediate to general supervision• Grasps professional-level knowledge and concepts of field while working in a progressive learning mode• Works on problems and issues of somewhat limited scope• Follows standard practices and procedures in analyzing situations or data for which answers are available or can be obtained• Responds to inquiries and issues, escalating to manager or higher level workers as appropriate• May lead projects of limited scope and complexity• May provide guidance to students

Appointment Type:Regular with Term Appointment (Fixed Term)

Proposed End Date or Length of Term:June 30, 2022

Number of Months Employed Per Year:

Time Type:Full time

Pay Grade:PS806

Application Instructions:To apply for this position, please click on “Apply” and complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following: 1) Resume/Curriculum Vitae 2) Letter of Application/Cover Letter If you have questions regarding this application process, please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.

Original Posting Date: May 4, 2021

Posting Close Date:May 25, 2021

Job Requisition Number:R4865

Iowa State University ( is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities ( AAU ), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. More than 30,000 students are enrolled and are served by over 6,200 faculty and staff.

Iowa State University is a global and culturally diverse university committed to providing an inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment for both learning and employment. We know that diversity in experience and perspective is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and building an inclusive academic community. At Iowa State, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituents. The university has an expectation that all employees will demonstrate a contribution to diversity and inclusion as embodied in Iowa State University’s Principles of Community ( .

All offers of employment, oral and written, are contingent upon the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by federal and state law, ISU policies/procedures, and may include the completion of a background check and/or a consumer credit check.

Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, 515 294-7612, email .

If you have questions about the application process please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll-Free at 1-877-477-7485 . Iowa State University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about access or requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should email or call (515) 294-4800 or Toll-Free: (877) 477-7485 . TTY users are welcome to use the Iowa Relay Service number by dialing 7-1-1 or (800) 735-2942 .

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