University of Minnesota SNAP-Ed Regional Coordinator Position Opening




Title:                                             SNAP-Ed Regional Coordinator

Classification:                               Coordinator, Job Code 9354

Appointment:                                100%-time, Academic Professional,

                                                     Annually renewable, 12-month

Program Area:                              Extension Center for Family Development

Initial Application Deadline:          June 27, 2014; position will remain open until filled

Office Locations:                          Ramsey County Extension Office



The University of Minnesota Extension is a major outreach arm of the University of Minnesota, a land grant institution with a mission to serve the public through applied research and education. The mission of the University of Minnesota Extension is: Making a difference by connecting community needs and University resources to address critical issues in Minnesota.


As one of four centers, the Extension Center for Family Development helps families make informed decisions leading to better health, financial security and well-being. We accomplish this by developing, delivering and evaluating credible, relevant and research-based education; working closely with others across Minnesota to build the strengths of individuals and families of all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds; conducting and collaborating on research projects; recruiting and retaining expert faculty and staff passionate about families and their success; increasing the understanding of our work among key stakeholders; securing resources to sustain and grow programs that meet emerging needs and support strategic priorities. Extension Center for Family Development programs currently focus on family relations, family resource management, food safety, and health and nutrition, with special effort in the areas of children’s mental health, families in transition, building healthy and strong families, and preparing for an aging Minnesota.


The SNAP-Ed Regional Coordinator has major and continuing responsibility for the implementation and management of the University of Minnesota Extension’s SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) Education program in a multi-county region of the state. He/she will develop and lead an effective work team (4-8 FTE) of SNAP-Ed Educators in the region to deliver high-quality, effective health and nutrition education for SNAP recipients and others eligible for federal benefit programs. This position focuses on hiring, training, supervising, and supporting Extension’s SNAP-Ed Educators, and managing programmatic efforts carried out by these educators from a regional perspective. 



Bachelor’s degree in health, nutrition or a closely related discipline. Advanced degree preferred.

3-5 years of experience with program management and supervision in a health and/or nutrition education program.

1-3 years of experience in teaching, community organizing, community health promotion, and community education.

Experience in implementing multi-level public health programming.

Valid driver’s license, reliable vehicle with required liability insurance, to be utilized for frequent travel within Minnesota, infrequent travel outside Minnesota.

Direct experience in grants management and administration.

Proven abilities to foster a work culture respectful of cultural, socioeconomic, ideological, and other kinds of diversity.

Ability to communicate clear work direction and broad understanding of programming priorities.

Ability to work effectively in an environment that combines independent action and teamwork with colleagues and external organizations.

Ability to build effective work teams and manage conflict.

Experience in training and teaching in an adaptive and engaging manner; ability to coach others to do so.

Respectful, professional communication style both orally and in writing.

Organizational and time management skills with attention to detail.

Experience delivering evidence-based programs in a community setting.

Ability to analyze and recommend action based upon complex data and contextual factors.

Computer skills: Active development of and participation in web-based communication and training, competent keyboarding, high level of comfort with development of documents, spreadsheets, presentations, web-based communications, and marketing materials. Able to effectively use Microsoft Office Suite of software programs.

Ability to oversee the compliance of budgetary requirements and financial policies and procedures.

Ability to plan and maintain a flexible work schedule, including regular evening and weekend work to meet time demands and/or special needs of SNAP-Ed program management.

Experience working with culturally and economically diverse audiences.



Masters or other advanced degree.

Experience working with SNAP-Ed or other nutrition education programs for low-income audiences.

Skill in and experience using distance technologies for communication and education.

Speak a language in addition to English.



Supervision and program management (50%)

Oversee implementation and evaluation of all SNAP-Ed programming in a multi-county region within Minnesota.

Supervise SNAP-Ed Educators (4 – 8 FTE) located in region. Provide on-going coaching/training.

Conduct engaging, effective, and adaptive training and coaching.

Oversee their professional development plans, ensuring that each has the resources and expertise needed to effectively carry out their job duties.

Assess and ensure the quality of community program delivery, adherence to protocols and guidelines, and responsible resource management.

Monitor and ensure the completion of participant level documentation.

Manage the reporting protocols and evaluation plans implemented by SNAP-Ed educators.Train educators to implement protocols and plans.

Develop and implement training for SNAP-Ed Educators in conjunction with the Associate Program Director.

Manage the implementation of a regional program plans for continuous improvement of the quality of health and nutrition programming with SNAP-Ed Educators.

Oversee and coordinate the development and implementation of partner level agreements in the region.

Analyze programmatic data and financial information to determine ways to better focus resources for effectively and efficiently reaching low income Minnesotans, and people with health disparities in the region.

Analyze and adjust the work of the SNAP-Ed Educators to create the greatest outcomes and impact, and the most efficient use of resources.

Ensure accurate, complete and organized confidential records, as required across the region.

Manage and monitor data and budget for projects and programs.



Program development (30%)

Analyze and synthesize feedback from SNAP-Ed Educators on participant and community concerns, program implementation, curricula and other resources to improve the quality and efficiency in the program and better meet the needs of SNAP-Ed participants throughout the region.

Develop strategies and facilitate the regional implementation of train-the-trainer opportunities for community-based organizations provided by Health and Nutrition Extension Educators.

Provide expertise advice to community-based organizations on the technical aspects of the federal SNAP Education program.

Keep abreast of new research and strategies in the field of nutrition. Maintain a sound understanding of community health and nutrition issues as well as public health approaches for addressing them. Guide SNAP- Ed Educators to translate this understanding and knowledge into programmatic efforts in the region.

Identify gaps in the prevention spectrum of community programs and initiatives to address health and nutrition issues that represent opportunities for program development to enhance impact.

Maintain a sound understanding of and familiarity with the key partners, stakeholders and health and nutrition initiatives in the region that have bearing on health and nutrition work.

Communications and community partnerships (20%)

Lead positive communications and ongoing updates internally and externally with all stakeholders regionally.

Coordinate and facilitate meetings with staff, stakeholders and partners.

Cultivate new partnerships and maintain professional relationships to further health and nutrition goals.

Strengthen and leverage collaborative partnerships with internal health and nutrition team regionally and state wide as well as with external stakeholders.

Speak on behalf of Extension priorities and provide informed support and expertise when serving on agency or community boards or advisory committees related to health and nutrition.

Prepare timely reports of programmatic activities and success stories in the region.

Other responsibilities assigned as needed



This position is 100% time, annual renewable academic administrative professional appointment with a University of Minnesota job code/classification of 9354 Coordinator.  This position is funded through September 30, 2014 with continuation dependent on funding, need, performance, and results.  Extension’s academic promotion process does not apply to this position.  All University of Minnesota positions require successful completion of a background check.



This position reports to the Associate Program Director, SNAP Education who reports to the Health & Nutrition Program Leader.  Annual performance review will occur according to Extension and University policies.



Travel throughout the region and at times, the state, is required to perform these job responsibilities.  This person will be expected to use a personal vehicle with legally required insurance for travel.  Reimbursement for travel expenses will occur according to University policy.



This position is benefits eligible. Information is at: Salary is commensurate with experience and education.



Please apply, complete the online application at attach to the “Required Document” section:

Cover letter in which you:

Describe your qualifications for the position based upon the job requirements and position responsibilities.

Include examples of your ability to perform this job.

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Professional Reference List with complete phone and email contact information.


If you have questions about applying online please contact:

Naaz Babvani

Extension Human Resources

260 Coffey Hall, 1420 Eckles Ave.

University of Minnesota

St. Paul, MN  55108

Telephone: 612-624-3717

Fax: 612-624-7749



Mary Caskey

SNAP-Ed Associate Program Director




June 27, 2014; position will remain open until filled


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