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Dougherty County Extension Nutrition Education Program Assistant

Company: University of Georgia
Location: Athens
Posted on: September 17, 2023

Job Description:

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Dougherty County Extension Nutrition Education Program Assistant

CAES-Southwest District CES

About the University of Georgia
Since our founding in 1785, the University of Georgia has operated as Georgia's oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education (). The proof is in our more than 235 years of academic and professional achievements and our continual commitment to higher education. UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University's main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA employs approximately 3,000 faculty and more than 7,700 full-time staff. The University's enrollment exceeds 40,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 10,000 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 18 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

About the College/Unit/Department

UGA Cooperative Extension was founded in 1914 to bring research-based agricultural information to the people of Georgia. County agents and specialists throughout the state share information on issues like water quality, profitability in agribusiness, family wellness and life skills. County agents provide soil and water test kits and instruction, advice on safe pesticide use, publications, computer programs and lessons in consumer skills to improve Georgians' quality of life. They are the local experts in food safety, proper eating habits, child safety and parenting. UGA Extension coordinates 4-H, Georgia's largest youth program. Each year, almost 200,000 young Georgians participate in community projects, summer camps and conferences on today's issues while having fun and learning to work together. The leadership skills and values they learn in 4-H last a lifetime. UGA Extension reaches more than 2.6 million Georgians through education programs each year. Millions more rely on UGA Extension's publications, educational news articles and public television programming for advice and information.

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Retirement Plan

Employment Type

Benefits Eligibility
Benefits Eligible

Full/Part time
Full Time

Work Schedule

Additional Schedule Information
Monday-Friday 8am to 5pm
Occasional hours after normal business hours
Occasional weekend hours

Advertised Salary

Posting Date

Open until filled

Closing Date

Proposed Starting Date

Special Instructions to Applicants

Location of Vacancy
SW District

EEO Policy Statement
The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR (

Position Information

Classification Title
Public Service Paraprofessional/Professional



Minimum Qualifications
Requires technical knowledge in the field acquired through an apprenticeship, a 2-year degree, or professional certificate. Please contact your Human Resources office for an evaluation of education/experience in lieu of the required minimum qualifications.

Preferred Qualifications

Position Summary
This position is based in Dougherty County and is responsible for paraprofessional work with County Extension Agents in a Food and Nutrition Education program for limited-resource clients (Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program). Plans, organizes, schedules, and conducts nutrition and food safety classes for limited resource clients. Prepares and conducts food demonstrations for group classes. This employee will exhibit qualities of independent judgment. Work is performed under general supervision.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies

  • Ability to learn basic food preparation skills.
  • Strong communication skills and experience interacting with a wide range group of people.
  • Ability to relate effectively to young people and adults.
  • Ability to lead groups effectively including ability to speak clearly and with sufficient volume to be heard without amplification.
  • Skilled in working with clients with limited resources.

    Physical Demands

    • Stand for long periods to effectively present program to attendees.
    • Lift and carry up to 25 pounds.
    • Speak effectively to audiences without amplification.
    • Effectively use kitchen tools including knives, spoons, blenders, choppers, etc.
    • Driving to perform job related duties.

      Is driving a responsibility of this position?

      Is this a Position of Trust?

      Does this position have operation, access, or control of financial resources?

      Does this position require a P-Card?

      Is having a P-Card an essential function of this position?

      Does this position have direct interaction or care of children under the age of 18 or direct patient care?

      Does this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety, IT security, personnel records, patient records, or access to chemicals and medications)

      Credit and P-Card policy
      Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the website.


      1. Effectively organizes time and materials by reviewing program lessons, and efficiently develops shopping lists for necessary ingredients, including coordinating lists of multiple recipes or with other teammates.
      2. Utilizes Outlook calendar to schedule and communicate programs, county events, and activities. Ensures Calendar is thorough and accurately reflects all activities.
      3. Complies with county funds policy/practices to purchase food demonstration supplies, including efficient resources management, ensures invoices are properly documented and submitted in a timely manner, and all food supplies are stored safely.
      4. Submits mileage reimbursement for any shopping/program delivery/training submitted according to policy.
      5. Effectively conducts food preparation activities to include chopping, mixing, slicing, dicing, and correctly measuring ingredients. Utilizes basic household kitchen equipment including cookware, mixers, knives, and baking equipment. Ensures all program/teaching materials/requirements are prepared and ready for an organized presentation.
      6. Maintains knowledge of inventory and supplies for demonstrations to minimize waste and/or over-purchasing. Coordinates inventory reconciliation with other team members as appropriate.
      7. May utilize role as Program Assistant to support relationships with appropriate organizations to offer nutrition education.
      8. Ensures full knowledge of educational content to effectively and efficiently present lessons as written and with appropriate methodology and ensure food safety in the preparation.
      9. Leads activities and discussions, and conducts food cooking/demonstrations for an audience of variable sizes
      10. Responds effectively and problem solves various challenges associated with space allocation. 11. Ensures food safety in the transportation of food supplies and when providing food samples.
      12. Ensures effective data collection from class participants via forms or other methodologies.
      13. Conducts activities that are responsive to the needs of the client, including evenings, weekends, and night schedules. Flexible scheduling is needed.

      Percentage of time

      1. Attends and completes all required Extension training. Completes UGA-mandated training as appropriate.2. Complies with UGA/Extension policy and procedures, including recordkeeping and accurate time recording.3. Completes county-based training as determined by County CEC or immediate supervisor.

      Percentage of time

      1. Uses Microsoft Office Suite and other UGA recordkeeping systems.
      2. Assists with other events in the County as needed.
      3. Activities may take place on alternative schedules including weekends and evenings.

      Percentage of time

Keywords: University of Georgia, Athens , Dougherty County Extension Nutrition Education Program Assistant, Education / Teaching , Athens, Georgia

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