University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension - Beloit, WI

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Cooperative Extension Vision: To become a thriving, well-known and sought-out educational resource that reflects the rich diversity of the state.

Cooperative Extension Purpose: We teach, learn, lead and serve, connecting people with the University of Wisconsin, and engaging with them in transforming lives and communities.

Position Title: Wisconsin Nutrition Education Program (WNEP) Rock County Administrator (100%)

Official Title: Associate Administrative Program Specialist

Geographic Areas Served: Primarily Rock County, occasionally extending beyond county boundaries for specific commitments and team programming.

Office Location: Rock County WNEP Office, 63 Eclipse Center, Beloit, WI 53511

Type of Appointment:

This position is fixed term academic staff appointment in the University of Wisconsin-Extension's division of Cooperative Extension and is subject to UW System, UW-Extension, and Cooperative Extension personnel policies. Reappointment to this position after the initial term is dependent upon availability of funding and performance.

Purpose and Primary Focus of Position:

The Rock County Nutrition Education Program is a major effort within Cooperative Extension's Family Living Programs. The aim of Family Living Programs is to enhance the quality of family and community decisions that affect the family and to increase the families' abilities to adapt to and effect change. Within this broader aim, the purpose of this position is to provide leadership for the Rock County Nutrition Education Program including: collaborating with local agencies to ensure the delivery of nutrition education to people who are eligible to receive food stamps (or FoodShare), staff training and supervision, and managing the program budget.

Primary Duties/Essential Functions:

- Provide leadership and direction for the Nutrition Education Program in Rock County

- Develop and manage the Nutrition Education Program budget

- Plan, implement and evaluate culturally relevant educational programs for food stamp-eligible families and individuals including topics such as choosing healthful food, food safety and storage, food buying and selection, food needs of family members and managing the food budget

- Recruit, train and supervise Nutrition Education Program staff members

- Identify and serve as liaison with programming partners throughout the geographic area served

- Assess needs and interests of consumers and agencies to determine specific program direction in the county

- Reach and engage diverse audiences in ways that are inclusive and do not discriminate to ensure full access to programs, facilities and educational services

- Cooperate with other Extension personnel to develop strong, integrated Extension programs

- Develop and follow a plan for professional development in priority subject matter and educational delivery methods consistent with personal and organizational goals

- Participate in regional and/or state program activities as appropriate and needed

- Build and maintain trust-based relationships in support of cooperative and respectful work environments

- Be responsive to evolving position and organizational needs; perform additional duties, as needed

Working Conditions:

- Make individual arrangements for transportation adequate to meet position responsibilities and essential job functions

- Assume weekly travel throughout Rock County and occasional travel within the state

- Work evenings on a regular basis and occasionally on weekends, as needed to meet local needs

Position Expectations:

The WNEP County Administratoraligns the work of this position with Cooperative Extension's purpose, vision and values in ways that contribute to supportive workplaces. Cooperative Extension's values of community, discovery, inclusiveness, relationships, and respect guide the WNEP County Administratorin achieving the position's primary outcomes.

The WNEP County Administratoris expected to contribute to Cooperative Extension's scholarly environment as appropriate for the position. Standards of excellence are expected to be met throughout the WNEP County Administrator 's Extension career.

The WNEP County Administratoractively participates in the shared governance and policy development of the institution, personally or through representatives, to ensure representation in matters affecting academic staff.

The WNEP County Administratormeets the position's reporting accountabilities and performance expectations in collaboration with the Southern Regional Director (hiring authority), the State Program Director for Family Living Programs, and the Extension Department Head in Rock County.


To be considered eligible for this position, you must meet all of the following minimum qualifications:

- Bachelor's degree in nutritional sciences, dietetics, family/consumer sciences, community health education, public health, adult education or related field

- Demonstrated understanding of and ability to work cooperatively with other agencies and other community-based organizations

- Experience in budget development and fiscal management

- Knowledge and skills to effectively interact with people from different cultural backgrounds, including those associated with race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, socioeconomic status, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation, and other aspects of human diversity

- Experience and demonstrated ability to supervise and manage staff

Additional knowledge, skills and abilities desired:

- Master's degree in nutrition, public health, management, adult education or a related field

- Demonstrated success planning, implementing and evaluating learning experiences for youth and/or adults in community-based, non-formal educational settings that reach, and are accessible to, a wide range of audiences

- Successful experience in outreach education

- Strong group and educational facilitation skills including application of the principles of adult learning

- Skillful in establishing and maintaining professional work relationships and networks

- Volunteer or paid experience working with people from culturally diverse groups

- Ability to communicate ideas effectively orally, in writing and through educational technology

- Strong interpersonal and problem-solving skills in a team setting; ability to effectively manage conflicts

- Ability to organize work and to work productively with indirect supervision in a highly visible public sector environment

- Ability to keep accurate, complete and timely work records

- Knowledge of Cooperative Extension's legacy as part of the U.S. system of land-grant institutions, dedicated to service in the public good

Organizational Competencies:

Individuals who demonstrate capacity in the following organizational competencies, as indicated by the examples listed below, are likely to experience higher levels of success within their Cooperative Extension positions:


Inspires respect and trust; Practices strategic, shared and ethical decision making; Clarifies expectations and accepts feedback; Shows personal responsibility and follow through on commitments; Adapts well to change or unexpected events in the work environment; Finds solutions; Is willing and motivated to learn.


Works in ways that support mutually beneficial partnerships, including being tactfully and diplomatically responsive to others and maintaining confidentiality; Understands group and team dynamics; Gives appropriate recognition to others; Chooses appropriate Extension roles in conflict situations; Manages interactions successfully through an awareness of one's emotions and those of others.


Recognizes, understands and appreciates the culturally different ways in which others express themselves; Treats others with dignity, respect and consideration; Demonstrates active, intentional and ongoing engagement with diversity through programming and outreach efforts.


Listens and seeks clarification; Adapts and varies communication to fit cultural contexts and circumstances; Demonstrates effective communication technology skills and presentation skills; Writes clearly and informatively; Possesses skills to strengthen others' understanding of Extension's value.

Position Description Clarification:

This position description is not intended to be comprehensive in nature given the changes in primary duties/essential job functions and position expectations that can occur over time in response to emerging and assessed community, program and organizational needs. Changes to this position description are subject to the approval of the Cooperative Extension Human Resource Office and those to whom the position is accountable.


State of Wisconsin benefits ( http://www.uwsa.edu/hr/benefits/newemp/orientwrs.pdf ), including retirement, vacation, sick leave, health insurance, and other insurances.


As an affirmative action employer, UW-Extension provides equal opportunity in programs and employment; and is strongly committed to maintaining a climate supportive of respect for differences and equality of opportunity. UW-Extension does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, creed, color, disability, sex/gender, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, religion, marital status, identity as a veteran, disabled veteran, Vietnam veteran or any other military service, arrest record or non-program related conviction record. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

Materials will be made available in alternative format upon request. Please call 711 if you are hearing or speech impaired and need assistance. Direct inquiries concerning equal opportunity to: UW-Extension Office of Inclusion; Room 501; 432 N. Lake Street; Madison, WI 53706.

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