Youth Nutrition Associate Educator


Central Iowa, Des Moines
Posted 2 years ago

Youth Nutrition Associate Educator

Base County
Counties Served

Under general supervision, works independently facilitating youth nutrition programming in Polk County.

Position engages elementary-age children in high-energy, hands-on nutrition, physical activity and cooking education. Educator also engages partner agencies to host education sessions as part of existing programming (before/after school, summer care, etc.). Qualifying agencies are those who serve children from low-resource families. Position interacts with small-groups of K-5 youth in school, after school and during summer programming to teach healthy living, cooking skills and physical activities.

Works directly with EFNEP Program Assistants and EFNEP Supervisor on maintaining accurate data on clients enrolled in the EFNEP program.



Includes, but are not limited to:

  • Prepares and presents lessons from a standardized curriculum
  • Maintains a safe and supportive environment for children to include physical safety and food safety
  • Engages children in high-energy, active information-sharing, hands-on cooking, physical activity and games
  • Conducts program evaluation as directed by using provided tools and following program evaluation protocols
  • Maintains appropriate records of participants’ progress and prepares reports
  • Builds strong relationships with agency partners which serve children meeting income eligibility guidelines
  • Makes arrangements for delivering education at partner sites, sets dates and times for classes, collects and organizes educational materials, and maintains high-quality communication with partners
  • Participates in regular supervisor conferences and training as scheduled
  • Models healthy diet and exercise behaviors
  • Promotes youth nutrition programming benefits and opportunities within the county

EFNEP Program Support:

  • Maintain the NEERS Database for the EFNEP Program.
  • Report to the EFNEP Supervisor about the Program Assistant’s progress.
  •  Print reports for regular staff meetings.
  • Enter data in a timely manner for the programming process to keep in sync.
  • Have food/recipe knowledge and able to make decisions from information provided.
  • Complete semi-annual statistical reviews.

Other Tasks/Duties:

  • Constantly improves skills, attends appropriate in-service training
  • Maintains confidentiality on all Extension business
  • Completes other assigned tasks, not limited to nutrition programs.
  • Follows all policies, rules and procedures as directed by the Extension Council and Regional Director.
  • Bachelor’s degree in education, nutrition, adult, family or youth services, social work, or related field
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, Internet, email
  • Knowledge of basic office machinery
  • Able to lift and move 40 pounds
  • Access to reliable transportation; valid driver license
  • Approval through the Child Protection and Safety Program/background screening
  • Ability to work flexible hours. A successful candidate will be expected to successfully manage their schedule including some evening and weekend meetings

Position Requires:

  • Fluency in English skills
  • Ability to keep accurate records and communicate effectively with a variety of people
  • Participation in required trainings
  • Reliable transportation on a daily basis
  • Following all policies, rules and procedures as directed by the Extension Council or Regional Director
  • Maintaining a close working relationship with staff, volunteers and partners
  • Completing other duties as assigned


  • Likes to work with the public, specifically K-5th grade youth
  • Strong cultural competency skills
  • Demonstrated problem solving skills
  • Excellent written, oral and community relations communication skills
  • Excellent organization skills
  • People-oriented and demonstrated aptitude and creativity for tasks
  • Ability to handle classroom management
  • Able to handle cash, checks and credit cards, accurately documenting receipts in conjunction with the program managers and bookkeeper
  • Knowledge of basic office machinery
  • Ability to lift and move 40 pounds
Preferred Qualifications
  • Two or more years’ experience in education, nutrition, adult, family or youth services, social work, or related field
  • Bilingual in Spanish
  • Experience working with diverse audiences
  •  Experience working with individuals or families with limited resources
  •  Experience facilitating within a classroom setting
Additional Information

Application Documents:
Required Documents (.pdf format) emailed to [email protected]


  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • ISU Extension and Outreach, Polk County Employment Application
  • Supplemental Question Answers

Supplemental Questions:

  • Please briefly describe your experience that demonstrates your knowledge in the area of nutrition.
  • Please briefly describe your experience delivering information to small groups and how you react to distractions during your delivery.
  • Please briefly describe your experience working within a classroom setting.
  • Please briefly describe your experience working with diverse youth audiences.
Job Type
Part Time
30-hour work week
Wages (type)
Wages (status)

100% of employer provided individual health, life dental, and disability insurance premiums paid
Paid time off and holidays
IPERS retirement benefits
AFLAC (Optional and at the employee’s expense)

Application Deadline

Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status and will not be discriminated against.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider. For the full non-discrimination statement or accommodation inquiries, go to www.extension.iastate.edu/diversity/ext.

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