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Community Assistant - Atlantic County

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Position Details

Position Information

Recruitment/Posting Title Community Assistant - Atlantic County
Job Category Staff & Executive - Education and Training
Department SEBS - EFNEP/FS - NEP

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is a leading national research university and the state of New Jersey’s preeminent, comprehensive public institution of higher education. Established in 1766 and celebrating a milestone 250th anniversary in 2016, the university is the eighth oldest higher education institution in the United States. More than 67,000 students and 22,000 faculty and staff learn, work, and serve the public at Rutgers locations across New Jersey and around the world. Rutgers University–New Brunswick took root nearly 250 years ago. We are the state’s most comprehensive intellectual resource—the flagship campus of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, as designated by the Association of American Universities. We are the region’s most high-profile public research institution and a leading national research center with a global impact.

Posting Summary

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is seeking a Community Assistant (CA) to report the Program Associate I of the Atlantic County SNAP-Ed project. This position teaches research-based, behaviorally focused nutrition classes to both adult and youth limited-resource participants. The goal of the education provided is to help program participants improve their food security, dietary quality, physical activity, and food safety behaviors. The key duties of this position are the following:

• Supports volunteers and program staff who assist in the delivery of educational outreach.
• Teaches limited-resource target audiences according to specific program qualifications and guidelines, using pre-approved lessons and/or curricula, while maintaining a professional demeanor and maintaining confidentiality at all times.
• Refers program participants to other Cooperative Extension programs, federal food assistance programs, nutrition programs, and/or social services agencies, based on the participant’s needs and eligibility.
• Keeps an accurate account of expenses incurred while carrying out the duties of the program and regularly submitting them to the supervisor.
Completes and collects all of the personal demographic and food intake/behavioral information needed from each participant enrolled in the program
• Informs individuals, groups, and agencies of the objectives of the program as they relate to the Cooperative Extension philosophy of peer education and helping people to help themselves.
• Maintains accurate records of hours worked and a log of work time and work-related activities performed submitting them to the supervisor in a timely manner as instructed
• Assists the supervisor in organizing groups consisting qualifying adult participants to meet all class sessions for the duration contracted with the agency’s site supervisor for the purpose of learning about food, its safe preparation, nutrition, and physical activity, and helping youth apply the information to themselves and their families;
• Reports to the supervisor any participant’s specific needs or problems and referring them to the appropriate agency for help.
• Maintaining contact with community agency/organization personnel who can provide access to pre-formed groups in order to provide group teaching.

Position Status Full Time
Hours Per Week
Daily Work Shift
FLSA Nonexempt
Grade 09
Position Salary $25,114 - $33,340 10 Month Salary
Annual Minimum Salary 30230.000
Annual Mid Range Salary 35181.000
Annual Maximum Salary 40132.000
Standard Hours 35.00
Union Description URA-AFT Administrative
Payroll Designation PeopleSoft

Information about the benefits provided to Rutgers employees can be found at:

Seniority Unit
Terms of Appointment Staff - 10 month
Position Pension Eligibility PERS


Minimum Education and Experience

• Requires a High School/Vocational School education or equivalent.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

• Valid NJ Driver’s License.
• Must maintain a professional demeanor and confidentiality at all times.
• Excellent time management skills and strong organizational skills.
• A team player with a demonstrated ability to respectfully interact with colleagues and supervisors from diverse and varied backgrounds.
• Willingness to accept direction and perform duties within programmatic constraints.
• Willingness to improve educational level.
• Expressed willingness to work with people (i.e., youth, adults, and seniors, as specified in job description).
• Understanding of the importance of keeping information given by participating families confidential.
• Strong familiarity with the community in which he/she will work.
• Willingness to learn and to work under and accept direction.
• Demonstrated Self-starter with the ability to work with a diverse, limited-resource audience.
• Willingness to use personal vehicle to travel to various worksites throughout the project’s service area.

Preferred Qualifications

Bilingual in Spanish.

Equipment Utilized

• Will use Microsoft Office products (Outlook (email), and possibly Word, Excel, PowerPoint, as needed).
• May be asked to assist with data/information from nutrition classes in WebNEERS (a government supplied reporting system) and/or internal department data systems.

Physical Demands and Work Environment

Ability to carry up to 35 pounds of demonstration supplies, presentation equipment, and class materials.

Special Conditions

Posting Details

Posting Number 17ST1918
Posting Open Date 04/21/2017
Special Instructions to Applicants
Regional Campus Rutgers University-New Brunswick
Home Location Campus Off Campus
Location Details Northfield, NJ (Atlantic County RCE)

Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

It is university policy to provide equal employment opportunity to all its employees and applicants for employment regardless of their race, creed, color, national origin, age, ancestry, nationality, marital or domestic partnership or civil union status, sex, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, disability status, liability for military service, protected veteran status, affectional or sexual orientation, atypical cellular or blood trait, genetic information (including the refusal to submit to genetic testing), or any other category protected by law. As an institution, we value diversity of background and opinion, and prohibit discrimination or harassment on the basis of any legally protected class in the areas of hiring, recruitment, promotion, transfer, demotion, training, compensation, pay, fringe benefits, layoff, termination or any other terms and conditions of employment. For additional information please see the Non-Discrimination Statement at the following web address:

Supplemental Questions

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
Optional Documents
  1. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  2. List of References