Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior

Miami-Dade County - Program Extension Agent I or II - Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP)

University of Florida - IFAS
Miami Lakes, Florida, United States
18 days ago


Department:   60355013 - AG-MIAMI-DADE 
Job Number:  80684
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Application deadline: 


The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is committed to creating an environment that affirms diversity across a variety of dimensions, including ability, class, ethnicity/race, gender identity and expression. We particularly welcome applicants who can contribute to such an environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service. We strongly encourage historically underrepresented groups to apply.

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The Univ. of Florida (UF) is a Land Grant institution with core values of unique purpose, excellence, integrity, collaboration and partnership, lifelong learning, diversity, responsiveness, innovation, communication, and global reach. IFAS employs more than 2,000 faculty and staff statewide. IFAS Extension employs 375 Extension Agents and has an office in each of Florida’s 67 counties.

Our mission in the Florida Cooperative Extension Service is to partner with communities to provide quality, relevant education and research-based expertise to foster healthy people, a healthy environment, and a healthy economy. We are the resource that helps educate Floridians to address issues related to agriculture, horticulture, natural resources, youth development, families and communities.

The University of Florida/IFAS Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) and Miami-Dade County Extension seek to fill a Program Extension Agent faculty position. We are looking for candidates with both academic and people skills who work well in teams, honor their commitments, and innovate in a rapidly changing world. EFNEP is a federal Extension (community outreach) program that currently operates through Land-Grant Universities in every state, the District of Columbia, and six U.S. Territories. Using a research-based interactive approach, peer educators from the communities they support reach limited-resource families. UF/IFAS Extension EFNEP in Miami-Dade County offers series-based nutrition education to eligible adults. Your comprehensive extension education program will be guided by an advisory committee that incorporates the needs of the county’s diverse population. You will demonstrate excellent customer service and you will respond to client needs in a timely and professional manner. Your office will be located in Miami Lakes.

What you will do:

As the county-level EFNEP agent you will be responsible for the operation of EFNEP in Miami-Dade, including 1) leadership and program development; 2) Extension Program Assistant (PA) hiring, training, and management; 3) program evaluation and reporting.

Leadership and program development

  • Develop a program plan for Miami-Dade (MD) EFNEP based on needs assessments, approved Five-Year Plans, and annual USDA NIFA feedback reports.
  • Establish local processes to ensure compliance with EFNEP state office, UF IFAS, and USDA/NIFA policies and procedures.
  • Form partnerships with community organizations for policy, system and environmental (PSE) changes to improve healthy eating and active living.
  • Foster systems that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Collaborate with UF/IFAS Extension faculty and staff (e.g., the Family Nutrition Program) to promote understanding of and involvement with EFNEP.
  • Form an EFNEP-specific Advisory Committee to identify county food, nutrition, and physical activity needs among EFNEP-eligible adults, report progress, and enlist assistance.
  • Seek opportunities to build program and community capacity.
  • Participate in professional development opportunities and in professional organizations and networks.
  • Responsible for ensuring data quality and fiscal integrity.

Extension Program Assistant (PA) hiring, training and management:

  • Coordinate hiring process, provide onsite onboarding
  • You will provide a minimum of 16 hours of training per month for PAs in your unit on topics like educational approaches, nutrition updates, technology, curriculum, or other items as needed. A part of your mentoring of PAs is observing and evaluating teaching and providing feedback and assistance.
  • You will be responsible for all programmatic administration, including verifying PA timecards, travel, and activity reports for accuracy. All reports and evaluation materials are expected to be completed and submitted in a timely manner to the EFNEP State Office.
  • You will assist PAs in locating appropriate agencies and gain access to facilities for programming purposes. You will work collaboratively with your PAs to schedule programs at each location.
  • Assess individual PA training needs and provide customized training as needed. Recommend training content for PA self-study training. Ensure that PAs meet minimum training requirements as defined in their position description.
  • Become ServSafe® certified and help train PAs to achieve ServSafe® certification.
  • Interpret and enforce UF and program policies for Extension Program Assistants directly supervised by this position.
  • Provide ongoing support, address staff performance issues, and recognize and celebrate staff accomplishments.

Program evaluation and reporting

  • Prepare an annual and special reports to show the results of planning, program accomplishments, and changes in Pas, program participants, volunteers using the EFNEP reporting system.
  • Report program impacts to Extension administrators, the public, Advisory Committee, Extension groups and interested agencies and organizations through information days, achievement events, letters, personal contacts, or specially prepared materials.
  • Use an established system for maintaining records for reporting purposes.
  • Collect, review, and analyze external and internal feedback as required by the federal office and as directed by the EFNEP State Office faculty and staff.
  • Evaluate EFNEP PAs as a means of improving performance.


  • Other responsibilities that benefit the total county extension program as assigned by the EFNEP PI, Coordinator, Training and Education Specialist, County Extension or District Extension Director.



What you will bring (required):

  • A bachelor’s degree in human nutrition, public health, or a related field from an accredited college or university and two years of related experience. We will accept applicants without a bachelor’s degree if the degree will be earned by December 2021. If hired solely with a bachelor’s degree, we want you to continue to grow in your career. As such, we expect you to make at least 50% progress towards obtaining your master’s degree within the first 6 years of employment.
  • Strong written and verbal interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to establish solid partnerships and to find innovative ways to attract new audiences.
  • A commitment to customer service.
  • Ability to possess (or be able to obtain) a valid Florida driver’s license.
  • Flexibility with working hours; willingness to work irregular hours, including evenings, weekends, and overnight travel.
  • Willingness to work with all audiences regardless of race, gender, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, political viewpoint, or economic status.

How to Apply:

Please apply at . Applicants are required to complete the online application with all requested additional documentation.

Additional Information:

Final candidate will be required to provide official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff.

Job Information

  • Job ID: 58466268
  • Location:
    Miami Lakes, Florida, United States
  • Position Title: Miami-Dade County - Program Extension Agent I or II - Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP)
  • Company Name: University of Florida - IFAS
  • Job Function: Other
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Min Education: BA/BS/Undergraduate
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