We are excited to announce that we are looking to hire a Healthy Communities Coordinator. The purpose of the Healthy Communities Coordinator position is to address diet-related disparities by contributing to advancing policy, systems, and environmental changes to promote healthy eating and physical activity behaviors among low-income, urban residents, many of whom are persons of color and who may speak a language other than English (especially people who are eligible to receive SNAP/FoodShare) in Milwaukee County.
The Healthy Communities Coordinator will work collaboratively with the Milwaukee County FoodWIse Nutrition Program Administrator to provide leadership to the Milwaukee County FoodWIse Program and will seek opportunities to align program efforts with other UW-Extension Milwaukee County team members. Additionally, this position will work closely with statewide colleagues, other FoodWIse Healthy Communities Coordinators and appropriate partners on building healthy communities initiatives addressing diet-related disease disparities. Local initiatives will be implemented in alignment with statewide FoodWIse program outcomes and federal SNAP-Ed program guidance.
To be considered eligible for this position, you must meet all of the following minimum qualifications:
- Bachelor degree in public health, nutritional sciences/dietetics, community psychology, or related field.
- Experience developing, implementing and evaluating policy, systems and environmental change interventions designed to support behavior change
- Demonstrated understanding of and ability to work cooperatively with other agencies, coalitions and community-based organizations
- Experience using collaborative leadership to accomplish project goals, including the ability to convene, facilitate, bridge, and leverage diverse groups of stakeholders
- Knowledge and skills to effectively interact with people from diverse backgrounds, including differences in culture, race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, socioeconomic status, age, gender, physical and cognitive ability, sexual orientation, and other aspects of human
Best qualified applicants may also demonstrate the following preferred knowledge, skills and abilities:
- Masters in public health, nutrition, or a closely related field
- Experience working in an urban environment and with racial/ethnic communities, such as knowledge of African American, Latino, Hmong and Native Indian cultures and histories
- Spanish speaking, writing and comprehension skills
- Understanding and commitment to principles of population health, social and behavioral change theory, and multiple determinants of health
- Demonstrated skills in interpreting, utilizing and applying evidence-based information and research findings
- Ability to keep accurate, complete and timely work records
- Demonstrated skills in building and maintaining professional work environments
- Strong interpersonal relationships and problem-solving skills in a team setting
- Effective communication and presentation skills using a variety of methods and technologies
- Knowledge of the legacy of Cooperative Extension as part of the U.S. system of land-grant institutions, dedicated to service in the public good