Job: Community Program Specialist Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention - Extra Help (Open)

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Job Title:Community Program Specialist Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention - Extra Help (Open)
Salary:$27.60 - $38.65 Hourly
$1,104.00 - $1,546.00 Weekly
$4,784.00 - $6,699.33 Monthly
Job Type:Extra Help
Location:San Mateo County, California
San Mateo County Family Health Services is seeking candidates for the position of Community Program Specialists (CPS) to help strengthen our community by supporting the Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention (NEOP) branch. The current vacancies are Extra Help, with an anticipated duration of June - September 2017.

The two vacancies support the Community Garden Initiative, and the Communities of Excellence in Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity Prevention (CX3) Healthy Retail Initiative, respectively, throughout San Mateo County.

For the Community Garden Initiative, the CPS will have the opportunity to:
  • Manage and maintain community and school garden plots; recruit volunteers and plot holders;
  • Train Health Department staff, community members, and school administration to provide educational gardening engagement to low-income community members;
  • Support hands-on garden based, cooking and nutritional educational activities for students;
  • Build and strengthen school and community garden networks;
  • Conduct outreach and marketing to support garden participant and volunteer recruitment;
  • Secure and provide resources and supplies for gardeners such as seeds, pots, soil amendments, plants, and other resources.
For the CX3 Initiative, the CPS will have the opportunity to: 
  • Coordinate corner store programming logistics, plan and implement, store visits, store owner trainings, and community events; 
  • Implement retail development activities, including store recruitment, marketing implementation, store layout changes, and technical support to owners;
  • Observe corner store training schedules, collect and analyze corner store data for reporting to research and project partners; and generate reports;
  • Collaborate with project management to establish and maintain supplier and vendor relationships for product sourcing, equipment purchases, and delivery logistics; track equipment inventory, and process equipment orders;
  • Collaborate with corner store owners, local suppliers, and community partners to implement sustainable strategies for bringing fresh produce and other healthy foods into corner stores;
  • Formulate recommendations for improving programming efficiency and effectiveness and ensuring programming objectives are met.

The ideal candidate for both vacancies will:
  • Have a passion for serving the underserved community;
  • Have familiarity with San Mateo County neighborhoods and community partnerships;
  • Have experience in an organization providing social services and/or program development such as planning, evaluating, monitoring, or coordinating projects;
  • Be able to communicate effectively in writing and orally; 
  • Be skilled in compiling, analyzing, and interpreting data using statistical and research techniques. 
Because of the diversity of the communities served, Family Health Services strongly encourages individuals with fluent bilingual language skills to apply, especially those with Spanish-English communication skills.

NOTE: This is an extra-help, at-will assignment, paid on an hourly basis. Some extra help positions are eligible for benefits under the Affordable Care Act. Extra help employees are not guaranteed permanent status at the end of the assignment.

NoteThe level and scope of the knowledge and skills listed below are related to job duties as defined under Distinguishing Characteristics.
Knowledge of:
  • Principles, practices, and administrative requirements of the program to which assigned.
  • Contemporary social, political and economic trends and problems related to community services.
  • Principles of social planning and program development related to community services.
  • Specialized technical knowledge related to assigned program area.
  • Monitoring and evaluating systems for community services programs.
  • Formulation and function of community and volunteer organizations.
  • Current social and community needs.
  • Principles and practices in community development and services planning.
  • Methods applied to the collection and evaluation of statistical data.
  • Principles of community organization.
  • Applicable federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations and County and program policies and guidelines.
  • Computer applications related to the work.
  • Office administrative practices and procedures, including records management and the operation of standard office equipment. 
Skill/Ability to:
  • Make independent judgments and work independently.
  • Prepare concise reports and recommendations.
  • Communicate effectively in writing and orally.
  • Coordinate multiple facets of a program function.
  • Interpret rules, regulations and guidelines at all government levels.
  • Compile, analyze and interpret data using statistical and research techniques.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with members of other departments and diverse community groups.
  • Plan, organize, promote and coordinate diverse community program activities.
Education and Experience:
Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to qualify is:
Community Program Specialist I: Two years of experience in an organization providing social services which has included responsibility for community service program development such as planning, evaluating, monitoring or coordinating projects.
Community Program Specialist II: Four years of experience in an organization providing social services which has included responsibility for community service program development such as planning, evaluating, monitoring or coordinating projects.

This is an extra-help assignment. Anyone may apply. If you are interested in being considered for this extra help position the following must be submitted via e-mail:
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume 
Please include the words "Community Program Specialist - NEOP - Extra Help Position" in the subject line of email submission. All submitted materials must be in a Word or PDF format. Please submit the above listed materials via email to: 
Nayan Patel, Supervising Dietitian

Submit responses to these questions in your cover letter: 
  1. Describe your overall experience and why you think this position is a good fit.
  2. Describe your experience building working relationships with Community Based Organizations and/or other organizations that serve the underserved population.

This is a continuous recruitment which may close at any time. The final filing date will be posted five days in advance on this job announcement.

Apply immediately. Application materials will be accepted until position is filled. This posting is open on a continuous basis and selection may be made at any time within the process. 

NOTE: Application materials are only accepted via e-mail. Materials sent via regular mail and/or fax will not be accepted. Submittals that do not include all required elements (complete cover letters with responses to the questions above, and a resume) will not be considered.

The County of San Mateo does not require job applicants to disclose conviction history information until after the applicant successfully completes all examination phases for the recruitment. All passing applicants will receive instructions by email only from Human Resources staff to complete and submit a conviction history questionnaire online within a specified deadline of two business days.  Failure to do so within the timeframe will disqualify you from the rest of the process.  Please visit this link at to find out more information about the conviction history questionnaire so that you can prepare accordingly.
Note: Positions in criminal justice agencies currently required by law to pass background checks are exempted from this bill, and applicants may be required to submit conviction information at the time of application.
San Mateo County is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Analyst: Carolyn Burns (05012017) (Community Program Specialist I/II - G226/G227)

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