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University of Illinois Extension
Visiting Extension Educator
Nutrition and Wellness, Mt. Vernon Center

(Search #A0900197)

The Visiting Extension Educator, Nutrition and Wellness is an academic professional staff member with primary responsibility for delivering educational programs supporting the local mission of University of Illinois Extension. The primary responsibility of the Visiting Extension Educator is to work as a team member with the County Directors, other Extension Educators and Extension Specialists to assess needs, determine program priorities and deliver and evaluate high quality nutrition and wellness programs within the units. 

The Visiting Extension Educator, Nutrition and Wellness will use professional experience, academic training, and networks created in the community and on campus to implement the Plan of Work.

Visiting Extension Educator is a temporary full-time position.  Position may become non-visiting in the future pending continued program demand, availability of funds, and satisfactory performance.
The Visiting Extension Educator, Nutrition and Wellness fosters sensitivity to the needs of diverse audiences while working with the local leadership in program planning.  This is a security sensitive position.  Comprehensive background checks, including but not limited to a criminal conviction information check, a CANTS (Child Abuse and Neglect Tracking System) check, and a review of the Registered Sex Offender list, will be conducted.

Administrative Relationship

The Visiting Extension Educator is administratively responsible to the University of Illinois Extension Southern Regional Director.

Program Relationship

The Visiting Extension Educator is responsible to the supporting academic units for the subject matter content of programs delivered.


Mt. Vernon Extension Center
4112 N Water Tower Place
Mt. Vernon, IL  62864

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide local program leadership, interpret and integrate information, teach in the field of nutrition and wellness, maintain the competencies to develop and deliver educational programming, and assist clients with the appropriate resource bases.
  • Assist with the total University of Illinois Extension program.
  • Participate in program and professional development team programs in the field of nutrition and wellness, and seek additional opportunities to maintain professional competence through in-service education, formal coursework, applied research, personal study, and periodic study leaves.
  • Cooperate with the Extension County Director, other unit staff, councils and committees to assess local programming needs to develop the Plan of Work for the unit. Develop, deliver and coordinate educational programs identified in the Plan of Work.
  • Develop a plan for involving volunteers in specific educational programs, which includes recruitment, training, support and recognition.
  • Network and/or collaborate with community organizations and groups to assess needs and develop educational programs to address those needs.
  • Develop marketing plans and goals to recruit participants for educational programs; develop advertising and publicity for the programs.
  • Cooperate with the County Directors, Extension Educators, Extension Specialists, Program and Professional Development Team members and advisory groups to develop new educational programs. Accept statewide leadership responsibilities for program and professional development when opportunities arise.
  • Create access to, and apply the knowledge base for nutrition and wellness in the geographic area to which they have responsibility, and contribute to that research and knowledge base.
  • Cooperate with the County Directors, Extension Educators and Extension Specialists in evaluating educational programming. Improve program impact and be conscious of the need for accountability to various shareholders. Share the results with local groups, decision- makers, and administrators.
  • Comply with all University of Illinois Extension Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity policies and guidelines.
  • Moderate travel required.  Personal transportation required.
  • Perform other duties that contribute to University of Illinois Extension programming, as assigned.



  • Master's degree in the area of subject matter emphasis or in a closely related discipline from an accredited institution of higher education.


  • Strong skills in teaching, oral and written communication, organization and management
  • Experience working with clients and volunteers in both formal and informal settings in     the nutrition and wellness field or a closely related field.
  • Registered dietician.
  • Informal and formal teaching experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain diverse networks.
  • Evidence of strong interpersonal skills and teamwork.
  • Interest in and ability to work effectively with people, individually and in groups.
  • Personal mobility/transportation.
  • Knowledge and use of computer technology in educational programming and     management


Commensurate with professional qualifications and experience. Base salary with Master’s degree and no experience is $40,000.

Estimaged Starting Date


Application Process

Please create your candidate profile at http://jobs.illinois.edu and upload your resume, cover letter, and the names and email addresses or phone numbers of three professional references by the close date. All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered.

CLOSING DATE: To ensure full consideration, all application materials must be received by January 13, 2010.

For further information contact:
Dale A. Law, Ed. D.
Regional Director
Southern Region Office
4202 Williamson Place, Ste 2
Mt. Vernon, IL 62864
Phone: (618) 242-9474
E-mail: dalelaw@illinois.edu

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