Under the supervision of a CSU Extension Regional Director, this individual will serve as a key leader for the CSU system-wide Expanded Rural Engagement program and will focus on the Improved Health goal of the Rural Engagement Initiative. The individual in this position will provide leadership, guidance, direction, and facilitation of Extension and Engagement programs related to food access and security, healthy food preparation and preservation, and the economy of food and budgeting. The Specialist will collaborate with Family and Consumer Science Agents in the region to expand existing programming and to ensure that continuity of programming exists across the region. Establishing and maintaining relationships with county, school, and community stakeholders and partners is critical to the success of this position. The individual in this position will independently manage time, schedule programs to meet diverse learner needs, and gather feedback on program quality and effectiveness. The Specialist will develop an annual plan of work that includes strategies for the implementation, evaluation, and reporting of outcomes that result from the plan and their impact within the Expanded Rural Engagement program.
The primary office location for this position will be decided at time of offer, in a county in the Southern Region dependent on established office spaces and a candidate’s location of preference. While this position is eligible for a hybrid work arrangement, the individual is expected to maintain a balance of establishing a presence in the primary office, to effectively carry out the duties of the position. The work schedule will vary, and occasional nights and weekend work will be necessary