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University of Massachusetts Amherst SNAP-Ed Multi-Level Specialist (Mt. Ida or Amherst, Hybrid Opportunity) in Amherst, Massachusetts

SNAP-Ed Multi-Level Specialist (Mt. Ida or Amherst, Hybrid Opportunity)

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Work type: Staff Full Time

Location: UMass Amherst

Department:UMass Extension


Categories: Agriculture/Extension, College of Natural Sciences, PSU A

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region. This position can be based out of the Mt Ida, Newton or Amherst Campus. Hybrid opportunity.

About UMass Amherst - Mount Ida Campus

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The Mount Ida Campus of UMass Amherst is located in Newton, MA adjacent to the Newton-Needham Innovation District, and the tech-focused Route 128 corridor. At Mount Ida, UMass Amherst offers an array of experiential learning opportunities to its undergraduate students, as well as a growing number of graduate and professional degree programs. The campus is growing its undergraduate career development programs with expanded access to internships and co-ops in the thriving Greater Boston area.

Job Summary

The SNAP-Ed Multi-Level Specialist coordinates, conducts, and promotes Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – Education (SNAP-Ed) multi-level initiatives and activities that determine policies, systems, and environmental (PSE) changes which influence Massachusetts SNAP participants’ food choices and physical activity.

This position works collaboratively with the Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA), multiple state agencies, and local organizations with interest in health, food access, and education regarding healthy eating and increased physical activity. The multi-level specialist also works collectively with all Massachusetts SNAP-Ed implementing agencies and UMass departments faculty, and staff to address obesity and food insecurity in the Massachusetts SNAP population. This position can be based out of the Mt Ida, Newton or Amherst Campus. Hybrid opportunity.

Essential Functions

  • Identify evidence-based interventions and best practices that include:

  • Multi-level and community public health approaches and PSE change activities, methods, and interventions for obesity/food insecurity prevention with low-income populations.

  • Evaluating and documenting the impacts of multi-level and community public health approaches and PSE change initiatives.

  • Develop and set PSE goals and objectives in collaboration with NEP program, DTA, all SNAP-Ed Implementing Agencies, and other collaborators.

  • Utilize SNAP-Ed Guidance and Interpretive Guide, and the SNAP-Ed Connection resources and Intervention tools to make operational the SNAP-Ed Evaluation Frameworks for setting goals & objectives, documenting activities, and measuring PSE impacts and achievements in Massachusetts.

  • Oversee training on the implementation of PSE change strategies in coordination with Nutrition Education Program goals and objectives to complement SNAP-Ed direct education programming.

  • Develop state and regional level SNAP-Ed collaborations and partnerships (including Memorandums of Understanding) with agencies, organizations, and programs whose work is related to obesity/food insecurity prevention with SNAP/low-income audiences, with a special focus on:

  • USDA assistance programs such as WIC, school and summer meals programs, and the Farm to School program.

  • State agencies such as the Dept. of Public Health and Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education and the State Nutrition Action Council (SNAC).

  • Participate in and conduct work with agencies and initiatives as appropriate to Massachusetts SNAP-Ed goals and objectives. Share PSE change information with all SNAP-Ed implementing agencies.

  • Provide updates and conduct training for SNAP-Ed staff regarding multi-level interventions, community/public health activities, and PSE change opportunities for SNAP-Ed involvement, and setting goals/documenting impacts and achievements of these activities.

  • Accept and respond to information and requests from Nutrition Education Program staff for technical expertise and involvement in multi-level and community/public health activities and PSE change issues in communities within their region.

  • Coordinate the exploration and identification of new initiatives and opportunities for the SNAP-Ed program, ensuring the programs implemented in Massachusetts are evidence-based, current with strategies nationwide and engage the SNAP-eligible audience.

  • Document multi-level, community/public health SNAP-Ed activities, and PSE change activities, measure, and document impacts.

  • Assist with writing reports, plans and success stories to share expertise and outcomes.

Other Functions

  • Perform other duties as assigned by direct supervisor to support PSE as part of the Nutrition Education Program.

  • Work collaboratively and effectively to promote teamwork, diversity, equality and inclusiveness.

  • Work in partnership with colleagues within the CNS community and across the campus to support the Dean’s strategic priorities.

  • Perform other duties as assigned in support of the mission and goals of the College of Natural Sciences.

Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • MA/MS/MPH degree in Nutrition, Community Nutrition, Public Health, Health Promotion, or related field and three (3) years' full time professional experience relevant to the position.

  • Experience with developing public health activities designed to support behavior change interventions.

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate, interact, collaborate, and network with a variety of stakeholders focused on a common goal or mission.

  • Excellent interpersonal and group process skills with diverse groups of people in a team setting.

  • Ability to maintain a diverse schedule of local, regional, and statewide activity which is not restricted by access to public or private transportation.

  • Proficiency using computer programs for word processing, preparation of presentations and reports, data entry/management/analysis, online research, and electronic communication.

Physical Demands/Working Conditions

  • Typical office environment.

Additional Details

  • Immediate supervision provided by the UMass Extension Nutrition Education Program Director.

  • This position can be based out of the Mt. Ida or Amherst campus.

Work Schedule

  • Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 5:00pm.

  • This position has the opportunity for a hybrid work schedule, which is defined by the University as an arrangement where an employee’s work is regularly performed at a location other than the campus workspace for a portion of the week. As this position falls within the Professional Staff Union, it is subject to the terms and conditions of the Professional Staff Union collective bargaining agreement.

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Special Instructions to Applicants

Along with the application, please submit a resume, cover letter, diversity statement (see below) and contact information for three professional references. Search may remain open until a suitable candidate has been identified.

As part of a commitment to their own multicultural community, CNS seeks an individual with a demonstrated commitment to diversity and one who will understand and embrace university initiatives and aspirations. In addition to application materials above, candidates will need to submit a Statement of Contribution to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. The Diversity Statement should identify past experiences and future goals. These contributions may result from lived experiences, scholarships, and/or mentoring, teaching, and outreach activities. (

UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, caste, creed, sex, age, marital status, national origin, disability, political belief or affiliation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related condition(s), veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, natural and protective hairstyle and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University. To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. It is the policy of UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

Advertised: Dec 13 2023 Eastern Standard Time

Applications close: Mar 12 2024 Eastern Daylight Time