Community Wellness Coordinator - St. Joseph County - Nutrition Science at Purdue University

Posted in General Business 10 days ago.

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Type: Full-Time
Location: West Lafayette, Indiana

Job Description:

Under the general supervision of the Director of the Nutrition Education Program, the NEP Community Wellness Coordinator (CWC) will help improve nutrition and health in limited-resource communities statewide by concentrating on NEP's five focus areas: diet quality, physical activity, food security, food safety and food resource management. The CWC will help a community plan, create and implement nutrition and health initiatives.

Additional CWC responsibilities:

  • Lead, coordinate and implement the NEP school and community wellness program.

  • Work collaboratively with the local Purdue Extension team.

  • Build relationships and encourage partnerships within the community.

  • Assess community needs-and help develop programs/initiatives to meet those needs.

  • Focus on long-term community change and sustainability.

  • Provide support and training to NEP staff.

  • Champion PSE change through community initiatives such as health coalitions, farmers markets, active living, community gardens, food access, school wellness, workplace wellness, healthy corner stores, farm to school and more.

This position will serve St. Joseph county.


  • Bachelor's degree.

  • One year of experience in community outreach, health promotion and/or community education/development.

  • Experience delivering evidence-based programs in a community setting.

  • Strong leadership and management skills.

  • Professional and respectful communication style both orally and in writing.

  • Strong organizational and time management skills with attention to detail.

  • Ability to work effectively in an environment that combines independent action and teamwork with colleagues and external organizations.

  • Ability to comply with reporting and budgetary requirements and financial guidelines.

  • Ability to plan and maintain a flexible work schedule/ including regular evening and weekend work to meet time demands and/or special needs of program participants.

  • Ability to foster a work environment respectful of cultural, socioeconomic, ideological, and other kinds of diversity.

  • Ability to lift and carry 10-25 pounds frequently and 40 pounds occasionally.

  • Computer skills: Active participation in web-based communication and training, competent keyboarding, high level of comfort with development of documents, spreadsheets, presentations, web-based communications and marketing materials.

  • Working knowledge of social media (such as Facebook, Twitter, etc.) to market and deliver educational programming

  • Basic proficiency in the following software: Microsoft Office Word, Microsoft Office Excel, Microsoft Office Outlook, Microsoft Office PowerPoint; as well as video/instant messaging software such as Skype, Linc, and/or WebEx.

  • Valid US or Canadian driver's license.


  • RD (Registered Dietitian) status and/or Degree in Dietetics/Nutrition, Public Health, and Health and Human Sciences.

  • Master's degree.

  • Experience working with underserved adults and children from culturally and economically diverse audiences.

  • Experience related to public health and wellness.

Additional Information:

  • This position could be filled as either 30 hours/week or 40 hours/week.

  • Valid driver's license, reliable vehicle with required liability insurance to be utilized for frequent travel within Indiana and infrequent travel outside Indiana.

  • Purdue will not sponsor an employment related visa for this position.

  • A background check will be required for employment in this position.

  • FLSA: Exempt (Not Eligible For Overtime)

  • Retirement Eligibility: Defined Contribution Waiting Period.

  • Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

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