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The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center/Community Center at Lower Yakima Valley is looking for a temporary, part-time Nutrition and Physical Activity Educator to work with a group of Hispanic/Latino cancer survivors in the Lower Yakima Valley, WA area. Classes will be taught in Spanish. The ideal candidate will have classroom teaching experience and will adapt and deliver an existing curriculum to Hispanic/Latino cancer survivors. These classes are part of a lifestyle modification clinical trial testing a diet, nutrition and physical activity education program for rural Hispanic/Latino Cancer Survivors.
This is a temporary, part-time hourly position for someone who has experience developing and implementing study curriculum and/or is willing and able to receive the appropriate training to do so as part of this research study . Ideally, the candidate will have experience working with study participants who are cancer survivors and in adapting education curriculums to cancer populations as needed. The position requires availability to participate in a 2-day intensive staff training, lead mock practice classes prior to the study classes, and attend monthly and/or weekly team meetings.
As a Nutrition and Physical Activity Educator, this person will also have the expertise needed to link diet, nutrition and physical activity recommendations to cancer survivorship with developing and implementing education programs to students, communities and cancer survivors. This person will work closely with a certified Chef and Physical Activity Instructor who will be delivering the hands-on cooking and physical activity portions of the study, respectively, and will work under the direct supervision of study investigators.
About the research
The study is testing the effects of diet, nutrition and physical activity interventions among Hispanic/Latino cancer survivors residing in Lower Yakima Valley. This project was previously tested in New York City and now is being adapted for the Valley community. The intervention uses group classes, social media and wearable physical activity devices to promote changes in diet, nutrition and physical activity. The study enrolls Spanish- and English-speaking participants and classes will be delivered in Spanish. The incumbent will report to the projects Staff Scientist and Principal Investigator and will be responsible for the adaptation and implementation of an existing diet, nutrition and physical activity curriculum to cancer Hispanic/Latino cancer survivors. The Nutrition and Physical Activity Educator will work collaboratively with the research team, including the Community Health Educators on site (Promotoras/es), the Chef and Physical Activity Instructor. The Nutrition and Physical Activity Educator will assist with study intervention activities and specific duties as assigned in every phase of the study, including:
Adaptation and implementation of existing diet, nutrition and physical activity curriculum, including planning and preparing class curriculum tailored to cancer survivors.
In-person training and mock classes. Participation in a 2-day in-person training with our long-standing New York City-based community interventionists. During this training, study staff will receive a comprehensive overview of the adapted curriculum. Lessons learned from previous study interventions will be shared and discussed. After successfully completing the training, mock classes will be conducted prior to implementing the study classes. Travel within the state of Washington is necessary for part of this training.
Bi-weekly and weekly team meetings. This person will also be available for bi-weekly and weekly meetings (depending on the needs of the study), frequent communication with the research team via videoconferencing, phone calls and emails as needed throughout the duration of the study (8 months).
Requires a bachelors degree or equivalent in education and experience related to diet, nutrition and physical activity as well as teaching experience.
Must be fluent in written and spoken Spanish. Knowledge of nutrition biochemistry and exercise physiology is preferred. Experience to link diet, nutrition and physical activity recommendations to cancer survivors with developing and implementing education programs to students, communities and/or cancer survivors is highly desirable. Must have demonstrated ability to follow standardized operating procedures and protocols and work independently. Must be able to independently learn new skills required for study coordination, the ability to work within a team and to be flexible with changing priorities. Must be detail-oriented, with superior organizational, interpersonal, written and oral communication skills, and the ability to maintain the highest degree of confidentiality and diplomacy at all times.
This is a temporary, part-time hourly position. Flexibility in scheduling, including evening and weekend hours, and travel for required training within the state of Washington is necessary due to the nature of this study.
Proficiency in Spanish
Experience working with students, study participants and/or cancer survivors and in adapting curriculums to teach cancer populations as needed.
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