LEAP Program Assistant

choice of Tipton, DeWitt, or Muscatine
Base County
Counties Served

Cedar, Clinton, and Muscatine Counties are seeking a qualified candidate for a full-time position with the Iowa Obesity Program Leveraging Activities and Partnerships to Address Obesity (Iowa LEAP) project team.

This position will provide coordination, management, and assistance to the county project team in completing tasks related to the Iowa LEAP project. The project will address two key obesity-associated risk factors--poor diet and physical inactivity.


Responsibilities include working with project team members to manage daily LEAP tasks, including working with local community members to build coalition capacity and sustainability; coordinating networking meetings for county stakeholders, executing and leading county coalition meetings, and assisting with county assessment activities led by state and program specialists; supporting project planning, implementation, evaluation, and reporting to state LEAP team.

This position will work closely with each county coordinator to ensure ongoing coordination with state LEAP staff, including post-award monitoring and reporting activities, monthly conference calls with the state LEAP team, and participation in peer-sharing opportunities.

The successful candidate will be familiar with virtual meeting platforms, have written and oral communication and presentation skills, and have user experience with Microsoft Office. The LEAP County Program Assistant will provide program-level support for at least one year of the funding cycle with an opportunity for renewal for up to 4 years during the award period.



Associate’s degree and 2 years of related experience

Preferred Qualifications


  • Bachelor’s degree in public health, dietetics, food and nutrition, exercise science, physical activity, kinesiology, nutrition education, community nutrition, or closely related field.
  • Relevant planning experience with committees or coalitions.
  • Experience working with nutrition, food, or physical activity system initiatives.
  • Experience working with diverse populations.
  • Experience with preparing reports/presentations.
  • Experience with data entry and management
Additional Information

This is a full-time position at 35 - 40 hours a week, located in either Cedar, Clinton or Muscatine County Extension Office. Hours will vary according to planned events, which could include days, evenings, and weekends. Programming sometimes takes place outside of the office; therefore, travel will be required. Personal vehicle required; mileage to be reimbursed at the current IRS rate.

How To Apply
Interested applicants are asked to submit a cover letter, application form, and resume and submit electronically to 
sgenson@iastate.edu. Must be received by April 12th for guaranteed consideration. 

SUPERVISOR: County LEAP Project Director

REPORTING: Reports directly to and receives direction from the director with input from the county extension council.

Job Type
Full Time
Wages (type)
Wages (status)
$17 per hour
  • ​​​​​​Employer’s share of Social Security, Iowa Public Employees Retirement System (IPERS), Medicare, and Workers’ Comprehensive Insurance.
  • Reimbursement for work-related travel expenses.
  • Vacation and sick leave.
  • Eleven paid holidays
  • Employee Assistance program.
  • Employer provides in-service training related to job responsibilities.
Application Deadline
This position will remain open until filled

Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status and will not be discriminated against.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider. For the full non-discrimination statement or accommodation inquiries, go to www.extension.iastate.edu/diversity/ext.