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Extension Educator – Beef Systems (Webster County)

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Click “Apply for this position” and complete the information Form. Attach the following documents: - Cover Letter - Resume - List of three professional references - Unofficial (or official) transcripts, or grade report listing courses taken, the institution where they were taken and final grade, must be attached to the online application (as “Other Document”), or attached to an email and sent to jmackin1@unl.edu, or faxed to 402-624-8010. Please make sure to blacken out your social security number before you send or upload your transcripts/grade report. The University of Nebraska –Lincoln is committed to a pluralistic campus community through affirmative action, equal opportunity, work-life balance, and dual careers. See http://www.unl.edu/equity/notice-nondiscrimination.

Position Information

Position Information

Working Title Extension Educator – Beef Systems (Webster County)
Department/College/Unit West Central Rsch & Ext Center-0944
Requisition Number F_170055
Posting Open Date 05/10/2017
Application Review Date:
(To insure consideration, please submit all application materials before review date)
06/10/2017
Posting Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Description of Work

Focused Assignment – Beef Systems (approximately 80% of time):
This is a 12-month, non-tenured position. This educator’s home base will be Webster County. The subject matter focus for this educator is Beef Systems. This educator’s primary responsibility is to develop and deliver educational programs and resources as an active participant in one or more of Nebraska Extension’s statewide issue teams and interest groups. This educator’s geographic region includes (Kearney, Franklin, Adams, Webster, Clay, Nuckolls, Fillmore, Thayer). This educator is expected to interact closely with beef producers and deliver programs in their geographic area as well as statewide based on the intentions of the statewide action team. The outcome of this focused extension educational program for beef and grazed forage systems includes: a) improved profitability and sustainability; b) animal care to improve health, wellbeing, and product quality; c) enhanced resiliency of beef businesses; and d) expanded consumer and youth awareness of livestock systems and animal products. In this position the extension educator will:
1. Use innovative strategies and cutting-edge technologies to design, develop, deliver and evaluate programs for a robust statewide extension education program in beef systems.
2. Engage in a collaborative-learning environment with beef producers to encourage the adoption of research-based information in decision-making.
3. Deliver educational programming for beef systems statewide and within the assigned geographic region. Within their geographic region the educator will also engage with unit leaders, extension advisory committees, and local stakeholders (e.g. Natural Resource Districts and beef industry associations) to determine needs and provide access to educational opportunities.
4. Work in a multi-disciplinary team environment with extension professionals and other partners to translate and teach the latest research based information.
5. Use entrepreneurial practices to secure grants, program fees and partnerships to leverage the extension program’s resource base and reach.
6. Partner with research faculty to engage in action research.
7. Practice effective extension scholarship by conducting needs assessments, identifying priorities, measuring program impact and reporting results at professional meetings and in professional publications.
8. Develop a professional development plan to enhance and maintain professional expertise in beef and grassland systems and extension pedagogy.
9. Support the youth development program in areas related to beef and grassland systems focused assignment.

Serve as Unit Leader:
1. Partner with other content focused Extension Educators assigned to their geographic area to:
1) inform them of critical local issues in their content area,
2) partner in promoting access to and participation in educational programming addressing those critical issues, and
3) update extension advisory groups, county commissioners/supervisors, stakeholders, etc. of the latest educational opportunities available.
2. Promote effective working relationships and teamwork among staff. Hire, supervise and provide professional development for support staff.
3. Provide leadership for the annual budget planning, accountability of financial operations and IT audit/inventory to conform to county, university and state regulations and best management practices”
4. Network with elected officials, advisory groups and community stakeholders and provide them impact on the total extension program.

Some travel is required. Must meet driver standards according to UNL policy and have a valid driver’s license. Criminal history background check will be conducted.

Minimum Required Qualifications

• Masters degree required in Agronomy with emphasis in Range Science and Forage Management, and/or Animal Science, with emphasis in Ruminant Nutrition.
• Successful experience teaching in a formal and or non-formal setting.
• Demonstrated ability to communicate (i.e. publications, presentations, web, and social media).
• Demonstrated ability to effectively work as part of a team.
• Working knowledge of pasture and grass management, as well as experience with secondary forage crops and crop residue.

Preferred Qualifications

• Experience in working with individuals, coworkers, and teams to accomplish individual and/or group goals, as evidenced by college, career, and/or community activities.
• Outstanding leadership skills as demonstrated by roles in college, career, and/or community activities.
• Ability to utilize electronic and online technologies for educational program delivery.
• Understanding of different ethnic and socioeconomic audiences and a commitment to developing and delivering both inclusive and targeted programming.
• Successful experience in developing financial support for educational programs including grant writing, fund generation, contracting and/or cost recovery efforts.
• Demonstrated ability to effectively manage multiple priorities and programs.
• Minimum of 2 years experience with agricultural production similar to Nebraska systems.

Pre-Placement Driving Record Review Required
Criminal History Background Check Required Yes
Posted Salary
How to Apply

Click “Apply for this position” and complete the information Form. Attach the following documents:
- Cover Letter
- Resume
- List of three professional references
- Unofficial (or official) transcripts, or grade report listing courses taken, the institution where they were taken and final grade, must be attached to the online application (as “Other Document”), or attached to an email and sent to jmackin1@unl.edu, or faxed to 402-624-8010. Please make sure to blacken out your social security number before you send or upload your transcripts/grade report.

The University of Nebraska –Lincoln is committed to a pluralistic campus community through affirmative action, equal opportunity, work-life balance, and dual careers. See http://www.unl.edu/equity/notice-nondiscrimination.

For questions or accommodations related to this position contact

Jodi Mackin, 402-469-0273, jmackin1@unl.edu

Job Category Faculty Non-Tenure Leading
Job Category (old) Faculty Non-Tenure Leading
Job Type Full-Time
Position funded by grant or other form of temporary funding? No
If Temporary, indicate end date
Planned Hire Date TBD
Appointment End Date

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Describe your teaching experiences.

    (Open Ended Question)

  2. * What qualities do you have that make you an effective team player?

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Describe your volunteer management skills and experiences.

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. * Identify the formal classwork (class name and credit hours) and/or professional development/continuing education (title and hours of education) that you have completed in the past 5 years relevant to the position for which you are applying.

    (Open Ended Question)

Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References
Optional Documents
  1. Other Document