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Extension Educator – Cropping Systems (Clay County)

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Position Information

Position Information

Working Title Extension Educator – Cropping Systems (Clay County)
Department/College/Unit Eastern NE Res & Ext Center - Southeast District-0941
Requisition Number F_170053
Posting Open Date 05/17/2017
Application Review Date:
(To insure consideration, please submit all application materials before review date)
06/20/0017
Posting Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Description of Work

Nebraska Extension recruits individuals with many of the following skills and attributes for Extension Educator positions:
Attributes: Engaging personality, excellent listener, flexible and willing to change, positive outlook, passion for helping others, high personal standard for excellence, and ability to operate with minimal guidance.

Skills: Excellent subject matter knowledge, effective written and oral communicator, understanding of how to be an effective team player, effective teacher, solid organizational skills.

PROGRAM RESPONSIBILITIES:
Focused Assignment – Cropping Systems (approximately 80% of time):
This is a 12-month, non-tenured position. This educator’s home base will be Clay County. The subject matter focus for this educator is irrigated and rainfed cropping 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. This educator’s geographic region includes Clay, Nuckolls, Thayer and Fillmore counties. This educator is expected to interact closely with crop producers and deliver programs in their geographic area as well as statewide based on the intentions of the statewide issue teams. In addition, work closely with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln South Central Agricultural Laboratory (SCAL) faculty and staff, and area crops and water educators to provide leadership and stakeholder engagement.

The outcomes of this focused Extension educational program for cropping systems include: a) improved profitability and sustainability; b) reducing environmental risk and encouraging resource stewardship; c) enhanced resiliency of cropping systems from climate variability; and d) expanded consumer and youth awareness of cropping systems and grain, fiber and oil products and bi-products. In this position the 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 cropping systems.
2. Engage in a collaborative-learning environment with crop producers to encourage the adoption of research-based information in decision-making.
3. Deliver educational programming for cropping 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 Resources Districts and local commodity 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 cropping systems and Extension pedagogy.
9. Support the youth development program in areas related to cropping systems focused assignment.

Organizational Assignment (approximately 20%):
The focused Extension educator will also connect with unit leaders in the region for the purpose of developing local support for Nebraska Extension. These responsibilities include:
1. Support the Unit Leader with engagement of advisory or policy groups such as the Extension Board, County Commissioners/Board of Supervisors and South Central Agricultural Lab (SCAL) Advisory Committee.
2. Cooperate with local faculty and staff in the home county to promote effective teamwork and support local “all-hands” Extension events.
3. Support the Unit Leader in coordinating a total Extension program in all subject matter areas and advocating for local educational needs.
4. Build and foster community relationships for Extension and a positive, professional image of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

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

Required Qualifications:

• Master’s degree with one degree in Agronomy, Weed Science, Crop Science, Soil Science, Biological Systems Engineering, Doctor of Plant Health, Mechanized Agriculture Systems or other closely related field required. Master’s degree must be completed by start date.

• Successful experience teaching in a formal or non-formal setting.

• Demonstrated ability to communicate (i.e. publications, web media, presentations).

• Minimum of 2 years experience with agricultural production similar to Nebraska systems.

Preferred Qualifications

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.

• Successful experience in teaching Cropping Systems education in a formal or informal setting, experience teaching crop producers or their advisors, and a demonstrated ability to network with agricultural industry or public agencies.

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

Click on the “Apply for this position” button above or below; or sign on and complete or review existing Information Form. You will be required to 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. * 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)

  4. * Describe your experience working with organizations, agencies, or individuals on Cropping Systems related activities in the last 5 years.

    (Open Ended Question)

Required Documents

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