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Extension Educator – Community Vitality (Thayer County)

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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.

Position Information

Position Information

Working Title Extension Educator – Community Vitality (Thayer County)
Department/College/Unit Eastern NE Res & Ext Center - Southeast District-0941
Requisition Number F_170102
Posting Open Date 08/31/2017
Application Review Date:
(To insure consideration, please submit all application materials before review date)
10/02/2017
Posting Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Description of Work

Focused Assignment – Community Vitality Education (approximately 80% of time):
This is a full-time, year-round, non-tenured position. This educator’s home base will be Thayer County. The subject matter focus for this educator is Community Vitality. 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 Thayer, Nuckolls, Webster, Franklin, Jefferson, Saline, Fillmore, Clay, Adams and Kearney Counties. This educator is expected to interact closely with community leaders in their geographic area as well as statewide based on the intentions of the statewide issue team. The outcomes of this focused Extension educational program for community vitality include: a) developing and/or growing rural Nebraska businesses; b) engaging youth and young adults in rural communities; and c) creating 21st century communities that attract and retain young people (http://communityvitality.unl.edu/welcome-new for more information). In this position the extension educator will:
Educational Responsibilities: (80%)
1. Use innovative strategies and cutting-edge technologies to design, develop, deliver and evaluate programs for a robust statewide extension education program in community vitality.
2. Engage in a collaborative-learning environment with businesses, entrepreneurs, community leaders, and youth development organizations to encourage the adoption of research-based information on business development and entrepreneurship, or leadership and organizational development.
3. Deliver educational programming for community vitality 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 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 educational program’s resource base and reach.
6. Partner with research faculty to engage in action research that can be applied to educational programming.
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 specific to CVI’s signature outcomes and in extension pedagogy.
9. Support the youth development program by teaching in areas related to community vitality focused assignment.

Organizational Assignment (approximately 20%):
The focused Extension educator will also connect with the host county unit leader for the purpose of developing local support for UNL Extension. These responsibilities include:
1. Support the Unit Leader with engagement of advisory or policy groups such as the Extension Board or County Commissioners/Board of Supervisors.
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.

In addition to the above-described duties, the individual will be expected to accept committee assignments, reporting responsibilities, and other special ad hoc assignments as requested at the administrative unit, college/division, institute, and or university level.

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

• Master’s degree required; one degree in Leadership, Civic Engagement, Agricultural Economics, or closely related field. Master’s degree must be completed by start date.
• Successful experience teaching community vitality topics in a formal or non-formal setting.
• Demonstrated ability to communicate (i.e. publications, web media, presentations, online scholarship).
• Specific knowledge and/or experience in business development and entrepreneurship, or leadership and organizational development.

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.
• Experience teaching entrepreneurs, community leaders or volunteers.
• Demonstrated ability to network with young adults and community leaders.

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. * Describe your experiences working with organizations, agencies, or individuals in community vitality related activities within the past five years.

    (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