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Extension Educator – Beef Systems (Cedar 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 – Beef Systems (Cedar County)
Department/College/Unit Eastern NE Res & Ext Center - Northeast District-0943
Requisition Number F_170099
Posting Open Date 09/05/2017
Application Review Date:
(To insure consideration, please submit all application materials before review date)
10/06/2017
Posting Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Description of Work

Focused Assignment – Beef Systems Education (approximately 80% of time):
This is a 12-month, non-tenured position. This educator’s home base will be Cedar 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. This educator’s geographic region includes Cedar, Knox, Antelope, Pierce, and Madison Counties. 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 issue team. The outcome of this focused extension educational program for beef and grassland 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 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 in beef and grassland systems and extension pedagogy.
9. Support the youth development program by teaching in areas related to beef and grassland systems 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

• Masters degree required in Agronomy with emphasis in Forage Management and Range Science, 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 range and forage management and experience with the use of crop residues for animal feedstuffs.

Preferred Qualifications

• Experience with secondary forage crops and crop residue.
• 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 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. Provide an example of how you have worked as a team to accomplish a common goal.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. Provide an example of an innovative program that you have developed.

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. Provide an example of how you have worked with industry and cattlemen groups.

    (Open Ended Question)

Required Documents

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