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Extension Educator - Community Vitality (Butler County)

Community Vitality ImageThis is a 12-month, non-tenured position. This educator’s office will be in David City, Nebraska (Butler County). The subject matter focus for this educator is Community Vitality with focused efforts in Leadership Development, Community Engagement, and Social Entrepreneurship. This educator’s primary responsibility is to develop and deliver educational programs and resources in three primary areas: (1) Leadership Development that grows local community leadership capacity; (2) Community Engagement that helps local leadership engage citizens in decision-making, designing successful communities, and enhancing social capital; and (3) Social Entrepreneurship that fosters and champions community roles and opportunities for young adults and families. This educator will be an active participant in one or more of Nebraska Extension’s statewide issue teams and will serve the following geographic accountability region: Thayer, Nuckolls, Fillmore, Saline, Jefferson, Webster, Clay, Kearney, and Adams 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 teams. 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. For more information visit: http://communityvitality.unl.edu/

Extension Educator - 4-H Youth Development Urban Program Coordinator (Douglas-Sarpy Counties)

4-H Clover logoThis is a 12-month, non-tenured position. The major responsibility of this position is to lead the Douglas-Sarpy 4-H youth development department focusing on developing and delivering educational programs and resources as an active participant in one or more of Nebraska Extension’s statewide issue teams. The primary focus is to develop a comprehensive, visionary, contemporary, expanded youth development program by enhancing partnerships, strengthening the volunteer base, increasing funding, and growing program enrollment. This educator’s home base and geographic region is in Douglas and Sarpy counties. This educator is expected to interact closely with 4-H clientele and deliver programs in this geographic area. This focused extension educational program supports 4-H Youth Development including: a) science education; b) animal science; c) agricultural literacy; d) career development/college readiness; e) community engagement; and f) healthy living.

Extension Educator - Learning Child (Southeast Research & Extension Center)

Two children exploring natureThis is a full-time, 12-month, non-tenured position. The major responsibility of this position is to provide statewide leadership for Nebraska Extension’s online early childhood development and learning child educational programs (e.g. Co-Parenting for Successful Kids). The goal of this focused extension educational program is to create, market, deliver and assess educational programs and resources (including certification programs) for childcare professionals, service providers and families. In addition, work closely with the Buffet Early Childhood Institute, College of Education & Human Sciences, Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools, Nebraska Supreme Court, Nebraska Bar Association, Department of Justice, Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, and others to identify key issues and deliver educational programming. Consult with childcare providers and educational organizations. Generate financial resources through fee revenue, grants, and sponsorships to support this work. This work will be closely coordinated with the Learning Child Interest Group and focused on relevant statewide Issue Team initiatives.

Extension Educator - Community Vitality (Thayer County)

Community Vitality ImageThis is a 12-month, non-tenured position. This educator’s office will be in Hebron, Nebraska (Thayer County). The subject matter focus for this educator is Community Vitality with focused efforts in Leadership Development, Community Engagement, and Social Entrepreneurship. This educator’s primary responsibility is to develop and deliver educational programs and resources in three primary areas: (1) Leadership Development that grows local community leadership capacity; (2) Community Engagement that helps local leadership engage citizens in decision-making, designing successful communities, and enhancing social capital; and (3) Social Entrepreneurship that fosters and champions community roles and opportunities for young adults and families. This educator will be an active participant in one or more of Nebraska Extension’s statewide issue teams and will serve the following geographic accountability region: Thayer, Nuckolls, Fillmore, Saline, Jefferson, Webster, Clay, Kearney, and Adams 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 teams. 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. For more information visit: http://communityvitality.unl.edu/


Extension Educator - Cropping Systems (Merrick & Hamilton Counties)

Image of CropsThis is a 12-month, non-tenured position. This educator’s home base will be Merrick County (Central City, NE). The subject matter focus for this educator is irrigated 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 Merrick and Hamilton 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. 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.

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.

Extension Educator - Urban Unit Leader (Douglas-Sarpy County)

Omaha Metro skylineThis is a full-time, 12-month, non-tenured position. This educator’s home base will be Douglas-Sarpy  County. The major responsibility of this position is to provide regional leadership for Nebraska Extension’s Urban Extension Program in Douglas-Sarpy Counties. The primary program assignment is to be the team leader for approximately 35 faculty and staff in programming relevant to urban audiences. The educator is also expected to be an active participant in one or more of Nebraska Extension’s statewide issue teams.

In this position the Extension Educator as Urban Unit Leader will lead, train, coach and appraise faculty and staff in the urban office in the following areas (approximately 50%).

1. Use innovative strategies and cutting-edge technologies to design, develop, deliver and evaluate programs for a robust urban extension education program.
2. Strategies to engage in collaborative-learning environments with professionals and with targeted individuals to encourage the adoption of research-based information in decision-making.
3. Strategies to reach a significant portion of the regional targeted audience using a variety of appropriate and effective technologies.
4. Opportunities to work in an urban team environment with extension professionals and other partners to translate and teach the latest research based information.
5. Ways to use entrepreneurial practices to secure grants, program fees and partnerships to leverage the extension program’s resource base and reach.
6. Opportunity to partner with research faculty to engage in action research.
7. Encourage the practice of effective extension scholarship by conducting needs assessments, identifying priorities, measuring program impact and reporting results at professional meetings and in professional publications.
8. Development of professional development plans to enhance and maintain professional expertise.

In this position the Extension Educator as Urban Unit Leader (approximately 50%).

1. Facilitate appropriate Extension advisory groups and engage with county commissioners to identify critical issues. Ensure the broad-based membership of the extension board as indicated in the Inter-local agreement.
2. Hire, supervise and provide professional development for staff. Conduct annual performance reviews of staff. Provide appraisal input to the Research and Extension Director for faculty evaluations. Annually assist in goal setting during performance reviews.
3. Manage the budget and financial operations. Responsible for the annual tax budget and accountability of financial operations, and IT audit/inventory to conform to county, university and state regulations following best management practices.
4. Responsible for the facilities, communications/IT connections and professional image of the office.
5. Implement strategies to market urban programs. Build and foster community relationships and a positive professional image of the University of Nebraska—Lincoln. Network with elected officials, advisory groups and community stakeholders. Disseminate Extension programming impacts and outcomes.
6. Support “all-hands” local Extension events.
7. Ensure equity, access and diversity that supports an inclusive office and learning environment.

New!  Extension Educator - Domestic Water & Wastewater (Lancaster County)

Domestic Water Wastewater ImageThis is a full-time, 12-month, non-tenured position. This educator’s home base will be Lancaster County. The major responsibility of this position is to provide statewide leadership for Nebraska Extension’s domestic water and wastewater educational programs. The goal of this focused extension educational program is to create, market, deliver and assess educational programs and resources (including certification programs) for domestic water and wastewater professionals and service providers. In addition, work closely with the Nebraska On-Site Waste Water Association, Nebraska Well Drillers Association, Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality, Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, Natural Resources Districts and others to identify key issues and deliver educational programming. Consult with municipalities, businesses, educational organizations and homeowners on water quantity and quality. Generate financial resources through fee revenue, grants and donations to support this work. This work will be closely coordinated with the Nebraska Onsite Waste Water Association under a Memorandum of Understanding between the parties.


New!  Extension Educator - Urban Agriculture (Douglas County-Omaha)

Urban Ag ImageThis is a full-time, 12-month, non-tenured position. This educator’s home base will be Douglas County. The major responsibility of this position is to provide direction for the Collaborative Agricultural Education Program between Omaha Home for Boys’ (OHB) Cooper Memorial Farm, Nebraska Extension, and University of Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture. The subject matter focus for this educator is Urban Agriculture and Local Foods. This educator’s primary geographic region includes Douglas-Sarpy Counties. This educator is expected to interact closely with learners, advisory committees and stakeholders to determine needs and provide access to educational opportunities in his/her geographic area as well as statewide based on the intentions of statewide issue teams and NCTA guidance.

Extension Educator - Beef Systems (Saunders County)

    Beef Systems Educator Saunders CountyThis is a 12-month, non-tenured position. This educator’s home base will be Saunders County located at Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center. The subject matter focus for this educator is Integrated Crop and Beef Production Systems. The program emphasis is nutrition/reproductive management, beef herd improvement, and adoption of contemporary technologies that will lead to development of new profit centers and expanding Nebraska’s cow herd. 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 Saunders, Dodge, Washington, Douglas, Sarpy, Cass, Otoe, Nemaha, Richardson, Pawnee, Johnson, Gage, Lancaster, Jefferson, Saline, Seward, Butler and Colfax 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 plans of the issue teams. The outcome of this focused extension educational program for Integrated Crop and Beef Production 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.

    *Please note, the position review date has been extended to August 17, 2016*



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