Open Rank Extension Educator - 4-H Youth Development (Washington County)

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Open Rank Extension Educator - 4-H Youth Development (Washington County)


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The Positive Youth Development – 4-H Extension Educator will contribute to the integrated (extension, research, and teaching) land-grant mission of the home unit and the IANR as an effective scholar and citizen, including supporting student recruitment and IANR science literacy. In 4-H, we believe in the power of young people. We see that every child has valuable strengths and real influence to improve the world around us. We are America’s largest youth development organization, empowering nearly six million young people across the U.S. with the skills to lead for a lifetime. Nebraska Extension is an organization that values excellence and as a member of the Nebraska Extension team you will create and deliver world-class learning experiences focused on critical issues that empower Nebraskans to improve their lives.
Focused Expertise Assignment: 4-H Youth Development Education (Approximately 80% of time):
This is a full-time, year-round, non-tenured position. This educator’s home base will be Washington County. This educator‘s geographic region includes Washington and Cuming Counties. The major responsibility of this position is to provide regional leadership for University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension’s 4-H and Youth Development Program. This educator is expected to interact closely with 4-H clientele in these communities and deliver programs in their geographic area. In this position the extension educator will:
1.Use innovative strategies and current technologies to support a robust 4-H youth education program designed to 1) inspire youth to be young leaders, 2) engage youth in learning experiences that allow them to strengthen their innovation and design thinking skills and practice those skills in real-life settings, and 3) support the development of entrepreneurial thinking and how that mindset can support their long-term goals. This includes a variety of engagement methods including out-of-school programs, special interest groups, 4-H clubs, school enrichment, and other creative strategies that engage youth.
2.Engage in a collaborative-learning environment with young people and volunteers to apply research-based information.
3.Deliver educational programming for youth development programming 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 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 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 by teaching to enhance and maintain professional expertise in youth development and extension pedagogy.

Organizational Citizenship/Lead Educator Role (approximately 20%):
Serve in, contribute to, or support the Lead Educator role. Coordinate with Engagement Zone Coordinator(s) and other Extension professionals locally and in accountability region to develop a robust Nebraska Extension presence.
•Cooperate with local faculty and staff in a team environment to promote Extension’s educational opportunities and impact in the host county.
•Cultivate a culture of collaboration with local leaders and community members that builds positive relationships between the University and the community.
•Support engagement of advisory or policy groups such as the Extension Board, Ag Society, or County Commissioners/Board of Supervisors.
•Understand and adhere to Equal Employment Opportunities; Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; and Civil Rights compliance efforts.
•Serve in the following Lead Educator roles as described in the Roles and Responsibilities of the Lead Educator document found at : F, G, I, J, K .

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.

Recognizing that diversity within a context of inclusivity enhances creativity, innovation, impact, and a sense of belonging, the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR) and Extension are committed to creating learning, research, Extension programming, and work environments that are inclusive of all forms of human diversity. We actively encourage applications from and nominations of individuals from underrepresented groups.

As an EO/AA employer, qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See

Minimum Required Qualifications:

•Master’s degree required; one degree in youth development, community development/leadership, education, agricultural economics, entrepreneurship or closely related field. 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, presentations, web, and social media).
•Experience and demonstrated ability in working with youth and youth organizations including understanding of positive youth development and youth program management.

Preferred Qualifications:

•Demonstrated ability to effectively manage multiple priorities and programs.
•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.

Criminal History Background Check Required:


How to Apply:

Click “Apply for this Job” 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
- Transcripts (official or unofficial), 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”), attached to an email and sent to [email protected], or faxed to 402-624-8010. Please make sure to redact your social security number before you send or upload your transcripts/grade report.

For questions or accommodations related to this position contact:

Jodi Mackin, 402-469-0273, [email protected]

Job Category:

Faculty Non-Tenure Leading

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Faculty Non-Tenure Leading

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12 Month (Faculty Only)

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Posted: 4/7/2021
Application Due: 7/6/2021
Work Type: Full Time