Open Rank Extension Educator – 4-H Volunteer and Professional Development

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Open Rank Extension Educator – 4-H Volunteer and Professional Development


4-H Youth Development-0940

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The Extension Educator – 4-H Volunteer and Professional Development 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 world-class learning experiences focused on critical issues that empower Nebraskans to improve their lives.
This is a full-time, year-round, non-tenured position. The primary focus is to provide innovative leadership for volunteer recruitment and the professional development of 4-H volunteers, faculty, and staff. The 4-H Volunteer and Professional Development Educator reports to the State 4-H Program Administrator and will work closely with the 4-H Coordinators, in a consultative work environment designed to advance the effectiveness and success of Nebraska Extension. The person functions with broad organizational direction provided by the 4-H Program Administrator with wide discretion in the implementation of programs and practices.

In this position the 4-H Volunteer and Professional Development Educator will:
1.Lead innovative efforts for the recruitment, professional development, and retention of diverse volunteers to build the capacity of the Nebraska 4-H program.
2.Model and promote the use of cutting-edge, researched-based technology, in collaboration with 4-H Coordinators, to expand access and increase diverse participation in professional development by volunteers, faculty and staff working with the 4-H program. Assist in the design and delivery of self-directed and virtually-based learning, as appropriate.
3.Lead Nebraska 4-H management of enrollment database systems.
4.Serve as Nebraska’s representative to regional and national 4-H volunteer development efforts.
5.Assess, market, coordinate, and evaluate cutting-edge, researched-based, professional development educational opportunities for 4-H volunteers, faculty and staff, in partnership with Extension’s Professional Development Coordinator, that will result in advanced skills, the acquisition of advanced skills, degrees and/or performance improvement.
6.Partner both internally to the University of Nebraska, as well as, with state and national agencies and other land grant universities, to develop and deliver programming and secure funding. Promote effective working relationships and facilitate teamwork by all staff.
7.Pursue and obtain grant funding and develop entrepreneurial approaches to support program activities. Maintain a positive, professional image for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension.
8.Recruit potential students for 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.

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, professional development, human resource development, education, or closely related field. Master’s degree must be completed by start date.
•Excellent teaching skills and the ability to empower others to be successful.
•Documented experience in volunteer development and the professional development of staff.

Preferred Qualifications:

•Outstanding leadership skills as demonstrated by roles in college, career, and/or community activities.
•Understanding of different ethnic and socioeconomic audiences and a commitment to developing and delivering both inclusive and targeted programming.
•Two years of experience in community-based youth development program leadership and management.
•Experience in working with individuals, coworkers, and teams to accomplish individual and/or group goals, as evidenced by 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

For questions or accommodations related to this position contact:

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

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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: 4/27/2021
Application Due: 7/26/2021
Work Type: Full Time