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Open Rank Extension Educator - Water and Integrated Cropping Systems (Eastern NE)

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The University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Location
Lincoln, NE

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Job Details

Working Title:

Open Rank Extension Educator - Water and Integrated Cropping Systems (Eastern NE)

Department:

Cooperative Ext Division-0788

Requisition Number:

F_210170

Posting Open Date:

10/13/2021

Application Review Date: (To ensure consideration, please submit all application materials before review date):

11/19/2021

Open Until Filled:

Yes

Description of Work:

Overview:The four positions will be based in the following towns, serving the listed counties, which contribute significantly to Nebraska’s agricultural economy.

  • Columbus, NE – serving Platte, Boone, and Nance Counties
  • Schuyler, NE – serving Colfax, Cuming and Stanton Counties
  • Fremont, NE - serving Dodge and Washington Counties
  • Lincoln, NE – serving Lancaster, Cass, and Otoe Counties

Primary responsibilities are developing and delivering Water and Integrated Cropping Systems (WICS) extension programming that: a) improves profitability and sustainability; b) reduces environmental risk; c) encourages stewardship; d) enhances resiliency; and e) expands consumer awareness of food, forage, grain, and fiber. The incumbent is an active participant in developing solution-based resources as a member of the state-wide WICS team.
Water and Integrated Cropping Systems Educator (0.80 FTE):
  • Collaborates closely with colleagues, state and federal agencies, industry representatives, and crop producers to address agronomic and management issues in diverse cropping systems.
  • Develops, delivers, and measures impacts of programs and engagements regarding rainfed and irrigated crop production systems in Nebraska.
  • Participates in collection and interpretation of data to develop data driven, digital, and precision agricultural management strategies for clientele.
  • Uses innovative strategies and cutting-edge teaching and learning methods to design, develop, deliver and evaluate programs for a robust extension education program focused on water and integrated cropping production systems within the assigned geographic region, and as a member of the statewide WICS Team.
  • Engages in a collaborative-learning environment with crop producers and encourages adoption of research-based information in decision-making.
  • Participates in and supports the Nebraska On-Farm Research Network.
  • Identifies needs and provides access to educational opportunities within the assigned geographic region, working with unit leaders, extension advisory committees, and local stakeholders (e.g., Natural Resources Districts and local commodity associations).
  • Works in a multi-disciplinary team environment with extension professionals and other partners to translate and teach the latest research-based information.
  • Uses entrepreneurial practices to secure grants, contracts, program fees, and partnerships to leverage the extension educational program’s resource base and reach.
  • Partners with research faculty members in action research that can be applied to educational programming.
  • Conducts needs assessments, identifies priorities, measures program impact, and reports results at professional meetings and in professional publications.
  • Participates in professional development to enhance and maintain professional expertise in cropping systems and extension pedagogy.
  • Supports youth development programs by teaching in areas related to WICS.

Organizational Citizenship/Lead Educator Role (approximately 0.20 FTE): 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.
  • Serve in the specific Lead Educator roles as described in the Roles and Responsibilities of the Lead Educator document found at https://myextension.unl.edu/lead-educator-position-description as determined in partnership with the supervisor(s).
  • 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.

The incumbent accepts committee assignments, reporting responsibilities, and other special ad hoc assignments as requested at the administrative unit, college/division, institute, and/or university level.
Nebraska Extension Educators are committed to engaging with community partners, organizations, and all audiences, as well as individuals in ways that reflect an understanding and value for individual differences (e.g., race/ethnicity, abilities, gender, sexual orientation, religion). Nebraska Extension strives to ensure that innovative programming, translational research, and learning opportunities promote equity and inclusion.

Some travel is required. Must meet driver standards according to UNL policy and have a valid driver’s license.

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 Nebraska 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 http://www.unl.edu/equity/notice-nondiscrimination.

Minimum Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree required (completed prior to the start date) in Agronomy, Crop Science, Agricultural Mechanization, Agricultural Engineering, or closely related field.
  • Field experience in production agriculture with emphasis in cropping systems.
  • Experience in working with individuals, coworkers, and teams to accomplish individual and/or group goals, as evidenced by college, career, and/or community activities.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience using precision agriculture strategies to address diverse cropping systems; additional experience with cover crop or forage management and working with absentee landowners.
  • Successful experience in developing financial support for educational programs including securing grants and contracts, as well as cost recovery efforts.
  • Outstanding leadership skills as demonstrated by roles in college, career, and/or community activities.
  • Experience in the development and implementation of social media communication and education, including managing website, blog, Facebook page, and Twitter accounts for a professional organization.

Criminal History Background Check Required:

Yes

How to Apply:

Click “Apply to this job” and complete the information form. Attach 1) a letter of interest that describes your qualifications for the job and anticipated contributions; 2) your curriculum vitae; and 3) contact information for three professional references.

In addition, within the application, please complete the required supplemental question(s), one specifically about the value you place on diversity and your anticipated contributions to creating inclusive environments in which every person and every interaction matters (see https://ianr.unl.edu/tips-writing-about-commitment-to-deib for guidance in writing this statement).

For questions or accommodations related to this position contact:

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

Job Category:

Faculty Non-Tenure Leading

Job Category (old):

Faculty Non-Tenure Leading

Job Type:

12 Month (Faculty Only)

Position funded by grant or other form of temporary funding?:

No

Organization

Working at University of Nebraska-Lincoln

For 150 Years, A Leader in Higher Education 
Always a place of high ambition, University of Nebraska was one of the first institutions west of the Mississippi River to award doctoral degrees - the first was granted in 1896. The University of Nebraska established the world's first undergraduate psychology laboratory. The discipline of ecology was born here, and the campuses reflect that tradition, being recognized as botanical gardens and arboreta. An early institutional interest in literature and the arts provided the foundations for today's Prairie Schooner literary magazine, for the University of Nebraska Press, and for the Sheldon Museum of Art, which houses one of the world's most significant collections of 20th century American art.

Today, Nebraska is one of the nation's leading teaching institutions, and a research leader with a wide array of grant-funded projects aimed at broadening knowledge in the sciences and humanities. Nebraska is also a land-grant university and a member of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). The university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Benefits
The University of Nebraska offers an extensive benefits package that includes health, life, disability and long term care insurance; retirement accounts; tuition reimbursement for employees and their spouses and dependent children; and reimbursement accounts for health care and dependent day care. Leave policies are designed to help employees deal with personal or family events or crises.

Diversity and Inclusion
In the spirit of the phrase "Every Interaction Matters", UNL has an enacted commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence for our faculty, staff, and students. On our campus, diversity and inclusion are important priorities. Examples include: Husker Dialogues, which is an event that helps first-year students focus on diversity and inclusion and practice handling difficult conversations around difference; three Chancellor's Diversity Commissions that are charged with informing and advising the Chancellor and addressing issues of constituent campus communities; and the establishment of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion whose leader operates at the Vice Chancellor level. At the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, we strive for excellence in all that we do. True excellence requires that each individual be able to work and learn in an atmosphere of respect, dignity, and belonging. Our commitment to diversity and inclusion requires each of us to continuously ensure our interactions are respectful, protect free speech, and inspire academic freedom.

About Lincoln
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is located in an up-and-coming and safe city of 300,000 people that has many of the cultural and entertainment benefits of a much larger city, with the feel of a friendly Midwestern community. The Pinnacle Bank Arena, opened in 2013, routinely hosts major touring acts. A buzzing entertainment district, the Railyard, connects the arena area to the Historic Haymarket. Cuisines from all continents provide the entree to dynamic urban nightlife and a wide variety of ways to enjoy time with friends. Nebraska's City Campus is one with Lincoln's city center, as it has been since the university was founded.Lincoln has more parkland per capita than Austin, Texas; Portland, Oregon; and all but a handful of U.S. cities. The well-manicured Pioneers Park, the native woods of Wilderness Park and the open grassland of Nine-Mile Prairie are each within a 10-minute trip from campus. Connecting many of these parks is an extensive trails network.

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