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Open Rank Extension Educator - Agricultural Economics (WCREEC)

Employer
The University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Location
Lincoln, NE

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Working Title:

Open Rank Extension Educator - Agricultural Economics (WCREEC)

Department:

Cooperative Ext Division-0788

Requisition Number:

F_220005

Posting Open Date:

01/18/2022

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

02/28/2022

Open Until Filled:

Yes

Description of Work:

Overview:Based in North Platte, NE, and located at the West Central Research, Extension, and Education Center (ENREEC), this position is part of a team of Agricultural Economists working throughout Nebraska addressing issues of local, regional, and statewide importance to ranchers and farmers. This is a 12-month, non-tenured position. The Educator has primary responsibilities for developing and delivering a coordinated, proactive and effective extension program in Nebraska in livestock and crop production system economics, that: a) improves profitability and sustainability; b) enhances resiliency to cyclical swings in production input costs and market prices.; c) expands producer awareness and confidence in using risk and strategic management tools; and d) assists livestock and crop producers in applying financial management and marketing strategies that will enable them to improve their economic decision making. The incumbent is an active participant in developing solution-based scholarly resources as a member of the state-wide Agricultural Economics/Farm and Ranch Management team and a key member of the Center for Agriculture Profitability (CAP).

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 qualified individuals from underrepresented groups.

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.

Program Responsibilities (approximately 80%):As Extension Educator – Agricultural Systems Economist:

  • Develops, delivers, and measures impacts of programs and engagements that integrate economic, financial/risk management, marketing, and policy aspects of decision-making that increase the profitability and resiliency of Nebraska livestock and crop production systems.
  • Actively participates in the Center for Agricultural Profitability (CAP), addressing short and long-term issues focused on economic viability of livestock and crop operations and other timely issues where outcomes would benefit from an agricultural economics component.
  • Collaborates closely in a multi-disciplinary team environment with colleagues across academic units, state and federal agencies, industry representatives, and livestock and crop producers, delivering programming in livestock and crop production system economics that optimize profitability and improve probability of success of these operations.
  • Participates in collection and interpretation of data to develop decision tools and management strategies for clientele that are focused on innovative and emerging trends in agricultural production systems.
  • 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 economic dimensions of livestock and cropping production systems within the assigned geographic region, and as a member of the statewide agricultural economics team.
  • Engages in a collaborative-learning environment with livestock and crop producers, partners with faculty in applied research efforts, and encourages adoption of research-based information in decision-making.
  • Identifies needs and provides access to educational opportunities within the assigned geographic region, working to include underserved or under-represented populations in agriculture in educational programming.
  • Uses entrepreneurial practices to secure grants, contracts, program fees, and partnerships to leverage the extension educational program’s resource base and to extend the reach and impact of these programs.
  • Conducts needs assessments, identifies priorities, measures program impact, and reports results at professional meetings, in professional publications, and other scholarly outlets.
  • Participates in professional development to enhance and maintain professional expertise in agricultural economics and extension pedagogy/andragogy.

Organizational Citizenship (approximately 20%): Serve in, contribute to, or support the Academic/Administrative Unit. Coordinate with Unit Head/Director/Program Leaders and other Extension professionals, on campus and statewide as appropriate, to develop a robust Nebraska Extension presence.
  • Cooperate with faculty and staff in a team environment to promote Extension’s educational opportunities and impact in the Academic/Administrative Unit and statewide.
  • Cultivate a culture of collaboration with both internal and external stakeholders that builds positive relationships between the University and our partners.
  • Support engagement of advisory or policy groups such as Unit Advisory Committees, Program Advisory Committees, and others as appropriate.
  • Understand and adhere to Equal Employment Opportunities; Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; and Civil Rights compliance efforts.

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.

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 https://www.unl.edu/equity/notice-nondiscrimination.

Minimum Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in agricultural economics or closely related field.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with stakeholders in writing, orally, and via online media.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of the development and use of enterprise budgeting techniques, farm and ranch production recordkeeping, or financial management systems.
  • Familiarity with livestock or crop production systems in Nebraska.
  • Experience teaching in a formal or non-formal setting, for students, adults, and/or stakeholders focused on the economics of agricultural production
  • Understanding of different ethnic and socioeconomic audiences or a commitment to developing and delivering both inclusive and targeted programming to assist underserved audiences.
  • Understanding of or experience of developing and delivering extension programs focused on farm management issues.

Criminal History Background Check Required:

Yes

How to Apply:

Click “Apply to this job” and complete the information form. Attach the following documents:

  1. A letter of interest that describes your qualifications for the job and anticipated contributions.
  2. Your curriculum vitae.
  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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