Open Rank Extension Educator - 4-H Youth Development College Access

Job Details

Working Title:

Open Rank Extension Educator - 4-H Youth Development College Access

Department:

Cooperative Ext Division-0788

Requisition Number:

F_220042

Posting Open Date:

03/04/2022

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

04/08/2022

Open Until Filled:

Yes

Description of Work:

OVERVIEW: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 IANR as an effective scholar and citizen, by leading 4-H college access programming for youth. This will include: 1) the development of a statewide framework to drive the long-term vision and direction for 4-H college access; 2) collaborating with faculty, partners, and volunteers statewide to implement programming to reach this vision; and 3) increasing the capacity of 4-H in these areas by providing professional development and securing additional resources. As America’s largest youth development organization, 4-H empowers 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.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.

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.

PROGRAM RESPONSIBILITIES:Focused Expertise Assignment – 4-H Youth Development Education – College Access (approximately 80%):This is a full-time, year-round, non-tenured position. This is a statewide position and the home location is negotiable. The major responsibility of this position is to lead statewide 4-H youth development and UNL Admissions efforts regarding college access, specifically through the Next Chapter at Nebraska initiative. The primary focus is to develop a comprehensive, visionary, contemporary, expanded youth development innovation and entrepreneurship program as well as provide the leadership for program implementation.

In this position the extension educator will:

  1. Build an inclusive framework around college access that can be used to guide Nebraska youth programming.
  2. Supervise full-time Program Coordinators in Omaha and Grand Island.
  3. Develop, deliver, and evaluate educational programming and professional development around that framework to engage youth in opportunities in college access, particularly in the school environment with special focus on new and underserved audiences.
  4. Build organizational capacity by engaging in a collaborative-learning environment with young people, volunteers, and local leaders to apply research-based information through positive youth development programming.
  5. Partner with other entities involved in this work to develop statewide excellence and reach (Omaha Public Schools, Grand Island Public Schools, etc.).
  6. Use entrepreneurial practices to secure grants, program fees and partnerships to leverage the extension educational program’s resource base and reach.
  7. Develop a professional development plan by teaching to enhance innovation and entrepreneurship, education, youth development and extension pedagogy.
  8. Engage in recruitment strategies for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
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.
  • 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.

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

Minimum Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree required; one degree in youth development, education, 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 experience in working as a team displaying strong leadership and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated experience/training in the recruitment, training, mentoring and management of volunteers.
  • Experience and ability to engage diverse and under-served audiences.
  • Ability to speak language(s) other than English. Spanish preferred.

Criminal History Background Check Required:

Yes

How to Apply:

Click “Apply for 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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