Open Rank Extension Educator - 4-H Youth Development College AccessDepartment:
Cooperative Ext Division-0788Requisition Number:
F_220042Posting Open Date:
03/04/2022Application Review Date: (To ensure consideration, please submit all application materials before review date):
04/08/2022Open Until Filled:
YesDescription 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:
Organizational Citizenship/Lead Educator Role (approximately 20%):
- Build an inclusive framework around college access that can be used to guide Nebraska youth programming.
- Supervise full-time Program Coordinators in Omaha and Grand Island.
- 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.
- 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.
- Partner with other entities involved in this work to develop statewide excellence and reach (Omaha Public Schools, Grand Island Public Schools, etc.).
- Use entrepreneurial practices to secure grants, program fees and partnerships to leverage the extension educational program’s resource base and reach.
- Develop a professional development plan by teaching to enhance innovation and entrepreneurship, education, youth development and extension pedagogy.
- Engage in recruitment strategies for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
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.
Criminal History Background Check Required:
- 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.
YesHow to Apply:
Click “Apply for this Job” and complete the information form. Attach the following documents:
- A letter of interest that describes your qualifications for the job and anticipated contributions.
- Your curriculum vitae.
- 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 LeadingJob Category (old):
Faculty Non-Tenure LeadingJob Type:
12 Month (Faculty Only)Position funded by grant or other form of temporary funding?: