Open Rank Extension Educator - Water and Integrated Cropping Systems (Lancaster County)
- The University of Nebraska–Lincoln
- Lincoln, NE
- Administrative Jobs
- Technology, Analysts & Programming
- Employment Type
- Full Time
- Institution Type
- Four-Year Institution
Open Rank Extension Educator - Water and Integrated Cropping Systems (Lancaster County)Department:
NE Ext Engagement Zone 9-12358Requisition Number:
F_220192Posting Open Date:
10/17/2022Application Review Date: (To ensure consideration, please submit all application materials before review date):
02/13/2023Open Until Filled:
YesDescription of Work:
OverviewBased in Lincoln, NE, the incumbent serves Lancaster, Cass, and Otoe Counties, which contribute significantly to Nebraska’s agricultural economy. 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.
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.
As 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):This position will 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. In this position, the extension educator will:
- 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.
Some travel is required. Must meet driver standards according to UNL policy and have a valid driver’s license.
Recognizing that diversity 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 diversity. Consistent with the University’s N2025 Strategic Plan, every person and every interaction are treated as important to our collective well-being and our ability to deliver on our mission.
As an EO/AA employer, the University of Nebraska considers qualified applicants 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 (completed prior to the start date) in Agronomy, Crop Science, Plant Sciences, or closely related field.
- Field experience in production agriculture with emphasis on cropping systems.
- 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 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 websites, blogs, Facebook pages, and Twitter accounts for a professional organization.
YesHow to Apply:
Click “Apply to 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.
Jodi Mackin, 402-469-0273
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?:
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