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Engagement Zone Coordinator - Zone 4 (Open to University Employees Only)

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Lincoln, NE

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Engagement Zone Coordinator - Zone 4 (Open to University Employees Only)


NE Ext Engagement Zone 4-12353

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Description of Work:

The engagement zone coordinator (EZC) is a key leader for Nebraska Extension, a highly engaged and respected organization committed to making a difference for Nebraskans. Engagement zones are intended to be employee-centric and defined by a culture of trust, integrity, equity, excellence, and employee success. The EZC is expected to develop and nourish this culture in a way that helps make Nebraska Extension an employer of choice. The EZC will foster employee commitment to excellence in Extension programming and stakeholder engagement. In addition, the EZC will foster the connection of local people to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in ways that generate mutual benefit and valued impact. Primary responsibilities include fostering extension talent, stakeholder connections, and UNL engagement.

This position will support Engagement Zone 4, which includes Perkins, Kearney, Franklin, Harlan, Phelps, Gosper, Furnace, Frontier, Red Willow, Hayes, Hitchcock, Dundy, and Chase Counties. The office location will be determined based on the EZC’s location and resources available. Travel to and time spent in all counties in the engagement zone is expected. Operational resources will be allocated based on the requirements of each individual engagement zone.

The EZC position is a non-tenure leading special appointment within the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR). This is a five-year renewable term subject to satisfactory annual reviews and a satisfactory formal reappointment review. The EZC reports to the dean of the Cooperative Extension Division and engages with other members of IANR’s senior leadership team and other UNL academic leaders.

The EZC will serve as a broker between colleagues located on campus and across Nebraska with the needs and efforts of those in their respective zones and promote networking and collaboration. They will partner with other EZCs to seek out new and strengthen existing relationships, identify common goals, and foster joint projects and programming that contribute to UNL’s engagement in the long-term growth of the state.

The EZC will be a collaborative and strategic partner with UNL and IANR academic unit leaders, Nebraska Extension program leaders, the campus-based EZC, and Research, Extension and Education Center (REEC) directors to leverage talent and assets from across IANR, UNL, and beyond. This EZC will contribute to carrying out the strategic plan for IANR’s extensive statewide network of research, extension, and learning platforms.

Nebraska Extension professionals 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. Nebraska Extension strives to ensure that innovative programming, translational research, and learning opportunities promote equity and inclusion.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:Fosters Extension Talent (approximately 35%)Expected outcome: Extension professionals achieve excellence in developing and delivering high-impact learner-centered educational programming on issues critical to Nebraskans.

  • Builds trust by establishing an inclusive culture that appreciates and recognizes all contributions, uses open communication, is responsive to questions, and follows through with commitments.
  • Attracts, hires, coaches, develops, and retains diverse talent working closely with the Dean and Director, Associate Dean/Associate Director, appropriate program area leaders, department head/chair and business center.
  • Supervises Extension professionals through coaching and performance management to achieve Excellence in Extension.
  • Achieves excellence in fostering high-impact, learner-centered educational programming on issues critical to Nebraskans.
  • Develops and nourishes workplace culture to help make Nebraska Extension an employer of choice.
  • Directly supervises extension educators in the engagement zone.
  • Encourages and supports professional development in the andragogy and pedagogy of Extension.

Stakeholder Connections (approximately 25%)Expected outcome: Stakeholders value their relationship with Nebraska Extension, contribute to our excellence, partner with resources and champion our people and programs.
  • Fosters strong partnerships with elected officials, county government, Extension Boards, and advisory groups (business, industry, non-profit, etc.) with effective communication, identification of shared interests and opportunities to collaborate.
  • Coordinates strong public relations and program marketing initiatives that represent Extension, IANR and UNL relative to issues, needs, and opportunities in the region. EZCs connect Extension work to contemporary research results.
  • Facilitates Extension Board development, advocacy training and engagement with elected officials.

UNL Engagement (approximately 40%)Expected outcome: Collaborative relationships with local leaders produce university-community initiatives that generate mutual benefit to all parties.
  • Establishes productive working relationships with local leaders, businesses, industry, and organizations defined by clear outcomes, shared responsibilities, and necessary resources.
  • Identifies key emerging issues in the engagement zone and continuously examines those issues for relevance and priority.
  • Connects university faculty, staff and students with local leaders encouraging them to collaborate on solutions to critical issues leading to significant positive impact.
  • Contributes to UNL’s N|150 goal of broadening Nebraska’s engagement in community, industry, and global partnerships.

  • Articulates the vision and direction of Nebraska Extension, IANR, and UNL.
  • Builds strong and functional working relationships with the Lead Educators in the incumbent’s Zone and with the Engagement Zone Coordinator cohort.
  • Through a strong relationship with the Greater Nebraska Business Center, establishes best business and human resource practices.
  • Exemplifies responsible management of resources to maximize the impact and effectiveness of those resources and supports others in the responsible management of resources.
  • Serves as an engaged and collegial member of the Extension Leadership Team.
  • Builds opportunistic connections with Research, Extension, and Education Centers, Units/Departments, Centers, the campus-based EZC, and other key UNL people and resources.
  • Seeks professional development to enhance administrative skills, stays current with innovations in leadership and management skills and Extension pedagogy.
  • Understands and adheres to Equal Employment Opportunities; Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; and Civil Rights compliance efforts.
  • 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. Criminal history background check will be conducted.
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, we see every person and every interaction as important to our collective well-being and our ability to deliver on our mission.

This position is not eligible for employment-based permanent residency sponsorship. UNL may be able to sponsor temporary work authorization (e.g., H-1B) for the successful candidate.

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

Minimum Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in a field normally considered a qualification for Extension work.
  • Must currently hold a minimum of, or qualify for, an associate extension educator rank.
  • Minimum of two (2) years of experience in Extension or a closely related field.
  • Experience working with individuals, coworkers, and/or teams to accomplish individual and/or group goals.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience in:

  • Engaging diverse and/or underserved clients/partners.
  • The development and delivery of effective educational programs.
  • Building relationships with stakeholders, elected officials, and/or community leaders.
  • Resource development (external funding, donations, and/or public-private partnerships).
  • University engagement.

Work Location (City, State):

Lincoln, NE

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How to Apply:

Click “Apply for this Job” and complete the faculty 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 describing your experience working in diverse teams or groups and your anticipated contributions to creating inclusive environments in which every person and every interaction matters. See for guidance in writing this statement.

For questions or accommodations related to this position contact:

Marci Sturek

Job Category:

Faculty Non-Tenure Leading

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Faculty Non-Tenure Leading

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12 Month (Faculty Only)

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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.

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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