Open Rank Extension Educator - Beef Systems (Johnson County) | University of Nebraska - Lincoln - Military Veterans

at HERC - Central Midwest

Lincoln, Nebraska

Requisition Number: F_210107 Department: Cooperative Ext Division-0788 Description of Work: OVERVIEW : The agriculture sector is the greatest economic driver in Nebraska. Of the agriculture sector in Nebraska, beef cattle is the largest component. Communities across Nebraska thrive when there is a robust, profitable economic beef sector. Nebraska Extension's role is to catalyze opportunities for the beef sector to make informed decisions that are supported by research. Extension is a solution-centric organization so core to this role is the ability to engage producers and allied industry and commodity groups in learning and sharing opportunities. Expected outcomes include: 1) engagement strategies based on lasting and trusted relationships with beef producers, leaders in the beef industry, beef allied industries, and commodity groups with ties to the beef industry, 2) identifying educational opportunities that result in better stewardship of resources and greater profitability that enhances quality of life, and 3) engaging in co-learning opportunities that result in solutions that encompass all components of beef production systems (natural resources, production management, and financial). These engagements will lend to a robust livestock industry and wildlife population, and quality of life that will result in thriving communities. This beef-focused Educator will contribute to the integrated (extension, research, and teaching) Beef Systems Team and the land-grant mission of IANR as a scholar and citizen.   Nebraska Extension is an organization that values excellence and as a member of the Nebraska Extension team you are expected to create and deliver world-class learning experiences focused on critical issues that empower Nebraskans to improve their quality of life and stewardship of their resources. This position is a direct report to the Extension Program Leader for beef. 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 : Program Expertise Assignment: Beef Focused Educator (approximately 80% of time) This is a full-time, year-round, non-tenured position based in Tecumseh, NE located in Johnson County. This is a beef-focused Educator position that has a subject matter focus in beef cattle breeding and genetics. This educator's primary responsibility is to develop, deliver, and evaluate impact of educational programs and develop solution-based resources as an active participant in the state-wide Nebraska integrated Beef Systems Team and serve an accountability area that includes Saline, Jefferson, Gage, Johnson, Pawnee, Nemaha, and Richardson Counties located in southeast Nebraska. In this position the extension educator is expected to: 1.       Engage in a collaborative-learning environment with the beef community in Nebraska and youth development organizations to encourage the adoption of research-based information when making decisions that impact beef production.  2.       Be part of a beef team (hub), composed of educators, specialist, other faculty, and industry leaders that focuses on current and strategizes on future needs of the beef industry that results in efficient and responsible beef production systems. 3.       Use innovative strategies and cutting-edge technologies to design, develop, deliver, and evaluate programs for robust statewide beef extension education programming.  4.       Deliver beef educational programming both statewide and within the assigned geographic region. Within their geographic region the educator will also engage with unit leaders, extension advisory committees, and local stakeholders to determine needs and develop and/or provide access to educational opportunities.  5.       Work in a multi-disciplinary team environment with extension professionals and other partners to translate and teach the latest research-based information.  6.       Work with both University and non-University resources to help the beef community in Nebraska to formulate solutions that best fit the many different ecosystems in Nebraska.   7.       Use entrepreneurial practices to secure grants, program fees and partnerships to leverage the extension educational program's resource base and reach.  8.       Partner with research faculty to engage in action research that can be applied to educational programming.  9.       Practice effective extension scholarship by conducting needs assessments, identifying priorities, measuring program impact and reporting results at professional meetings and in professional publications.  10.   Develop a professional development plan to enhance and maintain professional expertise specific to beef and in extension pedagogy.    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.  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 http://www.unl.edu/equity/notice-nondiscrimination . Minimum Required Qualifications: Master's degree required in animal science or similar department with an emphasis in beef cattle breeding and genetics. Master's degree must be completed by start date. Successful experience teaching beef cattle breeding and genetics in beef systems in a formal or non-formal setting. Demonstrated ability to communicate (i.e. publications, presentations, web, and social media). Experience in beef systems – integrating beef cattle breeding and genetics concepts and technologies into beef management livestock systems. Preferred Qualifications: Experience in working with individuals, coworkers, and teams to accomplish individual and/or group goals, as evidenced by college, career, and/or community activities. Outstanding leadership skills as demonstrated by roles in college, career, and/or community activities.   Ability to utilize electronic and online technologies for educational program delivery.   Job Type: 12 Month (Faculty Only)

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