Open Rank Extension Educator - 4-H Youth Development (Dawson County) | University of Nebraska - Lincoln - Military Veterans

at HERC - Central Midwest

Lincoln, Nebraska

Requisition Number: F_210128 Department: Cooperative Ext Division-0788 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, including supporting student recruitment and IANR science literacy. In 4-H, we believe in the power of young people. We see that every child has valuable strengths and real influence to improve the world around us. We are America's largest youth development organization, empowering 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. PROGRAM RESPONSIBILITIES : Focused Expertise Assignment: 4-H Youth Development Education (Approximately 80% of time): This is a full-time, year-round, non-tenured position. This educator's home base will be Lexington, NE.  This educator's geographic region includes Dawson and Custer Counties. This 4-H Extension Educator is expected to demonstrate expertise in Positive Youth Development ( PYD ) and the PYD framework should be evident in program engagement with youth, training with staff and volunteers, and partnerships with other organizations and departments. Extension educators are expected to work optimistically and proactively in a flexible environment.   The major responsibility of this position is to provide leadership for Nebraska Extension's 4-H and Youth Development Program, specifically related to Science Technology, Engineering, and Math ( STEM ) programming.  This educator is expected to interact closely with current and prospective 4-H clientele in these communities and deliver programs in their geographic area and statewide.  In this position the extension educator will:  1.       Develop and apply creative educational design, learner engagement and instructional technology strategies to catalyze a robust 4-H STEM youth education program designed to 1) inspire interest in STEM , 2) develop STEM skills and abilities, 3) encourage youth to pursue STEM careers, and 4) apply STEM learning in their daily lives.  This includes a variety of engagement methods including out-of-school programs, special interest groups, 4-H clubs, school enrichment and other creative strategies that engage youth.  2.       Practice effective extension scholarship by conducting needs assessments, identifying priorities, engaging an audience reflecting the demography of the geographic area, measuring program impact and reporting results at professional meetings and in professional publications.  3.       Work in a multi-disciplinary team environment with extension professionals, partners and volunteers to translate and teach the latest research-based information and create just-in-time information to respond to rapidly evolving issues. 4.       Partner with extension specialists and research faculty in action research that can be applied to educational programming that engages youth in collaborative learning environments that encourage the growth of the whole person: mindset, social and workforce skills necessary for future success.  5.       Partner with schools and other youth-serving organizations to better connect all youth in STEM and PYD experiences with intentional recruitment of underrepresented and first generation youth.   6.       Develop and deliver professional development for other youth providers on PYD and STEM programming to prepare youth professionals and volunteers to deliver high-quality youth programming. 7.       Use entrepreneurial practices to secure grants, program fees and partnerships to leverage the extension educational program's resource base and reach. 8.       Develop a professional development plan to enhance and maintain professional expertise and functional excellence in STEM education, youth development and 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.   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 http://www.unl.edu/equity/notice-nondiscrimination . Minimum Required Qualifications: Master's degree required; one degree in youth development, science 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.    Job Type: 12 Month (Faculty Only)

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