Extension Educator - Community Vitality (Washington County)

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Lincoln, NE

Focused Assignment – Community Vitality Education

This is a full-time, year-round, non-tenured position. This educator’s home base will be Washington County. The subject matter focus for this educator is Community Vitality. This educator’s primary responsibility is to develop and deliver educational programs and resources as an active participant in one or more of Nebraska Extension’s statewide issue teams. This educator’s geographic region includes Dodge, Washington, Saunders, Douglas and Sarpy Counties. This educator is expected to interact closely with community leaders in their geographic area as well as statewide based on the intentions of the statewide issue team. Programs will focus on agriculture entrepreneurial opportunities in peri-urban regions, local food distribution and marketing models, and periurbanization

policy and issues relative to rural business development. The outcomes of this focused Extension educational program for community vitality include: a) developing and/or growing Nebraska businesses in

relation to a Regional Food Systems framework; b) be a team member that develops relevant marketing plans; c) have a thorough knowledge of distribution systems that move food products from point of production to

consumption; and, d) create 21st century communities that attract and retain young people (http://communityvitality.unl.edu/welcome-new for more information). In this position the extension educator will:

Educational Responsibilities (approximately 80%):

1. Use innovative strategies and cutting-edge technologies to design, develop, deliver and evaluate programs for a robust statewide extension education program in community vitality.

2. Engage in a collaborative-learning environment with businesses, entrepreneurs, community leaders, and youth development organizations to encourage the adoption of research-based information on business

development and entrepreneurship, or leadership and organizational development.

3. Deliver educational programming for community vitality 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 provide access to educational opportunities.

4. Work in a multi-disciplinary team environment with extension professionals and other partners to translate and teach the latest research based information.

5. Use entrepreneurial practices to secure grants, program fees and partnerships to leverage the extension educational program’s resource base and reach.

6. Partner with research faculty to engage in action research that can be applied to educational programming.

7. Practice effective extension scholarship by conducting needs assessments, identifying priorities, measuring program impact and reporting results at professional meetings and in professional publications.

8. Develop a professional development plan to enhance and maintain professional expertise specific to CVI’s signature outcomes and in extension pedagogy.

9. Support the youth development program by teaching in areas related to community vitality focused assignment.

Organizational Assignment (approximately 20%):

The focused Extension educator will also connect with the host county unit leader for the purpose of developing local support for UNL Extension. These responsibilities include:

1. Support the Unit Leader with engagement of advisory or policy groups such as the Extension Board or County Commissioners/Board of Supervisors.

2. Cooperate with local faculty and staff in the home county to promote effective teamwork and support local “all-hands” Extension events.

3. Support the Unit Leader in coordinating a total Extension program in all subject matter areas and advocating for local educational needs.

4. Build and foster community relationships for Extension and a positive, professional image of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

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.