Open Rank Extension Educator - 4-H Development #F_220231

UNL COOPERATIVE EXTENSION   Lexington, NE   Full-time     Education
Posted on January 15, 2023
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Open Rank Extension Educator - 4-H Youth Development (Dawson County)
Department Cooperative Ext Division-0788
Requisition Number F_220231
Posting Open Date 11/22/2022
Application Review Date: (To ensure consideration, please submit all application materials before review date) 02/13/2023
Posting Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes

Description of Work

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.

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. The major responsibility of this position is to provide regional leadership for Nebraska Extension's 4-H and Youth Development Program. This educator is expected to interact closely with 4-H clientele in these communities and deliver programs in their geographic area. In this position the extension educator will:
Use innovative strategies and current technologies to support a robust 4-H youth education program designed to 1) inspire youth to be young leaders and stewards of their individual pathways, 2) engage youth in learning experiences that allow them to strengthen their innovation and design thinking skills and practice those skills in real-life settings, and 3) support the development of entrepreneurial thinking and how that mindset can support their long-term goals. 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.
Engage in a collaborative-learning environment with young people and volunteers to apply research-based information.
Deliver educational programming for youth development programming statewide and within the assigned geographic region. Within their geographic region the educator will also engage with lead educators, extension advisory committees, and local stakeholders to determine needs and provide access to educational opportunities.
Work in a multi-disciplinary team environment with extension professionals and partners to translate and teach the latest research-based information.
Use entrepreneurial practices to secure grants, program fees and partnerships to leverage the extension educational program's resource base and reach.
Partner with research faculty in action research that can be applied to educational programming.
Practice effective extension scholarship by conducting needs assessments, identifying priorities, measuring program impact and reporting results at professional meetings and in professional publications.
Develop a professional development plan by teaching to enhance and maintain professional expertise in youth development and extension pedagogy.
Organizational Citizenship/Lead Educator Role (approximately 20%):
This position will serve in, contribute to, or support the Lead Educator role. This position will 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 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.

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.

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 required; one degree in youth development, 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.
Ability to speak language(s) other than English. Spanish preferred.
Pre-Placement Driving Record Review Required
Criminal History Background Check Required Yes