PROGRAMRESPONSIBILITIES: Program Expertise Assignment: Community Vitality – Leadership Development (approximately 80% of time) This is a full-time, year-round, non-tenured position based in Red Willow County. Candidates will be expected to have expertise and experience in one or more of the following mission areas:
People Attraction. In many Nebraska communities, chronic and severe depopulation of younger generations is a major development threat, as well as an opportunity. We are looking for candidates with interest, experience and expertise in people attraction and retention strategies. Familiarity with Marketing HomeTown America would be helpful.
Placemaking. Central to community prosperity is quality of life placemaking. Placemaking is the art and science of helping communities understand their genuine place assets and developing smart placemaking strategies. We are looking for candidates with interest, experience and expertise in quality of life placemaking.
Entrepreneur-Focused Development. Economic diversification (both within and beyond agriculture) is foundational to community prosperity across Nebraska but particularly in farm- and ranch-dependent communities. Our central pathway to a more diverse economy is entrepreneur-led economic development. We are looking for candidates with interest, experience and expertise in community-centered entrepreneurship-focused development.
Community Capacity Building. Community capacity building (e.g., leadership and organizational development, visioning, strategic planning, etc.) is a priority for Nebraska Extension. We are looking for candidates with community (particularly non-metro community) capacity building interest, experience and expertise.
This educator's geographic region includes McPherson, Logan, Lincoln, Perkins, Chase, Hayes, Frontier, Gosper, Phelps, Dundy, Hitchcock, Red Willow, Furnas and Harlan Counties. In this position, the CVI educator is expected to: 1.Work to develop a close and defined working relationship with your Engagement Zone Coordinator. Develop a plan to (1) cover more stakeholder ground and (2) share communication that supports both your CVI Accountability Region and your Engagement Zone Coordinator's missions. 2.Complete mapping of all your communities within your region and the major community economic development players 3.Use your networks to identify transactional assistance opportunities to connect them to resources both within our Team and externally (e.g., Extension, University and outside the University). 4.A primary technology employed by our team in working with Nebraska communities is community coaching. Community coaching is a form of community engagement to help communities identify their development priorities and network communities to assistance and resources relevant to their development efforts. We are looking for candidates that have interest, experience and expertise in the art and science of community coaching. 5.Use innovative strategies and cutting-edge technologies to design, develop, deliver and evaluate programs for a robust statewide Extension education program in community vitality. 6.Work in a multi-disciplinary team environment with Extension professionals and other partners to translate and teach the latest research-based information. 7.Work with both University and non-University resources to help rural communities network to achieve optimal assistance in their quest for greater prosperity. 8.Use entrepreneurial practices to secure grants, program fees and partnerships to leverage the Extension educational program's resource base and reach. 9.Partner with research faculty to engage in action research that can be applied to educational programming. 10.Practice effective Extension scholarship by conducting needs assessments, identifying priorities, measuring program impact and reporting results at professional meetings and in professional publications. 11.Develop a professional development plan to enhance and maintain professional expertise specific to community vitality and Extension pedagogy.
Organizational Assignment (approximately 20%): The CVI Extension educator will coordinate with the Unit Leader and other staff to develop local understanding of Nebraska Extension. These responsibilities include: 1.Cooperate with local faculty and staff in a team environment to promote Extension's educational opportunities in the host county. 2.Foster and build community relationships for Extension and a positive, professional image of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.
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.
Minimum Required Qualifications:
Master's degree required; one degree in Organizational or Community Development, Economics, Community or Regional Planning, Education, Rural Sociology, Entrepreneurship, Business Administration 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 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.
Understanding of different ethnic and socioeconomic audiences and a commitment to developing and delivering both inclusive and targeted programming.
Demonstrated ability to network with business and community leaders.
Job Type: Full-Time
Internal Number: 68661
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