Job Summary

Official Job Title :
Extension Educator - Agriculture Production Systems
University or Organization :
University of Minnesota Extension
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Application Deadline :
Apr 25, 2017
Descriptive Job Title :
Extension Educator - Agriculture Production Systems
Keywords separated by commas :
Agriculture, Extension, Educator, Crop Production
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Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (AFNR)
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Salary commensurate with education and experience.
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None Stated
Title: Extension Educator - Agriculture Production Systems Full-time Position: Funded by Blue Earth and LeSueur Counties Extension Center:Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources (AFNR)Location: Blue Earth County Extension OfficeNichols Building STE 100Mankato, MN 56002LeSueur County Extension OfficeCourthouse88 South ParkLeCenter, MN 56057Application Deadline:Review of application will begin April 25; position will remain open until filledABOUT EXTENSIONThe University of Minnesota Extension Service is a major outreach arm of the University of Minnesota, a land grant institution with a mission to serve the public through applied research and education. The mission of the University of Minnesota Extension Service is: Making a difference by connecting community needs and University resources to address critical issues in Minnesota.ABOUT THE COUNTIESBlue Earth and Le Sueur Counties are located SW of the Twin Cities metro area. LeCenter is the county seat in Le Sueur County and Mankato is the County Seat in Blue Earth County. Both counties are bordered by the Minnesota River. Mankato is a regional economic center and is home of Minnesota State University Mankato, Bethel College and the South Central Technical College. Crop production is the major agriculture enterprise in the two counties and accounts for over 50% of the farm income. Major livestock industries are hogs and dairy. The area is serviced by media that reach a large portion of southern Minnesota, including the Land, Agri-News and other local print media, a local television station, several radio stations.ABOUT THIS POSITIONThis position is housed in both Blue Earth and Le Sueur County offices. This Extension Educator will focus on providing support for AFNR (Extension Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources) programs that are relevant to the local community. This support will involve local program development, delivery, marketing, evaluation, coordination of logistics and participation in scholarly research. Emphasis for programming around crop production systems and related business issues is a priority. This position will also be responsible for determining local needs assessments involving AFNR programs and will provide technical assistance and information in the area of crops, livestock, agricultural business management, and horticulture, as well as, oversight of the Master Gardener program. Special effort will be required to maintain competency in multiple discipline areas of agricultural production as well as knowledge of local/federal/state agency programs.This position is accountable to the Area Program Leader for Local Positions in AFNR for program direction, performance evaluation and personnel actions in her/his supervisory role. RESPONSIBILITIES AND PERFORMANCE EXPECTATIONS*Develop and manage local AFE programs based on local needs and expectations.*Provide technical assistance and information in the areas of crops, livestock, agriculture business management, and horticulture based on local needs and expectations.*Develop and maintain effective regional, university and state partnerships that further the development and delivery of Extension AFE educational programs.*Design, develop, deliver/implement and evaluate educational programs based in scholarly/scientific theory and research, and appropriate to the local audience.*Establish an on-going communication network and plan to reach audiences and stakeholders via multiple platforms, including technology-based mediums. *Utilize and maintain local media and other delivery methods such as newsletters, email, etc. - to promote programs, educate the public about agriculture and assess community needs. *Use technology for program design, program delivery, reporting, communication, trend monitoring, and locating information. *Work in partnership with NRCS, SWCD, FSA, County Planning & Zoning, Environmental Services, Commodity groups and agricultural professional organizations to provide educational programs relevant to the county.*Provide oversight for the Master Gardener program which includes, managing recruitment, communications, program planning, financial management, and ensuring their work focuses on education of others and aligns with state program focus and needs, as well as, county needs. *Foster and contribute to a positive work climate with colleagues, advisory groups, audiences and partnerships. Collaborate and support Extension programs in 4-H, and Food & Nutrition as a member of the county team.*Garner funds and resources, as necessary, to support local educational programs through grants and other means.*Conduct scholarly research in collaboration with University faculty where appropriate to county program efforts.*Continue professional development in scholarship, program development and delivery via conferences, additional graduate work, self-directed study and other appropriate means of maintaining a high level of expertise.*Ensure that Extension programs, facilities, committees, and employment opportunities are accessible to new, diverse, and historically underserved audiences.*Participate and succeed in progress regarding your professional performance including the systems of annual performance review, professional plan of work and promotion.*Make contributions to whichever of the seven internal promotion criteria are relevant for the position and its specific responsibilities, program leadership, extension teaching, program management, scholarship, technical assistance, engagement and/or service.
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APPOINTMENT/BENEFITS1.The Extension Educator position has an annual University academic professional appointment. Renewal is dependent on local funding, program need, performance, and results.2.University of Minnesota Benefits package is available with this appointment for travel and subsistence is available in accordance with University policy. (Must provide own means for traveling throughout the state and legally required vehicle insurance.)4.Salary commensurate with education and experience.5.Internal promotion is available and meeting the promotion policy criteria to achieve promotion is expected.
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Minimum education level :
QUALIFICATIONSEducation: Bachelors degree is required; Masters degree is preferred. At least one degree in a field related to agriculture production systems is required (Crop Production, Livestock Systems, Agricultural Business Management) .
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Required Experience: Previous experience as an Extension professional, agribusiness professional or other educationally related position in agriculture productions systems is preferred. Experience with crop or livestock production is preferred. Experience as a volunteer or in managing volunteers is desirable.
Travel Requirements:
Reimbursement for travel and subsistence is available in accordance with University policy. (Must provide own means for traveling throughout the state and legally required vehicle insurance.)
Other Requirements:
Required Skills/Abilities: Demonstrated excellent oral and written communication and ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues, partners and stakeholders required. Commitment to ongoing professional development and ability to articulate public value of educational programming in agriculture production systems preferred. Demonstrated skills/abilities with computers and Microsoft Office suite is required. A working knowledge of project/program management and the ability to communicate the public value of programming is preferred.


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TO APPLY: Job Opening ID: 316282Please apply online: must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will have the opportunity to complete an online application for the position. Complete the brief application and include the following attachments with your online application.*Vitae*Cover letter*Transcripts for all college work (unofficial transcripts are acceptable) are also required to complete your application.*Three professional letters of reference are also required to complete your application. Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your "My Activities" page and uploading documents there.To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).For questions about applying online, contact:Naaz BabvaniExtension Human Resources260 Coffey Hall, 1420 Eckles AvenueSt. Paul, MN Telephone: 612-624-3717 For more information about this position contact: Tim ArltProgram Leader, Ag, Food & Nat Res & Ag Bus Mgmtarltx001@umn.eduTelephone: 507-455-2726Any offer of employment is contingent on the successful completion of a background check. The University of Minnesota Extension shall provide equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.