Position Summary

Salary and Other Benefits


Position Description

Nebraska Extension and the Department of Agricultural Economics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln are seeking candidates for two 12-month, non-tenured Extension Educator positions to be located in west central or eastern Nebraska. They will be supervised by the Program Leader in Agricultural Economics in collaboration with the Head of the Department of Agricultural Economics.

The incumbents will be responsible for integrating economic analyses that strengthen farmers’ and ranchers’ strategic and profitability management and marketing decisions. They will be contributing members of an integrated team that will coordinate and teach agricultural systems economic programming in Nebraska locally and state-wide to: a) Improve profitability and sustainability; b) Enhance resiliency to cyclical swings in production input costs and market prices; c) Expand producer awareness and confidence in using risk and strategic management tools; and d) Assist livestock and crop producers in applying financial management and marketing strategies that will enable them to improve their economic decision making. The incumbent is an active participant in developing solution-based scholarly resources as a member of the state-wide Agricultural Economics/Farm and Ranch Management team and a key member of the Center for Agriculture Profitability (CAP). They will work with livestock/crop educators and specialists to assess the financial impact of a variety of crop/livestock production practices and strategies to optimize profitability and improve overall business success. They will also cooperate with multi-disciplinary researchers to develop applied production research, demonstration projects and provide the economic expertise to assess project profitability. Other responsibilities include developing grant proposals and soliciting external funding for partial or complete support of applied research-based and innovative extension programming, and to publish scholarly applied/translational research in scientific journals, extension publications, popular press, and use other media platforms and outlets, like podcasts, webinars, and videos.

In addition to the above-described duties, the individuals will be expected to serve in, contribute to, or support the Academic Unit and coordinate with administrators and other Extension professionals, on campus and statewide as appropriate, to develop a robust Nebraska Extension presence.

Recognizing that diversity within a context of inclusivity 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 human diversity. We actively encourage applications from and nominations of qualified individuals from underrepresented groups including racial and ethnic minorities, women, sexual minorities, persons living with disabilities, and veterans.

Employment-based permanent residency sponsorship is not available for this position now or in the future.

Required Qualifications

• Master’s degree in agricultural economics or closely related field. • Evidence of ability to communicate effectively. • Training in economic theory, management principles, and quantitative methods and their application to applied problems. • Knowledge of the development and use of enterprise budgeting techniques, farm and ranch production record keeping, and financial management systems.

Preferred Qualifications

• Familiarity with livestock and/or crop production systems in Nebraska. • Successful experience teaching in a formal or non-formal setting. • Record of educational programs for students, adults, and/or stakeholders focused on the economics of agricultural production. • Understanding of different ethnic and socioeconomic audiences and a commitment to developing and delivering both inclusive and targeted programming to assist underserved audiences. • Exhibited ability to work in teams and provide leadership. • Outstanding leadership skills as demonstrated by roles in college, career, and/or community activities.

Other Requirements

Criminal history background check will be conducted.

Travel Requirements

Some travel is required. Must meet driver standards according to UNL policy and have a valid driver’s license.

Driver’s license or alternate transportation required?


Contact Name

Jodi Mackin

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Application Instructions

Review of applications will begin November 8, 2021 and will continue until the positions are filled or the searches are closed. To view details of the positions and create an application, go to http://employment.unl.edu, requisition F_210159 (eastern NE) or F_210160 (west central NE). Click “Apply to this job” and complete the information form. Attach 1) a cover letter or a letter of interest that describes your qualifications for the job and anticipated contributions; 2) your resume or curriculum vitae; and 3) contact information for three professional references. In addition, within the application, please complete the required supplemental question(s), one specifically about the value you place on diversity and your anticipated contributions to creating inclusive environments in which every person and every interaction matters (see https://ianr.unl.edu/tips-writing-about-commitment-to-deib for guidance in writing this statement).

Equal Employer Statement(s)

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.