Position Summary

Salary and Other Benefits


Position Description

Do you have the drive to help us impact children and their families in positive ways? Can you be a strong regional expert and develop focused, comprehensive learning programs that help create environments and experiences for children that result in improved school readiness and enhanced social-emotional growth and development? Nebraska Extension is an organization that values individuals who excel, adapt easily, exhibit passion for helping others, and are excellent communicators.

As a member of the Nebraska Extension team, you will collaborate with research and extension faculty who are leaders in their field. You will work with high performing teams to create and deliver world class, innovative learning experiences that empower Nebraskans to improve their lives around critical issues.

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.

We have an excellent opportunity for a full-time faculty position located in Madison, Nebraska and serving Madison, Stanton, Platte, and Colfax Counties in Nebraska. We want individuals who are self-directed and able to work in a flexible environment. The focus of this position will be the Learning Child, focusing on early childhood development for families with children aged 0-8.

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

Required Qualifications

Required Qualifications:  Master’s degree required; one degree in child development, human development, early childhood education or closely related field. Master’s degree must be completed by start date.  Successful experience in teaching (formal or non-formal) early childhood professionals and/or caregivers of young children. Demonstrated use of innovative strategies and current technologies to design, develop, deliver and evaluate programs focused on Early Childhood. 

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications:  Demonstrated ability to effectively manage multiple priorities and programs.  Experience in 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. Ability to speak language(s) other than English. Spanish preferred.

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 December 6, 2021 and continue until the position is filled or the search is closed. To view details of the position and create an application, go to http://employment.unl.edu, requisition F_210110. Click “Apply to this job” and complete the information form. Attach 1) a letter of interest that describes your qualifications for the job and anticipated contributions; 2) your 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.