Working Title Open Rank Extension Educator - Agricultural Economics
Department Cooperative Ext Division-0788
Requisition Number F220005
Posting Open Date 01/18/2022
Application Review Date: (To ensure consideration, please submit all
application materials before review date) 02/28/2022
Posting Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Description of Work
Based in North Platte, NE, and located at the West Central Research,
Extension, and Education Center (ENREEC), this position is part of a team of
Agricultural Economists working throughout Nebraska addressing issues of
local, regional, and statewide importance to ranchers and farmers. This is a
12-month, non-tenured position. The Educator has primary responsibilities for
developing and delivering a coordinated, proactive and effective extension
program in Nebraska in livestock and crop production system economics, that:
a) improves profitability and sustainability; b) enhances resiliency to
cyclical swings in production input costs and market prices.; c) expands
producer awareness and confidence in using risk and strategic management
tools; and d) assists 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).
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
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 .
Program Responsibilities (approximately 80%):
As Extension Educator – Agricultural Systems Economist:
Develops, delivers, and measures impacts of programs and engagements that
integrate economic, financial/risk management, marketing, and policy
aspects of decision-making that increase the profitability and resiliency
of Nebraska livestock and crop production systems.
Actively participates in the Center for Agricultural Profitability
(CAP), addressing short and long-term issues focused on economic
viability of livestock and crop operations and other timely issues where
outcomes would benefit from an agricultural economics component.
Collaborates closely in a multi-disciplinary team environment with
colleagues across academic units, state and federal agencies, industry
representatives, and livestock and crop producers, delivering programming
in livestock and crop production system economics that optimize
profitability and improve probability of success of these operations.
Participates in collection and interpretation of data to develop decision
tools and management strategies for clientele that are focused on
innovative and emerging trends in agricultural production systems.
Uses innovative strategies and cutting-edge teaching and learning methods
to design, develop, deliver and evaluate programs for a robust extension
education program focused on economic dimensions of livestock and cropping
production systems within the assigned geographic region, and as a member
of the statewide agricultural economics team.
Engages in a collaborative-learning environment with livestock and crop
producers, partners with faculty in applied research efforts, and
encourages adoption of research-based information in decision-making.
Identifies needs and provides access to educational opportunities within
the assigned geographic region, working to include underserved or under-
represented populations in agriculture in educational programming.
Uses entrepreneurial practices to secure grants, contracts, program fees,
and partnerships to leverage the extension educational program's resource
base and to extend the reach and impact of these programs.
Conducts needs assessments, identifies priorities, measures program
impact, and reports results at professional meetings, in professional
publications, and other scholarly outlets.
Participates in professional development to enhance and maintain
professional expertise in agricultural economics and extension
Organizational Citizenship (approximately 20%):
Serve in, contribute to, or support the Academic/Administrative Unit.
Coordinate with Unit Head/Director/Program Leaders and other Extension
professionals, on campus and statewide as appropriate, to develop a robust
Nebraska Extension presence.
Cooperate with faculty and staff in a team environment to promote
Extension's educational opportunities and impact in the
Academic/Administrative Unit and statewide.
Cultivate a culture of collaboration with both internal and external
stakeholders that builds positive relationships between the University and
Support engagement of advisory or policy groups such as Unit Advisory
Committees, Program Advisory Committees, and others as appropriate.
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.
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
https: // www. unl.edu/equity/notice-nondiscrimination.
Minimum Required Qualifications
Master's degree in agricultural economics or closely related field.
Ability to communicate effectively with stakeholders in writing, orally,
and via online media.
Knowledge of the development and use of enterprise budgeting techniques,
farm and ranch production recordkeeping, or financial management systems.
Familiarity with livestock or crop production systems in Nebraska.
Experience teaching in a formal or non-formal setting, for students,
adults, and/or stakeholders focused on the economics of agricultural
Understanding of different ethnic and socioeconomic audiences or a
commitment to developing and delivering both inclusive and targeted
programming to assist underserved audiences.
Understanding of or experience of developing and delivering extension
programs focused on farm management issues.
Pre-Placement Driving Record Review Required
Criminal History Background Check Required Yes
How to Apply
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A letter of interest that describes your qualifications for the job and anticipated contributions.
Your curriculum vitae.
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).
For questions or accommodations related to this position contact
Jodi Mackin, 402-469-0273, email@example.com
Job Category Faculty Non-Tenure Leading
Job Category (old) Faculty Non-Tenure Leading
Job Type 12 Month (Faculty Only)
Position funded by grant or other form of temporary funding? No
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There are two positions available: one each in Perkins County (Grant, NE) and Red Willow County (McCook, NE). Please list those counties for which you wish to be considered.
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Letter of Interest
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