Working Title Open Rank Extension Educator - Early Childhood (Saline
Department Cooperative Ext Division-0788
Requisition Number F210214
Posting Open Date 11/24/2021
Application Review Date: (To ensure consideration, please submit all
application materials before review date) 01/03/2022
Posting Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Description of Work
The Early Childhood Educator, focused on young children and their caregivers
(e.g., parents, early childhood teachers), will contribute to the integrated
(extension, research, and teaching) land-grant mission of the home unit and
the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources as an effective scholar and
Nebraska Extension's Early Childhood team supports adults who play a role in
young children's (birth to 8 years) lives by providing educational
programming and resources about early child development and early care and
education. Adults play a significant role in setting the stage for young
children's lifelong learning, discovery, and success. The Early Childhood team
is committed to empowering these adults to support and provide effective
learning experiences for Nebraska's young children. Such early learning
experiences enhance children's readiness (physical, cognitive, social, and
emotional) for school and setting them up for lifelong success.
Early Childhood Educators are also committed to engaging with community
partners, organizations, and other 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 creative activities, research and learning
policies promote equity.
Focused Assignment – Early Childhood Education (approximately 80% of
This is a 12-month, non-tenured position. This educator's home base will be in
Wilber, Nebraska. The subject matter focus for this educator is early
childhood development and early care and education. The educator's primary
responsibility is to develop and deliver high quality, innovative educational
programs and resources as an active participant in the work of the Early
Childhood team and may be active in a statewide issue team that addresses
current issues facing Nebraska. The educator's geographic accountability
region will include Lancaster County. The educator is expected to interact
closely with parents, teachers, early childhood professionals, and caregivers
of young children in their geographic area and possibly statewide based on the
current projects and goals of the Early Childhood team. In this position the
Extension educator will:
Use high-impact, innovative strategies and current technologies to design, develop, deliver and evaluate programs for robust statewide extension education programs focused on the Early Childhood team's goals.
Engage in a collaborative-learning environment with professionals and caregivers to encourage the adoption of research-based information in decision-making.
Deliver educational programming for early childhood statewide and within the assigned accountability region. Within the assigned accountability region, the educator will also engage with unit leaders, Extension Engagement Zone Coordinators, extension advisory committees, and local stakeholders to determine needs and provide access to educational opportunities.
Work in a multi-disciplinary team environment with extension professionals and other partners to translate and teach the latest research-based information.
Use entrepreneurial practices to secure grants, program fees, and partnerships to leverage the extension educational program's resource base and reach.
Partner with research faculty to engage in action research that can be applied to educational programming.
Practice effective extension scholarship by engaging in community-based participatory research, conducting needs assessments, identifying priorities in partnership with communities, measuring program impact, and reporting results at professional meetings and in professional publications.
Develop a professional development plan to enhance and maintain professional expertise in both early childhood and extension pedagogy.
Support the youth development program by teaching in areas related to the Early Childhood focused assignment.
Intentionally identify ways to engage underrepresented or excluded populations in research, creative activity, and research.
Organizational Citizenship (approximately 20%):
Serve in, contribute to, or support the Lead Educator role. Coordinate with
Engagement Zone Coordinator(s) and other Extension professionals locally and
in accountability region to develop a robust Nebraska Extension presence.
Serve in the specific Lead Educator roles as described in the Roles and
Responsibilities of the Lead Educator document found at
https: // myextension.unl.edu/lead-educator-position-description as
determined in partnership with the supervisor(s).
Cooperate with local faculty and staff in a team environment to promote
Extension's educational opportunities and impact in the host county.
Cultivate a culture of collaboration with local leaders and community
members that builds positive relationships between the University and the
Support engagement of advisory or policy groups such as the Extension
Board, Ag Society, or County Commissioners/Board of Supervisors.
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.
Some travel is required. Must meet driver standards according to UNL policy
and have a valid driver's license.
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 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
Education (0-8 years).
Demonstrated ability to effectively manage multiple priorities and
Experience in working with individuals, coworkers, and teams to accomplish
individual and/or group goals, as evidenced by college, career, and/or
Outstanding leadership skills as demonstrated by roles in college, career,
and/or community activities.
Experience coaching early childhood educators.
Pre-Placement Driving Record Review Required
Criminal History Background Check Required
How to Apply
Click “Apply to this job” and complete the information form. Attach the
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, please complete the supplemental questions in the application.
See https: // ianr.unl.edu/tips-writing-about-commitment-to-deib for guidance in
writing the statement on the value you place on diversity and your anticipated
contributions to creating inclusive environments in which every person and
every interaction matters.
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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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Provide a statement of the value you place on diversity and your anticipated contributions to creating inclusive environments in which every person and every interaction matters.
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Describe your teaching experiences.
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What qualities do you have that make you an effective team player?
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Share an experience where you used innovative strategies or current technologies to design, develop, or deliver an educational program.
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Identify the formal classwork (class name and credit hours) and/or professional development/continuing education (title and hours of education) that you have completed in the past 5 years relevant to the position for which you are applying.
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Letter of Interest
List of References