Extension Educator- Agricultural Production Systems

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Extension Educator- Agricultural Production Systems

Extension Educator- Agriculture Production SystemsRice & Steele Counties1.0 FTE Position:          Funded by Rice & Steele CountiesProgram Center:          Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (AFNR)Location:                       Rice County Extension Office          Steele County Extension Office                                     1900 Fairgrounds Dr #17                   635 Florence Ave                                     Faribault, MN 55021                          Owatonna MN 55060 Application Review: Starting October 7, 2016.  Position will remain open until filled.            ABOUT EXTENSION          The 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 COUNTIESRice and Steele counties lie within an hour’s drive south of the Minneapolis/ St. Paul Metro region and contain the towns of Northfield, Faribault, Owatonna and Blooming Prairie.  Population of the two counties is about 86,000.  Agriculture is one of the largest industries in the counties, accounting for incomes of $170,593,000 from livestock production and $218,893,000 from crop production.  There is a diverse agriculture system with a wide mix of farm sizes, production systems, livestock and crops.  Cattle and hogs are the major livestock industries and corn and soybeans dominate the cropping systems.  However, there is significant organic production, alternative livestock and crop production, and small and sustainable farms across the counties.  There are many lakes in Rice County elevating water quality concerns for farmers and landowners.  Drainage issues for agricultural production are a concern for both counties.ABOUT THIS POSITIONThis Extension Educator will primarily focus on providing support for AFNR’s programs that are relevant to the local community.  This support will involve local program development, delivery, marketing, evaluation, coordination, logistics and possibly participation in scholarly research.  This position will also provide technical assistance and information in the area of crops, livestock, agricultural business management, and possibly horticulture.  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 Program Leader for South Local Positions in AFNR for program direction, performance evaluation and personnel actions in her/his supervisory role. RESPONSIBILITIES AND PERFORMANCE EXPECTATIONSDevelop and maintain effective regional, university and state partnerships that further the development and delivery of Extension AFNR educational programs.Design, develop, deliver/implement and evaluate local educational programs based in scholarly/scientific theory and research, and reflective of local needs and expectations of production agriculture.Provide technical assistance and information in the areas of crops, livestock, and farm management issues based on local needs and expectations.Use technology for program design, program delivery, reporting, communication, trend monitoring, and locating information.Utilize and maintain local media and other delivery methods – newsletters, email, website, etc. – to promote programs, educate the public about agriculture and assess community needs.Work in partnership with NRCS, SWCD, County Planning & Zoning, Environmental Services, Commodity groups and agricultural professional organizations to provide educational programs relevant to the county.Provide assistance to the Master Gardener program including:Work with Master Gardener coordinators to develop and maintain a regular system(s) of communicationsWork with Master Gardeners in setting annual program goalsWork with coordinators to oversee finances by coordinating with the countiesWork with coordinators to ensure work focuses on education of others and aligns with state program focus and needs as well as county needs.Garner funds and resources through grants and other means, as needed, to support local educational programs and ensure excellent programmatic outcomes.Foster and contribute to a positive work climate with colleagues, advisory groups, audiences and partners.Conduct scholarly research in collaboration with University faculty.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.QUALIFICATIONSEducation: Bachelor’s degree is required; Master’s degree is preferred.  At least one degree in a field of production agriculture is required, i.e. agronomy, soils, livestock production, agricultural economics, agricultural education.Experience: Experience and /or educational specialization must be related to one or more of the following topics: row crop production, forage production, soil fertility, tillage systems, alternative cropping systems, livestock production systems, dairy production systems, plant/crop science, farm business management.Experience as a volunteer or in managing volunteers is desirable.Required Skills/Abilities:Excellent oral and written communication.Demonstrated ability to understand and use technology, social media and software related to agriculture, office management, record keeping and communications.Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues, partners and stakeholders. Commitment to ongoing professional development.Demonstrated ability to articulate public value of educational programs.  APPOINTMENT/BENEFITSThe Extension Educator position has an annual University academic professional appointment as Assistant Extension Educator, job code 9625ST.  Renewal is dependent on local funding, program need, performance, and results.University of Minnesota benefits package is available with this 1.0 FTE appointment.  Benefits are listed on the University of Minnesota Human Resources web page: http://humanresources.umn.edu/questions-about-employment/benefits-summaries-prospective-employees.Reimbursement for travel and subsistence is available in accordance with University policy.  (Must provide own means for traveling throughout the state and provide legally required vehicle insurance.)Salary commensurate with education and experience. TO APPLYJob Opening ID: 312821Applications 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:Cover letterResume or vitaeThree professional letters of referenceTranscripts for all college work (unofficial transcripts are acceptable) are also required to complete your application.Instructions for how to submit your transcript(s) and list of three professional references: After you apply online on top of the screen you will see “My Activities”.  Click on “My Activities” and attach your transcripts and list of three professional references.APPLICATION DEADLINEInitial application screening will take place after the deadline of October 7, 2016.  Applications will be accepted until position is filled.*To check the status of your application, log-in to the University of Minnesota employment website at https://employment.umn.edu/. To log-in, you will need the user name and password you create when you apply for the position.Any offer of employment is contingent upon 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.

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