Extension Educator, Crops

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Extension Educator, Crops

Title:     Extension Educator-Crops (2 positions)              1.  Corn and soybean emphasis – Crookston             2.  Forages and small grains emphasis – MorrisProgram Area:     Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource SciencesLocation:             Extension Regional Office —Crookston or Morris, MinnesotaInterview Location:     Fergus Falls or Moorhead, Minn.Initial Deadline:     11/28/2016, or until an acceptable candidate is identifiedABOUT EXTENSIONThe 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.” More information about Extension can be found at http://www.extension.umn.edu/mnext.htmlLOCATION OF POSITIONThese full-time Extension Educator (EE)-Crops positions will be housed at the Crookston and Morris, MN Extension Regional Offices, which are located with University of Minnesota Research and Outreach Centers. While these positions address regional extension programming needs, they also incorporate state-wide responsibilities.BACKGROUNDMinnesota ranks sixth nationally in crop production and encompasses very diverse cropping systems. Top commodity crops in the state are soybeans, corn, sugar beets, small grains and forages. Northwest Minnesota’s cropping systems have changed significantly in recent decades, mainly with soybean and corn being major crops in almost all rotations.  Applied research and education is being conducted to address this transition. Through comprehensive publications, innovative websites, and statewide programs and workshops, the U of M Extension contributes to keeping the state's agricultural industry competitive, profitable, and environmentally responsible.ABOUT THIS POSITIONThe EE-Crops positions will bring in-depth expertise to cutting-edge cropping systems – focusing on commodity cropping system issues by applying his or her expertise to Extension programs and priorities. The EE will employ multiple delivery systems to educate producers and agricultural professionals via seminars, workshops, field days, online methods and non-credit courses. He or she will conduct collaborative applied research with university faculty and other research professionals. The EE is responsible for program development and delivery, use of scholarly/scientific research, effective partnerships, use of technology and continuing professional development. This position is accountable to the Program Leader in Crops for program direction, performance evaluation and personnel actions.RESPONSIBILITIES AND PERFORMANCE EXPECTATIONSIdentify needs, design, develop, deliver/implement and evaluate educational programs based in scholarly/scientific theory and research as appropriate to audiences.Collaborate with departmental faculty and other research professionals in conducting scholarly research.Use technology for program design, delivery, reporting, communication, trend monitoring, and locating information.Develop and maintain effective local, regional, university and state partnerships that further the development and delivery of Extension educational programs.Continue professional development in scholarship, program development and delivery via conferences, self-directed study and/or other appropriate means of maintaining a high level of expertise.Participate and succeed in progress regarding your professional performance including the systems of annual performance review, professional plan of work and promotion.Make contribution to the six promotion in Extension academic rank criteria, program leadership, extension teaching, scholarship, engagement, program management and service.QUALIFICATIONSRequired Education:  Master’s degree in agronomy, plant science, crop sciences or a related discipline (e.g., soil science, weed science, entomology, plant pathology) at time of appointment.    Required Experience: Experience and/or educational specialization must be related to one or more of the following topics:  agronomy, cropping systems and/or plant/crop science.  Preferred Experience:  Two years’ professional experience (may be during graduate degree period) in an emphasis area related to the position.Experience designing, delivering and evaluating educational programs.Experience in applied research.Knowledge in traditional media and newer social networking platforms.Required Skills/Abilities:  Excellent oral and written communication skills.Technology-enhanced learning skills.Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships/collaborations with colleagues, partners and stakeholders, (e.g., legislators, program participants and industry groups).Commitment to ongoing professional development. Ability to articulate public value of educational programs.Preferred knowledge:Project/program management. BENEFITS/APPOINTMENT1.    Extension Educator positions have an annual University academic professional appointment and Extension academic rank. 2.    Promotion in Extension academic rank is required and is contingent upon accomplishments as an Extension Educator.3.    University of Minnesota benefits apply. http://www1.umn.edu/ohr/benefits/index.html4.    Salary commensurate with related education and experience.TRAVELThis position requires travel within the state and occasional work evenings and/or weekends. This person must provide his or her own means of transportation, driver’s license and legally required vehicle insurance.This person must have access to use of a cell phone for work purposes and the phone number will be published in the Extension directory.Travel reimbursement will be made in accordance with University policyTO APPLYJob ID#:  313448Please apply online:  Instructions for how to submit your transcript(s) and names and contact information for three related professional references:•    First apply online and submit your cover letter and resume or vitae.•    After you apply online on top of the screen you will see “My Activities”. Click on “My Activities” and attach your transcript(s) and names and contact information for three related professional references. APPLICATION DEADLINE11/28/2016, or until an acceptable candidate is identified.*Initial application screening will take place after the 11/28/2016 deadline; however, the position will remain open until filled.Any offer of employment is contingent on 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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