Open Rank Extension Educator – Agricultural Profitability (ENREEC)
Nebraska Extension and the Department of Agricultural Economics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln are seeking candidates for a 12-month, non-tenured Extension Educator position to be located in Eastern Nebraska. They will be supervised by the Program Leader in Agricultural Profitability in collaboration with the Head of the Department of Agricultural Economics.
The incumbent will be responsible for integrating economic analyses that strengthen farmers’ and ranchers’ strategic and profitability management and marketing decisions. They will be contributing members of an integrated team that will coordinate and teach agricultural profitability programming in Nebraska locally and state-wide to: a) improve profitability and sustainability; b) enhance resiliency to cyclical swings in production input costs and market prices; c) expand producer awareness and confidence in using risk and strategic management tools; and d) assist 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 Profitability team and a key member of the Center for Agriculture Profitability (CAP). They will work with livestock/crop educators and specialists to assess the financial impact of a variety of crop/livestock production practices and strategies to optimize profitability and improve overall business success. They will also cooperate with multi-disciplinary researchers to develop applied production research, demonstration projects and provide the economic expertise to assess project profitability. Other responsibilities include developing grant proposals and soliciting external funding for partial or complete support of applied research-based and innovative extension programming, and to publish scholarly applied/translational research in scientific journals, extension publications, popular press, and use other media platforms and outlets, like podcasts, webinars, and videos.
In addition to the above-described duties, the individual will be expected to serve in, contribute to, or support the Academic Unit and coordinate with administrators and other Extension professionals, on campus and statewide as appropriate, to develop a robust Nebraska Extension presence.
A Master’s degree in agricultural economics or closely related field and the ability to communicate effectively with stakeholders in writing, orally, or via online media are required.
Preference will be given to applicants with 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 production; 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.
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), Agricultural Economics 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.
Employment-based permanent residency sponsorship is not available for this position now or in the future.
Review of applications will begin October 17, 2022 and continue until the position is filled or the search is closed. To view details of the position and create an application, go to https://employment.unl.edu, requisition F_220002. Click on “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).
As an EO/AA employer, the University of Nebraska considers qualified applicants 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.