Extension Educator, Youth Development, Animal Science, NE Region
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Salary: 41,319.62 - 97,181.04
Internal Number: 353080
Title: Extension Educator, Youth Development, Animal Science, Northeast Region
Appointment: Full-time, Assistant Extension Professor (9623), P & A
Office Location: NE Region; Extension Regional Office options of Cloquet, Brainerd, Grand Rapids. Hybrid work options may be available
Program Area: Extension Center for Youth Development
Apply By: Deadline extended until Februrary 3, 2023
ABOUT THIS POSITION
This regional youth development Extension educator position (regional educator) works with a team of Extension educators in a multi-county region and across the state to provide educational leadership to the full range of 4-H Youth Development and adult learning programs. Regional educators lead programmatic efforts that result in high quality, culturally responsive learning environments where youth thrive. They use research-based methods to design, lead and manage programs; teach and facilitate learning; and contribute to the field through scholarship. Regional educators are on an academic promotion track.
This position leads animal science programs in the region and serves on the statewide function team to deliver educational programs. This position designs and delivers local, regional and state animal science experiences that: 1) builds leadership and animal science content skills/knowledge; 2) reinforces scientific and engineering processes related to animal science; 3) guides post-secondary education and career exploration; and 4) reaches existing and new audiences.
This Extension educator position reports to an Extension Program Leader who reports to the Associate Dean of Youth Development and State 4-H Program Director.
Lead the program development process with tribal and county-based 4-H Extension educators related to animal science; aligning with state priorities and local needs.
Design new and innovative programmatic approaches and resources to promote and enhance local and regional animal science experiences for young people, including club, camp and showcase experiences.
Lead partnership, curriculum, and resource development efforts that expand educational animal science opportunities and reach new audiences.
Deliver animal science programs within the region, using program models that are accessible to and inclusive of underserved audiences.
Lead and manage regional offerings for project bowls, Livestock Quality Assurance & Ethics training, the Northeast Livestock Show and related offerings, and support local delivery of these experiences.
Manage the animal identification process in the region and support local implementation.
Serve as subject matter expert to local 4-H Extension educators in animal science and other areas as needed.
Train staff, judges, youth and adult volunteers to ensure high-quality learning environments around animal science topics are guided by project-based curricula and include opportunities for youth to showcase new knowledge and skills.
Lead and support statewide animal science projects, including the project development committee, show committee and state project bowl.
Serve as the primary point of contact for animal science efforts during the Minnesota State Fair, State Horse Show, State Dog Show and other events.
Communicate and implement animal science policies and practices in the region.
Communicate animal science educational opportunities and resulting impacts to stakeholders.
Collaborate with the regional team to support the delivery of club, camp, and showcase experiences.
Facilitate problem-solving processes for responding and bringing resolution to questions, concerns, and code of conduct issues.
Extension Educator positions have annual University academic professional appointments and Extension academic rank. The appointment is reviewed for renewal annually, with continuation dependent on performance, results, availability of funds, and program needs.
Promotion in Extension academic rank is required within six years and is contingent upon accomplishments as an Extension Educator.
Reimbursement for travel and subsistence is available in accordance with University policy.
Estimated starting salary range is $54,000-59,000 annually. Salary commensurate with education and experience.
Master’s degree at time of appointment.
At least two years of post-bachelors degree professional experience in youth development programs, public administration, or community-based or non-profit organizations.
Demonstrated subject matter expertise in animal science.
Demonstrated experience in designing, delivering, and evaluating animal science or general agriculture programs
Demonstrated experience in collaborating with stakeholders to manage animal exhibitions.
Demonstrated ability in leading teams through program development, implementation, and evaluation processes
Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and access
Demonstrated ability to strengthen and grow programs in partnership with individuals, organizations, and communities representing new, diverse, and underserved audiences
Demonstrated expertise in written communication
Strong oral communication skills.
Valid driver's license and own means of transportation with required liability insurance.
Travel (in-state and national) may be necessary to perform the responsibilities of this position. This person may be expected to use a personal vehicle and have appropriate insurance. Mileage and sustenance reimbursement provided according to University policies.
Ability to maintain a flexible work schedule, including occasional evening or weekend work.
Must be able to travel within the designated communities and provide in-person programming
Must have reliable internet if/when working outside of assigned office location.
Reliable cell phone that can be used, as needed, for work purposes. Reimbursement will not be provided.
Ability to work on a computer for prolonged periods of time.
Must be able to submit proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or submit a completed religious/medical exemption and agree to comply with the University's testing requirement.
Ability to bend, reach, twist, and lift or carry 10 pounds frequently and 30 pounds occasionally.
This position is not eligible for employment visa sponsorship.
Master’s degree in animal science, agriculture, youth development, human development, adult development, community development, or related.
Course work in child and adolescent development, educational program design, experiential learning, animal science, and pedagogy
Demonstrated success in developing community, agency, business and corporate partnerships to grow programs
Demonstrated experience in using data-driven approaches in leading program design, development, implementation, and reporting
Skills/abilities in the use of technology for communication, teaching and planning
Demonstrated success in resource development including grant development, and budget management
The University of Minnesota, founded in the belief that all people are enriched by understanding, is dedicated to the advancement of learning and the search for truth; to the sharing of this knowledge through education for a diverse community; and to the application of this knowledge to benefit the people of the state, the nation, and the world.