Department: Eastern NE Res & Ext Center - Metro District-9725
Description of Work:
Focused Expertise Assignment: Community Environment (Approximately 80% of time): This is a 12-month, non-tenured position. This educator's home base will be Lancaster County. This educator's geographic region includes Lancaster, York, Seward, Cass and Otoe Counties. The subject matter focus for this educator is Community Environment with a primary focus on Urban Entomology with an emphasis on plant and food related insect issues but would also include those insects that effect humans like head lice and bed bugs. This educator's primary responsibility is to develop and deliver educational programs and resources as an active participant in one or more of Nebraska Extension's statewide issue teams. This educator is expected to interact closely with homeowners, businesses, institutions, pest control industry and health professionals to deliver programs in their geographic area as well as statewide based on the intentions of the statewide issue team.
The outcome of this focused Extension educational program for community environment includes protecting natural resources and habitat, sustainably managing community spaces, and helping consumers, public organizations, and businesses make wise informed decisions regarding pest management.
In this position the Extension educator will: 1.Use innovative engagement strategies and cutting-edge technologies to design, develop, deliver and evaluate programs for a robust statewide Extension education program in urban entomology. 2.Engage in a collaborative-learning environment with local pest control industry, community health, building managers, homeowners and allied organizations to encourage the adoption of research-based information in decision-making. 3.Deliver educational programming for urban entomology statewide and within the assigned geographic region. Within their geographic region the educator will also engage with unit leaders, extension advisory committees, and local stakeholders to determine needs and provide access to educational opportunities. 4.Work in a multi-disciplinary team environment with Extension professionals and other partners to translate and teach the latest research-based information. 5.Work with various forms of mass and social media to educate and inform the public on urban entomology topics. 6.Use entrepreneurial practices to secure grants, program fees and partnerships to leverage the Extension educational program's resource base and reach. 7.Partner with research faculty to engage in action research that can be applied to educational programming. 8.Practice effective Extension scholarship by conducting needs assessments, identifying priorities, measuring program impact and reporting results at professional meetings and in professional publications. 9.Develop a professional development plan to enhance and maintain professional expertise in urban ecology and Extension pedagogy. 10.Support the youth development program by teaching in areas related to community environment and urban entomology focused assignment.
Organizational Assignment (Approximately 20%): The focused extension educator will function as a fully-connected and contributory member of the Lancaster County Extension Team. Additional responsibilities include: 1.Support the Unit Leader with engagement of advisory or policy groups. 2.Cooperate with local faculty and staff in a team environment to promote Extension's educational opportunities in the host counties. 3.Foster and build community relationships for Extension and a positive, professional image of the University of Nebraska – Lincoln.
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. Criminal history background check will be conducted.
Minimum Required Qualifications:
Master's degree required; one degree in Entomology, Urban Entomology or closely related field. Master's degree must be completed by start date.
Successful experience teaching in a formal or non-formal setting.
Demonstrated ability to communicate (i.e. publications, presentations, web, and social media).
Training and/or demonstrated ability in working with urban entomology related issues.
Experience in working with individuals, coworkers, and teams to accomplish individual and/or group goals, as evidenced by college, career, and/or community activities.
Outstanding leadership skills as demonstrated by roles in college, career, and/or community activities.
Ability to utilize electronic and online technologies for educational program delivery.
Understanding of different ethnic and socioeconomic audiences and a commitment to developing and delivering both inclusive and targeted programming.
Successful experience in developing financial support for educational programs including grant writing, fund generation, contracting and/or cost recovery efforts.
Demonstrated ability to effectively manage multiple priorities and programs.
Successful experience in teaching urban entomology topics in a formal or informal setting.
Experience teaching or networking with homeowners, managers of public or commercial urban landscapes, or horticultural industry.
Job Type: 12 Month (Faculty Only)
Internal Number: 67418
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