<p>Title: Extension Educator-Crops (Manure Management Focus) <br /> <br />Center/Program Area: Agricultural, Food, and Natural Resources Sciences</p><p>Location: Extension Regional Office — To be determined</p><p>Interview Location: St. Paul Campus</p><p>Initial Deadline: 12/14/2017, or until an acceptable candidate is identified</p><p>LOCATION OF POSITION<br />The full-time Extension Educator (EE)-Crops (Manure Management Focus) position will be housed at a U of M Extension Regional Office to be negotiated. U of M Extension preference is that the position be located in western Minnesota. While this position will be located in a Regional Office, the position will address manure management programming needs state-wide.</p><p>BACKGROUND<br />Minnesota ranks sixth nationally in crop production and encompasses very diverse cropping systems. Top commodity crops in the state are corn, soybeans, sugar beets, small grains and forages. Additionally, Minnesota ranks first nationally in turkey production, third in swine production, and seventh in dairy. Because of this, manure can supply a significant portion of the total crop nutrients for the state. Most livestock producers consider manure to be an economically valuable resource, and practically all operations are required to have a current manure management plan. A significant research base on manure use already exists. This research base will be augmented through the newly hired faculty member focusing on manure management in the Department of Soil, Water, and Climate. </p><p>Faculty and staff at U of M Extension work in agriculture by producing comprehensive publications, innovative websites, and conducting statewide programs and workshops. Through these efforts, U of M Extension contributes to keep the state's agricultural industry competitive, profitable, and environmentally responsible.<br /> </p><p>ABOUT THIS POSITION<br />This Extension Educator will provide statewide educational program development, delivery and management primarily in the area of manure management, including crop nutrient use and manure handling systems. The principal audiences are crop and livestock producers, landowners, agricultural professionals, and local, state and federal agency staff that serve farmers. The Educator will work in collaboration with field and campus-based Extension and research faculty and staff as well as staff of local, state, and federal agencies. On-farm research and demonstrations will be conducted in collaboration with U of M research faculty as needed. The Educator will participate as a member of the Crops Team, and work in coordination with the more specialized Nutrient Management Program Group, and other programs within the Livestock and Agricultural Business Management Teams as appropriate. The Educator is accountable to the Program Leader for Crops in AFNR for program direction, performance evaluation and personnel actions in his/her supervisory role. </p><p>RESPONSIBILITIES AND PERFORMANCE EXPECTATIONS<br />*Identify needs and then, design, develop, deliver/implement and evaluate educational programs based in scholarly/scientific theory as appropriate to audiences.<br />*Collaborate with departmental faculty and other research professionals in conducting applied research.<br />*Use current and appropriate technology for program design, delivery, reporting, communication, and trend monitoring.<br />*Develop and maintain effective local, regional, university and state partnerships that further the development and delivery of Extension educational programs.<br />*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.<br />*Participate and succeed in progress regarding professional performance including the systems of annual performance review, professional plan of work and promotion.<br />*Make contribution to the six promotion criteria in Extension academic rank: program leadership, extension teaching, scholarship, engagement, program management and service. </p><p>BENEFITS/APPOINTMENT<br />1. Extension Educator positions have an annual University academic professional appointment and Extension academic rank. <br />2. Promotion in Extension academic rank is required and is contingent upon accomplishments as an Extension Educator.<br />3. University of Minnesota benefits apply. http://www1.umn.edu/ohr/benefits/index.html<br />4. Salary commensurate with related education and experience.</p><p>TRAVEL<br />*This position requires travel within the state, and occasionally outside of it.<br />*There may be occasional work evenings, overnight, and/or weekends. <br />*This person must provide his or her own means of transportation, driver’s license and legally required vehicle insurance.<br />*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.<br />*Travel reimbursement will be made in accordance with University policy</p>
<p>QUALIFICATIONS<br />Required Education: <br />*Master’s degree in soil science, agronomy, agricultural engineering, environmental science, or a related discipline at time of appointment. </p><p>Preferred Experience: <br />*Two years’ professional experience (may be during graduate degree period) in an emphasis area related to the position;<br />*Experience designing, delivering and evaluating educational programs;<br />*Experience in applied research and statistics; <br />*Knowledge in traditional media and newer social networking platforms.<br /> </p><p>Required Skills/Abilities: <br />*Excellent oral and written communication skills;<br />*Technology-enhanced learning skills;<br />*Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships/collaborations with colleagues, partners and stakeholders, (e.g., program participants, industry groups, policy makers, etc.)<br />*Commitment to ongoing professional development; <br />*Ability to articulate public value of educational programs.<br />*Familiarity with the principles of nutrient and manure management planning.</p><p>Preferred knowledge:<br />*Project/program management.</p>
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