Title: Extension Educator-Crops (2 positions)
1. Corn and soybean emphasis - Crookston
2. Forages and small grains emphasis - Morris
Center/Program Area: Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences
Location: Extension Regional Office —Crookston or Morris, Minnesota
Interview Location: Fergus Falls or Moorhead, Minn.
Initial Deadline: 11/28/2016, or until an acceptable candidate is identified
LOCATION OF POSITION
These 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.
Minnesota 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 POSITION
The 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 EXPECTATIONS
*Identify 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.
1. 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.
4. Salary commensurate with related education and experience.
*This 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 policy