Extension Instructor or Open Rank Extension Educator #F_230212

University of Nebraska-Lincoln   Beatrice, NE   Full-time     Education
Posted on May 12, 2024
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Extension Instructor or Open Rank Extension Educator
Food, Nutrition, and Health (Gage County)
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Do you have the desire to help others create healthier lifestyles for a higher quality of life? Can you be a strong regional expert and develop focused, comprehensive learning programs in health and well-being? Nebraska Extension is an organization that values individuals who excel, adapt easily, exhibit a passion for helping others, and are excellent communicators. As a member of the Nebraska Extension team, you will collaborate with research and extension faculty who are leaders in their field. You will work with high-performing teams to create and deliver world-class, innovative learning experiences that empower Nebraskans to improve their lives around critical issues.

Nebraska Extension has an excellent opportunity for a full-time faculty position located in Beatrice, NE. This position's primary responsibility is to develop and deliver educational programs and resources within the geographic accountability region of Gage, Johnson, Nemaha, Pawnee, Richardson, Jefferson, and Saline Counties. We want individuals who are self-directed and able to work in a flexible environment. The focus of this position will be food, nutrition, and health. This person will teach and coordinate food, nutrition, and health programs regionally for 1) Individual behavior patterns and environments that reduce obesity and chronic disease and improve human well-being, and 2) A safe and diverse food system with choices/access for people focused on health.

This twelve-month, non-tenure track position carries the title of open rank extension educator or extension instructor, depending on the candidate's level of education. Those possessing a graduate-level degree in the requested area of instruction will be considered for an educator position, a full-time, promotable, non-tenure track appointment. Those in possession of an undergraduate degree in the requested area of instruction will be considered for an instructor position, a full-time, non-promotable, non-tenure track appointment that will be renewed annually for a maximum of five years in the appointment. If hired as an instructor, the incumbent will be expected to make satisfactory progress toward and complete a master's degree within the initial five-year appointment period. As part of the UNL benefits package, the University offers tuition remission for full-time employees, up to 15 credit hours per year. Once the master's degree is earned within that period, the position will advance to an assistant extension educator appointment.

We invite you to learn more about this role and Nebraska Extension using the following links:
Our Strategic Direction | Nebraska Extension (unl.edu) and Nebraska Extension – Food, Nutrition and Health – YouTube.

Required Qualifications
• Bachelor's degree in Nutrition and Health Sciences; Nutrition, Exercise, and Health Sciences; Dietetics; Nutrition Education; Public Health; or a closely related field (extension instructor) OR Master's degree in Nutrition and Health Sciences; Nutrition, Exercise, and Health Sciences; Dietetics; Nutrition Education; Public Health; or a closely related field (extension educator).
• Successful experience teaching in a formal or non-formal setting.
• Demonstrated ability to communicate (i.e., publications, presentations, web, and social media).

Preferred Qualifications
• Minimum of one (1) year of experience in nutrition or a health-related field.
• Outstanding leadership skills as demonstrated by roles in college, career, and/or community activities.
• Understanding of different ethnic and socioeconomic audiences and a commitment to developing and delivering both inclusive and targeted programming.
• Successful experience 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.
• Ability to speak language(s) other than English; Spanish preferred.
• Registered Dietitian (RD), Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) or Community Health Education Specialist.

Recognizing that diversity enhances creativity, innovation, impact, and a sense of belonging, the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR) and Nebraska Extension are committed to creating learning, research, Extension programming, and work environments that are inclusive of all forms of diversity. Consistent with the
University's N2025 Strategic Plan, we see every person and every interaction as important to our collective well-being and our ability to deliver on our mission.

This position is not eligible for employment-based permanent residency sponsorship. UNL may be able to sponsor temporary work authorization (e.g., H-1B) for the successful candidate.

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