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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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Posted: 12/7/2017
Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences - Family Life - Unit 10

College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES)

University of Illinois Extension


(FAMILY LIFE) – A1700752

The Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences (Family Life) serves full time with primary responsibility for the development, delivery, and evaluation of educational programs in the Unit assigned.

Extension Educators work on teams that include other Extension Educators, Extension Specialists, and faculty at the University of Illinois and at other land grant institutions. The establishment of professional networks, including local stakeholder groups, is vital to the success of Extension Educators. Extension Educators deliver educational programs not only within their assigned multi-county Unit, but on occasion in other Extension Units, and work in statewide teams to identify issues and develop programs.

The Extension Educator is expected to concentrate programmatically in Family Life which encompasses all aspects of family relationships through the life cycle, including early childhood development, martial and family relationships, and aging.

One full time position is available

Location: Unit 10 – Henderson, Knox, McDonough, and Warren Counties

Additional positions may become available in other locations

This is a security-sensitive position. Comprehensive background checks, including but not limited to a criminal conviction information check, a CANTS check, and a review of the Registered Sex Offender list, will be conducted.

Specific responsibilities of the Extension Educator include:

Develop, Deliver and Evaluate Educational Programs

· Assess the educational needs of clientele in the Unit. This includes networking and collaborating with community organizations and other stakeholder groups, and reaching out to underserved populations.

· Identify, interpret, and integrate information to develop and deliver high impact educational programs to diverse audiences.

· Evaluate the impact of program initiatives in a planned and statistically relevant fashion. Evaluation plans should focus not only on short-term impacts but also on long-term changes in clientele practices.

· Develop effective and contemporary approaches to communicate with clientele. This may include constantly evolving electronic technologies (e.g. twitter, facebook, blogs, e-learning, etc.).

· Establish professional relationships with Extension Specialists and/or faculty on campus to enhance Extension programming.

· Perform duties required by grant-funded or special projects as they arise.

Develop Stakeholder Networks:

· Participate in area coalitions or groups to market Extension, represent Extension’s interests, and assess clientele needs.

· Develop effective approaches to communicate with community stakeholders and deliver programs.

· Be an active member within a professional society(s) to stay current with changes within the program area. Seek professional development opportunities.

· Work with the County Director and Extension Council Members. Cooperate with the County Director to achieve budget goals and relevant grant initiatives.

· Support the work of Extension volunteers with relevant subject matter.

· Serve on Extension work groups and in leadership roles as appropriate.

Fulfill the Responsibilities of an Extension Professional:

· Comply with all reporting deadlines and requirements (e.g., plans of work, activity and impact reporting, reporting on North Central indicators); work with civil service personnel to develop program content or approaches.

· Accept statewide responsibilities as requested by the Program Leader.

· Comply with all University of Illinois Extension Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity policies and guidelines in all aspects of Extension work; assist Unit staff with data collection for Affirmative Action, Gender, and Targeted reports.

· Perform other duties that contribute to University of Illinois Extension programming, as assigned.

· Local, regional and (limited) statewide travel required; personal transportation required.

To perform the functions of this position, the employee will be required to perform work both within an office and outside in the communities that are served, and must have the capability to travel from one location to the other in a timely fashion. Employee is responsible for securing personal transportation. A valid driver’s license is preferred. Some work will be required during evenings and/or weekends. When working, the employee may be exposed to a variety of environmental factors to include, but not limited to, hot or cold weather, exposure to noise and allergens, and uneven ground. In performing the functions of this position, the employee may be subjected to various mental and physical demands as well to include, but not limited to, independently traveling to and performing work at different locations, lifting and moving items that may occasionally weigh up to forty (40) pounds and frequently weigh up to twenty (20) pounds, and twisting, pushing and pulling movements. More detailed information regarding the functions of this position (including the physical, mental and environmental requirements of the position) may be obtained from Human Resources for the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) by contacting

Administrative Relationship: Extension Educators are administratively responsible to the County Director.

Program Relationship: Extension Educators are programmatically responsible to the Program Leader(s) for the delivery of programs that mesh with identified national and state priorities.


· Required: Master’s degree in Family Consumer Science, Human Development, Developmental Psychology, Recreation and Leisure Studies, Gerontology, Adult Education, or related field from an accredited institution of higher education. Candidates with a Master’s degree in progress may be considered for interviews, but degree must be completed by hire date. Knowledge and experience in program planning, program development, and evaluation. Evidence of success in working with diverse cultural groups. Strong written and oral communication skills. Understanding of rural issues and populations. Ability to organize, manage, and conduct educational activities for adult audiences.

· Preferred: Previous work experiences with groups across the lifespan. Informal and formal teaching experiences. Demonstrated ability to build and maintain diverse networks.

Additional Information

The position is a full-time, benefits-eligible, non-tenure, academic professional position appointed on a 12-month service basis. The expected start date is as soon as possible after the closing date. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. Generous vacation and sick leave. State Universities Retirement System. Group health, dental, vision and life insurance.

  1. Procedure: To apply, go to, Log in to your account and upload a cover letter and resume (all dates must be in month/year format), as well as the names and contact information of three professional references. Transcripts may be requested at a later date. To receive full consideration, all requested application materials must be submitted via the online system by the close date of January 12, 2018.

For more information about the position, please contact Ryan Hobson. For technical assistance with the online application process, call 217-333-6747 or email

Illinois is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or criminal conviction history. Illinois welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. (