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EXTENSION EDUCATOR, AGRICULTURE AND AGRIBUSINESS
(Commercial Agriculture) – 1013762
University of Illinois Extension
College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES)
WE TRANSFORM LIVES.
Everything we do is designed to improve the quality of life of the people in the state of Illinois, across the nation, and around the world. We discover, develop, translate, and disseminate knowledge to address societal concerns and train the next generation of experts and leaders in a way that empowers them to expand the boundaries of science to higher levels of understanding and influence.
Be a part of our story. Through learning partnerships that extend knowledge and change lives, University of Illinois Extension provides educational programs aimed at making life better, healthier, safer, and more profitable for individuals and their communities. Illinois Extension has operated continuously for more than 100 years connecting the citizens of Illinois to their land-grant university by providing educational programming around the state. University of Illinois Extension is based in the College of ACES and works with all colleges and units of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
The Extension Educator serves as a regular, full time, 12 month academic professional with primary responsibility for the development, delivery, and evaluation of educational programs supporting the mission of the University of Illinois Extension. Extension Educators support one of the four core Extension program areas and within that program area may focus on one or more of the following interdisciplinary initiatives: Community, Environment, Economy, Food, and Health. Programmatic objectives of Extension Educators will be consistent with national and statewide initiatives considered of significant importance to residents of the state of Illinois.
This position will have applied research and outreach responsibilities for the commercial production and management of field crops grown or potentially grown in the Extension Unit and state. For the purposes of program delivery, the geographic area is both to the Unit and statewide.
This position will be expected to collaborate closely with campus based specialists and other faculty and other members of the Commercial Ag team in the planning and implementation of research projects with high local relevance to stakeholders. As necessary, Commercial Agriculture educators will be expected to cooperate with campus faculty in the conducting of pest surveys and the dissemination of these findings to clientele. This position will oversee selected Commercial Agricultural programming within the Unit and will have some regional and statewide duties.
One full time position is available.
Location: Northern Illinois
(Position will be housed in one of the Extension offices served in Northern IL – Location is flexible)
Additional positions may become available in other locations
The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or veteran status. For more information, visit http://go.illinois.edu/EEO.
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 Extension Educators are as follows:
Program Development, Delivery and Evaluation
Organizational Leadership and Development
· Lead unit team under the direction and in consultation with the County Director.
· Perform other duties that contribute to the mission of University of Illinois Extension programming, as assigned.
Administrative AND PROGRAMMATIC Relationship
The Extension Educator, Agriculture and Agribusiness (Commercial Agriculture) is administratively and programmatically responsible to the Assistant Dean, Agriculture and Agribusiness.
· Master’s degree in a relevant discipline from an accredited institution of higher education. Examples of relevant majors include, but are not limited to: field crop production, or crop management emphasis; field cop protection such as weed science, plant pathology, or entomology. Candidates with a Master’s degree in progress may be considered for interviews, but degree must be completed by hire date.
· Experience with educational programs.
· Must be able to earn or maintain active Certified Crop Advisor certification.
· PhD strongly preferred.
· Experience within crop sciences, including management of crops, soils, pests, and plant nutrients is highly desirable.
· Teaching experience in informal and formal settings.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
· Must demonstrate evidence of strong oral and written communication skills. Evidence of strong interpersonal skills and ability to work within a team environment. Demonstrated ability to build and maintain diverse networks.
Immigration sponsorship is not available for this position. This 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.
To apply, go to https://go.illinois.edu/1013762. Please upload a resume, cover letter, and the names and contact information for three professional references. Resume dates submitted must be in month/year format and employment history, at a minimum, should include all work dating back to the completion of your undergraduate degree. Positions that were less than full-time/100% must be noted as being part-time. 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 December 12, 2022.
The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Convictions are not a bar to employment. As a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibility. The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit Policy on Consideration of Sexual Misconduct in Prior Employment. The University of Illinois must also comply with applicable federal export control laws and regulations and, as such, reserves the right to employ restricted party screening procedures for applicants.
University of Illinois faculty, staff and students are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are not able to receive the vaccine for medical or religious reasons, you may seek approval for an exemption in accordance with applicable University processes.
For further information about the position please contact search chair Durriyyah Kemp at firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions regarding the application process, please contact 217-333-2137.