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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.
Extension Educators will be expected to deliver research-based educational programs and to work within team settings that may consist of other Extension Educators, community professionals, and faculty within and outside of the College of ACES. The establishment of professional networks as well as the development of relationships with key stakeholder groups is vital to the success of Extension Educators. Extension Educators will be expected to deliver educational programs not only within their assigned multi-county unit, but as requested, to clientele within other units
The Extension Educator, Agriculture and Agribusiness (Farm Business Management and Marketing) is expected to concentrate programmatically in Farm Business Management and Marketing. This programmatic concentration includes: facilitate linkages between farmers, input suppliers and markets; guide farmers and landowners in the best use of their resources through investigation and diagnosis of problems identified by them; compile and analyze data on farm enterprise profitability and economics of state-of-the-art agriculture technologies and generate Extension information to disseminate to farmers, landowners, and agri-businesses; provide up-to-date marketing and business management information; help with agri-business planning and marketing efforts and problems (facilitate linkages between farmers and buyers); educate farmers and landowners on aspects of business management, sustainability, agriculture policy, farm estate planning, farm leasing, farm purchasing, and other current farm management related topics; and, facilitate communications between farmers, landowners, and the public sector for improved understanding and collaboration.
One full time position is available.
Location: Unit 11 – Fulton, Mason, Peoria, and Tazewell Counties
(Position will be housed in Mason County – Havana, IL)
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 (Farm Business Management and Marketing) is administratively and programmatically responsible to the Assistant Dean, Agriculture and Agribusiness.
· Master’s degree in agriculture, agricultural science, agricultural education, agricultural economics or closely related field. 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.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
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/164821. Log in to your account and upload a cover letter and resume, as well as the names and contact information of three professional references. Resume dates 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 June 7, 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.
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