Job Openings

Extension Educator, Agricultural Business Management (2 open positions)

University of Minnesota

Location: Negotiated at time of hire at Extension Regional Offices throughout MN
Application Deadline: 2022-06-20

Working Title:            Extension Educator, Agricultural Business Management (2 open positions)

Classification:           Assistant Extension Professor (9623)

Appointment:            100% Time, Professional & Administrative, Non-Tenure Track

Office Location:        Negotiated at time of hire at Extension Regional Offices throughout MN

Extension Center:     Extension Center for Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (AFNR)

Apply By:                       June 20, 2022

 

ABOUT THE AGRICULTURAL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT TEAM

University of Minnesota Extension's Agricultural Business Management (ABM) team offers education and support to farm decision makers on farm management and marketing through workshops and software tools. The team works closely with the Center for Farm Financial Management (CFFM). CFFM develops applications and educational programs that provide educators, lenders, other professionals, and farmers resources to successfully manage farms and the financial activities related to farms and small businesses.

LOCATION OF POSITION

The Extension Educator, ABM positions will be housed at any Minnesota extension Regional Office and negotiated at time of hire. Current regional offices are located throughout Minnesota, locations are available here: https://extension.umn.edu/contact-us/extension-regional-offices  Even though the positions will be located at a specific regional office, these positions serve a statewide programming area rather than a single region. 

ABOUT THIS POSITION

The Extension Educator, ABM brings in-depth expertise to cutting-edge issues, applying their expertise to the programs and priorities of the Center for Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resources within University of Minnesota Extension. The Educator is an integral part of the ABM team working with a wide Extension audience on educational topics such as risk management, financial management, strategic management, market planning, human resource management, business transfer and estate planning, resource acquisition, and policy impacts on Minnesota’s agricultural sector. 

The Extension Educator employs appropriate educational program delivery systems including face-to-face presentations, technology-based methods, seminars, workshops, non-credit courses, and/or train-the-trainer approaches to educate farmers and other agricultural professionals.  The Extension Educator is responsible for program development and delivery in cooperation with other ABM team members, campus-based faculty and partners in the agricultural industry.

Commitment to diversity and inclusion, use of scholarly scientific research, effective partnership development, use of technology and continuing professional development are important to successful job performance. The Extension Educator may occasionally work in collaboration with University faculty and graduate students on applied research.  This position is not eligible for employment visa sponsorship. This position is accountable to the Program Leader(s) in Agricultural Business Management for program direction, performance evaluation and personnel actions.

RESPONSIBILITIES AND PERFORMANCE EXPECTATIONS

  • Develop and deliver a high quality, outcome-focused Extension educational program for farmers, agricultural professionals, and other agricultural and rural businesses on topics such as:
    • Farm financial management
    • Farm transition planning
    • Commodity or direct marketing
    • Beginning farmers
    • Urban agriculture
    • Land rent
    • Business and strategic planning
    • Tax education
  • Work on interdisciplinary teams, utilize existing expertise at the University, to analyze  business management strategies for farmers and other agricultural and rural businesses
  • Conduct market research, design, develop, deliver/implement, market, and evaluate educational programs based on scholarly/scientific theory and research and appropriate to their audiences in conjunction with ABM and other Extension teams
  • Work with and develop programs for new, diverse, and historically underserved audiences
  • Develop and maintain effective state, regional, industry, and university partnerships that further the development and delivery of Extension educational programs
  • Use appropriate technology for communication, locating information and resources, program design, program delivery, and reporting
  • Assume program leadership on specific programs, projects, or priorities, as agreed to by the Program Leader(s).
  • Collaborate with campus-based faculty in conducting scholarly research
  • Continue professional development in scholarship, program development and delivery via conferences, additional graduate work, self-directed study and/or other appropriate means.
  • Participate and succeed in progress regarding professional performance including the systems of annual performance review, professional plan of work and promotion
  • Make contributions to the six promotion categories in Extension academic rank criteria, program leadership, extension teaching, scholarship, engagement, program management and service

SALARY/BENEFITS/APPOINTMENT

  1. Extension Educator positions have annual University academic professional appointments 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 appointment and benefits.  Benefits package available https://humanresources.umn.edu/new-employees/benefits-summaries
  4. Reimbursement for travel and subsistence is available in accordance with University policy. 
  5. Salary commensurate with education and experience. 

Qualifications

Required Qualifications

  • Education: Master’s degree at time of appointment in agricultural economics, agricultural business management, finance, or related discipline
  • Experience: Knowledge of and ability to explain farm business management concepts and tools including, but not limited to:  risk management, financial management, strategic management, market planning, human resource management, business transfer and estate planning, resource acquisition, and policy impacts on Minnesota’s agricultural sector 
  • Skills/Abilities:
    • Evidence of excellent oral and written communication skills
    • Technology-enhanced communication and teaching skills
    • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues, partners and stakeholders (e.g., policy makers, program participants and industry groups)

Additional Requirements

  • Valid driver's license and own means of transportation with required liability insurance.
  • Personal cell phone that can be used, as needed, for work purposes and published in the Extension public staff directory.
  • Must have reliable internet if/when working outside of assigned office location.
  • Must be able to travel within the designated communities and provide in-person programming.
  • Must be able to submit proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or submit a completed religious/medical exemption and agree to comply with the University's testing requirement.
  • This position is not eligible for employment visa sponsorship.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Three or more years’ experience in a field related to the position
  • Experience designing, delivering and evaluating educational programs in agricultural business management
  • Experience with varied and diverse clientele and audiences
  • Experience designing, conducting, and/or providing an essential role in research projects
  • Experience using technology in educational programming
  • Experience and/or academic specialization related to farming and other agricultural and rural businesses

About the Department

ABOUT EXTENSION

University of Minnesota Extension is a major outreach arm of the University of Minnesota with a mission to serve the public through applied research and education. Our mission is to make a difference by connecting community needs and University resources to address critical issues in Minnesota. Extension strives to attract and retain high-quality, passionate employees, and weave diversity, equity and inclusion into all aspects of Extension’s programming and employee engagement https://extension.umn.edu/.

How To Apply

Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click on the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will be given the opportunity to complete an online application for the position. Please include the following attachments with your online application:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume/Vitae
  • Diversity statement - In 500 words or less, highlight your unique strengths, experiences, perspectives, and values as they relate to equity, diversity and inclusion. Your statement could include the following:
    • Personalized views and experiences
    • Topics through the lens of your own knowledge or experience
    • If you don’t have personal experience on a topic, reflect on why
    • Demonstrated learning and growth

Three professional references and transcripts for all college work (unofficial transcripts are acceptable) will be required during the interview process.

Additional documents may be attached after the application by accessing your “My Job Applications” page and uploading documents in the “My Cover Letters and Attachments” section. See full instructions, https://humanresources.umn.edu/find-job/using-job-app-system.

To request an accommodation during the application process, please email employ@umn.edu or call 612-624-UOHR (8647).

For questions about this position, contact:

Joleen Hadrich, Extension Economist and Search Chair, jhadrich@umn.edu.

For questions about applying online, contact:

Tiffany McMillan, Extension Human Resources, tiffmcm@umn.edu.

Diversity

The University of Minnesota Extension is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status or sexual orientation.

The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission.  The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.

The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.  To learn more about diversity at the U:  http://diversity.umn.edu.

Employment Requirements

Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

Please note: All employees at the University of Minnesota are required to comply with the University’s Administrative Policy: COVID-19 Vaccination and Safety Protocol by either providing proof of being fully vaccinated on their first day of employment, or complete a request for an exemption for medical exemption or religious reasons. To learn more please visit:  https://safe-campus.umn.edu/return-campus/get-the-vax.