Assistant/Associate Extension Educator for Agriculture Business Management in Connecticut

University of Connecticut

Assistant/Associate Extension Educator for Agriculture Business Management

Search #: 497670

Work type: Full Time

Location: Other – please see posting for additional information

Categories: Faculty Non Tenure Track

INTRODUCTION
This is a full-time, 11-month appointment for a non-tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant/Associate Extension Educator. The successful candidate is expected to develop strong working relationships with producers throughout the state; interact with UConn faculty, state, and federal agency personnel; and develop interdisciplinary extension programs. This is an off-campus, county-based position. Assignment of office location is negotiable in the northwest, central, or northeast part of the state.
CAHNR has developed and implemented a Strategic Vision to guide the development and focus of our teaching, research, and Extension programs in the years 2020-2025. Faculty hired for this position will be expected to make significant contributions in their area of expertise, contributing to the advancement of one or more of the CAHNR’s five strategic priorities https://cahnr.uconn.edu/visionandvalues:

Ensuring a vibrant agricultural industry and sustainable food supply
Enhancing health and well-being locally, nationally, and globally
Fostering sustainable landscapes across urban-rural interfaces
Advancing resilience and adaptation in a changing climate
Dismantling structural racism and fostering environments that advance racial equity, inclusion, and belonging by advocating for anti-racist policies, practices, and norms

The Department of Extension in the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources works collaboratively with partners in all 169 municipalities across Connecticut, throughout the northeast region, and beyond. It is a non-tenuring unit with 35 faculty, and 50 program and administrative staff. Additional grant-specific program personnel assist in solving problems and enhancing the well-being of our state population where they live, work, and learn. Programs carried out by the Department constitute the majority of activity of the UConn Extension System. Faculty and staff conduct educational activities through eight county/community-based centers and may be co-located with additional community/agency-based working partners.
Founded in 1881, UConn is a Land Grant and Sea Grant institution and member of the Space Grant Consortium. It is the state’s flagship institution of higher education and includes a main campus in Storrs, CT, four regional campuses throughout the state, and 13 Schools and Colleges, including a Law School in Hartford, and Medical and Dental Schools at the UConn Health campus in Farmington. The University has approximately 10,000 faculty and staff and 32,000 students, including nearly 24,000 undergraduates and over 8,000 graduate and professional students. UConn is a Carnegie Foundation R1 (highest research activity) institution, among the top 25 public universities in the nation. Through research, teaching, service, and outreach, UConn embraces diversity and cultivates leadership, integrity, and engaged citizenship in its students, faculty, staff, and alumni. UConn promotes the health and well-being of citizens by enhancing the social, economic, cultural, and natural environments of the state and beyond. The University serves as a beacon of academic and research excellence as well as a center for innovation and social service to communities. UConn is a leader in many scholarly, research, and innovation areas. Today, the path forward includes exciting opportunities and notable challenges. Record numbers of undergraduate applications and support for student success have enabled the University to become extraordinarily selective.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
This position will plan, design, and implement programs for agriculture and aquaculture producers statewide, requiring the individual to travel. Programs may include providing education and technical assistance in financial analysis, enterprise analysis, labor management, farm transfers, farmland access, and product marketing. Extension programs will be conducted utilizing a variety of education methodologies including workshops, webinars, grower meetings, and in-person farm visits. It will include sharing current research-based information through the development of fact sheets, articles, other print, and web-based resources as well as peer-based Extension scholarship. Providing one-on-one technical assistance in business management to improve economic opportunity and business profitability including urban farming is expected. Working with producers on farms will be expected. This position will work with a diverse range of farm businesses, from larger operations to small, beginning farmers.
Successful candidates will be expected to serve current stakeholders and broaden participation among members of under-represented groups; demonstrate through public engagement the commitment to, and support of, diversity in the learning experience; and provide leadership in developing techniques designed to meet the needs of diverse learning styles and intellectual interest. The successful applicant will demonstrate leadership skills for serving on state boards, councils, and committees where stakeholders and experts collaborate to address complex systems together.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Earned master’s degree in a field appropriate to agricultural business management including agricultural economics or closely related disciplines.
For the Assistant Extension Educator title, at least two years of experience is required. To be considered for Associate Extension Educator title at least five years of experience as an Assistant Extension Educator or the equivalent is required.
Proven communication skills, including writing and presentation skills as evidenced in the applicant’s curriculum vitae.
Computer literacy, including working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite.
Must be willing and able to work occasional evening and weekend hours.
Must have reliable transportation and a valid driver’s license.
Must possess adequate physical stamina, agility, and fitness to perform the required duties.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

Experience developing peer-reviewed scholarship, Extension reports, or articles in electronic media that communicate program impacts and results.
Experience serving in leadership positions, particularly within an agricultural context.
Experience working with integrated Extension programs and the land-grant university system.
Demonstrated ability to work cohesively with diverse audiences developing partnerships with other professionals and organizations to accomplish team goals.
Experience in grantsmanship, particularly obtaining progressively larger grants and/or leading medium to large multi-disciplinary, multi-functional grant-funded projects.

APPOINTMENT TERMS
This is a full-time, 11-month, non-tenure-track position with an anticipated start date of Fall 2023 and a generous benefits package. The successful candidate’s work location is negotiable in either our Torrington or Brooklyn Extension offices. For more information on benefits, go to: http://www.hr.uconn.edu/benefits/index.html. Starting salary and position rank for this position will be commensurate with training and experience.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.