Associate District Director, West Central Research and Extension Center
University of Nebraska - Lincoln, NE

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Provide administrative leadership for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), West Central Research and Extension Center(WCREC) and the 24 counties that comprise the West Central Extension District, on behalf of the UNL Extension and Agricultural Research Division in the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR) at UNL. The Associate District Director is responsible for assisting the District Director in the development and delivery of relevant, effective, and timely research and extension educational programs for constituents. Specific responsibilities include:
1. Lead planning efforts to strategically position IANR as the premier provider of research and extension education in west central Nebraska by helping faculty identify issues facing clientele, establishing program priorities, and promoting collaborations with department faculty and industry. Work with Associate Deans to align programs with state-wide extension action plans.
2. Assist in the development of strategic partnerships with public and private organizations to address emerging issues. Help develop advisory committees and clientele groups to strengthen engagement in research and extension programs. Promote program impact to stakeholder groups through events and using technology.
3. Assist faculty in seeking funding through grants, contracts, and industry to expand program accomplishments.
4. Assist in developing and overseeing maintenance plans and budgets for the Gudmundsen Sandhills Laboratory (GSL), a 12,800 acre ranch near Whitman, NE; the West Central Water Resources Field Laboratory, a 1,280 acre farm near Brule, NE; and the 1,900 acre campus and farm at the WCREC at North Platte, NE.
5. Assist the District Director in recruiting and hiring quality faculty and staff. Meet all state and federal civil rights/equal employment opportunity laws and University policy. Work with extension boards as advisors at the local level.
6. Jointly assist the District Director in the supervision and evaluation of faculty and staff, emphasizing: a) professional development, b) relevant, research-based educational programs, c) delivery using sound teaching strategies, d) creativity in scholarship, e) new delivery models using the latest technology, and f) partnerships with business and community.
7. Assist in the management of the financial and budgetary activities in the district, including the tax and revolving account funds. Approve grants and expenditures in the District Director's absence.
8. Promote IANR and extension program accomplishments to elected officials, decision-makers, university officials, and the public.
9. Assume other duties and responsibilities in support of the District programs and IANR as assigned by appropriate administrators.

Minimum Qualifications

The successful candidate will possess the following qualifications and characteristics: a doctorate or comparable terminal degree; be eligible for faculty rank of professor; must have demonstrated professional accomplishments in Extension and must have strong interest in administration. Candidate must also have demonstrated experience in Extension Education, teamwork, competitive grants, and supervisory experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in working with individuals, coworkers, and teams to accomplish individual and/or group goals, as evidenced by college, career, and/or community activities.
  • Outstanding leadership skills as demonstrated by roles in college, career, and/or community activities.
  • Ability to utilize web and distance learning technologies for educational program delivery.
  • Understanding of different ethnic and socioeconomic audiences and a commitment to developing and delivering both inclusive and targeted programming.
  • Successful experience in developing financial support for educational programs including grant writing, fund generation, contracting and/or cost recovery efforts.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively manage multiple priorities and programs.
  • One degree in a field of Agricultural Science (e.g. Agronomy, Animal Science, Entomology, Agricultural Economics, Biological Systems Engineering).
  • Experience in 4-H/Youth, leadership in grant development.

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