Reports to: Associate Director, Pesticide Safety and Environmental Education program
Application Deadline:November 15, 2019; open until filled
University of Minnesota Extension is a major outreach arm of the University of Minnesota, a land-grant institution with a mission to serve the public through applied research and education. The mission of Extension is to make a difference by connecting community needs and University resources to address critical issues in Minnesota.Learn more at www.extension.umn.edu.
ABOUT THIS POSITION
This position is part of Extension’s Pesticide Safety and Environmental Education (PSEE) program. The PSEE program provides statewide education and leadership for pesticide-related topics of appropriate use, safety, health, security and environmental protection using integrated pest management and occupational safety frameworks. PSEE provides education for Minnesota’s 17,000 certified farmers and other agricultural producers through its Private Pesticide Applicator Training program (PPAT). The PSEE program is the major provider in Minnesota of education to the more than 11,000 occupational and professional licensed and certified pesticide applicators in natural resources, agriculture, horticulture, public health and other industries and business sectors. The program also develops educational materials and presentations, provides a wide range of educational workshops, has a growing social media presence and is responsible for Minnesota’s various pesticide applicator certification categories study manuals.
This Extension educator and education manager position will provide statewide educational programming leadership primarily for the commercial/non-commercial pesticide applicator precertification and recertification program in Minnesota. The Extension Educator (EE) will design, develop, implement and evaluate research-based educational programming via online and technology tools, seminars, and workshops.
Major areas of responsibility:
Provide leadership and management for educational curriculum and programming;
Design instructionally effective and technology-enhanced strategies for meeting learning objectives and work with faculty, educators, and staff to implement these strategies;
Identify and coordinate subject matter experts, including University faculty and industry experts, to develop curriculum for non-credit education programs;
Facilitate needs analysis, collaboratively working with faculty and educators to produce technology-enhanced materials, and generate sustainable production workflows;
Develop and maintain effective partnerships with Extension county, regional, campus and other university faculty and staff in the development and delivery of PSEE education;
Establish and maintain cooperative relationships and be a resource for educational expertise, content and curriculum with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, other government agencies, industry associations and other organizations involved with pesticide safety education for the people of Minnesota;
Utilize current and appropriate technology for educational program design, development, delivery, reporting, communication and marketing;
Continue professional development in scholarship, program development and delivery via conferences, self-directed study and/or other appropriate means of maintaining a high level of expertise;
Participate and advance in professional performance through annual performance reviews, professional plan of work and the six promotion criteria--program leadership, extension teaching, scholarship, engagement, program management and service.
This is a full-time, Extension Educator position with an annual University Academic Professional appointment at the level of Assistant Extension Professor, Job Code 9623.
The appointment will be annually renewable with continuation dependent on performance, results, availability of funds, and program needs.
The position carries Extension academic rank. Rank is assigned at hire contingent on education and professional experience and accomplishments. Successful advancement in rank is expected and contingent on accomplishments as an Extension Educator as governed by Extension's promotion system policies and procedures.
Reimbursement for travel and subsistence is available in accordance with University policy.
Salary commensurate with education and experience.
Master’s degree in pest management or related subject areas (agronomy, entomology, plant pathology, weed science, horticulture, or forestry) or associated plant or environmental sciences;
Professional or other work experience (paid or unpaid) and/or educational specialization related to one or more of the following: extension education or other forms of adult education; communications; pest/production systems management in horticulture, agriculture or natural resources;
Demonstrated educational leadership and project management skills and experience;
Strong formal and interpersonal verbal, written, social media or other communication skills;
Ability to working constructively with audiences and colleagues with diverse backgrounds, demographics, educational levels, etc.;
Able to travel to workshops, have a valid MN driver’s license, a reliable vehicle, and applicable insurance;
Use of personal cell phone.
Experience in Extension, adult or other non-formal education settings;
Demonstrated ability to utilize principles of adult education in the development of educational materials or courses;
Ability to work independently in educational program design, development and delivery;
Good organizational skills with the ability to conduct and manage multiple project at the same time
Ability to integrate researched-based and technical information from scientific and educational literature and from subject matter experts across academic disciplines, industries and professions to produce effective learner-focused educational materials
Demonstrated ability to work in a changing environment and changing work responsibilities
Familiar with the use of educational software and technology including webinars, internet conferencing, social media or on-line course management
Internal Number: 333793
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