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Family Living Educator – Bayfield, WI

Organization: University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension

Job Title: Family Living Educator

Location: Bayfield, WI

Hours and Compensation: $38,000-$46,000

Application Deadline: November 19, 2013

Posted on: October 22, 2013


Organization Overview:

COOPERATIVE EXTENSION VISION: To be a thriving, well-known and sought-out educational resource that reflects the rich diversity of the state.

COOPERATIVE EXTENSION PURPOSE: We teach, learn, lead and serve, connecting people with the University of Wisconsin, and engaging with them in transforming lives and communities.



This is a probationary tenure-track faculty appointment within the University of Wisconsin-Extension’s Department of Family Development. This probationary appointment may be renewed annually for six years, depending on performance during the probationary period. A tenured appointment must be obtained by the tenure date at the end of the sixth year of full-time employment to retain the position, in accordance with UW-Extension faculty policies and procedures.


As a faculty member of the University of Wisconsin-Extension, Cooperative Extension, employed with Bayfield County, the Family Living Educatoris an educational leader in teaching, accessing and applying research findings in family and consumer sciences. The Family Living Educatortakes a scholarly approach in providing local leadership in support of efforts to strengthen the quality of family life, and to increase families’ and communities’ abilities to effectively manage change. Areas of program priority will include Family Financial Security; Human Development and Family Relationships; and Nutrition, Health and Food Safety.


The initial program focus for this position will include: a) family strengthening and parenting education through direct outreach with families (including county jail inmates and their families), and via coalitions that build community capacity for families; b) family financial education that includes increasing access to social and economic resources; and c) food security and safety-related issues including food preservation and local production.


– Design, deliver and teach culturally relevant community-based educational programs through a variety of methods

– Conduct and collect ongoing assessments of community educational needs

– Create a plan of work that integrates research and community needs

– Reach and engage diverse audiences in ways that are inclusive and do not discriminate to ensure full access to programs, facilities and educational services

– Conduct and report on program evaluations to improve program effectiveness and demonstrate value to programmatic and funding partners

– Regularly prepare educational and promotional materials using appropriate technology

– Identify, recruit and develop volunteer leadership necessary to carry out the position’s plan of work

– Write, publish and share articles, curricula and program designs

– Build, strengthen and sustain trust-based relationships to promote cooperative and respectful work environments

– Develop and maintain relationships with programmatic and funding partners in ways that effectively communicate Extension’s value

– Collaborate with program-related community coalitions and partnerships

– Regularly consult with and report to Extension partners at the county and state levels to ensure accountability

– Develop and follow a professional development plan to ensure proficiency in priority content, current research and relevant competencies

– Be responsive to evolving position, program, office and organizational needs; perform adjusted or additional duties as requested

– Contribute leadership, as needed, to ensure effective Extension office operations



– Demonstrated educational program development skills including planning and implementing programs; evaluating learning experiences; and communicating program impact and value to stakeholders

– Demonstrated skills in interpreting, utilizing and applying evidence-based information and research findings

– Knowledge of adult learning principles

– Effective group facilitation skills

– Demonstrated educational program management skills including grant-writing, budget development, and fiscal resources management

– Successful experience developing volunteers and managing volunteer-delivered programs

– Experience developing effective partnerships or coalitions with community partners and local governments

– Successful volunteer or paid experience working with people from diverse backgrounds and experiences

– Demonstrated skills in building and maintaining professional work environments

– Strong interpersonal relationship and problem-solving skills in a team setting

– Experience working with criminal justice-related audiences and their families

– Effective communication and presentation skills using a variety of methods and technologies

– Ability to promote Cooperative Extension and its programs through various media and public relations strategies

– Knowledge of Cooperative Extension’s legacy as part of the U.S. system of land-grant institutions, dedicated to service in the public good


Individuals who demonstrate capacity in the following organizational competencies, as indicated by the examples listed below, are likely to experience higher levels of success within their Cooperative Extension positions:


Inspires respect and trust; Practices strategic, shared and ethical decision making; Clarifies expectations and accepts feedback; Shows personal responsibility and follow through on commitments; Adapts well to change or unexpected events in the work environment; Finds solutions; Is willing and motivated to learn.



Works in ways that support mutually beneficial partnerships, including being tactfully and diplomatically responsive to others and maintaining confidentiality; Understands group and team dynamics; Gives appropriate recognition to others; Chooses appropriate Extension roles in conflict situations; Manages interactions successfully through an awareness of one’s emotions and those of others.



Recognizes, understands and appreciates the culturally different ways in which others express themselves; Treats others with dignity, respect and consideration; Demonstrates active, intentional and ongoing engagement with diversity through programming and outreach efforts.



Listens and seeks clarification; Adapts and varies communication to fit cultural contexts and circumstances; Demonstrates effective communication technology skills and presentation skills; Writes clearly and informatively; Possesses skills to strengthen others’ understanding of Extension’s value.

How to Apply:

1) APPLICATION DUE DATE: To receive full consideration, application materials must be received by 11/19/13 and include all of the following (when uploading documents, pdf format is preferred):

  1. COVER LETTER (up to two pages) that summarizes how you meet the minimum qualifications of this position. Please prepare a paragraph for each of the minimum qualifications and include formal education, training, professional work history, volunteer work, research, and any related life experiences in your response. Please note that your response will be evaluated for content and written communication skills.
  1. PROFESSIONAL RESUME, including related education, professional work history and volunteer experience.
  1. CONTACT INFORMATION FOR THREE (3) PROFESSIONAL WORK REFERENCES, including at least one person who has been your immediate supervisor. For each reference, please indicate the nature of your professional relationship and include the person’s title, e-mail address and telephone number.
  1. FINAL COLLEGE TRANSCRIPTS for each of your degrees. Unofficial copies of final college transcripts are acceptable when applying for this position. Official final college transcripts are required upon hire.

Please upload only the materials requested above. Any documents, other than those requested, will be deleted from your application. Application materials that do not comply with these instructions are incomplete and will not be considered. Applications received after the application due date will be accepted through the conclusion of the initial application screening process.

2) Optional Confidentiality Form: Under Wisconsin Statutes, if asked, UW-Extension is required to provide a list of all nominees and applicants who have not requested in writing that their identities remain confidential. The identities of all finalists must be released upon request. Please upload this document along with your other materials. The form can be accessed by copying and pasting the following URL into your browser:

3) A criminal records review will be conducted prior to employment. Completed consent forms will be requested at the time of final interviews. In compliance with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act, convictions and pending charges will be considered only as they relate to this position.

4) How to apply. Please submit application materials to Cooperative Extension Human Resource Development Office online using the URLs below. Once you are in the Candidate Gateway, please make sure to click on the Advanced Search link and enter 9364 into the Job Opening ID field.

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