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Assistant Extension Professor - UMD MN Sea Grant

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Dultuth, MN

POSITION SUMMARY: The assistant extension educator will be responsible for providing coastal stakeholders with outreach and applied research relevant to the University of Minnesota Sea Grant’s mission and strategic plan. Preferred candidates will have experience and knowledge relevant to community resilience to climate hazards. The educator will develop, conduct, and evaluate extension programming relevant to coastal stakeholder needs. The educator will work closely with other MN Sea Grant staff, U of MN Extension Educators, and Sea Grant Extension Educators across the Great Lakes and nation who are involved in related issues. Direct supervision will come from U of MN Sea Grant


The performance of this individual will be assessed annually by the U of MN Sea Grant extension program leader. Results of such appraisals will be shared and discussed with this individual.


This position is a 100% time academic professional appointment including benefits with the U of MN Sea Grant College Program. The title for this position is (Resilience Extension Educator) Assistant Extension Professor. Any appointment beyond 9623 is dependent upon job performance and new or continued project funding.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The assistant extension professor will focus their outreach efforts on community resilience. The educator will work individually, in teams with other U of MN Sea Grant staff, and in cooperation with other Sea Grant programs, U of MN Extension, partner agencies, and organizations to accomplish the goals and outcomes relevant to their area of expertise within the Minnesota Strategic Plan, including:

1. Ensuring that vulnerable and at-risk coastal communities are aware of changing conditions and have information to improve their resilience, economies and community well-being.

2. Sustaining and protecting water resources to meet emerging needs of the communities, economies and ecosystems that depend on them

3. Providing outreach about the ways trends and extremes in weather are affecting the Great Lakes, particularly Lake Superior, offering regionally specific mitigation and adaptation actions.

4. Providing outreach that produce weather- and climate-resilient communities that understand how cumulative and inter-related changes in climate affect human and ecological health.

5. Providing outreach that supports pre-emptive risk identification regarding coastal challenges in Minnesota.

6. Providing outreach that delivers environmentally sound disaster preparedness and readiness tools to coastal communities, including flood resiliency tools.

The successful candidate is expected to develop an extramurally funded program that generates at least 25% of their annual salary within three years of joining the staff.

U of MN Sea Grant Outreach Duties (85%)

  • Conduct periodic needs assessments among various stakeholder groups to determine program priorities. Define clear goals and objectives to address these priorities, which fit within Minnesota Sea Grant’s strategic plan.
  • Develop and lead extension programs designed to achieve these goals and objectives. Programs may include workshops, trainings, or other appropriate educational programs for relevant stakeholders to increase their knowledge and understanding, advance participants’ access to and use of resources, and engage directly with relevant Lake Superior coastal communities, organizations, businesses, and individuals. Conduct formative and summative evaluations of programs and use these results to improve and revise program activities and assess overall program outcomes.
  • Complete the required tasks within funded grant proposals.
  • Coordinate, lead, and/or participate in statewide, Great Lakes, and national projects and programs, as appropriate.
  • Participate in Extension program team initiatives, as appropriate.

General Administrative and Scholarship Duties (10%)

  • Share results of the above efforts at regional or national professional conferences.
  • Other duties related to participating within the Sea Grant organization, including, but not limited to participation in staff meetings, preparing reports and plans of work, writing and administering grants, serving on committees, etc.
  • Participate in professional development opportunities
  • Occasional overnight travel is required.

Core Duties (5%)

  • Attend staff meetings. Maintain office in a professional manner, update computer security and virus protection software, and make sure computer files and records are backed-up on a timely basis.
  • Maintain current calendar of events, travel, and program activity viewable to staff.
  • Report activity on a regular basis using program forms, databases, or other formats as requested.
  • Help write, edit, design, review, and/or produce documents critical to Sea Grant such as the Strategic Plan, the Omnibus Proposal, and the Annual Progress Report.

Minnesota Sea Grant is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Sea Grant Program, which supports 33 similar programs in coastal states throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. It receives funding through the NOAA - Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research and the University of Minnesota. The program partners with local, regional and national organizations and is an integral member of the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network.

Job Open Date: July 16, 2019

Job Close Date: Open until filled