Both the Director and the Extension Program Leader foster an inclusive culture in which all contributions to Rural Prosperity Nebraska are appreciated and recognized, collaboration and innovation are encouraged, and the abilities of all are engaged to fully realize the potential of the team and each contributor. The incumbents exemplify the responsible management of resources to maximize the effectiveness of those resources and support others in the responsible management of resources. They seek for and responsibly deploy resources that will facilitate achievement of strategic goals. They ensure opportunities are open to all, programs and initiatives are inclusive of all constituencies, and efforts are made to engage diverse audiences, especially those that are traditionally underrepresented. Working together, they synthesize a vision for Rural Prosperity Nebraska with input from faculty, staff, and community leaders that encompass all activities and initiatives. They continuously examine the strategic framework for relevancy and refresh it as needed.

The two positions complement one another. The Director will be an accomplished scholar conducting relevant high impact research and scholarship in an area relevant to rural prosperity. The Extension Program Leader will be accomplished in evidence-based community engagement and team building designed to increase prosperity in rural communities. The Director will provide leadership in coordinating research and scholarship, in facilitating research teams and community-based research, and in overseeing relevant strategic priorities. The Director will supervise the coordinator of the Rural Fellows Program and coordinate with the directors of the Thriving Index, the Rural Poll, and Nebraska Source Link.

The Extension Program Leader will supervise county-based Rural Prosperity Nebraska educators, coordinate community partnership activities and programming efforts of county-based Extension Educators, coach faculty members, establish, maintain and manage relationships, build teams, collaborate, and coordinate community-engagement efforts, identify and nurture sources of funding and other resources that will allow faculty members to bring programming efforts to scale, and oversee relevant strategic priorities. 

The Director, a tenured position, will have a research appointment within a tenure-home academic unit and function as a faculty member within that unit. The Extension Program Leader, a non-tenured position, will have a faculty appointment as an Extension Educator and will develop high impact Extension programming, leading to accomplishment of Rural Prosperity Nebraska goals and serving as a model of excellence in Extension programming. Together, the Director and the Extension Program Leader will form a strong and creative team providing vision and direction for this unique initiative.

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