The Program Leader of Rural Prosperity Nebraska provides leadership for Nebraska Extension and the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR) in coordinating efforts to aggressively move scholarship into practice by partnering with community leaders in ways that enhance rural and economic vitality statewide. The prosperity of rural Nebraska is a priority for Nebraska Extension, IANR, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and the University of Nebraska. The Program Leader contributes to developing and sustaining positive relationships with rural community leaders and partnering organizations including those in and/or working with underserved communities. The Program Leader maintains productive ongoing relationships with the faculty, staff and administrators of Nebraska Extension, the Agricultural Research Division (ARD), the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR), the College of Education and Human Sciences (CEHS), and the office of the NU Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources and IANR Harlan Vice Chancellor to ensure that engagement efforts are coordinated.  The Program Leader serves on the Extension leadership team. The Program Leader is responsible for partnering with the Director of Rural Prosperity Nebraska to ensure that the strategy for Rural Prosperity Nebraska is accountable and viewed as a critical asset by local leaders.  In this way, the Program Leader of Rural Prosperity Nebraska is the Director’s key strategic partner in advancing Rural Prosperity Nebraska. The quality of the working relationship with the Director is critical to the success of the Program Leader.