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Extension Educator- Community Development
University of Nevada, Reno

Date Posted Nov. 12, 2021
Title Extension Educator- Community Development
University University of Nevada, Reno
Yerington, NV, United States
Department Extension
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Lecturer/Instructor
    Assistant Professor
  • Social Sciences - General
    Home Economics/Consumer Sciences
    Sociology - General
    Sociology - Economic

The University of Nevada, Reno, Extension is recruiting a full-time Lecturer II / Teaching Assistant Professor (12-month, Non-Tenure Track) OR Assistant Professor (12-month, Tenure Track), Extension Educator for the Lyon County Extension Office located in Yerington, NV.

The primary role of the Extension Educator is to establish a community-based education program focused on community development, children, youth and families, horticulture/agriculture, natural resources, and health and nutrition. Duties of the position include assessing community needs, developing and implementing relevant educational programming, and documenting program outcomes and impacts. Since Lyon County has growing and changing communities, the candidate will provide expertise in community development. This position provides oversight of the 4-H staff and program and serves as the local university liaison with the county government. Additional roles and responsibilities include: 1) facilitating collaboration within the community; 2) providing subject matter expertise to colleagues in Cooperative Extension and/or the University of Nevada, Reno; 3) developing resources (grants, gifts, budget enhancements) as needed; 4) providing professional development to peers, collaborators, and self; 5) creating appropriate research, scholarly and/or creative works (peer-reviewed extension and journal publications, presentations at professional meetings, use of electronic media, etc.); 6) providing oversight and management of the Lyon County Extension Office and resources; and 7) assuming professionalism with all internal and external audiences, ensuring proactive communication. This position requires a commitment to work effectively with diverse cultural and community interests and to develop and maintain solid working relationships within the community.

Lecturer Statement
The University of Nevada, Reno reserves the right to hire at any level of Lecturer (I-IV) or Teaching Assistant/Associate/Professor (terminal degree candidates) that is appropriate for the hire. If you have questions about title, please inquire during the interview process.

Required Qualifications
Lecturer II – Master’s degree in one of the following broad fields: Community Development, Rural Sociology, Economics or other related degree program.

Teaching Assistant Professor – Terminal Degree, degree in one of the following broad fields: Community Development, Rural Sociology, Economics or other related degree program.

Assistant Professor – A Ph.D. degree in one of the following broad fields: Community Development, Rural Sociology, Economics or other related degree program.

This position requires performing manual labor, lifting heavy objects greater than 20 pounds, driving long distances, working in inclement weather, working alone for extended periods and interacting collegially with small and large teams.

Must have a valid Nevada Driver’s License within 30 days of employment.

Schedule or Travel Requirements
Work a flexible schedule, with periodic evening and weekend work
Periodically travel throughout the state to assist with multi-county or statewide efforts related to subject matter expertise or attend area and statewide Extension meetings

Preferred Qualifications
At least two years’ experience in community education programming
Experience in collaboration with the county government and community groups
Experience with fund acquisition
Experience with office and staff management

Extension is a major unit of the University of Nevada, Reno and resides in the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology & Natural Resources. Extension uses peer-reviewed research to find solutions to community-based issues and needs within six broad legislatively mandated areas: Agriculture; Children, Youth and Families; Community Development; Health and Nutrition; Horticulture; and Natural Resources. The mission is to discover, develop and disseminate, preserve, and use knowledge to strengthen the social, economic, and environmental well-being of people and their communities. Extension has offices in 15 of Nevada’s 17 counties with programs that span very large urban centers to isolated ranching and farming communities.

County Profile
Lyon County, Nevada has 2,024 square miles. The county seat is Yerington. There are two incorporated cities in Lyon County, Fernley, and Yerington, as well as towns such as Dayton, Silver City, Silver Springs, Smith Valley CDP, and Stagecoach, to name a few of the many populated locations. Fernley is the largest with 19, 863 persons. Lyon County agriculture is diverse with alternative crops and traditional cattle and hay production. Almost 73 percent of the county is federal land, including 44 percent managed by the Bureau of Land Management. Major economic development projects such as the Tesla Gigafactory located in adjacent Storey County and the Nevada Cooper project in Southern Lyon County represent strategic economic development opportunities for this county and its local communities. The County features three state parks, Mason Valley Wildlife Management Area, Wilson Canyon and the Humbolt-Toiyabe Forest in South Lyon County which provide excellent outdoor opportunities for camping, hunting, fishing, hiking, and sight-seeing.

  • The University of Nevada, Reno, does not discriminate on the basis of sex in any education program or activity that it operates. Non-discrimination on the basis of sex is mandated by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (20 U.S.C. §§ 1681 et seq.) and the corresponding implementation regulations (34 C.F.R. Part 106). The University’s commitment to nondiscrimination in its education programs and activities extends to applicants for admission and employment. Inquiries concerning the application of these provisions may be referred to: Maria Doucettperry, J.D., Title IX Coordinator, University of Nevada, Reno, 1664 N. Virginia Street, Continuing Education Building, Room 206, m/s 158, Reno, Nevada 89557-0158, Telephone: (775) 784-1547; Email:; to The Assistant Secretary of the United States Department of Education, U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20202-1100; Telephone: 1-800-421-3481 FAX: 202-453-6012; TDD: 1-800-877-8339; Email:; or to both.

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Contact Information

  • Leslie Lynn
    University of Nevada, Reno
    4955 Energy Way
    Reno, NV 89502


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