Extension Educator, Financial Capability, Carver and Scott counties
Minneapolis, MN
Job Description

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in family resource management, economics, family social science, social work, gerontology, human development, or a related field is required.
  • Experience working with limited income families or agencies providing services to limited income families.
  • Excellent oral and written communications.
  • Experience in the design, delivery, and evaluation of educational programs.
  • Experience using technology in educational programming setting.
  • A commitment to ongoing professional development.
  • A demonstrated knowledge and application of adult education pedagogy.
  • Valid driver's license and reliable vehicle with required liability insurance, to be utilized for frequent travel within assigned programming area and infrequent travel in greater Minnesota.
  • Personal cell phone that can be used, as needed, for work purposes.
  • Ability to maintain a flexible work schedule, including some evening and weekend hours to meet the program participant needs and availability.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's degree in related field.
  • Course work or training in family resource management subjects.
  • Two years professional experience in a field related to the position.
  • Certification that reflects a deeper understanding of families as they make complex financial decisions (such as accreditation from the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education).
  • Experience in grants and revenue development.
  • The ability to speak a second language and/or other cross-cultural experience.
  • Experience developing and maintaining effective working relationships with colleagues, partners and stakeholders.
  • Be able to articulate the public value of educational programming in family resource management.
  • Demonstrated ability relating to relate to individuals from diverse ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Title: Extension Educator, Financial Capability

Appointment: Full-time, Assistant Extension Educator (9625ST)

Location: Carver County (50%) and Scott County (50%), Minnesota

Program Area: Extension Center for Family Development, Family Resiliency

Application Deadline: June 14, 2019; Open until filled

About this Position

This position is a partnership between University of Minnesota Extension and Carver County and Scott County. While University of Minnesota Extension is the employer, University of Minnesota Extension works in close collaboration with Carver County and Scott County to oversee the position to meet position objectives. The Financial Capability Extension Educator position will bring in-depth knowledge and expertise to Financial Capability for Carver County and Scott County residents and agencies, who serve them, including:

  • Financial Capability topics such as: determining family goals and using family resources to meet those goals, basic income and expense planning, use of credit, managing debt, decision-making, living on a low or reduced income, risk protection - including health insurance, building assets, saving for future expenses, saving and paying for post-secondary education, and retirement planning.
  • Financial Capability systems issues and opportunities such as: impact of poverty on families and society and understanding new policies that impact Carver County and Scott County families and agencies who serve them
  • Using a spectrum of prevention approach to Financial Capability educational opportunities, with expectations for educating county providers and participating in coalitions and networks that would inform educational programs, exhibiting nimbleness to meet these needs in this dynamic work environment
  • Understanding and using innovative and proven educational methods to reach program objectives
  • Listening to the needs of Carver County and Scott County residents and agency staff and accessing University resources and research to meet those needs. Informing University faculty and staff of emerging needs that University and County collaboration could work together to better explore and understand.
  • The position is responsible for program planning, implementation, and evaluation showing outcomes and impacts.

Programs and contributions of expertise in family resource management will use a human ecological systems and lifespan approach. The Educator will use a wide variety of delivery methodology including: small group teaching, technology-enhanced learning, seminars, workshops, non-credit courses, and train-the-trainer to support resource management education conducted by local agencies & county government. The Educator will collaborate with university faculty on evaluation and applied research as it meets the needs and improves the lives of Carver County and Scott County residents. The position will reach diverse audiences, use information and educational methods informed through scholarly research, effective partnerships.

The position is supervised by the Program Leader for Family Resource Management area of expertise for program direction, performance evaluation and personnel actions with input from Carver County and Scott County.

Responsibilities and Performance Expectations

  • Design, develop, train, consult, implement, and evaluate family resource management educational programs based in scholarly/ scientific research.
  • Work with and develop programs for new, diverse, and historically underserved audiences in Carver County and Scott County.
  • Utilize media to educate the public, promote programs, report programs, and to scan for developing county needs.
  • Use technology to communicate, locate information, monitor trends, design and deliver programs, evaluate and report.
  • Works quickly in assessing educational needs and designing and implementing programs to meet those needs. Is flexible and can work in dynamic, at times ambiguous, situations.
  • Scan for local resource development opportunities and apply for appropriate funding to conduct resource management educational programming in Carver County and Scott County.
  • Foster and contribute to a respectful, positive work climate with county residents, peers, Extension colleagues from other disciplines, advisory groups, coalitions, audiences, partnerships and support staff.
  • Work closely in partnerships with Carver County and Scott County Departments, other Carver County and Scott County Financial Capability staff, non-profits, faith community, and business community to understand the needs of Carver County and Scott County residents and in-turn work in partnership with these groups to meet those needs.
  • Conduct applied research in collaboration with campus faculty if applicable to local needs and demographic trends.
  • Continue professional development in scholarship/research and program development and delivery via conferences, self-directed study and other appropriate means of maintaining a high level of expertise.
  • Participate and succeed in progress regarding your professional performance including the systems of annual performance review, professional plan of work and promotion.
  • Make contributions to whichever of the seven internal promotion criteria are relevant for the position and its specific responsibilities, program leadership, extension teaching, program management, scholarship, technical assistance, engagement and/or service.

Location of Position

The Educator will have offices in the Carver County and Scott County Extension Offices. Carver County and Scott County are adjacent to the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area. The population of Carver County and Scott County is approximately 247,946 (estimated 2017) people with their county seats in Chaska and Shakopee, respectively. The population of Carver County and Scott County is rapidly changing; in 2017 an estimated 11% in Carver County and 18.8% in Scott County of the total population are people of color with the largest minority population being Hispanics at 4.2% in Carver County and 5.2% in Scott County. Data is from Minnesota Compass.


  • The position has an annual University academic professional and administrative appointment as Assistant Extension Educator, Job code 9625ST.
  • The appointment is reviewed for renewal annually, with continuation dependent on performance, results, availability of county funds, and program needs.
  • University of Minnesota appointment and benefits, including medical, dental, and life insurance, https://humanresources.umn.edu/new-employees/benefits-summaries.
  • Reimbursement for travel and subsistence is available in accordance with University policy.
  • Salary commensurate with education and experience.
  • Internal promotion is available and meeting the promotion policy criteria to achieve promotion is expected.

About Extension

University of Minnesota Extension is a major outreach arm of the University of Minnesota, a land grant institution with a mission to serve the public through applied research and education. The mission of the University of Minnesota is: Making a difference by connecting community needs and University resources to address critical issues in Minnesota. https://extension.umn.edu/

Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click on the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will be given the opportunity to complete an online application for the position. Please include the following attachments with your online application:

  • A cover letter.
  • A resume or vita.

Professional references and copies of transcripts for all college work (unofficial transcripts are acceptable) will be required during the interview process.

Additional documents may be attached after the application by accessing your "My Job Applications" page and uploading documents there. Instructions for using the Job Application System can be found at https://humanresources.umn.edu/find-job/using-job-app-system. Be sure your pop-up blocker is off if your are a first time user.

To request an accommodation during the application process, please email employ@umn.edu or call 612-624-UOHR (8647).

Initial application screening will take place immediately after June 14, 2019. Position will remain open until filled.

For questions about this position, contact: Mary Jo Katras, Program Leader - Family Resiliency; mkatras@umn.edu; 612-203-6403.

For questions about applying online, contact: Tiffany McMillan, Extension Human Resources, tiffmcm@umn.edu

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Job Type Full-time