Job Summary

Extension Educators provide the link between Land Grant University research and Indiana residents by creating innovative learning opportunities that address local issues. Dedicated to helping improve the quality of life for current and future residents, Educators collaborate with local, county and state agencies, partner organizations, businesses and schools to analyze needs, develop, implement and oversee vibrant and sustainable research based educational programs, and provide resources and expertise to the local community.


The Community Development Extension Educator will provide leadership in the creation and implementation of a vibrant and sustainable educational and engagement program that is customized to the local area and positions with Purdue Extension as the Community Development leader. Programming will typically emphasize one or more of the following themes:  entrepreneurship; economic and business development; planning and visioning; leadership and civic engagement; and/or community and public policy engagement. Responsibilities include the delivery of educational programs, workshops and technical services; the brokering of resources for community-based initiatives;  building and sustaining local and regional partnerships; acquiring grants and leveraging resources; serving as the primary local contact for Purdue’s university-wide engagement effort; working with the media; and facilitating teamwork.


  • Work with state and local advisory committees in conducting needs assessments to identify critically important issues
  • Develop effective and contemporary approaches to plan, deliver and evaluate programming
  • Ensure all efforts are made to reach diverse audiences and provide equitable access to programs and facilities
  • Identify, recruit and develop the volunteer leadership necessary to help carry out the mission of Purdue Extension
  • Develop regular and effective communications and working relationships with colleagues, partners and stakeholders within the community
  • Quantify, communicate and promote the value of Extension education to key stakeholders, partners and decision-makers
  • Develop and cultivate external funding sources to enhance educational programming
  • Participate in and/or lead teams to enhance the scope and reach of Extension programming
  • Other responsibilities as required

  • Master’s degree
  • Experience in farm management, commercial agriculture, livestock production, horticulture industry, or another ag-related field, community based educational program development, implementation, and evaluation and/or experience in an urban environment
  • In lieu of degree consideration will be given to an equivalent combination of related education and required experience (Bachelor’s degree + 2 years of experience)
  • Experiences or leadership with taskforces and community coalitions or equivalents
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision, including prioritizing workloads to meet deadlines
  • Knowledge and skill with computer technology in preparing and making reports, presentations, data analysis and retrieval, email and internet applications
  • Knowledge of basic educational methods and the ability to effectively communicate/teach program specific material
  • Strong communication, leadership, mentoring, teamwork and group process skills
  • Flexibility and creativity in the workplace
  • Ability to work with diverse audiences and stakeholders
  • Travel
  • Valid U.S. or Canadian driver’s license

Additional Information:
  • Purdue will not sponsor employment authorization for this position
  • A valid driver’s license is required for all Extension Educator positions
  • A background check and MVR check is required for employment in this position
  • Travel using personal vehicle (mileage reimbursement provided) and evening and weekend work is an integral part of this position
  • Please attach the names and email addresses of at least three (3) references. As the application review process moves forward, an e-Reference form may be sent to the references for completion
  • FLSA: Exempt (Not eligible for overtime)
  • Retirement Eligibility: Defined Contribution Waiting Period
  • Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply