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Requisition ID:  20731

Regional Extension Educator

Job Summary

Community Development (CDEXT) Regional Extension Educators lead thematic area activities, including resourcing, developing, implementing, and evaluating Signature Extension Programs in collaboration with Extension specialists, Extension educators, and other stakeholders. In this role, you will:


  • Contribute to strategically building and supporting a strong CDExt Extension team of Extension specialists, county/regional Extension educators with an appointment in CDExt and other related fields or program areas, including leading entrepreneurship and economic development-related Extension efforts
  • Engage Extension specialists and county/regional Extension educators in the development, evaluation and refinement of Signature Programs and technical assistance activities, including collaboration with the Agribusiness Initiative, Purdue Institute for Family Business, Purdue Center for Regional Development, and other relevant partners at Purdue University (the College of Agriculture, the Department of Agricultural Economics, etc.)
  • Develop, implement and evaluate curricula and training programs that equip Extension educators with core skills needed to build vibrant and effective CDExt Signature Programs
  • Conduct applied research in support of the CDExt Extension program and remain abreast of current research and other developments in community development, including developing and supporting robust applied research and Extension programs for business and economic development
  • Acquire extramural funding and fees to support the CDExt Extension programs and staff salary savings
  • Actively participate in professional activities at the university, state, North Central Region, and national levels, including supporting CDExt Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access programs and initiatives


  • Masters degree
  • 4 years of experience working in a professional role in the Cooperative Extension Service system or closely related areas of work, such as community colleges/adult education programs; community-based organizations; state, regional, or local community/economic development organizations/agencies; community/economic develop oriented foundations; or entrepreneurial or small business enterprises
  • Experience planning, implementing, and evaluating educational programs (relevant experience in other related areas of work will be considered as well)
  • Expertise in Community Development’s thematic area of Business & Economic Development and ability to incorporate innovative approaches for expanding Extension’s reach to CDExt audiences
  • Strong working knowledge of economic development theories and practices
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Ability to work with diverse team members
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Knowledge and experience planning, implementing, and evaluating educational programs
  • Capacity to work and function successfully in a team environment
  • Travel



  • Masters degree in Agricultural Economics, Economics, Sociology, or related disciplines
  • Proficiency in using economic development databases (ie. EMSI, Hoovers, Chmura, etc.), economic impact analysis software (i.e., IMPLAN), Geographic Information Systems software (i.e. ArcGIS) and Statistical analysis software

Additional Information:

  • Purdue will not sponsor an employment related visa for this position.
  • A background check will be required for employment.
  • FLSA: Exempt (Not Eligible for Overtime)
  • Retirement Eligibility: Defined Contribution Immediately
  • Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer.  All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. 

Nearest Major Market: Lafayette

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