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University of Missouri-Columbia
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Posted: 08/24/2018
Extension Volunteer Specialist

Hiring Department

Human Resources Services Extension

Job Description

The University of Missouri (MU) Extension’s distinct land-grant mission is to improve lives, communities and economies by producing relevant, reliable and responsive educational strategies throughout Missouri.  MU Extension faculty and staff collaborate with researchers and community leaders to develop and deliver programs that address needs of Missourians.  For more information about MU Extension visit

This position will provide strong statewide leadership in cultivating formal volunteer development programs within existing (i.e., 4-H Youth Development, Master Gardener and Master Naturalist programs) and new MU Extension programs to increase the capacity of the organization. From policy to process, this position will create a consistent framework for volunteer development, which includes but is not limited to engagement, training, technology, risk management, and retention. This position will employ multiple delivery systems to educate faculty and staff, youth, families, consumers, agencies, schools, and other entities. In addition, the position will collaborate with departments, agencies and stakeholders to coordinate resources and advance initiatives for long-term outcomes across the MU Extension system.

Duties and Responsibilities

Provide leadership for volunteer development initiatives through strategic partnerships within MU Extension, which includes volunteer recruitment processes, training programs, evaluation protocols, and direction to MU Extension faculty and staff who work with volunteers.  Responsibilities include the 4-H Youth Development program, assuming volunteer development growth opportunities in other program areas.  The integration of technology into all of these components is expected.

·               Develop and implement a strategic plan for engaging Missourians to serve as volunteers and leaders for MU Extension programming.  Assess and address statewide needs for volunteer development opportunities and initiate plans to link volunteers with statewide opportunities.

·               Strengthen MU Extension network and capacity by developing volunteer training programs, researching strategies to improve volunteer retention and recruiting volunteer leaders to execute more skilled programs.                                                                                                             

·               Develop innovative recruitment and educational materials and design effective methods of delivery to reach diverse volunteer audiences.

·               Develop partnerships with diverse community agencies and organizations.

·               Develop grants and funding sources to assist with volunteer development support and sustainability. Monitor multiple project budgets and expenditures, and provide recommendations for utilization of funding.

·               Create interest and enthusiasm for volunteer initiatives and coordinate efforts to increase visibility, marketing, and public relations.

·               Commit to working at the regional and national level, such as serving on 4-H North Central Region volunteer development teams, in order to move MU Extension forward with regional and national priorities.

·               Ensure that volunteer development programs are audience specific and implemented in accordance with MU Extension and MU policies.

·               Work collaboratively with MU Extension staff to create an effective and meaningful volunteer development system.

·               Oversee Extension and 4-H volunteer screening process.

·               Other duties as assigned. 

Conduct all activities in accordance with the Civil Rights Acts, Title IX, Rehabilitation, Americans with Disabilities Act and local, state and region affirmative action plans.

 As with all positions, involvement with other duties and responsibilities may be expected to support the mission and purpose of MU Extension.

 MU is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students.  We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery, and excellence.


Administrative supervision is received from the Senior Human Resources Manager.


Salary Range: $47,476 - $65,468/annually

Grade: GGS-010

University Title: Senior Compliance Manager

Internal applicants can determine their current grade and university title by accessing the Job Information page through the Additional Employee Info tile in myHR.


Weekdays, Monday-Friday

Minimum Qualifications

A Bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and at least 3 years of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary.

Preferred Qualifications

An earned Master’s degree.  Five or more years of professional experience in designing, conducting and evaluating education programs for volunteers and youth.

Columbia Missouri Information

Columbia, Mo., is known as an ideal college town, combining small-town comforts, community spirit and low cost of living with big-city culture, activities and resources.  Home to nationally renowned public schools and other colleges and educational centers, Columbia is packed with restaurants and entertainment venues and hosts more than a dozen annual cultural festivals.

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits.  The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, paid time off, and educational fee discounts.  For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at

Diversity Commitment

The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving  the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor of Human Resource Services/Affirmative Action officer at 573-882-4256.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Disability Inclusion and ADA Compliance Manager at 573-884-7278.