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University of Missouri-Columbia
MU Extension
St. Peters
St. Charles
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Posted: 11/6/2015
Regional 4-H Youth Development Specialist (Assistant Extension Professional, Associate Extension Professional, Extension Professional)
Salary: $36,500 - $46,500

HEADQUARTERED:   St. Peters, Missouri and primarily serves St. Charles County in the Urban Region with additional coverage as needed.

 University of Missouri Extension regional specialists provide collaborative leadership and subject-matter expertise to develop, deliver and evaluate educational programs focused on improving lives, communities and economies. Regional specialists provide educational opportunities that enable businesses, farms, families and communities to strengthen the economy and enhance quality of life. Additionally, regional specialists create partnerships with civic and business organizations, educational institutions, local leaders and key stakeholders to identify priorities, increase financial and in-kind resources, and determine how research-based education can best meet the needs of residents.

 This position is responsible for planning, implementing and evaluating positive youth and volunteer development programs through 4-H clubs, schools, youth-serving agencies, community collaborations, camps and fairs.

 University of Missouri Extension 4-H youth development programs help children and teens become caring, capable, competent and contributing through a series of progressive experiences over time with caring adults during non-school hours. 4-H youth development programs focus on the broader developmental needs of youth, rather than preventing single issues or problems. 4-H youth development programs use a human ecological approach, recognizing that young people are part of systems, including family, school, community and society.

 To learn more about the Center for Youth Development, visit

 This is a 12-month academic position.  Appointment may be made as non-tenure track ranked (NTT), depending on University approval of the academic credentials and qualifications of the successful candidate.

 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.


  1. Work with constituents, colleagues, regional director, program director, and campus faculty to establish program goals.  Develop and provide high quality educational programs.  Participate in interdisciplinary teams, committees and task forces.  Collect qualitative and quantitative data to evaluate impact of programs and services.

  2. Generate and manage revenue to sustain and grow essential programs.  Develop and maintain essential partnerships.  Market and promote educational offerings and the mission of MU Extension.  May be assigned county program director responsibilities.

  3. Remain up-to-date on trends and research-based knowledge.  Actively participate in professional development opportunities.  Ensure core competencies are demonstrated.  Regular travel in and out of state using own transportation is required.  Work some evenings and weekends to meet the needs of learners and constituents.

    A full position description may be viewed at:

    UNIVERSITY INFORMATION:  The University of Missouri, also known as Mizzou and MU, is the Flagship University of the four-campus University of Missouri system.  It is the state’s land-grant university and one of the most comprehensive universities in the United States.  The school’s broad undergraduate programs and its graduate, professional and research programs attract annual enrollment of more than 33,000 students. MU is centrally located in Columbia, Mo., which is consistently ranked as one of America’s most livable cities. MU Extension programs are located on all four campuses and in 114 Missouri counties.

     SALARY/BENEFITS:  $36,500-46,500 and additional compensation for doctorate degree ($5,000) and/or achievement of NTT rank appointment of Associate Extension Professional ($3,000) or Extension Professional ($4,000)

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

    QUALIFICATIONS:  An earned master’s degree with minimum of 24 hours of upper level coursework in one or more of the following areas: child, adolescent, and adult human development; education, learning theory and learning strategies; organizational systems and human resource management; community development/partnerships; and volunteerism.  Degrees in education, social work, child/family/human development, psychology, sociology, community development, and leisure studies represent some of the fields of study of successful applicants.

 Demonstrated ability in applying and transferring research-based knowledge in the above subject matter areas.


Ideal candidate will also have successful experiences applying knowledge of volunteerism, human growth and development, human learning, family systems, parenting, prevention, experiential education, community collaboration, and state and national issues relative to youth and families.

Successful candidate will also demonstrate the following:

  • Effective and innovative teaching strategies that engage others.  Must be able to integrate new and emerging technology into teaching strategies. 

  • Effective listening, written and oral communication skills including public speaking and presentation abilities. 

  • Organizational skills, interpersonal skills, problem-solving abilities and collaborative leadership experiences.  Flexibility, resiliency, and the ability to operate with minimal guidance. 

  • Positive outlook, high personal standard of excellence, and passion for the vision, mission and values of MU Extension.

    APPLICATION PROCEDURE:  Applicants must submit a cover letter, list of 3-5 references, all academic transcripts, and resume or CV on-line at  In order to be considered for a non-tenure track (NTT) ranked appointment, a CV must be submitted at the time of application.  More information on CVs may be found at  It is recommended that these required documents be uploaded as one PDF file as a resume document.  Review of applications and consideration of rank, if applicable, will begin after December 5, 2015.

    For questions regarding the on-line application process contact or call 573.882.7976. For technical problems with the on-line application process contact or call 573.882.5000. For questions regarding this position call 573.882.4721 or email        

    An Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Pro Disabled & Veteran Employer