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University of Missouri-Columbia
Extenstion and Engagement
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Posted: 11/7/2022
Accounting and Fiscal Support Specialist
Salary: $15.00 - $19.00
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University of Missouri (MU) Office of Extension and Engagement

Job Description

MU TITLE: Business Support Specialist I

LOCATION: Columbia, MO

The University of Missouri (MU) Office of Extension and Engagement’s distinct land-grant mission is to improve lives, communities and economies by producing relevant, reliable and responsive educational strategies throughout Missouri. Our dedicated and knowledgeable faculty and staff collaborate with researchers and community leaders to develop and deliver programs that address needs of Missourians including, educational attainment; environmental concerns; community, economic, business and workforce development; global food systems; and community and public health. For more information about MU Extension and Engagement, please visit

This position is responsible for supporting fiscal team functions for MU Extension programs in agriculture, health, and economic development throughout the state of Missouri.  Flexible work arrangements with some remote work may be allowed after a period of in-person training.


  • Provide transactional support as part of the fiscal operations team – including but not limited to the following: 

  • Process invoices, payment requests, and purchase orders. 

  • Reconcile accounts and prepare monthly, quarterly, and annual financial reports. 

  • Monitor fund balances and related financial activity.  

  • Review posted expenses for allowability within University policies and procedures; 

  • Assist with consultant/business service agreements, gift card approvals and tracking.  

  • Provide support to on and off campus faculty and staff relating to fiscal activity including various payment methods such as One Cards and T&E - Serve as one of several liaisons for inquiries requiring interpretation of business policies and procedures to faculty and staff. Provide information and interpretation to department units regarding appropriateness of expenditures, financial coding, extension requirements, and changes in policies and procedures.   

  • Participate in a support capacity in meetings and committees involving areas of responsibilities. 

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 maybe expected in order to support the mission and purpose of MU Extension. 


This position reports to the Business Manager who oversees the management of the fiscal operations.  


Exhibit a high personal standard of excellence, be an effective team player, and demonstrate inclusivity, civility and respect for all.

Engage stakeholders and learners; maintain positive interpersonal relationships; and exhibit effective written and oral communication skills.

Operate with minimal guidance, and be a self-directed learner who is flexible and adaptable to changing environments.


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.  MU’s broad undergraduate programs and its’ graduate, professional and research programs attract annual enrollment of more than 30,000 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 counties and St. Louis city.

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 excellent.


Salary Range: $15.00 - $19.00 Hourly

Grade: GGS - 006

University Title: Business Support Specialist I

Internal applicants can determine their university title by accessing the Talent Profile tile in myHR.


Monday – Friday

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Flexible work arrangements with some remote work may be allowed after a period of in-person training depending on the needs of the University.

Minimum Qualifications

High School Diploma or an equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary. 

Preferred Qualifications

One year of experience in an administrative or fiscal capacity is preferred. 

Detail-oriented and enjoys working in a collaborative, energetic, team environment. 

Proficient with business applications such as Microsoft Office software (especially Excel). 

Familiarity with PeopleSoft is helpful. 

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 Director of Employee and Labor Relations at 573-884-2577.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Director of Accessibility and ADA at 573-884-7278.


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