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University of Missouri-Columbia
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Posted: 08/3/2021
Community Health Field Specialist

Community Health Field Specialist Assistant/Associate/Full Extension Professional - Monett, Missouri

Office of Community Health Extension and Outreach

Job ID: 37863

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Position Description


HEADQUARTERED: Cox-Monett Hospital located in Barry County – Monett, 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 health systems. For more information about MU Extension and Engagement, please visit

MU Extension's Community Health program's goal is to achieve optimal health and wellbeing for every Missourian at every stage of life, with special recognition for the needs of vulnerable populations. The Community Health Field Specialist will provide a link between the community, health educators, health professionals, schools, and community organizations to assist implementing strategies to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals and the community.


The University of Missouri is seeking an exceptional individual to bring innovation and leadership to enhance the impact of the University in the lives of Missourians at every stage of life. This position provides day-to-day academic, administrative, and strategic leadership for the Community Health Extension & Outreach Unit and its affiliated faculty and staff.

This position provides leadership to the design, develop, deliver and evaluate Community Health programming by working collaboratively with colleagues, faculty, regional Extension faculty and staff, community-based organizations and local stakeholders. The position is responsible for facilitating programming through cross-disciplinary education outreach, establishing and cultivating relationships and connections with stakeholders, and working across disciplines to positively impact the health and wellbeing of individuals, organizations, and the community.

Extension faculty are 12-month, non-tenure track appointments to the promotable ranks of assistant, associate, or full Extension Professional. The rank at time of appointment or promotion is consistent with the standards of achievement and experience established by the faculty.

This position is grant funded and renewal is subject to funds available each year. If the funding is lost, this position would be subject to a possible FTE reduction & compensation matching other field specialists.


· Implement daily operations of community health projects.

· Provide leadership in Community Health, working with community stakeholders, faculty and staff within the MU System, incorporating university and extension research and innovative ideas.

· Utilize community and population health principles to build Community Health program with colleagues, teaching and research faculty, Extension faculty and staff, community partners, and other stakeholders.

· Provide educational leadership by planning, designing, implementing and evaluating culturally competent education programs, with a focus on practicing cultural humility.

· Develop, organize, coordinate and lead comprehensive learning opportunities incorporating Community Health and addressing health, wellbeing, and creating a culture of health.

· Assist with generating and managing revenue to sustain and grow Community Health programming, including participating with grant writing, exploration of funding opportunities, and grant management

· Build and sustain strong connections with MU faculty and staff, community and professional leaders and other partners in fields and disciplines that contribute to health and well-being.

· Be the liaison of the Community Health program area with community members, partners, stakeholders, and university faculty and staff.

· Provide leadership in Community Health regional events, programming, and efforts.

· Other duties as assigned.


· Identify future trends and stay abreast of current trends and research-based knowledge to effectively create relevant, reliable, and responsive education. Apply this knowledge in programming, educational outreach, presentations at professional meetings, grant proposals and more.

· Actively participate in professional development opportunities to continuously improve skills and increase research-based knowledge.

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

· Operate with minimal guidance; 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 St. Louis, 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.


Programmatic supervision is received from the statewide Community Health Senior Program Director. Regional leadership is received from the Southwest Regional Director.


An earned master's degree with course work in a discipline or program related to public health, population health, nursing, social work, psychology or related field at time of appointment.

Candidates will be evaluated on:

· Level of post grad education.

· Three or more years of leadership experience

· Three or more years professional experience in facilitation of training, educational programming, or multi-disciplinary collaborative work.


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.

Application Materials:

Complete the brief online application and be prepared to upload:

• Cover Letter

• Resume/CV

• Copies of all academic transcripts, and

• List of 3-5 references

It’s recommended that these required documents be uploaded as one PDF file as a resume document. For questions regarding the online application process contact or call 573.882.7976. For technical problems with the online application process contact or call 573.882.5000.


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


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 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.

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