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University of Missouri-Columbia
Livingston, Grundy, Mercer
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Posted: 11/27/2021
Extension County Engagement Facilitator

Extension County Engagement Facilitator – Livingston, Grundy & Mercer Counties, Missouri

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Job ID: 39436

Job Description

MU TITLE: Extension Instructor

LOCATION: Chillicothe, Missouri and serves Livingston, Grundy & Mercer Counties in the Northwest Region.

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

This position will create partnerships with civic and business organizations, educational institutions, local leaders, and key stakeholders to identify priorities, increase resources, and determine how research-based education can best meet the needs of residents. The position will work with Extension faculty both on and off campus and facilitate programs that meet the communities’ needs.

This is a 12-month academic position, not eligible for tenure.

This position will be filled at a 0.90 FTE, 36 hours a week.


The core duties of MU Extension faculty are to Educate, Create, and Connect. The emphasis among these duties and specific deliverables will vary for different appointments and evolve from year to year, direction for which is developed in an annual plan of work for the program area and for the individual.

Educate. This position will provide Education to the Extension councils in the assigned areas on leadership development and the roles of the local county extension councils. The position will also work with campus to provide educational opportunities regarding philanthropy, the county district option, and other methods to identify and request resources for local programming needs. This position may also do training for local governments and work in areas of Community Development.

Create. This position will develop local materials to promote and advocate for the University of Missouri and University of Missouri Extension that can be used by them, other faculty, and the extension council to present to local organizations and agencies. Position will also work with other faculty on social and local media to promote local programming, recruit volunteers and new council members.

Connect. The County Engagement Facilitator will engage with learners, communities, and stakeholders including Extension Councils, government officials and agencies, partners, and with university and professional organizations. Strong connections help generate revenue to sustain and grow valued programming through grants, contracts, fees, gifts, and partnerships. Extension faculty intentionally foster diversity and inclusiveness by providing educational programs that connect to the varied needs of Missourians and their communities, through the cycle of market relations including needs assessment, promotion, and feedback utilizing a variety of media and venues. Faculty are expected to assist with recovery efforts during times of natural disasters.

Faculty Emphasis

County engagement and local operations: In addition, the County Engagement Facilitator serves as the primary representative of and connection to the University of Missouri in the assigned counties and provides administrative and strategic leadership for the county office.

The CEF will lead and create partnership collaborations within the county, cultivating positive relationships between the University and the community toward the development and delivery of educational programs and services that result in individual well-being and community betterment. The County Engagement Facilitator also introduces and engages other field and state specialists with partners. The County Engagement Facilitators work with local and campus colleagues to assess needs and progress toward goals within the faculty’s’ area of specialization, collaboratively producing a data-informed understanding of the conditions and opportunities within the counties served in Extension’s impact areas of agriculture and the environment, youth and families, businesses and communities, and health and safety.

The CEF is responsible for the collaborative leadership of the home county office, coordination of county program plans, assisting the county council with financial and non-financial resources, and daily coordination of office personnel. The CEF will ensure the development, implementation, and evaluation of MU Extension programs by involving county faculty and staff, clientele, extension councils, advisory committees, community agencies, organizations, and other citizens. They represent the University of Missouri to county extension councils, county governments and other agencies in determining fiscal needs and in securing resources. The CEF will help facilitate county council elections and enhance leadership skills and commitment to supporting the MU Extension mission.

Professional Expectations

● All Extension Faculty, regardless of appointment category or type, are expected to demonstrate competency in Communication, Educational Programming and Knowledge of Subject Matter, Inclusivity, Information and Education Delivery, Interpersonal Relations, Knowledge of Organization, Leadership, Organizational Management, and Professionalism.


● All Extension Faculty, regardless of appointment category or type, are expected to actively pursue resources to support both local and organizational operations and programming through grants, contracts, gifts, fees and partnerships.


● Off-campus faculty are crucial to the success of Extension through engagement with local and/or regional stakeholders to identify needs, and then collaborate with appropriate faculty, both on and off-campus, to meet those needs. Off-campus faculty are expected to be involved in the development of applied studies and the subsequent delivery of those findings through, but not limited to, demonstration, field days, workshops, print, digital and other electronic media as appropriate. The percentage of time spent on engagement and applied studies may differ between county engagement specialist appointments and field specialist appointments.

● Actively participate in professional development opportunities to continuously improve skills and increase research-based knowledge including interdisciplinary teams, committees, and task forces. Work with faculty and staff located in county offices, across program disciplines and regions, with boards and organizations and other campuses throughout Missouri with a positive outlook, high personal standard of excellence, and passion for the mission, vision, and values of MU Extension.

● Faculty and staff travel throughout Missouri regularly, using their own transportation, with occasional travel out of state. Extension Faculty must work effectively, flexibly, and independently, often with little guidance. Working evenings and weekends is often required to meet the needs of learners, clients, and stakeholders.

● Other duties and responsibilities as assigned to support the mission and purpose of MU Extension.

● 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.


Regional leadership is received from Regional Directors.


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 and Engagement programs are located on all four campuses and in 114 counties and St. Louis city.


An earned bachelor’s degree in Business, Public Administration, Management, Local Government, Community development, or other related degrees with appropriate coursework demonstrating knowledge of working with organizations or non-profits at time of appointment.

Candidates will be evaluated on:

Masters is preferred.

Ability to translate research into educational programs in leadership and local government for audiences of all age groups is critical.

Successful administrative and leadership experience, particularly in managing fiscal, human, and data resources, is preferred.

Effective and innovative teaching strategies that engage others, including strong listening, written, and oral communication skills.

Must be able to integrate new and emerging technology into strategies and applying research-based knowledge in areas related to community cooperation and collaboration, capacity assessment and action planning, needs assessment, citizen participation, leadership, resource management, and volunteerism is desired.

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.

Candidates must demonstrate they are authorized to work in the United States at time of hire. Sponsorship of U.S. temporary employment visas will not be offered for this position.

Application Materials

Complete the brief online application and be prepared to upload:

• Cover Letter

• Resume/CV

• Copies of all academic transcripts, and

• a list of 3-5 references

Benefit Eligibility

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

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. EEO IS THE LAW

Extension County Engagement Facilitator – Livingston, Grundy & Mercer Counties, Missouri

Please apply at

Job ID 39436