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University of Missouri-Columbia
Kansas City
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Posted: 07/31/2019
Extension County Engagement Specialist in Community Economic Development and County Program Director Assistant/Associate/Full Extension Professional - Kansas City, MO

Extension County Engagement Specialist in Community Economic Development and County Program Director Assistant/Associate/Full Extension Professional - Kansas City, MO

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Job ID: 31072


LOCATION: Kansas City, Missouri and primarily serves Jackson County in the Urban West region, with additional service across the region and state as needed.

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

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 serves as the primary representative of the University of Missouri in Jackson County, and as County Program Director will function as the administrative leader of the county extension office.


The core duties of MU Extension faculty are to Educate, Create, and Connect through capacity building, sustainability, community development, and support. 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. This position will not have direct program delivery expectations and emphasis will be on the Connect duties.

  • Educate. Extension Faculty deliver onsite Extension teaching and programming, online courses, continuing education, technical assistance, consultation, and other educational methods and interventions. The primary role of all Specialists around the state is to disseminate the knowledge generated by the University through educational programs and services to support the individual, organizational, and community goals of Missouri learners and clients.
  • Create. Extension Faculty develop innovative and research-informed educational products, services, and materials and scholarly products, including curricula, publications, presentations, and other resources. Extension Faculty contribute to the scholarship of extension and engagement and to applied research, to evaluate and improve how programs and services result in learning and behavior changes that positively impact individuals and communities.
  • Connect. Extension Faculty 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.

Specialist Emphasis

  • County Engagement Specialist:

The core duties of the specialist are to provide collaborative leadership with county extension council, extension faculty and staff, and other key stakeholders for extension programming in a large urban county. This position will provide local coordination and leadership across all program areas for implementation of urban program strategies, partnership and stakeholder collaborations including the city governments of Kansas City and other cities within Jackson County, development of volunteer management strategies and support, marketing, communications and public relations strategies for a densely populated environment, and expanding funding streams to support programs and staffing. Working with the local extension council provide administrative oversight of funds and facilities that support extension programming.

  • County engagement and local operations:

The County Engagement Specialist (CES) serves as the primary representative of and connection to the University of Missouri in the Jackson County and provides administrative and strategic leadership for the county office.

The CES will lead 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. County Engagement Specialists work with local and campus colleagues to assess needs, 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 CES is responsible for the collaborative leadership of the county office, coordination of county program plans, assisting the county council with financial and non-financial resources, and daily coordination of office personnel. The CES 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 CES will help facilitate county council elections and enhance leadership skills and commitment to supporting the MU Extension mission.

Program specialization: The County Program Director/Community Engagement Specialist is responsible for providing leadership and connecting the University of Missouri campus in the urban region for community partnerships, work with local governments, community emergency management, developing community leadership and civic engagement. Work with local leaders to bring University resources to create solutions for local questions.

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.

Actively participate in professional development opportunities to continuously improve skills and increase research-based knowledge. Participate in 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 with other campuses throughout Missouri with a positive outlook, high personal standard of excellence,and passion for the mission,vision and values of MU Extension.

Specialists travel throughout Missouri regularly, using 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 will be expected to support the mission and purpose of MUExtension.

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


Administrative supervision is received from the Urban West regional director. Program leadership is received from the statewide Business and Community program director.


Functional supervision over extension council staff in coordination with the local extension council.


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 master’s degree in or related area with appropriate coursework exhibited is required.

A doctorate is preferred.

At least five years of professional experience.

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

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

Successful candidate will also demonstrate the following:

Experience leading and working with teams and boards, particularly in a non-profit or community organization setting. Experience working with volunteers a plus.

Ability to implement and meet administrative responsibilities necessary for effective project, budget, grant, contract and program management and implementation.

Work experience and/or academic background in community development, economic development, civic engagement, facilitation, data analysis, program leadership or related area.

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

Organizational skills, interpersonal skills, problem-solving abilities and collaborative leadership experiences preferred.

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 University of Missouri Extension.

Must be able to integrate new and emerging technology into learning environments. Experience in designing, conducting and evaluating educational programs, and applying research-based knowledge in subject matter areas related to community cooperation and collaboration, capacity assessment and action planning, needs assessment, citizen participation, leadership, resource management, and volunteerism is desired.

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.


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Job ID: 31072

Job Type: Full-time