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University of Missouri-Columbia
Extension and Engagement
Posted: 2023-11-01 13:56:40
Senior Program/Project Support Coordinator (SW & EC Regions HOP)

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University of Missouri (MU) Office of Extension and Engagement – Health and Human Sciences Department

Job Description

MU TITLE:  Senior Program/Project Support Coordinator

LOCATION:    Texas, Missouri serving Wright and Howell Counties in the Southwest Region and Washington and Crawford Counties in the East Central 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 the 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 https://extension.missouri.edu.

MU Extension’s Health & Human Sciences program provides research based educational programs on nutrition, food safety and preservation, exercise, health, housing, parenting, senior living, and personal finance.


This full-time position is responsible for performing coordination for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention High Obesity Program (HOP) with the University of Missouri Extension. This position will work directly with local coalitions, community leaders, technical assistance providers, faculty within Health & Human Sciences Extension, and other interested parties to implement policy, system, and environmental changes related to improving healthy food access, increasing active transportation plans and policies, and improving farm to early care and education activities in accordance with HOP guidelines. This position will assist in collecting impact data and assembling reports, including press releases, peer reviewed journal articles and conference presentations. Successful candidate will be able to work independently as well as within a team, operate with minimal guidance, and be a self-directed learner who is flexible and adaptable to changing environments.

This position will be serving Wright, Howell, Washington and Crawford counties, with the possibility of the ideal candidate’s office being located in or near their county of residence.



  • 30% Serve as local project coordinator for the CDC HOP program, including coordinating logistics for community trainings and meetings, partner communication, and community outreach.
  • 30% Develop, advise, and lead local project implementation in collaboration with Extension Specialists, campus faculty, technical assistance providers, and community members. Assist in ensuring that HOP work is well-coordinated with other relevant MU Extension programs. Conduct community needs assessments and report findings to relevant organizations, coalitions, and community members.
  • 10% Gather impact data, analyze program outcomes and assemble reports, including press releases, peer reviewed journal articles and conference presentations.
  • 5%  Serve as a program representative at internal and external meetings, as needed.
  • 5% Professional development to stay up to date on the latest developments related to the HOP appropriate PSE initiatives.
  • 10%  Maintain and extend partnerships with program collaborators and potential collaborators.
  • 5%  Assist in managing annual program county budgets, ensure funds are spent appropriately, and invoices are submitted on time.
  • 5% Other duties as assigned.

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 may be expected to support the mission and purpose of MU Extension.



Administrative supervision is received from the Assistant Extension Professor for Policy Systems, and Environmental change.  May mentor (or supervise as needed) others in completing program/project duties.


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 1862 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.


Salary Range: $51,000 – $58,000 annual

Grade: GGS-010

University Title: Senior Program/Project Support Coordinator

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


Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Ability to travel is required to fulfill assigned responsibilities. May include working flexible hours, including some evenings and weekends.

Minimum Qualifications

A Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience and 3 years of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary.

Preferred Qualifications

Content area expertise in policy, systems, and environmental change, nutrition, physical activity, or health preferred.

Candidate with a master’s degree is preferred.

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  http://www.umsystem.edu/totalrewards/benefits

Values Commitment

We value the uniqueness of every individual and strive to ensure each person’s success. Contributions from individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives promote intellectual pluralism and enable us to achieve the excellence that we seek in learning, research and engagement. This commitment makes our university a better place to work, learn and innovate.

In your application materials, please discuss your experiences and expertise that support these values and enrich our missions of teaching, research and engagement.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of Missouri System is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 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, or protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy applies to all employment decisions including, but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, training, promotions, pay practices, benefits, disciplinary actions and terminations. For more information, visit  https://www.umsystem.edu/ums/hr/eeo.