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University of Missouri-Columbia
Extension and Engagement
Posted: 04/26/2023
Strategic Communications Consultant

Hiring Department

University of Missouri Office of Extension and Engagement

University of Missouri Extension Center for Applied Research and Engagement Systems

Job Description

MU TITLEStrategic Communications Consultant

LOCATION:  212 Whitten Hall, Columbia MO


This position will support communications needs for projects and initiatives at the Extension Center for Applied Research and Engagement Systems (CARES) at the University of Missouri. The candidate will be expected to strategize integrated communications campaigns that leverage a mix of marketing and communications tools (social media, visual media, audio, flyers, posts, PowerPoint decks, newsletters, etc.) to achieve CARES strategic goals. This full-time position will join an experienced team situated in an accommodating and energetic work environment to engage in activities that grow the brand recognition of CARES, in alignment with the University of Missouri.The position will work independently but will collaborate with other CARES staff to prepare and deliver communications in a dynamic, multi-project environment. This position will coordinate with Extension Integrated Marketing Communications staff and leadership to ensure alignment across projects and initiatives.

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.

This position is located in Columbia, MO with the possibility of a remote work option when projects do not require in-person presence and incumbent is meeting daily deliverables and quarterly goals.



Prepare and publish communication documents for CARES projects and initiatives, including topic-based, instructive and marketing communications.

Support and monitor and social media communications for CARES projects and initiatives.

Collaborate with CARES staff on website messaging, training material content development, and general communications needs.

Coordinate with CARES leadership on strategic communications for CARES.

Coordinate with Extension communications staff on broader University communications topics.

Coordinate with project sponsors on website design and communication strategies as part of project tasks and goals.

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 Director of Communications and Marketing.



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


Salary Range: $50,367.29 – $62,000.00

Grade: GGS 009E

University Title: Strategic Communications Consultant

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


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

This position is located in Columbia, MO with the possibility of a remote work option when projects do not require in-person presence and incumbent is meeting daily deliverables and quarterly goals.

Minimum Qualifications

A Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and relevant experience and at least 2 years of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary.


Preferred Qualifications

Excellent communication skills, experience with WordPress, knowledge of data, mapping, and community assessment processes.

Demonstrated knowledge and creativity in both print and online environments.

Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite – InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator – as well as MS Office software and collaboration tools.

Excellent problem-solving skills and the ability to develop new approaches/solutions to complex communication challenges while meeting tight deadlines.

Ability to thrive and multi-task in a fast-paced and changing environment and ability to collaborate with other faculty and staff to achieve organizational objectives.

Detail oriented and self-motivated with the right balance of creativity, technical ability, and effective communication skills.

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 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

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 573-882-7976.

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

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