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Field Specialist in Regional Economic Development – Madison County, MO
MU TITLE: Extension Specialist/Assistant/Associate/Full Extension Professional
LOCATION: Fredericktown, Missouri and primarily serves Madison, Iron, Wayne, Perry, Bollinger, and Cape Girardeau Counties in the Southeast Region, with additional service across the state as needed.
This position in responsible for planning, implementing, and evaluating regional economic development educational programs that support and complement existing economic development efforts in Missouri communities. These efforts may involve:
Effective specialists will apply interdisciplinary knowledge related to general community, economic, business and workforce development needs in the counties served. Educational programs may consist of facilitated workshops, publishing guides or regional reports, technical assistance, and online programming that provide research-based material to local clients aligned with state specialists and Extension colleagues.
Effective specialists will work in close collaboration with their respective Regional Planning Commissions, state and local economic development departments, workforce boards, and other relevant organizations to leverage efforts and funding opportunities.
Extension faculty are 12-month, non-tenure track appointments to the promotable ranks of assistant, associate, or full Extension Professional. The rank at the time of appointment or promotion is consistent with the faculty’s standards of achievement and experience. MU Extension faculty are commonly known as Specialists, with titles that indicate geographic focus and programmatic specialization. Specialists provide educational opportunities that enable businesses, farms, families, and communities to strengthen the economy and enhance the quality of life. Additionally, specialists 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.
As a Field Specialist, your workload distribution at appointment will be 90% Extension Teaching and 10% Traditional Service.
This appointment is renewable annually at the discretion of the University and workload distribution may change at the discretion of Extension leadership. Circumstances affecting continued employment include, but are not limited to, work performance, fund availability, and educational priorities.
CORE DUTIES OF MU EXTENSION SPECIALISTS
MU Extension Specialists deliver the University of Missouri to all Missourians. They serve all Missourians by bringing research-based solutions to work on local problems. MU Extension Specialists teach new and foundational concepts, link people to resources, support partner organizations, participate in research, train volunteers, evaluate programs, foster innovation, and serve communities. MU Extension Specialists work as a team to expand educational attainment, foster economic development, and improve health outcomes. These core duties fall into three major areas:
Educate, Create, and Connect.
MU EXTENSION LEADERSHIP RECEIVED
The Senior Program Director for Business & Community provides overall programmatic leadership. Programmatic supervision comes from the Regional Economic Development Educational Director and administrative oversight from the Southeast Regional Director.
MU EXTENSION INFORMATION
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 specialists and staff collaborate with researchers and community leaders to develop and deliver programs that address the needs of Missourians, including educational attainment, economic development, and healthy people. For more information about MU Extension and Engagement, please visit https://extension2.missouri.edu/
The University of Missouri, also known as Mizzou and MU, is the Flagship University of the four-campus University of Missouri System. It is one of the state’s land-grant universities. MU’s comprehensive undergraduate programs and its graduate, professional, and research programs attract an annual enrollment of more than 30,000 students. MU Extension and Engagement programs are located on all four campuses and in 114 counties and St. Louis city.
PhD or master’s degree (ranked NTT appointment – Assistant Extension Professional title), bachelor’s degree (non-ranked academic appointment – Extension Specialist title) in one or more of the following areas: economics, urban or regional planning, business, finance, economic development, sociology, public policy, or closely related field at time of appointment.
Employment of a candidate with a bachelor’s degree will be as an extension specialist with the working title of field specialist. Faculty hired as an extension specialist will have the expectations of completing a master’s degree in an approved subject matter area. The faculty member will remain an extension specialist until completion of the approved master’s degree, or if he or she has a master’s degree, has completed the agreed upon coursework.
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.
Candidates will be evaluated on:
Experience in the field of economic development, business, or financial analysis.
Demonstrated capability to translate research into educational programs in regional economic development for audiences of all age groups is critical.
The ability to exhibit effective and innovative teaching strategies that engage others, including strong listening and written and oral communication skills.
MU is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff, and students. We seek individuals committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery, and excellence.
Complete the brief online application and be prepared to upload:
• Cover Letter
• Copies of all academic transcripts, and
• a list of 3-5 references
For questions regarding the online application process contact MUHR@missouri.edu or call 573.882.7976. For technical problems with the online application process contact Helpdesk@missouri.edu or call 573.882.5000.
Minimum starting salary of $47,000.00, salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience of the applicant.
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 http://www.umsystem.edu/totalrewards/benefits
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.
Please apply at Job ID: 49187