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Posted: 03/15/2023
Missouri Afterschool Network STEM Educator

Missouri Afterschool Network STEM Educator – Missouri

Job ID: 46132

Please apply at https://hr.missouri.edu/job-openings 

MU TITLE:  Extension Instructor

LOCATION: Columbia, MO with Statewide Coverage

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://extension.missouri.edu/.

MU Extension 4-H Center for Youth Development provides leadership and expertise with developing communities of young people across Missouri who are learning citizenship, leadership, and life skills. 4-H is publicly supported by county, state, and federal partners, as well as private resources to enrich the learning experiences of both youth and adults. For more information about 4-H, visit http://4h.missouri.edu/.

The Missouri AfterSchool Network (MASN) is housed within the 4-H Center for Youth Development.  MASN brings partners together to provide a statewide system for the development, implementation, and ultimate sustainability of high quality, safe, nurturing afterschool programs for extended experiential learning, academic achievement, and social, recreational, and personal life skills development espousing the principals of best practices in youth development for all Missouri students during non-school hours.  For more information about MASN, visit www.moafterschool.org.

This position is a full-time benefit-eligible position responsible for providing training, technical assistance, and resources to afterschool providers statewide while delivering STEM education programming to school-age children and youth in afterschool and summer enrichment programs.  Significant amount of travel is a requirement to successfully complete the work of this position.

Remote work is an option when projects do not require in-person presence and incumbent is meeting daily deliverables and quarterly goals.

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


Facilitate and carry out the delivery of training, technical assistance, and other supports to afterschool programs focused on STEM programming across the state.  Assist in the compilation and development of resource materials or publications required by MASN.

Deliver STEM enrichment programming to K-12 grade youth as part of the STEM Mobile Lab project.  Plan and lead age-appropriate lessons in a variety of STEM fields including technology, chemistry, life sciences, engineering, and astronomy.  Incorporate STEM content knowledge while inspiring curiosity and efficacy and making connections to future careers.

Work with program leaders, program staff, committees, and other entities on issues concerning STEM technical assistance, training, or professional development for local afterschool programs at all grade levels.

Attend and present (when appropriate) at local, regional, state, and national meetings or conferences.

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 in order to support the mission and purpose of MU Extension.


Effective and innovative teaching strategies that engage others.  Must be able to integrate new and emerging technology into teaching strategies.

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

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

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 MU Extension.


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.


A bachelor’s degree in upper-level coursework in one or more of the domains of the 4-H Professional Research and Knowledge at time of appointment.  The domains are youth and adult development, learning strategies and education, organizational systems, and resource management, resource management, and community partnerships.

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

Ability to travel regularly and work flexible hours is required.

Candidates will be evaluated on:

Experience in 4-H youth, afterschool programming or other comparable community-based youth programs.

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

For questions regarding the online application process contact MUHRS@missouri.edu or call 573.882.7976.  For technical problems with the online application process contact Helpdesk@missouri.edu or call 573.882.5000. 

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

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

Missouri Afterschool Network STEM Educator – Missouri

Job ID: 46132

Please apply at https://hr.missouri.edu/job-openings