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University of Missouri-Columbia
MU Extension and Engagement
Posted: 07/25/2023
MASN Strategic Communications Coordinator

Hiring Department

University of Missouri (MU) Office of Extension and Engagement

4-H Center for Youth Development


Job Description

MU TITLE: Senior Strategic Communications Associate

LOCATION:  403 Gentry Hall, Columbia MO

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 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 with the University of Missouri Extension 4-H Center for Youth Development’s Missouri AfterSchool Network (MASN), responsible for creating and implementing an overall communication and marketing strategy for the field of afterschool and MASN. This will include website, social media, print publications, videos, etc. that are used for public awareness, partnership development, and quality improvement initiatives.

This MASN Communications position will design and develop the marketing strategy but present it to other members of the team for overall approval.  The position will work as a team member throughout MU Extension.



  • Develop and maintain a strategic communications plan to support the work of the Missouri AfterSchool Network (MASN).
  • Create consistent documents and graphics for use across all MASN projects.
  • Supervise student interns carrying out the social media plan and consultants recording and creating videos.
  • Write content for websites, blogs, and policy papers promoting the value of afterschool and the work of MASN.
  • Facilitate and work with the Afterschool Leadership Team’s committees and attend meetings on behalf of MASN as appropriate.
  • Perform other job-related 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 Director of Communications and Marketing and functional supervision is received from the MASN Associate Director of Partnerships.  This position will mentor (or supervise as needed) others, including students, in completing communications 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 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: $52,000.00 – $62,000.00 Annual

Grade: GGS-010

University Title: Senior Strategic Communications Associate

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

Minimum Qualifications

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

Preferred Qualifications

Two years’ experience in communications/marketing, understanding of afterschool preferred.

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

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