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Posted: 07/26/2023
State 4-H Leadership & Civic Engagement Educator

State 4-H Leadership & Civic Engagement Educator – Columbia, MO

Please apply at Job ID: 47936

MU TITLE:     Extension Instructor

HEADQUARTERED:  University of Missouri-Columbia. 4-H Center for Youth Development.

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 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 http://extension.missouri.edu.

Position Overview

The University of Missouri Extension is accepting applications for the position of 4-H Leadership & Civic Engagement Extension Educator.  4-H is a youth development organization that centers around three mandate areas of STEM, Healthy Living, and Civic Engagement.  Missouri 4-H currently reaches and audience of approximately 50,000 youth with the aid of over 10,000 adult volunteers.  The area of 4-H Leadership & Civic Engagement programming encompasses a wide range contests and events in the topics of Leadership and Civic Engagement (Leadership and Civic Engagement).  This full-time position will be responsible for the planning and facilitation of state level hands-on 4-H events and programs, such as state 4-H State Congress, Teen Conference, State Council, State Ambassadors, Show Me Wares, Wester National Round up, Film Festival, Public Speaking, Fashion Review among other educational programs , and will support new content area programming.

This is a 12-month unranked academic position, which is eligible for renewal annually depending on continued programmatic need and individual performance.

This position will have a working title of State 4-H Leadership & Civic Engagement Educator and a MU title of Extension Instructor.

As an Extension Instructor, 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.

Key Responsibilities

  • Plan, organize, and facilitate existing state 4-H Leadership & Civic Engagement contests, competitions, and events
  • Assist state 4-H faculty with the 4-H State Council and 4-H Ambassador program
  • Assist state 4-H faculty in the creation of new state 4-H Leadership & Civic Engagement based contests, competitions, and events
  • Assist state 4-H faculty in the development and implementation of new and existing programming in 4-H Leadership & Civic Engagement
  • Aid in the review and development of content area focused project curriculum and resources
  • Promote regional and state 4-H Leadership & Civic Engagement areas
  • Develop, promote, and implement 4-H Leadership & Civic Engagement Delivery modes including but not limited to SPIN Clubs, Afterschool programs, etc.
  • Develop, promote, and implement the 4-H culture of Leadership & Civic Engagement at statewide initiatives and events.
  • Introduce and promote 4-H Leadership & Civic Engagement programs with diverse audiences
  • Supervise student workers to support program events and activities
  • Other duties as assigned 


  • Exhibit a high personal standard of excellence, be an effective team player, and demonstrate inclusively, civility and respect for all.
  • Engage stakeholders and learners maintain positive interpersonal relationships and exhibit effective written and oral communications skills.
  • MU 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.


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


Position will directly report to the Director of the 4-H Center for Youth Development, and the Civic Engagement Faculty members will be the secondary supervisor.


Bachelor’s degree in Education, Leadership, Youth Development, or another related field at time of appointment.

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.

Candidates will be evaluated on:

  • Years of experience organizing and facilitating judging contests.
  • Highest degree earned in education, Leadership, Youth Development, or other related field.
  • Strong background in 4-H.
  • Familiarity with new 4-H delivery modes (i.e. Afterschool, SPIN Clubs).
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to teach, manage, and engage an audience (youth and adult).
  • Strong organizational, time, and project management skills.
  • Ability to successfully create and manage budgets for events.
  • Ability to work both independently and as a team member.
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends as necessary.
  • Ability to work in both office and outdoor environments.
  • Ability to lift and carry at least 35lbs.
  • Additional background check will be required as position works closely with minors

Successful candidate will also demonstrate the following:

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.

Application Materials

  • Complete the brief online Application and prepared to upload:
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume/CV
  • Copies of all academic transcripts, and
  • a list of 3-5 references

It is recommended that these required documents be uploaded as one PDF file as a resume document.  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.


Minimum starting salary of $45,000.00, salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience of the applicant.

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

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.


State 4-H Leadership & Civic Engagement Educator – Columbia, MO

Please apply at Job ID: 47936