Field Specialist in Community Development – Scott County, MO
Please apply at Job ID: 49230
MU TITLE: Assistant/Associate/Full Extension Professional
LOCATION: Benton, Missouri and primarily serves Cape Girardeau, Dunklin, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Scott, Stoddard Counties in the Southeast Region, with additional service across the state as needed.
The Community Development (CD) program works collaboratively with communities across Missouri to build civic capacity through fostering community belonging, civic contribution, collective leadership, and place-based vitality. The CD program is housed within the Business and Communities Extension program and partners closely with the Business Development, Regional Economic Development and Workforce Development teams.
- The CD Community Leadership Specialist will have an additional focus on working with Missourians to strengthen their leadership for place-based vitality. MU Extension fosters diverse community leaders (including those who typically have less power and influence) who collaborate for action and bridge-building.
CD Community Leadership Field Specialist will:
- Foster research-based community leadership programming in all counties of responsibility and statewide. Leadership programs include Neighborhood Leadership Academy, Neighborhood Leadership Fellows, Youth Empowerment Project, Public Boards Training, Build your Board, and Show Me REDI: Representation, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion.
- Support community leaders with asset mapping, planning, resource development support, and resident empowerment tools
- Develop new leadership programming and curriculum using data and evidence-based models
- Participate with Extension engaged neighbor team
- Collaborate with other Community Development specialists for statewide impact
- Collaborate with various UM System departments and programs for interdisciplinary impact
- Collaborate with external partners to broaden community impact
- Conduct inclusive and equitable engagement with special emphasis on underserved populations
- Assess, document, and evaluate programming
- Actively pursue resources to support both local and organizational operations and programming through grants, contracts, gifts, fees, and partnerships.
- Other duties and responsibilities as assigned to support the mission and purpose of MU Extension.
This position is a 12-month, ranked, non-tenure track appointment at the rank of assistant, associate, or full Extension Professional. Rank will be determined at the time of appointment based on qualifications and experience in accordance with the MU Extension faculty standards. This position will hold the working title of Field Specialist in Community Development.
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.
- Educate. MU Extension specialists design, conduct, and evaluate educational programs. MU Extension specialists teach research-based information via meetings, in-person, and online courses, continuing education classes, technical assistance, volunteer training, media, websites, consultation, and other educational methods. They provide inclusive educational programs that support the individual, organizational, and community goals of Missouri’s diverse learners and clients.
- Create. MU Extension specialists develop innovative and research-informed educational products, services, materials, and other scholarly works. These include curricula, publications, presentations, educational tools, websites, and similar resources. MU Extension specialists obtain and use extramural funding to support creative works. MU Extension specialists contribute to the scholarship of Extension and Engagement by evaluating programs that result in learning and behavior changes that impact individuals and communities.
- Connect. MU Extension specialists engage with learners, stakeholders, volunteers, and communities, including county extension councils, government officials and agencies, partners, and University and professional organizations. MU Extension specialists listen and respond with care. MU Extension specialists intentionally foster diversity, equity, and inclusiveness via engaged partnerships and robust connections to the wide array of programs offered by the whole University of Missouri System.
- Engage with stakeholders in all coverage counties to identify educational needs and then collaborate with appropriate internal and external partners to meet programming needs, incorporating timely marketing strategies.
- Create an annual plan-of-work that reflects local needs and aligns with statewide program area efforts. Provide a monthly report for assigned county extension councils, supervisors, county commissioners and others, regarding programmatic efforts. Attend at least one county extension council meeting each month and provide a program review with feedback and analysis for the respective coverage area.
- Collaborate with campus-based specialists on research projects and then deliver findings from those efforts via demonstrations, field days, courses, workshops, consultations, publications, and appropriate media.
- Effectively work with supervisors, other specialists, and local leaders to complete administrative tasks as needed to support county efforts.
- Demonstrate competency in communication, educational programming, subject matter knowledge, inclusivity, equity, educational delivery, volunteer management, grant acquisition, teamwork, interpersonal relations, organization knowledge, leadership, and professionalism.
- Offer timely, research-based information during times of natural disasters or unexpected catastrophic events.
- Represent the University of Missouri on boards and committees for assigned program area.
- Participate in professional development events to improve both technical and leadership skills.
- Conduct all activities per the Civil Rights Acts, Title IX, Rehabilitation, Americans with Disabilities Act, and local, state, and regional affirmative action plans.
- Other duties and responsibilities as assigned to support the mission of MU Extension.
- MU Extension Specialists travel regularly throughout Missouri and occasionally to out-of-state locations. MU Extension requires specialists to have a valid Missouri driver’s license, a legally operating vehicle, and wireless telephone/data service for university use. MU Extension specialists receive reimbursement for approved travel expenses, per University of Missouri policy.
- MU Extension programs often occur outside of normal business hours. MU Extension Specialists should expect to attend these events as needed, to meet the needs of learners, clients, and stakeholders.
The Senior Program Director for Business & Community provides overall programmatic leadership. Programmatic supervision comes from the Education Director for the Community Development and administrative oversight from the Regional Director for Southeast.
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.
An earned master’s degree at time of appointment.
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:
- Coursework demonstrating knowledge of community processes, facilitation, and demonstrated cultural competency.
- Degree in community development, community social work, regional or applied economics, urban/rural planning, public administration.
- Effective, engaging, innovative program development and delivery in community settings
- Demonstrated ability in classroom instruction/facilitation of research-based community development knowledge in community settings
- Years of experience in leadership development, local government, coalition and partnership building, community and organizational facilitation, community planning
- Experience using data, mapping tools for community decision-making
- Expertise in building relationships with diverse audiences
- Strong listening, written, and oral communication skills
- Ability to work collaboratively in teams and build partnerships, virtually and in person
- Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice. 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.
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 $57,000.00, 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
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Field Specialist in Community Development – Scott County, MO
Please apply at Job ID: 49230