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Business and Communities Extension Specialist

University of Missouri-Columbia
Missouri, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted date
Aug 23, 2021

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Administrative, Academic Affairs, Extension Services, Jobs Outside Academe, Non-profit & Government Organizations
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
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Full Time
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Extension Specialist - Division of Applied Social Sciences

College of Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources

University of Missouri-Columbia


The Division of Applied Social Sciences, College of Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources, seeks to  recruit a faculty member with experience in data-driven regional economic analysis and outreach. The incumbent will engage with MU’s Business and Communities Extension Program and build effective working relationships with others across campus and across the state to help support an integrated approach to regional economic development in Missouri.  This position is anticipated to be a 12-month appointment 100% Extension service in effort.  Assignments are subject to annual negotiation between the faculty member and leadership.


Duties of the position the Extension Specialist will:

  • Contribute to a high-impact applied research program that supports issues of importance to Missouri and MU Extension, extending past the University campus into Missouri communities
  • Independently conduct projects for University and external clients to include: market analysis studies, fiscal impact and cost-benefit analysis, and ad hoc economic studies related to tourism, defense, transportation, etc.
  • Write reports and information briefs; synthesize and present findings to key stakeholders
  • Effectively engage with state and local governments, economic development, and planning organizations to identify, secure, and manage external funding opportunities
  • Supervise student employees, training them in data analysis
  • Provide professional development and training on economic development data and analysis for internal and external audiences


Minimum Qualifications:
  • Master’s degree; preference for degrees in economics, business, finance, planning or related fields
  • 10 years or more of experience in community/regional economic development or business analysis



Candidates will be evaluated on:

  • Expertise with public- and private-sector economic development tools and data, such as industry, occupational, businesses, and demographic information
  • Expertise in government and/or businesses financial analysis preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to obtain and manage externally funded projects
  • Demonstrated ability as a highly effective communicator in written and verbal form, including well-designed, informative reports and presentations
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively and independently engage and communicate with state, regional, and community leaders and policymakers
  • A demonstrated record of leading teams to conduct analysis and outreach on regional and community economic development topics
  • Experience with Cooperative Extension System, preferred
  • Experience with data visualization software, such as ArcGIS or Tableau, and database management skills preferred
  • Expertise with Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint


Application: Applications should include: A letter of interest, resume or C.V., academic transcripts (unofficial), and the names of three references. Applicants must include a written statement on their philosophy for promoting inclusivity and diversity. Start date is negotiable. Review of applications will begin October 1, 2021. Apply online at  Job ID # 38152 or: insert link


Mallory L. Rahe, Search Committee Chair Assistant Extension Professor &

Educational Director Regional Economic Development

222 Mumford Hall

Columbia, MO 65211



Official transcripts will be required for any candidate who is offered the position. Questions regarding the position can be addressed to the Search Committee Chair.

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

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.


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