Nevada, Missouri and primarily serves the county
of Vernon and Bates, Cedar, Hickory, and St Clair counties in the
West Central Region, with additional service across the state as
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
MU Extension's Community Health program's goal is to achieve
optimal health and well-being for every Missourian at every stage
of life, with special recognition for the needs of vulnerable
The Field Specialist in Community Health will provide a link
between the community, health educators, health professionals,
schools, local public health agencies and community organizations
to assist implementing strategies to improve the health and
well-being of individuals and the community.
The University of Missouri is seeking an exceptional individual to
bring innovation and leadership to enhance the impact of the
University in the lives of Missourians at every stage of life. This
position provides day-to-day academic, administrative, and
strategic leadership for the Community Health Engagement &
Outreach Unit and its affiliated faculty and staff.
This position provides leadership to design, develop, deliver, and
evaluate Community and Public Health activities by working
collaboratively with colleagues, faculty, regional Extension
faculty and staff, public health and healthcare systems,
community-based organizations, and local stakeholders.
The position is responsible for facilitating cross-disciplinary
education outreach, establishing, and cultivating relationships and
connections with stakeholders, and working across disciplines to
positively impact the health and well-being of individuals,
organizations, and the community by using qualitative and
quantitative data to establish goals and objectives to address the
region’s highest health priorities.
This position will facilitate relationships and build capacity to
support translational research.
Extension Specialist positions are a 12-month appointment, not on a
Field Specialist are Extension faculty positions on a 12-month,
non-tenure track appointments to the promotable ranks 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 a working title of Field Specialist in
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.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Implement daily operations of community and public health
- Provide leadership in community and public health, working with
community stakeholders, faculty, and staff within the MU System,
incorporating university and extension research and innovative
- Utilize community and public health principles to build CHEO
programs with colleagues, teaching and research faculty, Extension
faculty and staff, community partners, and other stakeholders to
promote translational research, and health equity and
- Provide educational leadership by planning, designing,
implementing, and evaluating culturally competent education
programs, with a focus on practicing cultural humility.
- Develop, organize, coordinate, and lead comprehensive learning
opportunities incorporating community and public health,
translational research and addressing health, wellbeing, and
creating a culture of health.
- Assist with generating and managing revenue to sustain and grow
community and public health opportunities, including participating
with grant writing, exploration of funding, and grant
- Build and sustain strong connections with MU faculty and staff,
community and professional leaders and other partners in fields and
disciplines to address root causes for health inequity in local
- Be the liaison of the CHEO program area with community members,
partners, stakeholders, and university faculty and staff.
- Provide leadership in Community Health and Public Health
regional events, programming, and efforts.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Identify future trends and stay abreast of current trends and
research-based knowledge to effectively create relevant, reliable,
and responsive education. Apply this knowledge in programming,
educational outreach, presentations at professional meetings, grant
proposals and more.
- Actively participate in professional development opportunities
to continuously improve skills and increase research-based
- Exhibit a high personal standard of excellence, be an effective
team player, and demonstrate inclusivity, civility, and respect for
- Operate with minimal guidance; 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 programs are
located on all four campuses and in 114 counties and St. Louis
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 excellent.
LEADERSHIP RECEIVED AND EXERCISED
Programmatic supervision is received from the statewide Community
Health Engagement & Outreach Education Director.
Regional leadership is received from the West Central Regional
Master's degree (ranked NTT appointment – Assistant Extension
Professional title), bachelor's degree (non-ranked academic
appointment - Extension Specialist title) in a discipline or
program related to public health, population health, nursing,
social work, psychology, or related field at time of
Employment of a candidate with a bachelor’s degree will be as an
extension specialist with the working title of field specialist.
Faculty hired as an extension specialist will have the expectations
of completing a master’s degree in an approved subject matter area.
The faculty member will remain an extension specialist until
completion of the approved master’s degree, or if he or she has a
master's degree, has completed the agreed upon coursework.
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:
• Level of post grad education
Successful candidate will also demonstrate the
- Experience in research, program development and/or
- Basic knowledge and experience in facilitation of training,
educational programming, or multi-disciplinary collaborative
Effective and innovative teaching strategies that engage others.
Must be able to integrate new and emerging technology into teaching
Effective listening, written and oral communication skills
including public speaking and presentation abilities.
Organizational skills, interpersonal skills, problem-solving
abilities, and collaborative leadership experiences.
Complete the brief online application and be prepared to
• Cover Letter
• Copies of all academic transcripts, and
• List of 3-5 references
It’s recommended that these required documents be uploaded as one
PDF file as a resume document. For questions regarding the online
application process contact or call 573.882.7976. For technical
problems with the online application process contact or call
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
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
To request ADA accommodations, please call the Director of
Accessibility and ADA at 573-884-7278.
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