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Strategic Communications Associate II

University of Missouri
Missouri, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
May 16, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Communications, Digital Media, Other Communications, Public Relations & Advertising, Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Public Relations & Marketing (Campus), Affirmative Action & Equal Opportunity
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Full Time
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Hiring Department

University of Missouri (MU) Office of Extension and Engagement

Extension Communications and Marketing - Youth & Families Program

Job Description

MU TITLE: Strategic Communication Associate II


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

This position is responsible for implementing effective marketing and communication strategies, plans, programs, and materials of a specialized and complex nature for MU Extension, with an emphasis in youth and families programming. This position will require strategic communication strategy and implementation with a focus on visual storytelling in print and other formats; and the strategic design and development of educational and promotional materials, such as curriculum, publications, displays, booklets, and web elements.

May consider alternative work arrangements (e.g. remote work), depending on the situation and ability to successfully achieve expectations.


Design, layout, and illustrate print and Web materials. Consult with team members and internal clients to gather relevant data to develop and design materials. In addition, work closely with key faculty and staff within MU Extension, with an emphasis in youth and families.

Support the storytelling that conveys the impact of MU Extension faculty and programs throughout the state of Missouri and beyond. This can include design work, as well as reporting, writing and multimedia efforts depending on the program and audience.

Stay current on best practices, competitor strategies and emerging technologies in strategic communication and storytelling.

Responsible for staying within budget allocations, adhering to grant requirements and following all university policies and procedures. This requires attention to expenditures as well as understanding financial policies/procedures.

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 in order to support the mission and purpose of MU Extension.


This position reports to the Director of Strategic Communication and Marketing for MU Extension and the Director of Youth and Families programming when work is grant funded. Mentorship and/or functional supervision may be exercised as needed related to specific projects and work with student employees.


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



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 commensurate with education and experience.

Salary Range: $19.47 - $24.00/ hour

Grade: GGS-009

University Title: Strategic Communication Associate II

Internal applicants can determine their university title by accessing the Talent Profile tile in myHR.


Monday - 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 2 years of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary

Preferred Qualifications

A Bachelor's degree in Journalism, Communication, Visual Media/Design or similar.

Demonstrated knowledge and creativity in both print and online environments.

Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite – InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator – as well as MS Office software and collaboration tools.

Excellent problem-solving skills and the ability to develop new approaches/solutions to complex communication challenges while meeting tight deadlines.

Ability to thrive and multi-task in a fast-paced and changing environment and ability to collaborate with other faculty and staff to achieve organizational objectives.

Detail oriented and self-motivated with the right balance of creativity, technical ability and effective communication skills.

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

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.


To read more about Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) please use the following links:
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