HEADQUARTERED: Richmond, Missouri and primarily serves Ray, Caldwell and Lafayette counties in the Northwest Region and Platte, Clay and Jackson in the Urban Region, with additional coverage as needed.
University of Missouri Extension regional specialists provide collaborative leadership and subject-matter expertise to develop, deliver and evaluate educational programs focused on improving lives, communities and economies. In general, regional specialists provide educational opportunities that enable businesses, farms, families and communities to strengthen the economy and enhance quality of life. In addition, regional specialists create partnerships with civic and business organizations, educational institutions, local leaders and key stakeholders to identify priorities, increase financial and in-kind resources, and strategically address needs with research-based education.
This position is responsible for planning, implementing and evaluating educational programs in crop and forage production, plant pathology, entomology, weed science, soil science and overall production agriculture, in addition to applying knowledge related to general agricultural in the counties served. Educational programs may consist of workshops, farm tours, field demonstrations, one-on-one consultations, soil test report interpretation and online programming that provide research-based material to local clients.
The MU Extension's Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) Extension program is strategically focused on the goal of improving Missourian's quality of life, enhance the economic viability of Missouri enterprises, while protecting the environment and the state's natural resources. Crop production accounts for approximately 47% of the Missouri's agricultural receipts. Important agronomic crops in Missouri include soybean, corn and wheat. Additionally, hay, grain sorghum and cotton are significant throughout Missouri. MU Extension agronomic research-based programs promote, enhances, and develops efficient and viable production, management and sustainable systems.
This is a 12-month academic position. Appointment may be made as non-tenure track ranked (NTT), depending on University approval of the academic credentials and qualifications of the successful candidate.
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.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES: 1. Work with constituents, colleagues, regional director, program director, and campus faculty to establish program goals. Develop and provide high quality educational programs. Participate in interdisciplinary teams, committees and task forces. Collect qualitative and quantitative data to evaluate impact of programs and services.
2. Generate and manage revenue to sustain and grow essential programs. Develop and maintain essential partnerships. Market and promote educational offerings and the mission of MU Extension. May be assigned county program director responsibilities.
3. Remain up-to-date on trends and research-based knowledge. Actively participate in professional development opportunities. Ensure core competencies are demonstrated. Regular travel in and out of state using own transportation is required. Work some evenings and weekends to meet the needs of learners and constituents.
An earned master's degree in agronomy, soil science or related field. Successful candidates will have college level courses in crop and forage production, plant pathology, entomology, weed science, and/or soils. Demonstrated ability in applying and transferring research-based knowledge in the production and management of Midwest cropping systems is necessary.
Production agriculture experience and/or college level coursework in livestock production, horticulture, agricultural engineering, farm management and accounting is helpful.
Ideal candidate will also have experience in crop and forage production including but not limited to best management practices, pest management (i.e. insect, weeds and disease), soil management, IPM, pesticide certification, cover crops, and water quality.
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.
$40,000-50,000 and additional compensation for doctorate degree ($5,000) and/or achievement of NTT rank appointment of Associate Extension Professional ($3,000) or Extension Professional ($4,000).
Use the online application and be prepared to submit a cover letter, list of 3-5 references, all academic transcripts, and resume or CV. In order to be considered for a non-tenure track (NTT) ranked appointment, a CV must be submitted at the time of application. It is recommended that these required documents be uploaded as one PDF file as a resume document.
Review of applications and consideration of rank, if applicable, will begin October 28, 2016 and continue until position is filled.
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